Kids Bridge Books is a collaboration between children's book author Johnny Kunen and fine artist and illustrator Mackenzie Younger. The name was chosen because the two friends grew up walking distance apart on opposite sides of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Our goal at Kids Bridge Books is to create inspiring and innovative children's books for children of all ages. To stay informed about our upcoming work, follow us on Twitter (@Kidsbridgebooks) and like our Facebook page at Kids Bridge Books.
Who we are:
Johnny Kunen was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 13, he took his first job as a junior counselor at a summer camp, and has worked with children ever since. Diagnosed with dyslexia in elementary school, Johnny often struggled as a young student, but found solace in both sports and writing fiction. Johnny attended Ithaca College where he earned a degree in writing and discovered an affinity for creating children’s stories. After college Johnny took a job as an assistant coach to both a middle school soccer team and a high school varsity basketball team. At the same time he began working alongside his long-time friend Mackenzie Younger on a series of children's books. Johnny plans on writing many more books for children, as well as pursuing an advanced degree in physical education.
Mackenzie Younger grew up in lower Manhattan by the once famous Fulton Fish Market. “I was raised in the shadow of a bridge”, states Mackenzie, regarding the Brooklyn Bridge that hovers over his house. As a child his parents nurtured his creative side, and he learned how to draw with great skill before learning how to write. Like his friend Johnny Kunen, Mackenzie struggled with a learning disability, but fortunately this weakness only strengthened his drive for visual communication.
After high school Mackenzie Younger attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a Bachelors in Fine Arts, while attending classes at Brown University for botany, building upon his life long interest in nature. Professionally Mackenzie now works as a studio artist, along with painting murals, illustrating children’s books, gardening, and part time teaching. Mackenzie's most recent class, titled Art & Ecology, was taught at the Brooklyn Urban Gardening School.