The Picture Book Buzz

May 20, 2020

Today, I have the distinct pleasure of talking with Eileen Ryan Ewen. She is the award-winning illustrator of 4 children’s books published by Sleeping Bear Press - Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story by Lindsey McDivitt (2018), Symphony of Cowbells by Heather Preusser (2017), Mr....

April 27, 2020

I love colors and stripes, characters, stories

and making children smile.

~Simona Ceccarelli

I am honored that Simona Ceccarelli has come back for a chat. She is a wonderful person and a talented illustrator you need to keep on your radar.

Simona describes herself as: “a potluck chi...

March 2, 2020

I love talking with kids of all ages!

~ Maria Gianferrari

Maria Gianferrari is a picture book reading/writing, tea-drinking, dog-loving, birdwatching resident of Virginia who writes both fiction and nonfiction books.

A dog lover, she’s the author of five fiction picture books, including the ...

June 24, 2019

Have I got a treat for you! The amazingly warm and welcoming Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

I had the privilege to meet her at the Oregon SCBWI Conference in 2018. Her keynote speech was inspiring and heartfelt. But what made the conference special for me was Vanessa's generosity with her hugs a...

March 12, 2019

Mirka Hokkanen is an amazing illustrator who uses a variety of printmaking, drawing, painting and digital techniques in her art. “Her love for line and drawing underlie her style no matter which media she is working in and her favorite subjects to illustrate are quirky animals and inquisi...

January 29, 2019

Today I have the privilege to talk with the second half of the creative genius of Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet - Jessica Lanan. 

Jessica is a self-professed “illustrator of stories, creator of worlds, partaker of coffee, tanguera of tango, baker of scones, eater of...

October 10, 2017

You may have heard some internet rumblings about a new picture book It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk. Well, I do think it is a really fun book. Both in its creative fracturing of a fairy tale and use of speech bubbles, and its lively and imaginative illustrations.

So I a...

September 6, 2017

To continue this week's special treat, we have the illustrator of Bonaparte Falls Apart visiting to talk to us a bit about illustrating this book and illustrations in general. He is an illustrator who loves to blog, vlog, teach, and of course illustrate. Will has illustrated about 31 pict...

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