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1. This little Griffin has a new home....Salem County Bookmobile

Meet our new little Griffin,  the mascot for Salem County Bookmobile ..He now has a home but is in need of a name....

Salem County Bookmobile and Library

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2. Minimally drawn Miffy

Hey Miffy you’re so fine. You’re so fine you blow my mind — hey Miffy! Or Nijntje, as this children’s book character by illustrator author Dick Bruna is known in Holland and much of Europe. She’s a girl who wears lightly the distinction of being, at least according to the London Telegraph the most popular rabbit in the world. There’s not a... Read More

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3. Terrible in pink?

A Terrible Lizard’s soliloquy moves us to empathy, or maybe not in the gorgeously tactile T is for Terrible (Macmillan)– a 2005 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year by Peter McCarty. Children’s novelist Julie Lake (Galveston’s Summer of the Storm) walks us through the Paleozoic pastel pages, while I handle the not-so-steadicam. Recorded after hours in  Julie’s primary school library that Julie set... Read More

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4. Catching Willie Mays (in a children’s book illustration)

How perfect that award-winning children’s book artist Terry Widener has done the pictures for the new picture book by Jonah Winter (just released by Schwartz and Wade) about the greatest all around baseball player ever – Willie Mays. Terry brings a background of high level advertising and editorial illustration and something else to the many [...]

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5. “Speak the language.” Children’s book illustrator E.B. Lewis shares his emotional work and words

“Art is a language,” Children’s book illustrator E.B. Lewis told a roomful of illustrators, aspiring and professional. What is a language, Lewis asked. “Letters of the alphabet that join together to form words, then paragraphs. And finally stories and jokes,” he answered his own question. And the mark of fluency? Maybe not what you think. “Telling [...]

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6. “A marvelous way to tell a difficult story”

The upcoming Austin SCBWI Graphic Novel Workshop on Saturday, October 5 promises to be a day for writers and illustrators, writer-illustrators and anyone interested in exciting alternative literary forms for children, teens and young adults. OK, plenty of adults read them, too. Webcomics creator, animator, digital content creator and our SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book […]

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7. “A marvelous way to tell a difficult story”

The upcoming Austin SCBWI Graphic Novel Workshop on Saturday, October 5 promises to be a day for writers and illustrators, writer-illustrators and anyone interested in exciting alternative literary forms for children, teens and young adults. OK, plenty of adults read them, too. Webcomics creator, animator, digital content creator and our SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book […]

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8. A "Growing Up" Chapter Book Adventure for Boys and Girls "IS THERE A LION IN MY KITCHEN?"

One delightfully rambunctious lion, and a mountain of messes help a little boy learn to be a responsible young man...in a delightful book series written by Kevin Fobbs  and his grandson. For ages 5-8 yrs.
Coming Spring/Summer 2014.

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9. "Who is Jesus?" .....a picture book for preschoolers, written by MaryAnn Diorio

I am working on the final illustrations for a lovely little book for the wee folk about JESUS.
What a delight, right before Easter, to be working on a book that introduces preschoolers to King Jesus, who lived and died and was raised from the dead for people, big and small.

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10. It's all gone chilly again...

Cancer 20/3/2007

A dramatic shift in your emotional landscape may trigger your natural fear of the future. Your path in life could be changing now and you need a logical plan to make your dreams come true. Don't remain inactive because of your apprehension of the unknown. Find the courage to push through your own resistance and envision a new life for yourself.

Does that mean I should get over the rather patronising rejection I've just had from yet another an agent? Lord knows I've had enough of them in my time...to be honest, I'm getting a bit tired of it all. I've been in this game for nearly two decades now and my bulging folder of rejection letters is a potted history of publishers and agents. The earliest ones are typewritten...I am tired of trying. Twenty years is too long to devote to earning five grand a year. I am feeling that I'd just like to give up - stop battling the storm and sink beneath the waves. I've done nothing but paint for the last eight years, and I'm still earning less than your average part time supermarket worker - a wage I am highly familiar with. Although I've worked on some lovely things in the last couple of years, I seem to be incapable of exciting any agent. I've promoted to every suitable publisher in the UK, and as many again in Europe and the USA , but despite the huge amount of time, money and effort I've put into it, I am not getting any commercial work. Worse, I am still getting my writing rejected...and that does p*ss me off, because I actually enjoy writing and I always thought I was OK at it. I was feeling optimistic a few weeks ago, when the lovely gallery folk came over and stroked my ego - but I can't rely on another lucky break like that.

