The Creators


Meet the Historical Heroines Team


Elizabeth Lorayne, Author and Publisher (White Wave Press)

Elizabeth Lorayne is an award-winning author and publisher of children’s books. After the success of her series The Adventures of Piratess Tilly, whose heroine is a budding naturalist and the captain of her own ship, Elizabeth continues to produce books with themes of girl-empowerment, eco-consciousness, exploration, and science. She is an artist and mother, inspired by nature, history, and the rhythms of her surroundings. Elizabeth is a graduate of The New School in NYC and a current member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She resides in Newburyport, MA with her family.  

To view Elizabeth's artwork and to learn more about her visit her artist and author site.


More from Elizabeth

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The Adventures of Piratess Tilly children's picture book series is award-winning, educational, girl-empowering, adventurous, and whimsical. Written in haiku by Elizabeth Lorayne and illustrated in beautiful watercolors by Karen Watson, join Piratess Tilly and her crew on naturalist expeditions to the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island, but watch out for pirates!

“An eye-pleasing picture book that offers a winning mix of adventure, science, and poetry, with a strong heroine who invites readers to view the world as a place of natural wonder." –Kirkus Reviews

Kendra Shedenhelm, Illustrator

Kendra Shedenhelm spent her childhood in Nebraska, illustrating short stories, entering poster contests and creating "sellable" wares out of paper placemats. After graduating with her BFA from Chicago in 1996, she immediately moved to NYC and has been fortunate to work as a graphic designer, printmaker, illustrator and artist since. She now lives north of Manhattan in a little village on the Hudson with her husband, their 9 year old son and two cats.

To view Kendra's artwork and to learn more about her visit her personal site.


More from Kendra

Kendra was a semi-finalist for the Tomie dePaola Award in illustration and was recently awarded the A. Eric Arctander grant for her watercolors. Kendra is represented by the NYC agency, Painted Words and she also sells her art in her Society6 shop. She frequently posts her sketches and illustrations on Instagram and invites you to follow her!

Michael D. Barton, Editor

Michael Barton is an independent historian focusing on the history of science with an emphasis on Charles Darwin and evolution. He received his Masters in History from Montana State University, and currently works as an editor on a project to transcribe and publish the correspondence of the Victorian physicist John Tyndall, who was a friend of Darwin’s. Michael writes a blog called The Dispersal of Darwin , where he likes to share content about Darwin, evolution, and the history of science. He is also an advocate for getting children outside and connected to nature. He regularly takes his own two children on nature adventures where they live in Portland, Oregon and encourages other families to do so through the blog, Exploring Portland's Natural Areas and social media.


More from Michael

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Children at Nature Play signs are used to raise awareness about connecting children to nature, one sign at a time. Ideal for displaying at parks, nature centers, gardens, schools, and neighborhoods, the sign is a reminder to not only slow down if you are driving or rushing through, but also to slow down one's day to allow and encourage children to play outside and explore in nature.