Dar Hosta is a children's book author, illustrator and owner of independent publishing company, Brown Dog Books. The books here on Blurb represent her work as a certified educator and visiting author and illustrator. During Hosta's artist-in-residence programs, children work with her to write and illustrate collaborative picture books in the style of Dar Hosta's books. They use alliteration and rhyme for the writing and the technique of collage for the illustrations. Information on Dar Hosta and her educational programs can be found at www.darhosta.com.