December 19, 2014

NYPL Loves Henny!



Henny's wrapping up her first year on another high note! 
She was just named to the New York Public Library's 
best children's books of 2014 list

She's so proud, and is especially thrilled to be on the list with
so many other wonderful books! 

Here is the link to the interactive list (The list includes books for ages 2-12):
http://childrens100.nypl.org/2014/#/_

. . .and to the list, divided by categories, here:
http://childrens100.nypl.org/2014/img/ChildrensBookList_2014-web.pdf

Tis the season for giving so be sure and check out the list, 
and consider giving BOOKS for the holidays. . .
especially books from real-live bookstores)! 


So Happy Holidays to one and all! 
And thank you all for being such great friends! 
Bwwaaak! 
Here's to and happy and healthy 2015 for everyone.


xo




December 7, 2014

How About a Henny?

The Holidays approach!

 The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression Holiday Art Auction is just about to wrap up, so here's a chance to own some wonderful art by children's book illustrators (including yours truly)*  http://www.ebay.com/usr/abffe

Here's what it's about:

Proceeds support the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and help underwrite the Kids' Right to Read Project, which was co-founded by ABFFE and the National Coalition Against Censorship, and Banned Books Week - the only national celebration of the freedom to read.

Kids' Right to Read Project provides support to students, parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers who are fighting efforts to ban children's and young adult books in their communities. Since its founding in 2006, KRRP has opposed challenges to 222 titles in 35 states.

How can you resist? 

*AND how about an original HENNY

I've donated an original watercolor study from one of the spreads in HENNY (oh, and look-- is that little Peddles in the cart? (Back when he was but a twinkle in my eye) ;-)

Please take a look and bid 'er up! http://www.ebay.com/itm/271685397510

Meanwhile. . .
I've got more travel on the horizon, as well as finishing up some final touches for PEDDLES as they come in from my art director at Simon and Schuster. I will be posting more about my little piggy, soon, so stay tuned!

Thanks, friends and I hope all is well in your worlds!
xo,
ERS, Henny, and Peddles :)


September 2, 2014

A Pig and a Cat

Two little (big) reasons . . .

*1.


  
*2.

. . . I haven't been around much lately (not to mention all the relatives visiting from out of town this summer):

*1. I just finished my next picture book, PEDDLES. As of last Thursday, all the final art is in the hands of my capable art director at Simon and Schuster. Stay tuned for updates through the following year. He's due out January 2016.

*2. My posterior has been in the chair every available moment working on Peddles and concurrently providing, since the second week in July, a lap for BEATRIX!  Bea is my new Scottish Fold kitten.

It was a herculean feat keeping my concentration going, as you might imagine.
My Facebook posts of her were so popular, she now has her own page. So if you want to see more, pop on and give her a "like."  https://www.facebook.com/BeaTheFold

Hope you all have had a great summer and, as ever, thanks for stopping by!
Oink and meow,
-ERS

July 9, 2014

We Survived Vegas!

Henny and I survived Las Vegas!
The American Library Association (ALA) Conference was totally worth putting up with dashing between 106+ degree (41 c) outdoor heat, and the interiors that have to be air conditioned so people don't die. What a trip!

That said, the Henny signing went extremely well:
Game Face

The Signing

Henny's line began forming at the Simon and Schuster booth about 15-20 min before start-time.
I donned my chicken hat, and away we went--or, I should say, away the Hennys went.
 The entire case of books was gone within the half-hour time slot. 
 Yay! All those Henny's in the hands of the best book people in the world-- librarians!


Henny wore her ALA Booklist star proudly the whole weekend (even though she was in the shadow (physically speaking, of course ;)) of the Caldecott-winning "Locomotive."

Best of all, I got to meet/hang out with some AMAZING picture book people:
--with fellow PNWer Nikki McClure at her signing for "May the Stars Drip Down"

--with Caldecott winner ("Locomotive") Brian Floca!! What a super nice guy! 

with the delightful Caldecott honoree ("Flora and the Flamingo") Molly Idle

with the talented Llama's mama Anna Dewdney (holding her new gnu book)! 

YES! That IS Jon Klassen!!--also in the super-nice-guy category!

with the hilarious and ALSO super-nice-guy Dan Santat holding his book, "Beekle"

My adoration for Judy Schachner (Skippyjon Jones) is obvious. What a gracious, sweet person! 

--with writer/librarian/new-favorite-person Carter Higgins--and the creator of NINJA, Arree Chung (yet another in the super-nice-guy category)!