They came again last week, delightful as ever, and left me with one of those handy cheque things; they bought the Winnie-the Pooh artworks, and gave me a good price for them. No haggling, bless them. So I have enough money to replace my dying computer and limp along for a bit longer. Maybe I should buy a scooter and get a real job in town. Get a life, accept that for whatever reason I'm not good enough to make it or maybe I am but I just don't fit in, and start making some kind of real contribution to the household.
I'm sorry. I hate moaners, but there is something about being told (yet again) that your best work is not good enough which would send the most stoic of people into a chasm of gloom. Here, have a picture. On the house. Normal service may be resumed later.

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11. This is the post in which I finally admit...

I've bitten off more than I can chew.

You all may have noticed that I love to organize. I also adore a good project. But in cleaning up my own archives, review notifications, and boxes of books this month, it's time to accept some facts about my limitations.

In a way, this sad post relates quite nicely to a meme tag from NYCTeacher: The Summer Goals Meme. So I'll be combining the two in a tidy Summer Goals/Facing the Facts list.

1. The Edge of the Forest. The Forest is my great love. And, I really wanted to avoid a June/July issue this summer. But, due to conferences and summer research/travel, I'm going to have to publish a June/July issue instead of two separate ones. The upside is that June/July and August will both be big issues. The downside is that I feel like a failure.

2. Children's Book Reviews. Children's Book Reviews is another of my pet projects. I really wanted to create a central place on the web where kids and parents can find blog reviews of books. Multiple reviews of the same books, even. I entered in the archives of about 10 blogs including my own and planned to continue down my list of 12 more blogs. But I can barely keep up with my own and the Forest's archives. I have to admit defeat here as well. However, I intend to still host Children's Book Reviews and invite anyone who'd like to enter in their reviews to send me an e-mail and I'll teach you how to do so. It's very easy, especially if you archive already. I get several hits a day from CBR, so someone is using it. (Fuse #8--I failed you most of all.)

3. Okay. So these are my big disappointed-in-self issues. Try to accept and move on to other goals.

4. Say no to all but one community/school volunteer "opportunity" for the next academic year. DO NOT agree to everything.

5. Participate in MotherReader's 48 Hour Challenge.

6. Exercise 30 minutes a day, even if it's only walking.

7. Write, write, write.

8. Enjoy hanging with the kids this summer.

9. Use the term "man flu" at least once a week for the next year.

On to more archiving, notifying, and stacking of books!

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12. Great Blogs For and By Children’s Authors

BlogGosh. Look around online these days and you’re sure to find plenty of great blogs for, and by, children’s authors. Here are some of our favorites:








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13. “Let’s Board It Up!” The Magic of the Storyboard

 This Google Video clip from the promo documentary Finding Lady: The Art of Storyboarding  has been circulating around the art and cartoon blogs recently.

Disney animator Eric Goldberg explains how the Disney artists have always used storyboards as a developmental first step in their animation productions.

The clip goes on to show how movie makers from Alfred Hitchcock to Kevin Costner have used them as perhaps the crucial planning tool in a film.

Finding Lady came out to herald the 1991 release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and the “renaissance of the animated film” that some say began with The Little Mermaid  in 1989. 

It’s not exactly the way storyboarding is covered in our course  on how to illustrate children’s books. 

The storyboard thumbnails we talk about are quite different animals from the sketches and drawings you see tacked up on Disney’s storyboard wall.

But the same big ideas apply:  Using the storyboard to work out the the  ”bits” of stagecraft,  the action and gags. Pacing, story flow and the economy of the viewer’s or reader’s attention.

For the movie director, storyboarding saves costly waffling around on the set, the video points out.  Because the details and the sequences have all been worked out in advance, the director can “edit in the camera.”

For the children’s book artist, storyboardings helps to gestalt the entire book on just one page. The simple very exercise  of it can spring  ideas free and save weeks of unecessary drawing and painting. 

