Christina Allen, artist, illustrator

Christina Allen lives in southern Maryland on a sustainable homestead with her husband Frank, cat Kiba, flock of sheep, rare Jersey Buff heritage turkeys, and heritage chickens.  She has been a professional artist for 35 years and is an avid handweaver, spinner, and knitter also.

Both Christina and her husband are serious gardeners (Frank for over 60 years and Christina for about 35 years), so plants, trees, and flowers are an important part of their life and her artwork. They practice sustainable gardening and raise much of their own food on their farm using organic techniques.

She can be found most days in working in her Corn Crib Studio.

Christina got her BFA from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI and her Master’s from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.

Charles Long, author

Charles Long is the author of “Momma Tree” -his first published book! “Momma Tree” is a heartwarming story of a mother and daughter learning about nature and life together. “A Farmer’s Alphabet”, also written by Charles and illustrated by Christina, is the second children’s book published together.  

Charles was born in Philadelphia, PA, but grew up in New York City. He currently resides in Maryland. Besides writing, he is a musician and songwriter, a fan of the New York Yankees and the Green Bay Packers, a follower of BBC’s Top Gear, a lover of Sci-Fi, and has a soft spot for rescuing retired greyhounds.

Laara C Oakes, Author “The Sunflower Squirrel”

The Sunflower Squirrel

Written by Laara C Oakes

Illustrated by Christina Allen

Author Biography

Laara C Oakes is an author and poet with a background in the natural sciences. Privileged to live among, and to observe wildlife from the California forests to the Florida wetlands, her admiration and respect for nature is reflected in her delightful stories.

To purchase Laara’s books, schedule an author visit, or to read her poetry and musings, contact her at