Growing up, Aphelandra (aka Aphee) could always be found either reading or drawing. She continued the trend in college, earning an English degree while taking every art and design class she could. So, when she stumbled into the field of book design, she knew she had found her niche. Before joining Albert Whitman in the Land of Lincoln, Aphee lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she worked as a designer and illustrator. Her favorite books from childhood include Redwall, The Trumpet of the Swan, and Stellaluna.