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1. Spring & baked goods!



This is an illustration I did for a new agency mailer.  Each illustrator was asked to choose a season to illustrate and after watching The Great British Bake Off over and over on Netflix (when will they add another season?!?!!?) I opted for Spring and baked goods.  Anyone for a slice of Princess Torte?  In other agency related news, a big congratulations to my wonderful agent, Marietta Zacker!  Nancy Gallt Literary Agency is now Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency!  Huzzah!


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2. HENRY WANTS MORE! in the wild...

Hooray!  I finally spotted HENRY WANTS MORE! (written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by me) out in the wild and among friends.  :D

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3. Monday hello...

I've been deep in a drawing/painting/deadline cave for the past several days and will have to stay there for a few more weeks.  But, I thought I'd pop out for a quick second to say hello (hello!) and to share a post from Picture Book Builders in which the wonderful Linda Ashman interviews me about our book, Henry Wants More!

In other news, I'm super excited to get my hands on a copy of Julia Denos' new book, Swatch, which came out on March 15th.

Also, if you happen to be in Seattle on March 26th, check out my friend, Jessixa Bagley's, reading at Mockingbird Books where she'll share her latest picture book, Before I Leave.  

Ok, now it's back to the cave for me.  See you in a little while! :)

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4. More kitties...


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5. Kitties...


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6. Mice...



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7. Book Birthday!


HENRY WANTS MORE! comes out today!

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8. Henry Wants More!


Henry Wants More! written by Linda Ashman, and illustrated by me, comes out next Tuesday.  Hooray!  Our dear Henry has received some lovely reviews.

"[A] multiracial, intergenerational family whose appeal is universal and warmth apparent." - ★ Starred review, Booklist

"A wonderful illustration of the exhaustion and joy that is life with a toddler." -  Starred review, School Library Journal (full review below)

"[A] knowing, good-humored tribute to the tirelessness of young children." - Publishers Weekly

"This toddler... will charm readers of almost every age." - Kirkus

Also, Henry Wants More! is among wonderful company on the Children's Book Review list of best new books.

I had so much fun working on this book (and especially enjoyed working on this cut-away house spread) and I feel so honored to have had the chance to illustrate Linda Ashman's wonderful words.  Huzzah for Henry!  

 redstarASHMAN, Linda. Henry Wants More. illus. by Brooke Boynton Hughes. 32p. Random. Jan. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385385121.

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PreS –Henry never wants the fun to end. When Papa throws him up in the air, he begs for more. He can’t get enough of his sister tickling his toes and playing pat-a-cake with him, either, or of his brother pulling him on rides in his little cart, or of Grandma singing. He demands “more!” again and again—his poor family is wiped out. When he finally falls asleep on Mama’s lap while she’s reading him his fourth book, they can hardly believe it but gingerly put him to bed and each give him a little kiss and leave the room. But wait…Mama can’t stop herself and goes back…for more! Perfectly complemented by Hughes’s colorful cartoons, which portray an insatiable little boy in an interracial family, Ashman’s story is told in rhymes whose rhythms are just right for bedtime. VERDICT A wonderful illustration of the exhaustion and joy that is life with a toddler.–Etta Verma, Library Journal

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9. What I'm working on today...


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10. Hello there!


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11. Painting & Reading...




Happy holiday season to you!  I've been working on book projects, enjoying the wintery Colorado woods, and thinking about how I'd like to spend the year to come.

Also, the cold winter weather has inspired lots of cozy reading time.  I'm currently switching back and forth between Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Far Far Away by Tom McNeal, and am enjoying both immensely.  What are you reading these days?

Here are a few Best Books of 2015 lists that I thought you might enjoy:  NPR, Publishers Weekly, Minh Le at Huff Post, and School Library Journal.

I hope things are calm and bright wherever you are. And I hope that amidst the holiday busy-ness you'll find some time to cozy up with a good book!  xo

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12. Snow bunnies...




Today I took a quick break from book projects to work on a design for a holiday card.  I think these bunnies are on their way to a festive holiday soiree.

Also, Baby Love (written by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by me, and published by Beach Lane Books) is on Amazon's list of best books of 2015 for 0-2 year olds.  Huzzah!

And I've really been enjoying the blog of illustrator, Jessica Lanan.  I think you'll like it, too.


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13. Happy Halloween!


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14. Oh, hello!






