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My first American Library Association conference and the beautiful ceremony for the Pura Belpré was amazing (and a little overwhelming). Here are pictures, and a little bit from my acceptance Speech.
With some outside assistance, I've been working on packets to mail out promoting Knit Together (Dial January 2015).Add a Comment
Here are a few finishes from the Sonia Sotomayor book I've been working on. Also in other news, I'm going to be attending the American Library Association Conference in just a few weeks to receive the Pura Belpre Honor. In addition, I just signed on to illustrate an adorable new book with Roaring Brook press. Should be fun!
A little over six months before my next book baby comes out. (Dial Books January 2015).
Every semester, I take my character design for Children's Book Class to the Zoo. It's always a fun, relaxing day. Here are a few sketches from that day.
The wonderful people at Redwood Library have put together a poster for the upcoming speaking engagements. I'll also be presenting at Redwood Library on May 4th at 1pm. More details about that soon.
Here are a few finishes from the Candlewick book I've been working on. I'm just a few weeks away from finishing all the book.
Also I'm about to start a new project with Bloomsbury about Sonia Sotomayor. Should be a busy spring.
Snuck another drawing in while I was teaching.
These are recent samples I did for a publisher. Had so much fun working on these!
It's been awhile since I've been able to post sketches from the Character Design Class I teach. Here are a few from the past few weeks.
Another illustration for one of my favorite clients, College of Charleston Magazine. Also a sneak peek at the final artwork for the Candlewick book I'm illustrating.
Exciting! I just got my first round of proofs for Knit Together (January 2015). Here's a sneak peek.
Macmillan, the publishing house that published Maria Had A Little Llama, just sent out a lovely little email with all their award winners from this year's ALA awards. It's certainly nice to see Maria there with other books that I adore.
Also I'm going to be participating in group show this March at the Sun Gallery with a bunch of Bay Area Children's Book Illustrators. The artist reception will be March 16th from 1pm to 4pm. Should be fun!
I'm humbled and delighted to announce that Maria Had A Little Llama won the 2014 Pura Belpré Honor. I can't wait to receive the award at the Annual American Library Association Meeting in Las Vegas. #alayma
Here is a delightful video for Scholastic Book Club featuring Maria Had A Little Llama.
I'm a little rusty, but I'm sketching again outside. This is near my first apartment in San Francisco.
Good News! Maria Had A Little Llama was featured on Horn Book today.
I just finished the final sketches for Loro Mango written by Meg Medina (Candlewick 2015). I can't show all of them, but here are a few of my favorites.
Here is one of the final illustrations from Knit Together (Dial 2015). This story has been a labor of love for the past few years. It is actually the very first story I ever wrote. It began in 2010 as a poorly written rhyme with no narrative (and rejected a few times) to something that I'm very proud. I couldn't have done it without my wonderful team at Dial and my agent.
Here is the completed Mailer for 826 Valencia's Winter Mailer.