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Hello and welcome to the John Cayden site!

In case you did not know, I write, design, illustrate and produce my own books. I was inspired to do so, primarily with ecology picture books for young ones after spending most of my adult life as an education specialist for public engagement. I would love to know what you think of my books and if you’ve figured out any of the hidden riddles. Information about my portfolio of works for children, adults and museums is 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 India to Europe, recently traveling the exhibition Wicked Plants, based on the work of author Amy Stewart. Most recently I produced an exhibition on Mastodons and even one on Zombies for Z Nation.  

Feel free to get in touch if you have any comments, questions, suggestions, fan art to share or just want to say hello or be on a mailing list so you know if a new book is coming out.  I would be more than happy to hear from you and know that someone somewhere has finally discovered my work! I would also love any help with ideas to make my future books better and in getting the good word out on social media about my ecology book series for little future stewards of Earth.

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

Best regards - I wish you all health and happiness and fun reading and thank you for your support.  




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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This new 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.

NEW IN 2022!

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NEW IN 2022!

This 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 moon light. 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.



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