JOHN CAYDEN BOOKS
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ABOUT me JOHN CAYDEN
Hello and welcome to my website!
My name is John Cayden and I write, design and illustrate books for young readers based on my love of ecology and the amazing life on our unique planet...without using artificial intelligence. During COVID I decided to leave my long career as a museum exhibition designer/developer and curator, and embrace my passion as a licensed and degreed environmental education specialist. I was inspired to make this move because educating little ones about our world is one of the most rewarding and good works to be done. Educating as many of the future protectors of the plants, the animals, environments and ecosystems that make this world unbelievably special is my number one mission in life.
Please join me in celebrating the diversity of life on the little rock in space we call Earth.
Information about my books for children and my portfolio of hundreds of museum works are available within.
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 getting old and I suck at it.
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Thank you for your interest, your comments, your support and your help!
Best regards - I wish you all health and happiness and fun reading.
My First Winter on the Prairie
NEW IN 2023! NOW AVAILABLE IN HARDBACK!
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.
E-BOOK AVAILABLE SUMMER 2023
NEW IN 2023!! AVAILABLE IN HARDBACK
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.
E-BOOK AVAILABLE SUMMER 2023
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.
E-BOOK & HARDBACK!
Home in a
Wet Wet Land
A ROCKET TALE
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.