Maria Monte is an experienced communications specialist and received her honours degree in English literature from La Trobe University. Her spare time is divided between family, caring for her young son, and writing children's books. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Maria enjoys mochas, watching Netflix when her son naps, and losing herself in wiki rabbit holes. Emelie Wiklund is a freelance illustrator who creates illustrations with traditional water colors and inks. In 2017, Emelie completed a Diploma in Illustration from Bergh's School of Communication. Emelie lives in Stockholm, Sweden with her husband and two children.
★ "The images that show Eve's multiple attempts to connect with the ducklings are especially adorable. A well-illustrated and thoughtful intergenerational tale." - Kirkus Reviews ★ ★ "A sweetly illustrated picture book with a strong ´be kind to animals´ message. A FINALIST and highly recommended!" - The Wishing Shelf Book Awards ★★ "What a delightful book. I read this to my pre school class and they loved it. Being kind to animals is an important message and I think this book did it beautifully. I will definitely read this again to my class." - Ginny Mcpherson, Elementary Educator ★ ★ "At once a story about intergenerational love between a grandfather and his granddaughter and an example of the power of tenacity, Eve's Ducklings draws readers into the dynamic and precious world of an inquisitive young child. Preschool-aged readers will especially connect with Eve's story and look forward to sharing it with their grandparents." - Mary Lanni, Book Reviewer ★ ★ "A beautiful tale of friendship between animals and children which is bound to become a favorite bedtime story. This short story will give them all the tools to grow a healthy relationship with animals of all types. I recommend this beautiful tale!" - Marie-Hélène Fasquel, Readers' Favorite ★ ★ "Absolutely delightful! The pictures are just gorgeous and sure to draw the younger readers in. I love that it is just Eve and grandad enjoying time together and their adventures in the park. The fact that some of the story is told through the illustrations means the book becomes more engaging and parents can work on comprehension as well. I just adore this." - Amanda O'Dwyer, LoveReading4Kids ★★ "Eve's Ducklings is such a lovely book with a great message! I also loved the beautiful illustrations. This book is perfect for younger children!" - Samantha McCarn, Librarian ★★ "It reminded me of my childhood and brought back fond memories. I loved the relationship between Eve and her Grandpa on their adventures to the park." - Lauren Jeffs ★★ "Being kind to animals is an important message and I think this book did it beautifully. I will definitely read this again to my class." - Ginny Mcpherson, Elementary Educator ★