I got to meet and chat with THE Doris Kearns Goodwin at a beautiful S and S dessert reception. 
(I was so proud of my Simon and Schuster red author beads. I guess Doris decided not to wear hers. 
I guess that's cuz maybe everyone KNOWS who she is ;) ). 

Here's Henny looking delicious among the desserts: deftly and briefly placed for a  photo-op 
by Lori Kilkelly (see below)


and, last but not least, my ALA roomie and PB debut sister-soul-mate, Toni Yuly
Here she is holding her acclaimed debut picture book, EARLY BIRD, flanked by her devoted lit agents, Paul Rodeen and Lori Kilkelly. I had so much fun with these guys! 

There were so many other amazing, kind, and talented people I met, 
not to mention ALL those awesome librarians! 
In the end, it IS all about the BOOKS!

Here's a stack of some of what I hauled back. SO much talent and fun in one pile! 

And one last highlight-- I can now kick going to Las Vegas off my bucket list.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone!


June 26, 2014

Las Vegas!

Henny's heading to Las Vegas for some fun with the American Library Association!
We've packed up our buttons and bangles and are anticipating a fine time with the people who do books best!


I'll be there in my chicken hat, signing books, this Sunday at the Simon and Schuster (booth #302-303) from 2:30-3:00 p.m. So if you're planning on attending, DO stop by for a Henny hi-5!

Should be a blast--as well as a blast of heat--it's supposed to be 108 degrees on Sunday!

Hope you all are fine, and Henny and I will check in next week!
-ERS


May 26, 2014

Tag! I'm It!!

AUTHOR BLOG TOUR

My super talented friend, Mike Curato, tagged me to be part of the "Author Blog Tour" that's been making the rounds. I met Mike through the SCBWI when he lived in Seattle. I was so sad when he moved to NYC, but I KNOW he's going to be taking the kidlit world by storm when his book, Little Elliot, Big City comes out this summer. Mark my words, Mike's book will go down as an instant classic. When I last saw Mike in NY, he gave me a preview of "Little Elliot" (or "Elly" as we love to call him)--  I truly got goosebumps--it's that good.
Keep your eye on this guy! Thanks, Mike, for the tag!

Now for the tour:


What am I currently working on?

Sometimes walking and chewing gum at the same time can be a challenge, and that's just what I'm doing right now--walking Henny and chewing Peddles ;)

Henny-packed window at The Corner Bookstore






Since Henny's release in January, it's been a whirlwind of activity--including her launch party at Secret Garden Books in Seattle, and an amazing New York celebration at The Corner Bookstore in Manhattan.




But I have to say, one of the biggest highlights so far was being invited to read Henny
at the Eric Carl Museum of Picture Book Art. It was a blast!
reading Henny for Storytime at The Carle












Also thrilling was Henny getting an ALA Booklist Star, and then finding out she was named to the Kids' Indie Next List!

Activity is on-going for Henny: in addition to some school and bookshop visits, next up is the American Librarian Association meeting in Las Vegas where I will be signing Henny at the Simon and Schuster booth.

MEANWHILE, my butt has GOT to be in the chair all summer for my next picture book, also with Simon and Schuster. The final art for Peddles, my little pig with big ideas, is due September 1. Yikes!
Peddles



How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This is a tough one to answer. Everything and nothing is new under the sun. I am "trained" traditionally, in that I started out life as an architect, then segued over to fine art, scientific illustration, and portrait art before becoming an illustrator. All of my art work is done with paint/pencil/pen on paper. I use the computer only for some occasional fine tuning. I don't think this necessarily differentiates me from other writer/illustrators. What I can say, though, is my approach to art has been informed by the likes of Beatrix Potter, Edward Gorey, with a little John Tenniel thrown in, to name but a few--so I guess you could say quirky (combine Potter + Gorey and that's what you get, right?). Generally, I try not to belabor details, unless they are germane to the emotional state of my character. As for my writing, I tend to focus on what's going on inside the little noggins of my characters and, when I do, it almost always takes them somewhere interesting. I am a firm believer in the aesthetic, "less is more" (thank you, Mies van der Rohe).


Why do I write what I write?

I'm not sure I really know. As a child, I was very much "in my head." I think my characters reflect this. Being a kid can be tough, and I hope my picture books, in addition to just being fun to look at, strike a chord in their little developing brains. At the very least, I hope my stories will get them to sit still for a minute or two.


How does my individual writing/illustrating process work?  

