Gary Hutchinson, a baby boomer, grew up on his parents’ farm in rural south-western Ontario with his five brothers. When his daughter was born, he read her countless books and told her stories every night at bedtime until her sixteenth birthday. After seeing the positive impact this had on his daughter’s intellectual development and creativity — she recently graduated from Harvard Law School with distinction and is already a published author — he is now passionate about the importance of reading to preschool children. As his engineering career winds down, Gary is making time to resume his love of storytelling and is committed to creating picture books that both children and their parents will love to read. He believes that when stories and illustrations work together, those books will stand the test of repeated readings, the child-reader relationship will be enriched, and a love of reading will be instilled in the child.
When not telling children’s stories, Gary has spent time in government security and as a rocket scientist, a telecommunications engineer, a founder of a high tech start-up, and the CTO in a family-run engineering consulting business. He now lives in Ottawa, Canada and is a Professional Engineer, husband, father, and grandfather.
Catch Me the Moon is the first published work from Mr. Hutchinson; more are on the way.