Thursday, December 19, 2019

Book Festivals of 2019

As I’m preparing for the holiday and 2020, 
I’m also reminiscing over the excitement I’ve had this year
and how quickly the time has gone by.

The Gaithersburg Book Fair was a fun-packed day of storytime and crafts.
It’s not usual that I get to read on a plush, velvet throne.
I was going for a friendly look, inspired by the cover of my novelty book,

Do you see the resemblance?

The Cecil County Book Fair was super festive.
Children met authors and illustrators from novelty/board books,    
pictures books, middle grade, to young adult and non-fiction books.  
I loved being surrounded by such young energy
and appreciated their enthusiasm for reading and books.
This time around, I’m representing this sly character.

I skipped the mask.  It probably would have frightened the children.

Over the spring, I made it up to New York to visit my favorite editors,
and even got to meet Captain Underpants at Scholastics!
I made sure to get this picture for my daughter.

The MD/DE/WV SCBWI Conference was a true creative force.
Presenting was a bit nerve-racking, but I enjoyed discussing
the novelty and board book process with so many
aspiring writers and illustrators.  They inspired me, too!

This photo was shared during my slide presentation,
and pleasantly sparked a burst of laughter in the room.
While I do have a large table to work at,
I find it comforting to lay everything out on the floor.
Believe it or not, this work space is very organized.

I’m proud of the projects I created this year,
and hope I may continue this creative journey
in the children’s book world.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New year friends!  It's the year of the pig.  
If you were born during the following years, this is your year!
2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923
The Travel in China Guide lists the start and end dates.

Visit the Chinese New Year site to learn more about
the personalities and characteristics of the pig.

May this year bring you good health, fortune, and prosperity!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Color Wonder: Winter is Here! Storytime and Activity

I’m so excited to share with you my book trailer for
Color Wonder: Winter is Here!

Join me in this interactive visual storytime experience
that allows little ones to mix and match the colors of a winter
wonderland right before their eyes.  

This is one of my favorite formats, and I love watching
preschoolers experience the joy and wonder of color mixing.

Pair your storytime with a puppets craft activity.
Click here to download and print the winter characters.
Cut them out and have the children color
and glue them onto craft sticks.  You can also add sparkly
snowflakes and color dot stickers to the puppet crafts.

Have fun and enjoy!