I almost always begin with a quick character sketch or a doodle. I have sketchbooks and sketchbooks filled with critters of all sorts. Usually one will push its way to the fore, and I keep drawing he/she/it until a story forms. When I thought up Henny, I had been drawing birds--all sorts, imaginary and real. I had just finished a painting of a dodo and that got me thinking about birds that can't fly. Well, one thing led to another, and next thing I knew she was lookin' right back at me, sans wings and, well, you know the rest of the story ;)














Thanks again for the tag, Mike!
I miss you!









Next tag-ees! You'll love touring with these two:
Ben Clanton and Jennifer Mann (check out their photos--Henny is definitely a fan!).

Ben, my pal from Seattle who, like Mike, had to up and move east (sniff ), is the author/illustrator of a bunch of fun, FUN picture books. Most recently, the marvelous
Mo's Mustache 

and Jennifer, my friend and fellow recovering architect, whose book, Two Speckled Eggs, debuted in April to rave reviews!







Be sure and tune in to their blogs next Monday, 6/2, to read up on all the wonderful, fun, and inspiring work from these two talented author/illustrators. You'll be glad you did.

April 20, 2014

Act Natural

Greetings!
I haven't been in Blogland lately due to having been sucked into the unanticipated vortex that is the world of O-My-Gosh-I-Have-A-Book-Published! I most certainly am not complaining, but I am dismayed at having neglected my blog friends--both followed and following!

So in an attempt to catch up just a bit, I going to try and kill a few birds with one stone, so to speak (not to worry, Henny, it's just a turn of phrase ;))

First up is this week's post for Illustration Friday's topic, "Natural." I can't help but show this spread from Henny, since she does try so very hard to do so . . .


Now for some book shenanigans: 

Henny and I have had much excitement since her release in early January. At every turn, there seems to be more and more to do!
Here are some highlights:

--Henny and I were thrilled to be featured on Julie Danielson's blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Have a click and you can see some of my daily sketchbook work, as well as some crowing about Henny :)

--Being asked to be interviewed by The Busy Librarian, Matthew Winner, on his "Let's Get Busy"  podcast. If you have a minute or two, give a listen. Matthew is a wonderful interviewer and die-hard advocate for kidlit! You can find Henny and me on Episode #37  .

--I was asked to serve on a panel for an American Librarian Association's Booklist Webinar featuring four debut authors (This involved a 10 minute talk with a PowerPoint presentation. Yikes!).

--I was honored to be asked to be a "SCBWI Success Story" panelist at our recent SCBWIWWA conference. The conference, as usual, was a blast!

--Having story time and book-signing gigs at the following fabulous independent bookstores:
Parkplace Books   Kirkland WA
Green Bean Books Portland OR
Dolphin Books Port Washington NY

This is the adorable diorama made in honor of Henny by the wonderful booksellers at 
Green Bean Books in Portland, OR! 

 Henny in the window at The Corner Bookstore in Manhattan!

Next up: Henny and I are so honored to have been invited to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for their Special Storytime!! We will be winging our to Amherst, MA on May 3rd at 2 p.m., so if you are in the area, stop by and say hello!  Here are the details: http://www.hbook.com/calendar/elizabeth-rose-stanton-carle-museum/#_


There's much more coming up, but I'll save it for another post--which I will do soon!
Meanwhile, I'm working away at my next book, Peddles, so stay tuned for updates!

Thanks, as ever, for stopping by. I appreciate you all!
Cheers!
-ERS

February 12, 2014

Ahhhh!


I'm so far behind in all-things-blog. Am still experiencing the whirlwind that is HENNY!
This is how I've been feeling lately. Apologies to Mr. Oldenburg.
-ERS


January 11, 2014

Break Time

Thought you'd all appreciate a break from chickens.
So here's a little video of my cat.  She does this when she wants me to play with her.
Works every time.




January 7, 2014

She's ARRIVED!!

HENNY's day has finally arrived!  She's officially hitting the bookstore shelves today!
And to herald her in, Mr. Schu is posting an interview as well as premiering her video trailer on his blog Watch. Connect. Read. (http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/2014/01/book-traier-premiere-henny.html)     Pop on over, in HENNY's honor, and take a gander-- you can even see her in her debut dress ;)

Thank you, everyone, for supporting HENNY over the last couple of years!
You are, one and all, simply awesome!  xxoo

December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, where applicable!
Henny and I hope there are lots of books of all sorts under your trees!

