Blue Bear Stories
Blue Bear Stories is a publishing division of Imagine That! Design. Our goal with this new adventure is to share new and adventurous stories with young readers that will help encourage imagination and promote kindness and acceptance of everyone in a diverse world filled with many cultures and experiences. Each story will be presented with our own creative storytelling style and dynamic illustrations. We hope to inspire imagination, spread joy, and encourage more human interaction through the joy of reading a good book together.
Traci and Kurt - the People
Traci Van Wagoner
Award winning Illustrator Traci Van Wagoner holds degrees in illustration from Utah State University and in toy design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. A long time member of SCBWI, Traci has illustrated over 15 children’s books, and blue bear has shown up in every one of them.When not painting, she is writing picture books and middle grade novels; designing and developing games with her husband at Imagine That! Design; gardening on her roof in NYC, or walking her dog in the BIG city and exploring the hidden secrets of community gardens. See more of her work on her website.
Born and raised in NY, Kurt Keller was always surrounded by art and design. He found his passion young, in elementary school art class, honed his skills in high school, and finally graduated college with a degree in Industrial Design and a degree in Toy Design, giving him the ability to let his creative passions soar. He has designed many books for children including the Nelson Beats the Odds Series. Blue bear was his childhood friend, so it made sense to use Blue Bear as a mascot for the publishing division of Imagine That! Design, Blue Bear Stories. Follow Kurt on Facebook.
Blue Bear -- the Teddy Bear
Blue Bear is Kurt's childhood teddy bear and had brought years of comfort to him and is now our mascot helping to spread warm and fuzzy feelings around the world. He's made appearances in all of the picture books Traci and Kurt have illustrated and designed.