Richard Cowdrey

Richard Cowdrey

Richard Cowdrey is originally from Cincinnati and he graduated from The Columbus College of Art and Design in 1981. Richard's love for family and nature overflows into his illustrations which are enjoyed by children around the world. The artist lives in Gambier with his wife and has four grown children and five grandchildren. When not painting in his studio, Richard enjoys visiting schools to share with children his love of illustration.


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School Visits & Speaking Engagements

Richard talks about the process of illustrating, explaining how and where he works. Through a series of images, the audience can see an illustration evolve from the concept stage to a finished piece of artwork. Depending on time and scheduling, Richard does a Q&A, a "draw-along," reading, book signing, or a time spent with smaller groups of students chosen for their aptitude and/or interest in art. Audience: Youth. Please visit this link for more about Richard Cowdrey's speaking.


Books by Richard Cowdrey

Very Fiona Christmas cover

A VERY FIONA CHRISTMAS (2019): It's Fiona the hippo's very first Christmas, and the zoo is sparkling with holiday spirit. When the adorable little hippo asks her friends, "What’s Christmas?" they set out to show her all the wonders and excitement of the season. With each new experience Fiona lets out of snort, wiggles her ears, and asks, "Is THIS Christmas?" Amidst the snow, twinkling lights, mistletoe, and stockings, Fiona ends up meeting a new friend at the zoo who helps her discover the true meaning of the holiday...love. Snuggle up with your little ones and join Fiona and her adorable animal friends for a heartwarming holiday romp through the zoo! (Ages 4-8)


Fiona the Hippo

FIONA THE HIPPO (2018): Fiona the Hippo tells the story of Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo who captured hearts around the world with her inspiring story and plucky personality.

Born prematurely, at only 29 pounds, Fiona was not expected to live. But her spunk and determination (along with lots of love and support from her caregivers at the zoo) helped her thrive and become a happy, healthy hippopotamus. With every challenge she faced, Fiona let out a snort, wiggled her ears, and said "I’ve got this." And she did! In this delightful story, inspired by the real adventure of this heroic hippo, join Fiona and her lovable animal friends at the zoo as she is introduced to the world in this whimsical and inspiring tale of perseverance and friendship.

A heroine for children everywhere, smart, sassy, fearless Fiona will steal readers' hearts and give them the courage to face whatever challenges they might have in their own lives. (Ages 4-8)


Legends of Easter Treasury

THE LEGENDS OF EASTER TREASURY (2018): This book contains three bestselling Easter stories that include The Legend of the Easter Egg, The Legend of the Easter Robin, and The Legend of the Sand Dollar.

The Legend of the Easter Egg, written by Lori Walburg and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey, is a timeless tale that explores the meaning behind Easter eggs and the Easter story itself. This beautifully illustrated story of faith, love, and wonder includes explanations of the most common traditions and symbols of Lent and Easter.

The Legend of the Easter Robin, written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey, is a classic tale that explores the symbol of the robin and its connection to Easter and Jesus' death and resurrection. This Easter story reminds readers everywhere how much Jesus sacrificed for us and how much he loves us.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar, written by Chris Auer and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey, is a tale filled with wonder and charm that explores the hidden meaning of Easter within the sand dollar. This Easter story reminds readers everywhere that when Jesus died for us and was resurrected, he promised hope for all. (Ages 4-8)


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WAKEM THE ROOSTER, UP ALL NIGHT (2017): Wakem the rooster sings beautifully, and his barnyard friends tell him so. Soon, however, Wakem can't stop crowing late into the night. When Wakem's days and nights become mixed up, the raucous rooster is awake long past bedtime—waking everybody up! While cat and dog offer great tips for improved sleep, it's owl's clever twist on counting sheep that saves the day for Wakem and his barnyard friends. (Ages 4-8)

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