After 25 years, since the beginning of sixth grade, Addison was encouraged by teachers to write. His influence spanned over time with nature and his concern for the ever-changing environment. Playing as a kid in meadows, lakes and fields to riding horses, fishing, and animal watching increased his expression in writing. Never would he imagine that one day he would be teaching in a special needs language arts classroom and challenged by one of the students saying, “Show us some of your writing…if you want us to write!” It was then that Addison reflected on his childhood writings, The Animals Next Door. With perseverance and time, "The Animals Next Door" have become a creative delight for children and parents everywhere. It is his dream and joy to share them with you!
Addison Baker is a best-selling author with Tribute Publishing. He is a graduate of Beulah Heights University with an MBA and a degree in Global Economics & Community Development. In addition to being an author/illustrator, he is CEO and Executive Director of Adonaijah Youth Foundation. Addison is also a motivational speaker, mentor, and special needs educator, passionate about the well-being of youth and community. He is a recording artist who won 1st place Male Vocalist/Soloist, appeared on TV and in theatrical stage performances, opened for Grammy Award winning artists such as Smokie Norful and Jim Brickman, and performed for former president Bill Clinton.
He is inspired from his childhood by those who dare to dream and make the world a better place to live. Special recognition to some of his influences: Patrick McDonnell, Charles M. Schulz, Theodor Suess Geisel, Walter E. Disney, Marlin Perkins, Peter Gros, Lynne Cherry, Peter Brown and Steve Irwin (are just to name a few). He dedicates his life and works to all those who answer the call to inspire others to dream and hope with selfless expectations.