Tracy Kane, author and illustrator, is a leader in getting children outside.
Tracy Kane’s award-winning Fairy Houses Series® of illustrated and photographic books has popularized the building of fairy houses both across the country and around the world. Children’s creativity is ignited by her books and video, encouraging children to venture outside and build fairy houses from natural materials. As they explore their backyards, beaches, forests and schoolyards searching for building materials, children form an important connection with nature and become observers of the world around them.
For more than 15 years, Tracy has shared the magic of fairy house building with both children and adults. Through her workshops and events she has inspired schools, libraries and many other groups. She also works with communities to develop “Fairy Houses Tours” that benefit local non- profit organizations and inspire thousands of families to build fairy houses of their own.
In each illustrated story book, Tracy combines her love of nature with a touch of fairy magic. Her stories emphasize a respect for nature and provide a way for children to learn about and become part of the natural world around them. When building a fairy house, children wonder “Will the fairies come to visit?” The Fairy Houses Series® of books foster creative thinking and problem-solving skills through a fun, hands-on activity. Parents, educators and nature lovers are amazed at children’s imaginations and level of concentration when constructing their fairy habitats.
Tracy and her husband, Barry, enjoy residing in Maine – the origin of fairy house building.
(Enjoy Tracy Kanes’ interview with Women of Upstate New York Magazine)
Tracy Kane majored in illustration at Philadelphia College of Art. She also studied in London, England where she met her husband. After working as a commercial artist for Public Television, she now spends her time giving “fairy houses” workshops, hosting book signings and events, as well as illustrating and painting. She and her husband live in Maine with their Maine Coon cat.
(see also An Interview with Tracy Kane)