2016 is almost a wrap! It was a year full of books, art, festivals, teaching, and my first nErDcamp. It started with the release of A Big Surprise for Little Card, and The Wrong Side of the Bed early in the year, and You Are Not a Cat! in October. Also, I got married(!) and had a BIG birthday……you do the math! 😉
My year is ending with a flurry of super, fun school visits. In kidlit, there are few things more rewarding than sharing a book that you (and your author and publisher) have labored over (usually in solitude) with a group of kids, and experiencing their reactions first hand. As you can see above, I had a pretty good time earlier this week sharing You Are Not a Cat! with a bunch of kindergarteners. During this visit, I also made a funny discovery about the case cover I painted for the book. Yes, this is the same case cover that won an Undies Award last month…yippee! Maybe everyone else realized this right off the bat, but you know…sometimes you are so deep in a project, you can't see what you've done. All I have to say is, DUH! So, it's a costume too!
2017 starts off with the release in late January of Magnets Push, Magnets Pull, my third collaboration with David A. Adler, and the lovely folks at Holiday House. I'm hoping to share a short trailer for the book in a couple of weeks, so stayed tuned. Our previous collaborations were Junior Library Guild Selections, and I think this one is the best yet. And I just turned in first sketches for our fourth book about light waves—the official title and release date, still to be determined. I've learned so much while illustrating this series. Not bad for a kid who had absolutely no interest in science growing up.
April 2017 also brings the release of If I Were a Kangaroo written by Mylisa Larsen and published by Viking Children's Books. Earlier in the year, I'll be sharing a bit of the art, in addition to a trailer. Last but not least, I am about to start sketching a new picture book—my third with the wonderful Candlewick Press.
Speaking of trailers, I love making them (here's a sample) and would be happy to help other illustrator and authors who have no idea how to go about it. But more on that in a few weeks. In the meantime, I wish you and yours Happy Holidays, and a very happy and healthy new year!