December 13, 2013

The Debut(ante)

HENNY is making her debut in a little over three weeks!  
She is madly thinking about her debut ensemble. 
 So far, she's picked a delicate tulle dress (sleeveless, of course) with tiny flowers:
Next up, lest she get chilly (it will be January, after-all), she's thinking of a red fur-trimmed coat with coordinating hat and muff.  Henny feels it's important  they match her wattles.
As we draw closer to the BIG DAY (January 7th), 
I will try and keep up with updates about Henny's fashion choices.
She does want to impress  ;) 

HENNY (Simon & Schuster) will hit bookstores January 7, 2014.  
Click here to order your signed copy (indicate in the comments section at checkout that you would like it signed).  
I say, "Thank you"--Henny says, "Bwwwaaak!" (which is Chicken for "Thank you!")   

November 30, 2013

Procrasticoodling

Greetings, All!
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving-- where applicable :)
Earlier this month, I was asked to be a guest blogger on Tara Lazar's blog for 
Picture Book Idea Month,which is quite an honor (to see the illustrious company I shared,
check out the list below)!
Guest bloggers were tasked with  inspiring  people who signed up for PiBoIdMo. PiBoIdMo is a month long (November) challenge for participants to come up with 30 picture book ideas--ideally, one for every day of the month.  It's been a fun month reading the blog posts, and all the comments.  Looks like the "pep talks" worked!
So scroll on down (the list is alphabetical, and most have links) and give a click.  They are all wonderfully inspiring and I hope, at the very least, you will read mine :)
Be sure and leave a comment--both here and there :) :)  Thanks!



Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Steve Barr
Artie Bennett
Marcie Colleen
Katie Davis
Drew Daywalt
Dianne de Las Casas
Betsy Devany
Ame Dyckman
Julie Falatko
Michael Garland
Maria Gianferrari
Dorina Lazo Gilmore
Melissa Guion
Julie Hedlund
Leeza Hernandez
Lenore & Daniel Jennewein
Laurie Keller
Bitsy Kemper
Kami Kinard
Renee Kurilla
Adam Lehrhaupt
Kelly Light
Wendy Martin
Stacy McAnulty
Todd McQueen
Pat Miller
Pat Zietlow Miller
Zachariah Ohora
Anne Marie Pace
Greg Pizzoli

Tammi Sauer
Paul Schmid
Corey Rosen Schwartz
Ryan Sias
Annette Simon

Elizabeth Rose Stanton   
Joanna Sussman
Kristi Valiant
Kayleen West
Jane Yolen

November 25, 2013

Creepy Chicken

As we draw closer to Henny's release, the book buzz is starting to happen!

So far Henny has been referred to as--- cute, creepy, adorable, unconventional, humorous,
 weird (in a good way), and precious. . .  
but best of all:
 Henny has been selected by the American Booksellers Association as a "Kids' Indie Next List" pick!
This means a bookseller nominated Henny, then ABA members voted and selected it as a recommended book for booksellers across the country to put in their stores.
 How cool is THAT??!!

...and remember:
HENNY is available just about anywhere, but if you would like a signed copy, order through
 Secret Garden Books (in the comments section at checkout say you would like it signed). 
Oh, and if you're in Seattle, please come to Henny's launch party at the Secret Garden Bookstore on January 7th at 7p.m.  Bwwaaak!    



Remember-- support your local independent bookstores !
                          Thanks, everyone!


November 12, 2013

The Agony of Print

Greetings, All!
I've had my nose to the promotional grindstone, so to speak, as time gets closer and closer to HENNY's release, and I apologize again for still being so woefully behind in all things bloggie--mine, yours, and everyone elses!
Lately, I've been doing battle with new business cards and promotional cards.  The process always starts out with a certain excitement, then transcends to angst over size, paper, cost, design, etc. -- then bounces back to excitement once they're finished.
  I had three sets of cards made:  one sporting the cover and a spread from HENNY-- same image that's in the SCBWI Illustrator Exhibit (postcard size), and the other heralding the launch date for the book (business card size). Then I had a set of five alternating layouts made up for my business cards. SO glad they're done!  What do you think?


October 10, 2013

Show Time!

Today is the first day of the Society of Children's Book Writer and Illustrators of Western Washington Illustrator Exhibit (how's that for a mouthful?).   It's a juried exhibit featuring illustrations by some of our local Northwest talent.  Henny is making an appearance so, if you're in the area, come on down to the Washington State Convention Center and take a gander at her and all the other wonderful art!
For those of you elsewhere, here's the poster for the show--drawn by fab artist Jessixa Bagley and art directed by the amazing (and my fellow crit group buddy) Kevan Atteberry:

Poster art by Jessixa Bagley. Layout by Kevan Atteberry

Here's a peek at the spread from HENNY.  
I forgot to snap a pic of her all purdy-like in the frame, but you get the idea:  
from HENNY (Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books)
written and illustrated by Elizabeth Rose Stanton