Benjamin Jay was a Bully is a children's book aimed at pre-school through first-grade kids, and is written by Emma Glover, a former elementary school teacher. It's illustrated by K.C. Snider, a wildlife artist and illustrator for children's books. Benjamin Jay is thwarted in his efforts to be the baddest of all birds when the frightened birds in Dove's Cove follow Miss Graydove's advice to use the Golden Rule in dealing with the unruly jay -- that is, they try to make friends with him. No one hides or runs away at his approach; instead, they dance and sing and merrily go about their business. This saddens and confuses the young bully as he sits by himself on a branch until the other birds welcome him in friendship.
I love Benjamin Jay was a Bully! Emma Glover's prose is fun and upbeat, and is never preachy or patronizing. The story flows beautifully. The illustrations by K.C. Snider are amazing, with an artist's attention to details and an illustrator's gift at imparting expression and action as the birds laugh, dance, sing, and cavort their way through the story. Best of all are the pictures of Benjamin Jay. It has been a rather long time since I was in the targeted age group for this book, but I enjoyed every single minute I spent reading it and lingered over the words and those incredible illustrations. Then there's the awesome message that simply and clearly speaks wisdom and coping skills for kids. Glover and Snider are a great team and Benjamin Jay was a Bully is a fabulous children's book.
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K.C. Snider is a well-known Western fine artist and children's book illustrator in the Northwest. This is her art blog.
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I painted a "repurposed" wooden chair for this annual silent auction that takes place in the month of April at participating businesses in Redmond, OR. All the proceeds from the auction go to our local Sparrow Clubs. Art students from the schools and artists from the community get involved every year. My chair has characters from 4 of the Guardian Angel Publishing children's books I have illustrated: Alleycat, Preston the Not-So-Perfect Pig, Stilts the Stork, and A Bad, Mad, Sad Day for Mama Bear (not published, yet.) You may find a few katydids from Katy Didn't, too. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun too. For those of you in Central Oregon, my chair "Bedtime Stories" can be viewed and is open for bidding at Paulina Springs Books on 6th St. in Redmond.
by Dixie Phillips and Journey Dai Muhammad
Art by K.C. Snider
Visit this web site to learn more about the new book.
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I am getting ready for my trip to Florida in a couple of weeks. I'm meeting my Publisher and some members of the family depicted in Journey's Promise. I am working on my 37th illustrated children's book, A Bad, Mad, Sad Day for Mama Bear, by Mayra Calvani and enjoying it thoroughly! Add a Comment
I am mentioned in this interview by the Special Needs Book Review regarding "Andy and the Albino Horse" children's book series I illustrated for author Mary Jean Kelso. Coming soon is the newest book in the series, "Andy & Spirit in Search and Rescue." Check this out!
From Guardian Angel Publishing...
by Emma Glover, artist KC Snider
When the fledglings of Bird Garden extend their wings in friendship to Benjamin Jay, he must choose – the dove’s way or the bully’s path?
by Liam Maher, artist Bonnie Everett-Hawkes
John shares his story of a painting job he had as a young man and the grumpy little man who came by to trick him out of fifty dollars.
by Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips, Lucy Robbins, Leslie Troyer
Spend your Christmas with Camille, an orphaned camel, as she leads three zany wise men and their bossy camels to the newborn King in Bethlehem. A Christmas musical-includes play, lyrics and musical scores.
by Stacey A Marshall, artist Michelle Morse
The new girl at school shrivels until a unique superhero swoops in to the rescue, demonstrating specific ways to make self-confidence and courage soar.
by Kevin McNamee, artist Marina Movshina
You’ll love this gentle rhyming picture book about spending quality time with kids. All that’s needed is a little time, a lot of imagination and plenty of love.
by Tracy Helixon, artist Jack Foster
What if you could swing so high that you landed on a cloud and traveled through the sky? Isaac did! Join him on this adventure.
by Kelly Bakshi
Columbus convinced royals to fund his voyage; he forged new water routes and introduced Europe to a new world. He also lied to his crew, murdered and enslaved Native Americans, and never realized where in the world he actually was.
by Mary Jean Kelso, artist KC Snider
After a family's star for their Christmas tree is destroyed they resurrect the treetop angel carried across The Oregon Trail by a young pioneer and bring the story of The Christmas Angel full circle.
by Bill Kirk, artist Eugene Ruble
An anatomical rhyme which describes all the names and uses of the different tissues in the skin, including factoids and extra educational pages.
by John Gayle, artist KC Snider
Explore an unusual town full of colorful expressions and childlike charm where two friends realize that the perfect mask might be easier to make than expected.
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A new illustrated children's book from Guardian Angel Publishing, author Dixie Phillips and Journey Dai Muhammad, and artist K.C. Snider. It will be coming soon! Watch for it!
