Who are we and what do we do?
We love kids!
of all ages, and art, and reading, and books
.... and people who read books to kids!!
We like writing and drawing and painting for all to enjoy.
Susan was born in Alaska, raised in Washington and now resides in California, where she enjoys hiking and kayaking. Being in, on, and around the water and mountains is where she feels she can appreciate some of the best parts of all three beautiful states. A trip to the Grand Canyon gave her an idea that she 'couldn't get out of her head'.
Get Out Books creates delightful books that take children outside of their normal realm, and into their imaginations.
Books published by Get Out Books are enjoyed by the parents and grandparents as much as the kids, thanks to Susan’s careful selections of the just the right artist for each book.
Susan still enjoys the clever books that she read to her own kids, relishing the art and fun verses.
Memberships: SCBWI, CWC, BAIPA, CCBSM, WNBA-SF
AWARDS: “Best Book” Get Out Of My Head, I Should Go To Bed
granted by the Bay Area Independent Publishing Association. 2012
Jeremy Kwan: "Get Out Of My Head, I Should Go To Bed"
Jeremy is a native Californian, raised in central California. He chose an art career early in life and is able to do what he does best! A drawing becomes finished art and he makes the pages come to life! The characters jump out of his mind and right onto the pages!
Jeremy Kwan, a San Francisco State University graduate, with a B.A. Degree in Fine Arts, is the Senior Illustrator for Get Out Books, which specializes in children's picture books. Kwan's first published work was Get Out Of My Head, I Should Go To Bed, which captured the BAIPA "Best Book" award.
The medium he chose for the Get Out Of My Head, I Should Go To Bed was gouache. This stunning book was selected by Sun Gallery for inclusion on the 24th Annual Children's Book Illustrators Exhibit.
Kwan is currently completing the 'Get Out' series, while scheduling new projects for later in the year. Mr. Kwan has shown his signature work in San Francisco Bay Area art locations.
AWARDS: “Best Book”. 2012. B.A.I.P.A.
Jack Wiens: In One Ear and Out The Other, A Pie for a Pig
Jack Wiens used to lay in the floor and fill tablets with his pencil drawings when he was a grade schooler and dreamed of being a Disney artist someday. Illustrating books was also a dream, one which has come true. He works full-time in his home studio creating pictures for children's books. "It's a joy!" Jack says, "It's like getting to be a kid again!"
“I love helping people and really love bringing smiles with my art," he says. He has 3 grandchildren who have done a lot of drawing and painting with him and still enjoy it.
Jack now resides in Oregon and is busily keeping up with illustration requests! He has also been a psychotherapist for 35 years.
Jack loves the outdoors, hiking, biking, tennis, animal watching, exploring tide pools, snorkeling. Visit his site at www.jackwiens.com
Tracie Timmer was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. She spent the majority of her free time as a child drawing mermaids and horses on every bare surface she could get her hands on, and as an adult decided she had make her dream of becoming a children’s book Illustrator a reality. She graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2013 with a Master of Fine Arts degree in illustration. She considers herself a creative critical thinker, and loves the process of making the spark of an idea come alive with a paintbrush.
Tracie is an Associate Illustrator for Get Out Books. Her creations involve a bit of magic and Dragons and Horses, which will become part of the Greeting and Grins card series. She is also working on a new children's picture book. We'll keep you posted!
She continues to draw horses on every bare surface she can get her hands on. See Tracie's website for more information.
Lisa Colom is known across the United States for her custom needle felted sculptures. Each of her distinctive pieces is created using a single needle felting method. Using a barbed felting needle, she works the fibers until the sculpture is firm, holds a desired shape and stands on its own, eliminating the need for an internal armature structure. She uses natural and hand dyed local wool in the one of a kind pieces, utilizing alpaca, mohair, merino wool or silk for accents and details.
Inspired by nature and wildlife, Lisa enjoys creating sculptures of wild animals as well as pets. Working from photo reference, she can capture a pet’s unique likeness and personality. Use the following link for more information: http://merrymanias.com/
Lisa is creating Fiber Art of the 12 Pigs in "A Pie for a Pig", a picture book published by Get Out Books.