Meet the Author

Meet the Author

Michelle A. Redd-Newell Michelle Redd-Newell is CEO and Founder of Early Learning Centers in the City of Chicago. After a distinguished career in education, global marketing and business development, she now links her passion with purpose and is an ambassador for children.

This first time author saw the need to create the “Where’s Taylor? book series. “Where’s Taylor?” is loosely based on the health story of Taylor Michelle Russell, her niece, who was a gregarious, outgoing 4 year old who enjoyed life as a normal preschooler would…until she became ill and passed away. Her friends then wanted to know “Where’s Taylor?”

This question prompted Michelle to pen this book to help children navigate the space of grief, loss, death and sadness in a way that they would understand. The book also encourages parents to seek support from others, while helping their child say goodbye to loved ones yet continuing to cherish their fond memories.

Meet the Illustrator

Meet the Illustrator

Ahad Pace a professionally trained, multifaceted artist who creates fantastic images through stylized free-hand illustrations, paintings, or digital imagery through multiple softwares. Ahad has also enjoyed over 20 years of success in the ever-changing field of graphic art and design, working with major companies as well as independently free-lancing. Being involved in graphic arts has given Ahad a chance to work in a host of other art related fields such as the apparel industry, music industry, print works, advertisement and preproduction work for animation, not to mention illustrating children’s story books as well as other early childhood educational material. Ahad's art is inspired by curvilinear movement as well as exaggerated forms, animated shapes. Out of the many different artist that influence Ahad as an artist, Charles White and Ernest Barnes top the list.

Ahad was formally educated in the Comprehensive Fine Arts Department at Hampton University in Hampton Virginia, becoming versed in the Fine Arts of Freehand Illustration, Sculpture, Print-making, Painting, and Ceramics. This came after attending The Atlanta College of Art in his hometown of Atlanta Georgia. Some of Ahad’s work can be seen in his online portfolio located at ahadpace.com.