Oct. 12, 2012
Our local Central Oregon members of the Society for Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is having a "Meet and Greet" on October 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM. It will be held at Madeline's Grill restaurant in Redmond, OR on the East side of Hwy. 97. The address is 2414 S. Hwy 97 Redmond, OR 97756 phone number is 541-548-9964. They have a semi-private room we can use and a menu with enough variety to please anyone. If you want to come early, some of us will be there at 5:30 PM for the "happy hour." Prices are reasonable and the plates are large! Everyone pays their own way. This is open to SCBWI members and an RSVP to me is required. We are looking forward to meeting everyone!
Oct. 31, 2012
High Desert Society of the Arts will be in front of the Urban on Sixth building under The Redmond Arch handing out candy and flyers for our Art of Christmas Sale and Show in November. Look for the Witch, that will be my publicist and friend, Sharon. I usually am there to help hand out candy and flyers to around 2000 kids and parents, and lately, even animals like mini-horses and pigs!
Nov. 2-3, 2012
The 37th Snowflake Boutique held in the North Sisters Building at the Deschutes County Fair Grounds opens the Christmas buying season in Central Oregon. For the last few years, I have been the only book vendor at this event. I sell the copies of children's illustrated books from Guardian Angel Publishing that I purchase. Sometimes I am asked to give a brief interview with the local DJ of the radio station broadcasting the event live. I only sell those books that I have illustrated but they are enough, they fill 2 wire rack display stands!
This year we had over 219 entries in the Open Fine Arts exhibit. That was considerably more than past years. The quality was way up over all making it very difficult to judge. But it was a lot of fun!
Here is a long shot of the exhibit; even in this picture we are unable to show all the entries.
Here is one of me pinning Best of Show ribbon in the Professional Class The picture below won a first place. It took 7 hours after the 1 hour lunch we took to judge, choose, and place all the ribbons.
"The Powder Monkey" author Donna McDine and artist KC Snider.
This is a story about the victims of the Press Gangs scouring the English countryside for young boys to become "powder monkeys" aboard the First Rate warships. When in a sea battle, the ship's canons needed to be constantly supplied with exploding powder to send canon balls into the enemy ship. Powder monkeys were expected to supply the bags of powder back and forth between the seamen and the powder storage below decks. This is the story of one such boy.
"Andy and Spirit in Search and Rescue" by Mary Jean Kelso. I have finished the illustrations for this newest story in the series which will be published later this year. This story is an adventure for Andy, Tracy, and Spirit who rescue an abandoned family. However, something, or someone, is missing!
Just got back from the Redmond Chamber of Commerce Friday Coffee Clatter. What fun! I had 10 of my books and 2 triptychs of original illustrations from "The Golden Pathway" and "The Town of Masquerade" on display. High Desert Society of the Arts was hosting the Clatter today which allowed us to show the business community who we are and what we do. I sold 2 books after wards and got some people very interested in Guardian Angel Publishing.. Other members brought examples of their art work and some of them sold work too. I think we made a good impression!
I spent my 2 minutes showing the books from the 2 kids who were the Winner and Runner Up from the 4th Grade Writing Contest. Most of the Chamber Members knew nothing about this project. We explained how Kai Strand helped judge the writing and I judged the illustrations this year. This is the contest shared by HDSA and the Writer's Guild. We generated a lot of buzz among the Members with this.
Four of us took on various brief little speeches to say how we help the community in various art-related endeavors. It opened some eyes when they realized we are not an artists' group but an ART group. We used this platform to ask for members willing to help us go forward with with more community involvement and the importance of all forms of art to the education of our children. We now have a lot of interest!
Reception at the Redmond Public Library was held for the Winners and Runners Up of the Redmond Schools Children's 4th Grade Writing Contest on Saturday March 10. Kai Strand and myself were judges; Kai judged the written stories and I judged the illustrations. It was very hard to choose. We had over 200 entries that had to be paired down to 27 Finalist and the Winner and Runner Up.
The Winner was Aryana Foster from Central Christian School and her illustrated book "The Mystery of the Missing Clown." The Runner Up was Aspen Geisen from Tom McCall Elementary and his his illustrated book "Monkey Madness." Both got their books published, had a book signing (I have 1 of each), and now several copies are available at the Redmond Library for check out. I have been involved in this for about 4 years when Kathy Duffy started it all. My has it grown! It has been quite the adventure and is now handled by Central Oregon Writer's Guild. The contest is sponsored, in part, by Central Oregon Writers Guild, High Desert Society of the Arts, and the Rotary Club of Redmond.
