Susan Stockdale’s relationship with colorful scenes started with the early inspiration of the greens and vegetation she was surrounded by during her childhood in Florida and Ireland. Her love of words was influenced by the rhythmic teachings of her poet mother. Her passions continued as she majored in art at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Now an author and illustrator, Stockdale specializes in picture books about nature, including “Some Sleep Standing Up,” “Carry Me!” “Fabulous Fishes” and “Bring On the Birds.” She has been recognized by awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, the National Science Teachers Association and Bank Street College of Education. Her newest picture book, “Stripes of All Types/Rayas de todas las tallas” (Peachtree), gives young readers rhythmic, colorful facts about the many reasons stripes are found in nature; as an educational component, the book’s glossary offers more in-depth explanations about each featured animal.