ELOY — When Robson Ranch author and illustrator Judiann Lewinski picked up paper and pen and began working on her new children’s book, “The Red Wagon Heroes,” she hoped the story would inspire a kinder, gentler world.

“My love of drawing and painting inspired me to begin drawing multicultural children playing together, showing respect and reinforcing self-esteem for themselves and their friends,” Lewinski said. “I hoped the book would encourage kids of all ages to be kind and treat people the way each of us would want them to be treated, becoming heroes that look out for each other.”

“The Red Wagon Heroes” includes drawings of children, their pets and red wagons. Lewinski illustrated the entire book and wrote the words to accompany the pictures.

“I began the illustrations in January 2021 and finished the last illustration in May, writing the words as the paintings took life,” Lewinski said.

Although Lewinski has been an artist and a writer most of her life, she worked for many years as a personal trainer.

“I helped people stay healthy,” she said.

She and her husband, Paul, have four children. The couple moved to Arizona from St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2007, purchasing a home in Robson Ranch.

“I set up my art studio and have continued painting for the past 15 years,” she said.

Lewinski also has a line of handmade “The Red Wagon Heroes” greeting cards.

She will be one of several published authors at an upcoming meet-the-author event in Robson Ranch Hermosa Ballroom from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 2.

Other Robson Ranch authors expected to be at the Nov. 2 author event are:

  • Bridget Dwyer, who wrote a book for teachers
  • Bob Kehoe, author of biographies of auto racers
  • Susanne Perry, author of a murder mystery trilogy
  • Jaine Toth, writer of memoirs
  • Suzanne Williams, children’s book writer

Author Pam Witt, who writes giraffe-theme books for children and also volunteers for endangered species organizations, will also have a table at the event.

Lewinsky, Dwyer, Kehoe, Perry, Toth and Williams will read excerpts from their published works, speak about their writing and answer questions. Books will be available for purchase and authors will sign them upon request.

Those attending the event should bring cash or checks as many of the authors are unable to accept credit cards, an announcement said.

“The Red Wagon Heroes” sells for $25. People may purchase it by sending an email to lewvac@msn.com.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.