Ever since she set pen to paper as a child, Maryann Cocca-Leffler knew she was destined to be an illustrator of children's books.
It all started in first grade. I had just started a new school and desperately wanted the kids to like me, so to impress them, I told a teeny lie. With my last name being ‘Cocca,’ I informed my new classmates that my father owned the Coca Cola Company, (he didn’t). My well-intended scheme backfired and became a big problem when the kids discovered the truth.