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Fight School The Musical! If only I could go back in time and tell my little girl self when I was going to school in a small logging town -- that someday I'd have a book getting adapted into an off-Broadway musical for a children's theater in New York City! What miracles may come when you choose to believe in dreams! Thank you Vital Theatre for making Flight School The Musical a reality.
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Please stop by and check out the lovely Cynthia Leitich Smith blog Cynsations. Here is a link to an interview I did for my newest book, Born in the Wild.
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Seeing a book begin to take shape after over a year of sketching and revising is exciting!
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Just home from New York City -- what a great time at the Society of Illustrators Original Art show!! It was such an honor to be a part of this fantastic show and get to see so many wonderful friends and colleagues. It was a special treat!!
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Starting to paint after months sketching this book. My favorite kind of day!
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I love back to school time - I'm looking forward to going into classrooms again this year! I get so inspired talking with the kids. As we head into the school year I thought I'd update my school brochure. To all my teacher friends, here is a link.
Download my School Visit Info: Schools_2014-15.pdf
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FLIGHT SCHOOL was recently mentioned in Barbara Gruener's lovely blog, The Corner on Character, and has been included in this year's Character Case at her school in Friendswood, Texas. Here's a link to the article.
Here's a small section from the article:
As we head into this year's dash, don't our little birds deserve to see their potential as eagles, not their limitations as penguins? We must take our role as flight instructors to assist and support them with "the technical parts" seriously.
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Reading Flight School and making penguins with new friends at the Norwich library last weekend. That was fun. Thanks also to the Eric Carle Museum for hosting me at their storytime!
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I'm so hopeful for my next book (out this fall)- two reviews are in and both are STARRED. Thank you School Library Journal and Kirkus!!
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So many beautiful faces to draw in this world.
I woke up feeling like dancing today.
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Was a great trip to NYC, but always feels great to be back in the studio, working on sketches for the next book. The light is pouring in my windows - I love this time of year.
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This morning, the year's first white tailed fawn wobbled out of the ferns in our yard. I love this time of year. He looked like he didn't quite know how to balance on those long legs. Mama licked him and sent him back to the ferns to hide. I didn't want to miss a moment by getting the camera, so I thought I'd share this drawing instead - it's in my upcoming book, BORN IN THE WILD, out this fall with Roaring Brook.
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Thank you Bank Street College Center for Children's Literature for selecting HOW BIG WERE DINOSAURS? as a book of outstanding merit for The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2014 Edition.
Link to the 2014 list of Best Children’s Books of the Year from the Bank Street College Center for Children's Literature.
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Getting lots of help packing for next week's author visit to Wilmington, MA.
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We've seen a few really nice reviews of Flight School in the past few days. One was a *STARRED REVIEW* from the June 2014 issue of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books! Here's a little snippet from that:
"The watercolor and pencil illustrations are warm, robust, and thoughtfully composed... Penguin is a charmingly tubby and stout guy, and the skillful positioning of his red flight goggles visually convey his emotions: when he’s happy, the earpieces flip up jauntily, and when he’s sad, they dejectedly droop. This could be a useful tool for many kinds of discussions—from the adaptations that some kids need in a classroom, to creative problem solving, to perseverance—or a cheerful addition to a unit or story hour about birds or penguins."
Another nice review was from the Librarian's quest blog.
Here's a quote from Librarian's Quest:
"If you are looking for a title about dreaming the impossible dream look no further than Flight School...It presents readers with a cast of lovable characters who look on the bright side of life. Sometimes we truly need the help of our friends to keep our heart full..."
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Today I learned that US Fish and Wildlife Service is commemorating my grandmother as a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Hero. I'm so proud of her. My grandfather as well, for they worked together tirelessly to save the environment and wildlife.
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Killdeers calling along the river this morning. I love this time of year. This is a little sketch from my sketchbook.
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Please join us in creating an activity for Flight School!
One of the most fulfilling aspects to my life as a creator of children’s books is when I hear how teachers are using my books in classrooms to excite kids passion for reading, creating, and learning. I have been fortunate that so many teachers have given their time and energy to create
activities and lessons around my books. But often I only
hear of these efforts through perusing others’ blogs. I
thought it would be wonderful to collaborate a little more
directly with teachers.
