Wednesday, September 23, 2009

From my drawing table... September 23, 2009

My inspiration can come from almost anywhere...well, honestly, there is no "almost" about it. Inspiration for me comes from ANYWHERE!

Something I read that makes me laugh.

Something I see that makes me cry.

A story I hear that won't leave my brain.

A child sitting on a swing alone.

A mom kissing the head of her baby at the doctor's office.

Sidewalk chalk...yes, sidewalk chalk! I LOVE IT!

This little gal was born on my driveway 4 year old calls her "Emma-yee."

And this is her evolution...

The curly-headed girlie in the bottom left and the wrapped-up-squirrel were things I drew BEFORE the sidewalk chalk, then "Emma-yee" came. I had to beg my little guy NOT to hose her off the driveway before I oculd grab the camera. I knew I would ache to draw her later.

And I did. She's not done...none of these are.

Oh, and the "GIRLFRIENDS" design was something I did for a magazine that needed a frame for an article I was writing about the 'gift of girlfriends.' But I thought "Curly" and "Emma-yee" would be good friends so that's why my portfolio is opened to that page.

The squirrel is a character I am working on for a new book project.

Thanks for looking!
Whether you are a writer or an artist, where does your inspiration come from?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are...October 16th!

A bigger story in the hearts of children, there is not!

A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pro bono Cancer Logos

This is the logo for my Childhood Cancer Website. This is the place to learn more and become proactive in changing and saving the lives of children wth cancer.

This is sweet Julian. This little man only lived 4 short years but changed the lives of SO many people across the planet. Want to know more about the fearless Juju? Read my blog posts HERE.
This was a design I used for greeting cards that I sold as fundraisers for Cancer kiddos and their families, when printed they said, "Let Go, Let God!"

This is sweet, sweet Coleman. Coleman and his twin brother Caden had me rolling and laughing until my sides ached with their hilarious antics on their YouTube channel! Unfortunately, Coleman passed away just after his 5th birthday. You can read more about the amazing C-man HERE.
This is a logo I designed for a sweet, sweet boy I got to spend a whole week with. Bailey is a survivor of Rhabdomyosarcoma and was just given a clean bill of health! He is my Super Bay, but that is also the name of the foundation his parents have set up. Read more about my summer week with Crazy Bailey HERE!

Please find out how you can support a cause with not a lot of medical funding behind it. Donate to causes like CUREsearch where you know ALL of the funding goes to childhood cancers. Most people are surprised to know that only 0.03 of every dollar donated to the American Cancer Society goes toward Childhood Cancers.

Head over to The Childhood Cancer Petition Site to sign the petition to increase funding and awareness for little baldies everywhere! They need you! 46 children EVERY SINGLE school day are diagnosed and only a small percentage of those children live 5 years.

PLEASE help!

Monday, September 14, 2009

NEW RELEASE: Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix by Graham Salisbury

Wendy Lamb Books· Hardcover · Ages 7-10 · September 8, 2009 · $12.99 ·
ISBN# 978-0-385-73702-9 (0-385-73702-5
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Just released on September 8th, this hardcover book is the first in a series that I imagine will fly off the shelves and to the register in many 'tween boys' hands!

This is a great story of a boy who is faced with a live-in babysitter that he does NOT like. As some/MOST boys will, he devises a plan to control the situation and get Stella to leave. When he realizes his plan went too far and in addition to trying to get her to leave, he puts her health in jeopardy, he has to make it up to her. But how?
Boys NEED books where the HERO is someone respectable. Someone they can look up to. So much of what our children see/hear/witness today does not fall into the "Do unto others" category and that is NOT in our best interest in raising the kids of tomorrow.
Head out and grab this book! My son will be reading it and I look forward to more from Graham Salisbury.

“Meaningful fiction may just possibly urge kids to think about a few things while it entertains them. It can enlighten. It can suggest options and possible consequences. It can offer hope in an often frightening and uncertain world."—Graham Salisbury


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Jess M. Brallier + Peter H. Reynholds = Tess's Tree from HarperKids

There is something magical about a story that can touch the soul of a child and an adult simultaneously. It is proof positive of the extraordinary talents of both author and illustrator when the emotions within the pages jump straight to your heart.

If you have not yet read Tess's Tree, I encourage you to go grab yourself about 10 copies. This will be one of those gifts that you will give over and over again.

As explained by the author, Jess M. Brallier, Tess's Tree is a story of loss, celebration of life and the beginning of healing.

No matter the loss, this book will have your heart smiling. Healing takes time and Tess's Tree will hold your hand for the test of time.

Hear about this amazing book from Jess M. Brallier and Peter H. Reynolds:

Watch the resplendent talents of Peter H. Reynolds:

It is an honor to share the same passion for children with these amazing men!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A few Picture Book Illustrations

This was a DUCK STUDY I did for a picture book story about a duck who wants so badly to be another animal.

Yummmm Mouse Tail Soup! You know you want some! Recipes for this, Turtle Toenail Quesadillas and more included in this book.

She's the famed kickball manager with a flair for quirky recipes to psych out the other team...yes, Mouse Tail Soup is on her menu.

If you have kids, you have endured this scene! He's not happy!

And, this was my very first attempt at Adobe Illustrator! SOOOOOO MUCH FUN!

Stay tuned for more reviews and maybe some interviews with authors you will recognize from your book shelves.



So, where do I start?

I am a former art teacher turned stay-at-home mom whose love for children's books got the best of her. During my Master's of Education program at Binghamton University, students were given SCHOLASTIC book order like the ones elementary school kids get. I would carefully tuck mine, uncrumpled, into my backpack and head home for a date with an order form.

THE SALAMANDER ROOM by Anne Mazer was my first purchase from one of those order forms. That was just the beginning! I was hooked. My unborn children had a full library before they set foot on the planet! I still have those books. Now I have 3 children.

I write because I love children. My passion for kids goes far beyond what I can put into words. I have no doubt in my mind that writing for children is what I am supposed to do.

Peter H. Reynolds once asked me to write down why I write.

This was my heart's response:
"Inspiring children to be all that they can be is my purpose in this life! It is my passion. It’s why I volunteer to work with children. It’s why I write. I am certain it is why I breathe."

So, whether you are a parent, a teacher, a librarian or just a lover of children's books, you have a new home here. Stop in often. Everything from book reviews to author interviews to original coloring pages to sneak peaks at my works-in-progress will welcome you each time. Add yourself to the followers list so you will be sure to keep in touch.

Have a beautifully creative day!