About Ducky Friends
The Ducky Friends Children's Book Series was started to fill the need for engaging stories that teach young children social skills. Meant for all children between ages 4 and 8 years, the books use endearing animal characters to demonstrate the basic social skills needed to make and keep friends.
About the Authors
Patricia Bardina, Ph.D., grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied psychology at Pomona College and then moved to Seattle, where she received a master’s in educational psychology and master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. Joanne Burgess, B.A., grew up in Duluth, MN. She studied geography and urban studies at the University of Minnesota and then moved to Seattle and studied education at City University in Bellevue, Washington. Prior to graduate school, they worked together teaching social skills to children on the autism spectrum and with other psychological disorders at Seattle Children's Hospital. Following graduate school, Patricia continued to teach social skills to children with anxiety, attention-deficit disorders (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorders. Joanne worked as a preschool teacher and continued to teach social skills to children on the autism spectrum and with other psychological disorders as well as teaching typical kids.
About the Illustrator
Paul Sharp graduated from the Art Institute in Pittburgh, Pennsylvania. Freelancing for twenty years, he worked as Art Director in Toys & Games for Random House and as Art Director for Children’s Magazines at Curtis Publishing. His characters appear in numerous children’s books and magazines, as well as brand name packaging, commercials, party goods, apps, and animated interactive media.