From left to right, back row KC Snider and Kai Strand
Front row left to right is Aspen Geisen and Aryana Foster
I had a one-woman show last week at the Regional Lions Club Convention held at Eagle Crest. I was invited to show and sell my illustrated books from Guardian Angel Publishing and some of my Western fine art original paintings. I sold a print and over $300 worth of books. Some of the books were donated to S.M.A.R.T. (Start Making a Reader Today) to go to the Terrebonne Community School (K-8th grade).
Sharon and I had a great free dinner and got to hear the main speaker. Kim Meeder who started the Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. She rescues abused horses and pairs them with troubled and abused children at no cost. She is a very inspirational speaker and there was not a dry eye in the whole convention hall.
She has a couple of books out about her experiences in starting and running this ranch. She invited me to come out and perhaps look at doing portraits of a couple of her rescued horses. Looking forward to that! She has quite a Christian ministry and it is done in a very subtle and loving way.
Redmond Merchants Association is planning an art walk on February 10, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm. HDSA artists and others will be participating. It is called Walk the HeART Beat. I hope to be back at Arnold's Restaurant on the corner of 6th St. and Evergreen in the old Redmond Hotel again. When I was there in December, we definitely sold books and brought a lot of new traffic into this recently opened new business...and I like their food and prices!Add a Comment
I currently have several presentations of illustrations from the children's books I illustrate for Guardian Angel Publishing on display at the lobby of Home Federal Bank in Redmond, OR on the corner of 6th St. and Highland.. The exhibit lasts through February 2012.
"WHAT IS THAT THING?" by author Kevin McNamee and illustrated by KC Snider
This lively and imaginative story was released in March 2011!
What will Astronaut Jenna find on her exploration?
"THE MILK HORSE" by author Katherine Luce and illustrated by KC Snider.
The story of a little girl, a loyal horse, and the Heroes both become.
Meet "COWBOY JAMES" by author Mary Jean Kelso and illustrated by KC Snider
in the Whole Wide World!
Here is the Press Release for the show I am doing during Redmond Library's Summer Reading Program....
"Redmond Public Library
827 NW Deschutes Ave.
Summer Reading Program
Showing June 1 through July 30 2011
Local Children’s Books Illustrators, KC Snider & Sharon Bean
Meet the Central Oregon authors and illustrators of popular illustrated children’s books. Hear their stories, get your books signed, ask questions, and enjoy the display.
Activities: Saturday June 18th
Book Readings: 10:30am 11:30am and 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Book Signings: 1:00pm to 4:30pm by authors and illustrators
Reception: 2:30pm to 4:30pm for the illustrators and authors
Location: Main floor of the library.
“I Can’t See, But… I Can Imagine” author Patricia Wilson, illustrator Sharon Bean (self-published)
“The Weaver” author Kai Strand, illustrator (front cover) KC Snider (Guardian Angel Publishing)
Other children's books illustrated by KC Snider will also be available for sale and some of the illustrations will be part of the exhibit.
The library display will have the original art and information about illustrations for children’s books; a history of types of illustrations, an explanation of how illustrations are determined, researched, and edited; plus other interesting facts."
....I have 28 framed pieces hanging in the library. Each one has 3 of my favorite illustrations from each book under glass and matted. I will try to get some examples photographed to put on here soon. The only exception to the 3-per-frame style are the covers of the 'tween books which are stand-alone. Every piece has an accompanying tag with the book title and author's name.Add a Comment
Snowflake Boutique is coming to the Deschutes County Fairgrounds Nov. 4th from 1pm to 8pm and 5th from 9am to 4pm. I will be the only one with books for sale. I also will be doing illustrations LIVE!
Art of Christmas will be 2.5 weeks later opening at 12 noon to 6pm Friday Nov. 25th for 9 days until Saturday Dec. 3 from 11am to 5pm. Days and times are posted on my web site.
"The Town of Masquerade" by Jack Samuels
with art by KC Snider
"Benjamin Jay was a Bully" by Emma Glover and art by KC Snider
Just received this announcement this morning. Donna McDine's children's book, "The Golden Pathway" about the Underground Railroad received the Silver award from Lrterary Classics. Here is the Press Release (in part): Literary Classics Announces Youth Media International Book Award Winners Rapid City, SD, October 21, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Literary Classics announced its 2011 selection of top books for children and young adults today. Award recipients were selected from entries received throughout the world. The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children's and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee. Picture Book - Early Reader
A partial list of the 2011 award recipients follows:
- Silver Award Recipient
The Golden Pathway
Written by Donna M. McDine, illustrated by K.C. Snider
Literary Classics Announces Youth Media International Book Award Winners
Rapid City, SD, October 21, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Literary Classics announced its 2011 selection of top books for children and young adults today. Award recipients were selected from entries received throughout the world. The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children's and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.
Picture Book - Early Reader
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