Famed professional photographer and author J.S. Friedman is the creator of the beloved series of children’s books entitled Maurice’s Valises, which follows heroic adventurer Maurice as he searches for the lost treasures of the world (a micro Indiana Jones ). The book series, which has won numerous children’s book awards, was motivated by a previous book project, Earth’s Elders. The Treasure Trekkers animated series are inspired by this book series.