Tuesday, April 3, 2018

BARK PARK!







Happy release day to BARK PARK! Thank you to Trudy Krisher for writing such a joyful story and to the wonderful folks at Beach Lane Books for giving me the opportunity to illustrate Trudy's words. And thank you to Kirkus for the lovely review. You can read the full review here.

"There’s a place for everyone at this dog park, with an inclusive, cheerful atmosphere and a subtle message that everyone can play together and get along. (Picture book. 2-7)"

(You can read the full review here.)
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

100,000,000 books!

On February 27th, COAT OF MANY COLORS, written by Dolly Parton and illustrated by me, was presented to the Library of Congress as the 100,000,000th book gifted by Dolly Parton's
Imagination Library. That's A LOT of books to A LOT of kids!

I had the good fortune of attending the celebration and bumbled my way through a moment on stage with Dolly and Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden.

Thank you to Dolly Parton, the amazing people of the Imagination Library (especially David Dotson), and to everyone at Penguin Random House. It was an unforgettable day!





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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

An interview...



Joanna Marple of the wonderful blog, Miss Marple's Musings, was kind enough to invite me over for a chat. Thank you, Joanna!

Also, please take a moment to check out Pubfor PR, an auction set up by kid lit folks to aid hurricane relief for Puerto Rico.  You could win a phone call picture book critique with my amazing agent, Marietta Zacker, an original illustration by Pat Cummings, or having a character named after you in Rainbow Rowell's next novel! (Along with lots of other awesome things!)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Oh, hi!




Please forgive the long radio silence.  I've had my hands rather full with these two. :)

(Photo by Monet Nicole)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Behind the scenes...

Oh, dear.  I'm afraid it's been too quiet here on the blog the past few months.  But, there's been lots going on behind the scenes.

This past fall I illustrated my first board book, Blanket of Love, written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and published by Little Simon.  This sweet little book will be released on May 16 and is part of the New Books for Newborns series.

Another book in the series, Mama Loves You So, was illustrated by Simone Shin.  I had the pleasure of meeting Simone at last year's SCBWI L.A. Summer Conference and am especially fond of her work. I hope you'll take a moment to look through her lovely website.

I'm also putting the finishing touches on the illustrations for Bark Park, written by Trudy Krisher and published by Beach Lane Books (I've had such a good time drawing dogs!) and am getting started on illustrations for two new picture books.

There've been other things afoot as well, like frozen pipes (now repaired thanks to my handy husband), an angry cold (mostly gone, but not quite), attending the Women's March in Denver, and some beautiful, snowy days.  Also, I totally failed to send out holiday cards this year.  I didn't send even one.  Oof.  Maybe I'll get organized in time for Valentine's Day.

And just one last thing... I missed the first print run of Carson Ellis's "Onward" posters, but I did snag a pack of her "Onward" notecards.  Maybe you would like some, too?  (All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood).