Joan Waites is an award-winning author-illustrator with more than 45 titles published for the children? trade and educational markets, including?A Colorful Tail. A former adjunct faculty member of the Corcoran Museum School of Art and Design, Joan now operates her own art teaching studio for children, and has been a featured speaker at schools, conferences, and artist-in-residence programs. She served as the Mid-Atlantic (SCBWI) Illustrator Coordinator for 20 years, is a member of the Children? Book Guild of Washington DC and the National Association of Art Educators.

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