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1. An interview with Deborah Kalb


Hello Everyone! Lots going on here and there. I won the Jane Addams Peace Awardand went to NYC to receive the beautiful award. Debbie Levy and I received the award for our book, "We Shall Over Come"published by Disney -Hyperion and Jump At The Sun Press. We had an awesome beautiful day. I also got the pleasure and joy of seeing Ludwigs Bemelmens's Madeline and that was awesome! It's on it's way to Eric Carle Museum. If you are in the area please check it out! It was beautiful.

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Friday was a most important day for me and Debbie Levy as we were both presented with the Jane Addams Peace Award for our book "We Shall Over Come", published by Disney-Hyperion and Jump At Sun Press. It was indeed an honor and if you know me, you know I cried. Like a baby. I only wished that my Mother, Father and the rest of my family could have been there. We were hosted so beautifully by the committee and you could literally feel the love in the room. I will never forget their kindness and sweet words to me. Marianne Baker, YOU ARE THE BOMB DIGGITY LADY, thank you Ann, Heather my hostess, Pat and everyone for making the day so very beautiful and special. Tearfully thank you all from the bottom of my heart. A very special thank you to my Sister Coy LaVerne Brantley Curry who wrote my acceptance speech! You are the wind beneath my wings girl. This could not have happened with out your love. Tearfully me. Love you!

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Peg Legged Piggy #inktober Hey, have a great day everyone! Friday's coming!!

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Just in time for Thanksgiving! The family will love it

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I'm not into horror and stuff, but I find Vampires hilarious! This is my Halloween Collection for 2014. Will be in stores 2015. Have a great week.

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Hello Fellow Bloggers, Here is my little contribution to #inktober! He's got a story, but I can't share now. He's locked me in the closet and taken over my computer. HELP!

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Get your dance on!

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8. Hey Look Ma! I made it to Design Inspiration! Jeff Andrews is the Bomb!

The fabulous Jeff Andrews of Design Inspiration did a fabulous interview with me and of course I wanted to share it with my blogger family! Please check it out when you have a moment and please leave a comment cause we like your comments. Thanks beautiful people! Designinspiration.blogspot.com

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9. Happy New Year!


Happy New Year Everyone! L'Shanah Tovah to you and yours!

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Hello Bloggers, I wanted to share with you a new book that I am working on. It's the story of Harriet Powers the famous quilter. Harriet was a slave, but she became famous by creating her storybook quilts that hang in museums today.The book is called, "Sewing Stories". This is the opening illustration for the story. Harriet is laid on handmade quilt by her mother in between the rows of a corn field. I can only images what her mother was feeling. Having to lay her baby down in a field with snakes and bugs while she picked corn and cotton. Unnerving to say the very least. Here are just a few of Harriet's fine quilts.

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I have no hair, but she does. It's called, " Good Hair Day". A collaged piece that I have been working on and finally finished. Hope you like it! Hope you're having a good hair day too!

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Happy Monday Beautiful Bloggers! Have a great day!

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Sketching is something that I really need to embrace. Sketching is very hard for me sometimes. I'm really trying to enjoy the process.

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Morning Blogger Friends, Just doing some sketching and trying to get back into blogging a bit. Hope that you are having a wonderful day! Fresh start to the week! May it be full of giggles and surprises!

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Hope that your weekend is MAGICAL!! "ABRACADABRA" Do you know what it means?? "Abracadabra" is a hebrew word meaning, It is so or make it so. So, Abracadabra and have a wonderful weekend people!

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Hello Beautiful People!

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Hello Friends, Hope that you all are doing well. Summer is just about over, but I hope you all had fun. I would love to know what you did over the summer? I have been working all summer long. Work is a good thing. I'm not complaining. Here is a new character that I am working on. I don't know who she is or what her name is. Maybe you could tell me? Anyway, thank so much everyone for your kind comments Sending you ALL hugs!

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I wanted to thank you all for your comment on the last post. It's so nice to hear from you all. My desk is full, but I miss you all so much! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hope that you all are well and living well. Have a beautiful weekend everyone!

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As a child of the 60's, I really didn't see myself in many picture books. I didn't see me reflected in Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty Magazines or Golden Children's books. My parents would buy my sister and I these wonderful books and magazines because it was important to be a kid, but it often saddened and frustrated them that the books didn't reflect the people in our home. One day, I went to school and a teacher named, Mrs. Russell, put me on her lap and showed me a wonderful book by Ezra Jack Keats. That book would change my life. "The Snowy Day". Mr. Keats would be one of the first illustrators of children's books that would have a chocolate boy center stage in his book. Peter looked like me. He was beautiful. I never heard a word Mrs. Russell read honestly. It was the pictures that told me the story. It was Peter's cute little brown face against his cozy red snowsuit. It was his mama who looked just like my mama! It had everything to do with his daddy that looked like my daddy. Peter and I were sister and brother in my head and the pictures that Ezra created proved it. The Snowy Day is 50 years old and I just turned 50 last year. It saddens me deeply that we still don't see children of color in books as often as I would like. Of the 3,500 pictures books created last year, only 95 represented people of color. We live in a very multicultural world and it is my joy to be reflected this in the books and product that I create. I would hope that others would begin to feel the same. Don't get me wrong, we have a few, but not enough. I love Mr. Keats's reply to an editor. She asked," Why did you make Peter black? Are you trying to make a statement or something?" Mr. Keats answered, "I put Peter there simply because he should have been there all along." I feel the same way. I believe that ALL children should be represented in Children's book! They all need to see themselves in everyday situation that encourage imagine, diversity , problem solving and community. Every child deserves this. #WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS

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Happy Mother's Day!

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21. Carol Baldwin post, "Where are the People of Color in Children's Literature? An Answer from Vanessa Newton As a member of SCBWI, I follow topics of interest through LinkedIn. Recently the question, "Where are the People of Color in Children's Literature?"


Author Carol Baldwin asked if she could post some of my comments from a recent SCBWI chat on Linkedin.com. When you get a chance please run over to her site and read it. Please leave a comment or two if you are so inclined. Have a great day.

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22. Lots Going On in My Studio


Hello Blogger Friends, Hope that you all have been doing well. It's been super busy for me with family and work. I feel bad because I haven't really been around. Sometimes life happens so fast that the things you love to do get passed over. I miss you all so very much and I long to come back and start blogging again. I am making time to do so. Wish me luck. Sending you all best wishes and creative thoughts today and everyday. Shalom

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23. Just Posting


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Hello Bloggers, I have been missing in action and I really am sorry about that. I'm up to my armpits in work and taking care of family and honestly Blogging has taken a back seat for the moment, but I wanted to come by and tell you that I just finished my first Golden book called, " I Can Do It"! It's about about a little girl that tries to dress her self and do everything by herself or at least she tries. Right now you can find it here. I hope that you are doing well these day. Can't believe how fast the Summer has flown by. Wishing you all smiles and happiness. Best to you.

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