ABOUT SHERYL BEARMAN
I am an adventurous author, illustrator and artist who lives
off the grid, on an island, in the rain forest.
My husband, Gary and I, are proud of our
choice to leave a small footprint and utilize solar power and rain catchment.
Living in the jungle does have some challenges, but it is well worth it.
When I am not out diving, snorkeling, or kayaking with my
dogs, Margarita and Lili, you can usually find me in my studio, writing, painting,
I also create tropical watercolor and driftwood paintings,
as well as fine art photography. I operate a local gallery in Bocas
del Toro, Panama. You can find me in my studio or visit my websites
My children and I had very different experiences with books
as kids. As a Child, I hated to
read. I had headaches and
struggled. My best friend in high school
actually read my English class novels to me.
She did not remember that until I recently reminded her. It was not until much later in life that I
realized I was dyslexic. I could always
read at a high level. I just hated
it. Words that I thought looked OK were
spelled wrong and words that look totally wrong to me were indeed correct. I still struggle with this everyday.
I do however,
have very fond memories of reading time with my children. We curled up in bed
or on the couch almost every night to read. Early on, we read numerous
wonderful children’s picture books, and even years later, as young adults, and
quite advanced readers by then, I would catch a glimpse of my children
rereading their old picture books. The
power and pure joy of those early reading experiences and illustrations are
I hope my books stimulate your children’s imagination and
encourage a lifelong love for reading.