David Marshall is an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. He is known for his ability to take complex sciences and break it down into entertaining and understand story form for children. His book From Bears and Trees to Mushrooms and Bees is a great example. David took the science of leading mycologist, Paul Stamets and wrapped it in a fantastical story. In this book, the main character Max is a boy whose curiosity leads him on a scientific path to solve a worldwide problem: Save the bees! Max describes the challenge bees face and reveals a revolutionary insight to help bees with mushroom mycelium. Moreover, the story underscores the complex inter-relationships of life cycles between bears, trees, mushrooms, bees, humans and much more.
David’s children’s stories carry life-giving, inspirational and meaningful messages. He believes that when kids read, they learn how and when to trust, dream and succeed. Storytelling helps children find a connection with their world, with their parents, teachers and with each other. Children face their challenges in many ways. David’s goal is to use stories to help children meet those challenges in life. When children feel emotionally fulfilled, they perform at a higher level.