Todd Erickson

Todd Erickson, along with his wife, Ariane, founded their publishing label, Norse-Gael Books in 2023, and launched their debut picture book, BAXTER AND JEFFREY, in January 2024. 

Todd is a Head Teacher at Stanford University's Bing Nursery School, where he scaffolds play, opens hearts, challenges minds, and reads loads and loads of picture books to his students. He enjoys tapping into the deep wonder, boundless hope, and endless creativity of young children as both a teacher and a picture book author. He also writes a monthly newsletter, Todd’s Good Books, featuring book recommendations for young children and their families.

In his spare time, Todd enjoys playing basketball, spending time with his family, any food that contains chocolate, and trying to figure out how “wallpaper, uff da, gnocchi, and Guardians of the Galaxy” form a group of four in Connections.

Visit Todd and Ariane at to learn why they think they’d make great candidates for “The Amazing Race,” where to grab a delicious slice of chocolate cake, and how to parent a feisty daughter when you’re the Chief of a Medieval Viking clan.