To enlarge the video for better visibility, click on the Google Video box, then hit the enlarge screen button under the video on the Google Video page.

For information on the online Children’s Book Illustration 101 course”  look here.

Or to check out the free color lessons from the course (while they’re still available)  click here.

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14. November is Picture Book Month! Come party with a picture book!

Picture Book Month is an international initiative to designate November as Picture Book Month, encouraging everyone to celebrate literacy with picture books. Founder, Dianne de Las Casas (author & storyteller) and Co-Founders,  Katie Davis (author/illustrator), Elizabeth O. Dulemba (author/illustrator), Tara Lazar (author), and Wendy Martin (author/illustrator), are putting together their worldwide connections to make this happen.

In October 2010 The New York Times published an article, “Picture Books No Longer A Staple for Children.” The controversial article incited a barrage of responses from the children’s book industry, many in defense of the venerable picture book. In addition, the digital age has ushered in an unprecedented amount of ebooks and, with devices like the iPad, the color Nook, and the Kindle Fire, picture books are being converted to the digital format. In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.

Each day during November picture book authors have contributed a short essay on Why Picture Books Are So Important. The  Picture Book Month website also features links to picture book resources, authors, illustrators, and kidlit book bloggers. So stop by and check out the essays, and all the rest of the material (including calendars and celebration ideas and much more) for Picture Book Month at www(dot)picturebookmonth(dot)com. Join the celebration and party with a picture book!

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15. Children’s Books’ 2012 Golden Kite Award Winners

The Golden Kite Awards and Honors are particularly special for those who create children's books because they are the only awards given by their peers in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Founded in 1971, the Golden Kite Awards are given in four categories, each with a winning and honored book: fiction, nonfiction, picture book text, and picture book illustration.  A winner is also selected each year to receive the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor. Here are the 2012 winners and honorees:



Picture Book Text:

Picture Book Illustration:

Sid Fleischman Award for Humor: The Fourth Stall



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16. A party in February

Erik Kuntz, Amy Rose Capetta and Nick Alter made this video of the Austin Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2012 Regional Conference, Something for Everybody.  I get a kick out of how the thumbnail on YouTube shows me in the crowd, getting a hug from illustrator Marsha Riti. So of course I had to include it here. Erik, [...]

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17. Kevin Henke’s gentle brush

Children’s book author-illustrator Kevin Henkes received the Caldecott Medal in 2005 for his picture book Kitten’s First Full Moon (Greenwillow, HarperCollins.) But that was just a step on the journey that began more than 25 years before when, as a junior in high school, he decided to make a career of illustrating children’s books.The summer after his freshman year at the University [...]

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18. 2012 The Best Of Illustrator Saturday

At the end of each year, I go back and look at all the featured illustrator’s for that year and try to pick my favorite illustration for each one. With so many wonderful illustrations, it is a very hard task. I am sure, if you go back and look, you will come up with different picks. But here’s mine:


Michele Noiset



Betsy Snyder



Juanna Martinez-Neal



Cheryl Kirk Noll



Kathi Ember



Mellisa Iwai


Gabrielle Grimard



Lisa Anchin



Lauren Gallegos



Vin Vogel



Sara Jane Franklin



Jennifer Gray Olsen



Josee Bisaillon



Jon Stommell



Kim Dwinell



Jill Dubin


dillardwindy day

Sarah Dillard



Robbie Gilbert



Kirstie Edmunds



Tim Bowers



Sarah Brannen



Barbara Jonansen Newman



Roger Roth

leeza rabbitscropped

Leeza Hernandez


The days of wine and peonies 2

Anne Belvo



Alik Arzoumanian


Nancy Cote


Louise Bergeron



Elizabeth Rose Stanton



Brian Bowes



Susan Drawbaugh



Nancy Armo


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Barbara DiLorenzo



Kathleeen Kemly



Sandra Salsbury



Ruth Sanderson



Joanne Friar



Nina Mata



Kelly Kennedy



Roberta Aangaramo



Kris Aro McLeod



Casey Girard



Wendy Grieb



Brooke Boynton Hughes



Courtney Autumn Martin



Roberta Baird


Talk tomorrow,


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