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The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Jarvis

I fell in love with Jarvis' illustrations in Patricia Toht's Pick a Pine Tree. When I read the announcement for Jarvis' new book Mrs Mole, I'm Home!, I got excited to learn more about, and share with you, this talent illustrator/author. Jarvis describes himself as "a guy [who]decided to become a picture book maker. He tried really hard and even learnt how to do colouring in. And after meeting a whole load of really amazing characters he got to make some books." Welcome Jarvis, ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write/illustrate? How long have you been writing/illustrating? What is your favorite type of book to write or illustrate?) JARVIS: I have been writing and illustr

Counting on Katherine - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Excited by the trailers, I eagerly awaited the release of the movie Hidden Figures in 2017. I was blown away. It's about time these women - all of them - received the recognition of their efforts, skills, and contributions to NASA. It addressed the standards of times, without being moralistic, and showed the difference that an individual (Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Al Harrison) could make by taking a stand against discrimination. Unfortunately, something still relevant today. Helaine Becker has teamed up with the amazing illustrator - Dow Phumiruk (Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines) - to create a picture book about Katherine Johnson,. Counting on Kath

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Dow Phumiruk

Dow is the author of a contemporary fable, Mela and the Elephant (2018) and the illustrator of two nonfiction books - Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines (2017) and her newest one, Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 releases TOMORROW. HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, Dow! ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write/illustrate? How long have you been writing/illustrating? What is your favorite type of book to write or illustrate?) DOW: Thank you for having me here! I am an author and illustrator, heavier on the illustrator side for the moment. I’ve been a serious children’s book illustrator for the past seven years - since I joined the Society for Chi

Stuart Kirkfield Scholarship to "Highlights Nature Retreat for ALL Writers & Artists, Augu

Because of the loving, generous response of the kidlit community, a scholarship has been created to the Highlights Foundation Nature Retreat for ALL Writers & Artists, on August 5-8, 2018. The Highlights Foundation, with its 1,300 acres, "nestled in the beautiful Pocono Mountains," and this particular retreat beautifully combine to honor Stuart's artistic nature (an artist and a writer) and his love of the outdoors. Sherri Jones Rivers and I invite you to consider a scholarship to this retreat. If you are interested, please apply here. Under the dropdown “Select the Scholarship You’re Applying For,” choose Stuart Kirkfield’s name. Thank you Sherri Jones Rivers for helping put this Scholarshi

Bear's Scare - Perfect Picture Book Friday # PPBF

Even if you're not OCD, or a super neat freak, I'd be willing to bet you've had a relative or friend visit who you swear resembled a tornado. Or perhaps a roommate whose idea of organization and straightening differed greatly from yours. Now, what if that other person was . . . a spider? Bear's Scare Author/Illustrator: Jacob Grant Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books (2018) Ages: 3-6 Fiction Themes: Friendship, diversity, tolerance Synopsis: Bear likes to keep his house clean and tidy. In fact, the only thing Bear loves more than cleaning is taking care of his small stuffed friend, Ursa. Then Bear sees a sticky spiderweb . . . and where there's a web there is certainly a spider! The messy

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Jacob Grant

My first introduction to Jacob Grant was through his humorous book Little Bird’s Bad Word. Without using any particular “word,” Jacob perfectly captured a parent’s embarrassment and mortification when their youngster enthusiastically and naughtily uses a fun sounding word, everywhere. And the discovery by a youngster that not all words are created equal. Such a universal life experience is creatively portrayed using birds. Now, he tackles the issue of prejudice surrounding spiders, through the experiences of a neatnik Bear, in the his book Bear's Scare which releases tomorrow. Living in Chicago with his own "busy little force of nature," he is also the author/illustrator of Scaredy Kate (201

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