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.

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.

Richard Cowdrey

Richard Cowdrey

illustrator

Book Cover Fiona It's Bedtime

FIONA, IT’S BEDTIME (2020)

It’s time to go to bed and Fiona can’t fall asleep until she’s said “GOODNIGHT” to all her animal friends at the zoo.

Fiona, It’s Bedtime is the latest book to showcase the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo. Fiona is beloved by fans all over the world, and her newest book is the perfect bedtime read-aloud for cuddling with your little one.

Illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey, this bedtime book features everyone’s favorite hippo wandering through the zoo saying “GOODNIGHT” to all her animal friends before she heads to bed and settles into slumber.  (Ages 4-8)

Book Cover-A Very Fiona Christmas

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)

Book Cover 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)