Oh, dear.  I'm afraid it's been too quiet around here lately.  Behind the scenes there's been lots of drawing, inking, cross-hatching, manuscript revising, fairy sketching, website updating, and beach strolling.

After a spin around the Olympic Peninsula (which we loved), we're currently in Northern California.  Soon we'll head east towards Telluride, Colorado, where Bill will attend a photo conference and I'll attend a picture book writing workshop taught by Liz Garton Scanlon (which I'm super excited about!).  

In other news, I've been loving the web comic, Alfred, by Abigail and Emily Halpin.

And I'm a little bit obsessed with my friend, Aaron Bagley's, Sleep Comics.

Also, have you seen which books are on the Caldecott radar over on The Horn Book?  It's an interesting list.

I hope you're enjoying these first days of autumn wherever you are.  And I hope that sometime this week you'll find yourself curled up in a cozy chair with a good book.

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15. The past few days...





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16. Tiny sketchbook



My new, tiny sketchbook came in handy at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West a few days ago.  If you're ever in Cody, Wyoming, don't miss this great museum!

Also, I finally added a new post to The Map & The Way.

And here's a great interview with Author/Illustrator, Jon Klassen, over at Art of the Picture Book. (They have lots of other wonderful interviews, too!)

Oh, and if you haven't visited Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast lately, go take a look!  There's lots of great stuff there!

And just one more thing... There are lots of cool book reviews over at Design of the Picture Book.  Check it out! :)

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17. And the winners are...





















Congratulations to Gina, Allison, and Beth!  You're the winners of the Summer Showers giveaway!  I'll be in touch to find out your addresses and will have your books in the mail, asap!  Hooray! 

For another chance to win some books I've illustrated, head over to Sub It Club.  They've kindly featured me on their blog and are hosting a giveaway of Baby Love, Cupcake Cousins, and Summer Showers

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and good luck over at Sub It Club! :)

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18. Painting outside...





















Yesterday my dad, husband, and I went on a hike.  They did some fishing and I did some sketching.  A lovely time was had by all. 

Stayed tuned tomorrow for the results of the Summer Showers giveaway.  Hooray!

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19. It's A Book!

Baby Love, written by Angela DiTerlizzi, published by Beach Lane Books, and illustrated by me, comes out today!  Hooray!  This is the first picture book that I illustrated and I'm very excited (and a little nervous) for Baby Love to be sent out into the world. 

Here's what Kirkus and Booklist had to say...

"Adults will want to read this again and again with baby cuddled close.  A joyful, warm and lovely bedtime story." -Kirkus

"This parent-to-child love letter in the style of Munsch's Love You Forever (1986), with its brevity, charm, and soothing rhythmic text, makes for an appealing bedtime story.  Parents and children alike will find plenty to love here." -Booklist

You can find a copy at your local bookstore! :) 

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20. Drawing...


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21. Painting...


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23. Boys & Dogs...


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24. Books!






















One of the things about living in an RV is that each new purchase has to be very carefully considered.  There really isn't any spare storage space and having too much stuff around makes RV life feel sort of claustrophobic. 

But, we've stopped at home in Colorado for a couple of weeks and we're reorganizing good ol' Daisy the motor home.  We'll leave behind some things that we haven't been using or that are just taking up too much space.  So, over the past few weeks, I've decided to take advantage of the situation and have splurged on some new books.  Hooray for new books!  There are still lots of books on my wish list, but for now I've started with these...

Rex Wrecks It!  by Ben Clanton, published by Candlewick Press

Home  by Carson Ellis, published by Candlewick Press

Quest  by Aaron Becker, published by Candlewick Press

Wish  by Matthew Cordell, published by Disney/Hyperion

To the Sea  by Cale Atkinson, published by Disney/Hyperion

Last Stop on Market Street  by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson, pub. by G.P. Putnam's Sons

and In Mary's Garden  by Tina and Carson Kugler, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

What new books are you reading lately?  Any books I should get my hands on before we hit the road again? 

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25. A Summer Showers Giveaway!






















The second Cupcake Cousins book, Summer Showers, by Kate Hannigan (published by Disney/Hyperion) came out yesterday!  Hooray!  To celebrate I'm giving away a hardback copy of Summer Showers and a paperback copy of Cupcake Cousins to three people.

To enter, just leave a comment below (maybe you could mention the most recent book you read and loved - I'm always looking for book recommendations - or tell me about your favorite summer pastime).

Entry will be open through the end of this coming Friday (June 19th).  Good luck and happy reading! 

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