Author Marisa Papen’s vision for Earth Family was born during the first months of the pandemic and lockdown. As the world closed, an opening & possibility for transformation revealed itself in the form of a poetic, artful children’s book.

The first glimpse of inspiration was a simple line, a line that connects us all and draws our deep interconnectedness with everything. The line soon morphed into a thread, and then into Earth as a ball of yarn. With spontaneity, the story flowed effortlessly and soon we connected with our illustrator as well, Loutje Hoekstra, an Amsterdam based autodidact artist who is known for her surreal symphonic line work. Over the course of a year, we collaborated virtually via zoom and without deadlines or agenda the book naturally unfolded.

Earth Family expresses a hopeful future that inspires children & adults to see our current state of the world as an opportunity for a loving reconnection with ourselves, each other and our planet.