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1. Todays inspiration

I was gardening, and looked up to see my my 5-year-old doing this.
This is why we who are in the children's publishing industry do what we do.

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2. Tire Swing

My newest portfolio piece for my agent's upcoming catalog, themed "Landscape".  I wanted to do a nice quiet scene with a gentle color palette.  I would love to have a picnic and enjoy a book under that tree!


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3. Babybug Magazine

My toddler loves "Babybug" magazine.  She's a wiggler, and this is one of the few books/publications that she will actually sit through.  So I am extra excited to have my art in the new May/June issue!


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4. New MB Artists Catalog

Ahoy!  This quarter's theme was "Superheroes, Pirates and Princesses!"  Check out all of the beautiful and action-packed artwork!

https://view.publitas.com/mb-artists/superheroes-pirates-princesses/page/1

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5. MB Artists Catalog

The new MB Artists catalog is here!  Check out all of the new "Animals" themed artwork from our artists!

http://files.flipsnack.com/iframe/embed.html?hash=fdxm2ku70&wmode=window&bgcolor=EEEEEE&t=14527854561452785456

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6. Big Red and the Little Btty Wolf

"Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf", my newest book with Magination Press, has been released! 

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7. WTHR Interview

Thanks go out to the Children's Museum and WTHR for having me on the news this morning to talk a little bit about creating the artwork for the Museum's "Pirates and Princesses" exhibit!  If you weren't up bright and early to catch the segment live, you can view the video here on WTHR's website.  My family visited the exhibit over the weekend, and had so much fun!  I hope everyone in the Indianapolis area is able to come and experience this storybook world, which features iconic movie props, a castle and a pirate ship to explore, an interactive dragon-fighting video game and dress-up pretend stations for the kids!

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8. SCBWI Bologna Book Fair

I just got the exciting news that my piece "Rainy Day Friends" has been chosen for the SCBWI Bologna Book Fair 2016 Illustrator Showcase!  Thank you so much to the SCBWI judges!  This is an incredible honor! 


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9. Pirates and Princess Exhibit preview

What an exciting day!  The Children's Museum of Indianapolis invited me to be part of a news segment to promote the new Pirates and Princesses exhibit opening this weekend.  It was amazing to see the exhibit.  Here is a clip from the newscast, as well as some photos from the exhibit. 



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10. Pirates and Princesses

 These past few months, I have had the opportunity to create the artwork for the Children's Museum of Indianapolis's upcoming "Pirates and Princesses" exhibit, which will be opening next week on January 30th!  This exhibit will be a walk through famous stories of royals and rebels.  Children can play in a castle, a pirate ship, dress up in costume, experience an interactive digital piece, and more!  I hope you can join us on opening day!

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11. Interview with Magination Press

Thanks go out to Magination Press, who interviewed me for their new blog!  I talk about my illustration process, and highlights from creating "All My Stripes".  You can also browse their blog for entries about other talented authors and illustrators.

http://maginationpress.apabooks.org/?p=284

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12. Book Samples

Fun mail today!  My copies of "Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf" arrived today!  It is so exciting to see the book in print!  This title will be released in February, and are available for pre-order.  Hope you all enjoy this re-imagined "Little Red Riding Hood", in which the new girl at school is causing big problems for a little bitty wolf.


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13. When it snows....

 
When it snows...
Ain't it thrilling...
Though your nose...
Gets a chilling...

Hope you all have a chance to frolic and play this holiday season!  
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Jennifer, Rome, Olivia and Elyse!

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14. New MB Artists Catalog

MB Artists has released our newest catalog, themed "Adventure".  Check out all of fun new artwork!

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15. Gold Medal for "All My Stripes"

I am excited to announce that "All My Stripes" has been awarded a gold medal by Mom's Choice Awards!  Yay!

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16. NogginRings

I just got a product sample of the latest infant development toy from SmartNoggin, the NogginRings.  I worked on the parent guide that comes with the toy to detail different activities and techniques that parents can use to help their babies meet developmental milestones.  It was great to finally see the product in person, and my baby enjoyed testing it out as well!


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17. Cover Reveal

Rodeen Literary Management has released the cover for my upcoming book with Magination Press, "Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf".  Look for this title in the spring of 2016!

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18. August update

Hi, All!  It's been a busy month!  I just finished the artwork for "Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf", to be released by Magination Press in spring 2016!  I hope to be able to share some images from this book soon.  However, in the meanwhile, here is my new promotional piece.  I wanted to create something to appeal to upper elementary readers, and I have always loved magic, mystery and steampunk.  I had a lot of fun with lighting in this piece.  Hope you enjoy!


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19. Highlights Hidden Pictures

Fun mail. A copy of "Highlights High Five" came in with one of my hidden pictures inside. Many of these horses pictured are similar to ones I played with as a child. Olivia and I had fun doing the puzzles in this magazine together today!


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20. New MB Artists Catalog

Check out my agency's newest catalog, themed "Hobby"!  So many fun illustrations by some great artists!

http://files.flipsnack.com/iframe/embed.html?hash=ftiyvif9r&wmode=window&bgcolor=EEEEEE&t=14226326691422632716

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21. Book Release and Publishers Weekly

Exciting news!  "All My Stripes" has been released by Magination Press!  You can purchase the book through my store on my website, or through any bookseller.

 Also, Publisher's Weekly has announced by next picture book from Magination Press, "Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf."  I'm working on the final art for this title right now, and am excited for its release in spring 2016!  In the meantime, check out this sneak peak at the character art!  I had a lot of fun designing Red's outfits!


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22. Save the Date

Save the Date for an "All My Stripes"  book signing!  See you there!


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23. Rainy Day Friends

New promotional piece!


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24. MB Artists Catalog

Check out the great artwork in my agent's new promotional catalog, themed "Perspective"!

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25. MB Artists Promotional Catalog

My agent just released our new promotional catalog, themed "Ethnicity".  I love seeing all of the artists' interpretations!  Check it out!

http://www.flipsnack.com/AC98DF86AED/mb-artists-ethnicity-catalog.html

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