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Author’s Bio:  
         Melissa Pilgrim has over 25 years of experience writing for projects in all mediums—film, TV, theater, and book publishing. She has had 4 screenplays optioned, 1 TV series optioned, and has been hired to write for various film and TV production companies including Martin Sheen's ESP Productions (at Warner Brothers). She has had 16 plays for children and teens produced in theaters from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale (8 are published in the Chicago Alliance for Playwrights Directory).  She has edited 12 books in a variety of genres in both fiction and nonfiction with authors from L.A. to N.Y.C.  Animal Motions is her first children's book.  
         Melissa was the artistic director for The Sheil Park Players, a community theatre in the Wrigleyville area of Chicago, for 5 years where she produced and directed 16 original shows and worked with adults and children of all ages. While teaching the younger actors from the ages of 3 to 8 how to feel more confident being on stage, Melissa used many improv-type of theater games. She instantly saw how much they enjoyed combining learning with interactive-type of movement games, especially when they were mimicking “acting” like animals. Animal Motions was inspired by these fun, low-impact movement theater improv games. It was created to help all children learn how to be more fit and confident with how their body moves while also showing them how to use their imagination to the fullest!

To learn more about Melissa’s writing background, visit her website:  YourWritingMuse.com 

To contact Melissa, please email: [email protected] 
Artist's Bio:
     Ira V. Gates was born in northwestern Florida and his ambition to be an artist started at an early age. During his junior year in high school, Ira painted a bulletin board of the roaring twenties as a project assignment. His American History teacher, Mrs. Annie Bell Williams, was so impressed with his artwork she contacted a local art director, Mr. Bob Meagher, at the Pensacola News-Journal and he was also very impressed. Mr. Meagher hired Ira to be a graphic artist with the Pensacola News-Journal and his graphic art career began. Then, after he graduated from Pensacola High School in 1976, Ira went on to study art at Pensacola Junior College before resuming his career at the newspaper.
     Ira has since won numerous awards for his artwork, including "Best of Gannett's Newspaper Illustrations" and placing second in the "National Society of Newspaper Illustration & Layouts Awards." He illustrated the book As the River Flows by Earl Bowden (an editor for the Pensacola News-Journal) and he has also done illustrations for various magazines and ad agencies including Florida Outdoors Sportsman and the Weekender.
     Ira lives in Florida and is a proud father of four.

To Author Melissa Pilgrim:

"I want to thank you for allowing me to illustrate your children's book         Animal Motions.  It was very fun and challenging as well as inspiring." 

Book Publisher’s Information:

​     Animal Motions is published by Indigo River Publishing, located in Pensacola, Florida. Indigo River is passionate about their growing children’s book division, Indigo River Kids:
     “Capturing a child's attention in these loud and stimulating times can be a rare opportunity. The question is, what are we offering back to them in these critical moments? We believe that every book, page, picture, and word we offer a child must have a purpose. We challenge our team and authors to create books that engage the imagination, excite the spirit, and challenge the mind. 
     Animal Motions was born on the stage of a community theater as a fun way for children to get their bodies moving and their imaginations soaring. Indigo River chose to publish this book as part of our effort to teach children healthier lifestyle habits while encouraging their passion for being active and using their imagination.”

With Indigo River Publishing, you can always expect great books, strong voices, and meaningful messages.
Most importantly, you’ll always find… words worth reading.

To learn more, please visit IndigoRiverPublishing.com 

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Melissa with Founder Adam Tillinghast