Author & Illustrators

Dean Coe-4-5Dean Coe is the author of the Chesterton collection of five picture books and one chapter book featuring Chesterton, a good-natured, ever-curious weasel living on Cape Cod.  The picture book stories include: Chesterton Keeps His Town Jumping, Chesterton Saves the Whale, Chesterton’s Scary Breakfast, Chesterton’s Winter Rescue, and Chesterton Saves The Bunnies. Wild Moon, a chapter book is the latest in the collection of nature stories based on the shores and woodlands of Cape Cod.

Coe’s 1st picture book, Chesterton Keeps His Town Jumping was illustrated by Sandwich High School seniors, Robyn Whaples and Sasha Rudyakov. The team produced four more books during the illustrator’s college years. Wild Moon, 8/2020 is illustrated by artist and children’s author, Carolyn Lecomte.

Coe’s early career was in camp administration with the YMCA and the former Boston Children’s Services Association. His primary career was as a principal in a multi-media production company and as principal and founder of Dean M. Coe Associates, an executive search firm established in 1984. Now retired, a grandfather of four, an avid kayaker, he provides historical and ecological narrated kayak tours through the marsh of Sandwich, Cape Cod’s oldest town. His books introduce young readers to wildlife on the marsh, estuaries, and woodlands of the Cape and New England.

Dean has been an active member of the Cape Cod community serving as a Director of The Cape and Islands United Way,  The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, The Sandwich Public Library, and The Community Bank. He was a founder of the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, The Sandwich Boardwalk Reconstruction Committee, and The Sandwich Arts Alliance. He is currently a Director of The Thornton Burgess Society, Green Briar Nature Center, and Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Through relationships developed as an Airbnb host since 2012 he has traveled and kayaked internationally. Dean and his dog, Sadie live in Sandwich, MA.




  1. I’ve been going to Sandy since 1976 (on my honeymoon). I shared your contact with Murray Callahan who is an illustrator and dear friend. She’s done the art work for my wife’s band for years. She’s a joy to work with. You can see some her artwork on my wife’s site at

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