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My First Winter on the Prairie


This is the story of Puff, a small groundhog who lives in the grasslands of North America. Puff recounts his first twenty days of winter by watching the other animals around him prepare for the coming of a long, cold season after experiencing the joy of a beautiful, hot summer and a cool colorful fall. Clues to their preparations are not only in what he sees them doing, but what he sees them eating and the small changes to their bodies he is witnessing as the fall of the first flakes of snow touch his nose.




This is a story about a mischievous little family of Flipergubers, who live in the spaces unseen between some places twice forgotten. They long for adventure and fun and set off with their leader Obe into the new, away from the familiar, to discover another magical world full of life they had only dreamed about. Their tiny first adventure has thrills, spills and chills as they head for the warmth of the sun, barely escaping the grip of some fuzzy young creatures as they pass out of their dark world and into the light.


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NEW E-BOOK & HARDBACK AVAILABLE NOW! This children's picture book is an illustrated story about Wilton, a small chipmunk who lives on the edge of a large wet, wetland near a small city. Some big winds came with a storm and knocked over his home, which was nestled in the hollow of a tree. To his surprise and delight, the other creatures who call the wetland home and call Wilton a friend, bring him all kinds of found and collected materials they offer up to help Wilton make a new home at the edge of the cool fresh water. Now available on Amazon. 

Wilton Home in a Wet Wet Land

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This favorite children's picture book is an illustrated story

about Rocket, a small Kangaroo Mouse who made his home

on a busy path in the beauty of the high desert. Other animals come and go, mostly in the evening and during the night-time when the air cools in the moonlight. Rocket learns a little about each of the animals by watching and listening to them as they move along in their evening search for water, friends and food. Now available on Amazon.


Hello and welcome to my website!

My name is John Cayden and I write, design, illustrate and produce my own books for children

based on my love of ecology. During COVID I decided to leave my long career as a museum education specialist and exhibition designer/developer, and finally embrace my passion as an environmental educator. I was inspired to make this move because I've always felt that educating youth about our world is one of the most rewarding and good works to be done. Information about my portfolio of works for children, adults and my hundreds of museum interpretation samples are available within.

​My career as a public environmental science educator, anthropologist, archivist, exhibition designer,

developer, artist, illustrator and writer spans over thirty years. I’ve designed over 180 temporary and national award-winning traveling exhibits and a few dozen picture books and coffee table books for other artist. I have paintings, graphics and exhibitions around the world from Kuala Lumpur to South America and from India to Europe, recently producing the traveling exhibition Wicked Plants, based on the work of author Amy Stewart, which even toured Vegas a few times. My last works included the production of an exhibition on Mastodons and even one on Zombies from the B rated TV show Z Nation.  

Feel free to get in touch if you have any comments, questions, suggestions, fan art, or just want to say hello

or add yourself to my mailing list for upcoming notices about new book releases.  I would be more than happy to hear from you and I would love ideas to make my future books better.

I also could use some help getting the good word out on social media because I'm old and I suck at it.  

Thank you for your interest, your comments, your support and your help!  

Best regards - I wish you all health and happiness and fun reading. 

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