This image is the cover for the book The Raindrop and the Bubble

The Raindrop and the Bubble

A raindrop and a bubble decide to switch places, thinking they would enjoy themselves more by being able to do all the things the other could do. At first, it’s exciting and new, but after a while, it wasn’t the same. Through their journey, they both learn a valuable lesson in self-discovery: “Be the best you that you can best be!” With its positive message, it’s Aesop meets Dr. Seuss: A cross between a classic fable and an illustrated nursery rhyme with delightful characters that jump off the page thanks to the colorful artwork.

Jimmy Ryan, Julie Ann Voigt

Jimmy Ryan is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, writer, and producer. His soundtrack work garnered him a Telly Award. He is the proud father of two incredible daughters and grandfather to four wonderful grandchildren. This is Jimmy’s first foray into children’s books, being inspired by visits from his grandchildren. He is so grateful that his daughter, Julie, was able to illustrate The Raindrop and the Bubble so beautifully. Jimmy lives in Des Plaines, Illinois, with the love of his life, his wife, Katie. Julie Ann Voigt teaches children how to foster their creativity as an elementary school art teacher in Park Ridge, Illinois. She was very excited for the opportunity to illustrate this book for her father, Jimmy Ryan. Julie has her BA in education and art from Concordia University Chicago, and her MA in education from St. Xavier University. Julie lives in Mount Prospect, Illinois, with her husband, Collin, and two children, Declan and Aubrey. This is Julie’s first time illustrating a children’s book, and she is eager to start illustrations for a new project soon!