A collaboration of this kind seems appropriate for
Flight School. This is a story about a little penguin
with the soul of an eagle who finds his way to a
place where birds teach birds to fly. Only through
the perseverance and kindness of his teachers
does this little penguin get to lift off in the wind.
In the spirit of the book, I would like to work with
Any teacher that would like to participate is welcome!
Please create a craft or activity around the book, Flight School,
and post it to your blog, pinterest, or facebook site, or just share
it with your fellow teachers and classes. And send me a copy
of the activity so I can post it to my blog and website. Photos
of your classroom activities that I can post, to share with my
readers, and inspire others, would be much appreciated!
Then as a huge thank you,
to show my appreciation for the
work you do, I will send you a
signed limited print from an
illustration in the book to share
with your classroom.
Create Activities for Flight School!
Download these printable instructions
to get started.
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I just finished the jacket art for my next book, Good Morning To ME! It's always a great feeling to bring a project to this stage. After more than a year of sketching, and revising, and re-sketching, then painting up a storm, at long last, the art and words are in place and the book is taking shape.
I've written a lot about how the animals I love and draw inspire my stories, but this story came directly from my household of critters, so I look forward especially to sharing it. A real team effort this one is!
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F&G's for my next non-fiction book, Born in the Wild, peeked out of the snow on my doorstep! How exciting to see a book start taking shape. I look forward to sharing more about this book as we near the release this fall.
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I received a lovely e-mail from Jennifer Knauer who celebrated her son's 5th birthday by hosting a story walk birthday party with Red Hat! If you haven't heard of story walk, here's a link to learn more about it.
This amazing activity for families to celebrate and embrace stories was established by Anne Ferguson (Montpelier VT) and The Kellogg Hubbard Library.
Following the story Board tradition, Jennifer laminated the illustrations from the book and presented them (in the same order as in the book) along the path. After Dylan's birthday celebration, they gave the Story Walk materials to the ParentChild Center in Orange County, Vermont, so that the families in that program may continue to use it.
I just love activities like this -- Dylan and his friends and all their families romping through the woods playing follow-the-leader and other silly twirling games as they followed the 1/2 mile of hiking trails to find each of the laminated spreads of the story, then ending with a picnic and hot cider. It sounded like the perfect scamper through the woods for everyone and it makes me very happy to think my book Red Hat was a part of this lovely day.
I hope more families discover this amazing program and enjoy!
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Oh the joy and expectation of a new book soon to be released! I live a quiet life tucked in the NH woods, crafting stories each day with pencil and paint. But then a bright sunny day of expectation comes bolting toward me on the calendar, when a new character will soon join my family of book characters I've been fortunate enough to create.
Here's a sneak peak.
Flight School will be released on April 15th!
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I'm just settling back to the easel after a trip to Sweden. It's always good to get out of the studio to see and draw new things. Here are a few of the sketches done in my sketchbook while away. I wish I could spend my whole life wandering around this beautiful world looking at art and sketching.
Our first day in Stockholm – snow blanketed this cemetery. I loved the stark gravestones and cross against the white and brilliant yellow of the church.
Wedding spoons of the Sami people – carved reindeer antlers
Swedish Folklore design
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I spent Easter Sunday looking through old sketchbooks, dreaming about new ideas from old thoughts. I love sketchbooks – they have the ability to keep ideas and memories alive. I also find when creating them, I'm much braver while on an adventure than in my studio, to try different things. My journal is a place where I explore, and do a little re-inventing. Sometimes things just sit between the pages of a sketchbook forever, but occasionally they leap out a decade later and prompt a new story or direction in my work.
Here's an example of a painting I probably would never create in the studio, but it was just a moment of joy captured within the pages of my Paris journal. I passed this little dog each morning on my walk into the city. I thought he had both panache and whimsy so I played with a brightly colored sketch on the back of a little blue paper bag that held a scarf I had just purchased. It's fun to try new things.
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I'd like to thank everyone who came to see me at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough last weekend!
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