April 20, 2014

Act Natural

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!

February 12, 2014


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.

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


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


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

September 13, 2013

For Tyler

(This post is for a friend of mine's son who is a little worried about monsters in his closet at night).

Hello, Tyler!
This is Gus.  He likes closets because sometimes he finds fun and unusual (for a monster ;)) things to wear.  He found these recently and decided to try them on.

What do you think?  Oh, and by the way, Gus keeps a little glow stick handy because well, you know, closets can be DARK!

Gus says, "Hi!"

August 28, 2013

"You Gotta Love the Weird"

Henny 2014: Its Never Too Early to Get Excited

I'm so pleased to report that HENNY just got a shout-out from the New York Public Library's 

Henny is clapping her little hands in delight!

Here's what Ms. Bird wrote about the bird in question ;) --

"HENNY by Elizabeth Rose Stanton . . .
because sometimes you gotta love the weird. Weird is easy to write but hard to do well. This book is about a chicken with human arms. To those of you who are instantly interested, this one’s for you. It is done exceedingly well."

This hopefully bodes well for the future of our fine feathered-and-armed (in a good way) friend! Be sure to click the Fuse #8 link to see some of the other really fun-looking 2014 books Betsy highlighted :)

And here's a gentle reminder-- to get your very own copy of HENNY, you can order** from: amazon, Barnes and Noble and, best of all, your own independent bookstore*.

*If you would like a signed copy, I will post the direct link as soon as the order function is up-and-running at The Secret Garden Bookshop here in Seattle.  Stay tuned!  :)

**Remember, pre-orders count!  (Click HERE to find out why).

Henny and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts! xxoo

August 21, 2013


Keeping my hand in with this quick post for Illustration Friday.  Here's a little sketch that I think fits the bill for this week's topic, "Power."
 How is it that things are still so busy when its summer??
 Hope you all are fine!  Gotta run!

August 4, 2013

Dog Daze of Summer

I've been a bad blogger lately--both as a post-er and reader-comment-er.  I don't know why I always have this idea that summer will be "time off," only to have it be packed with tons of activities NOT related to vacation!  My biggest challenge lately has been dealing with my dear old, OLD, dog. We just pulled him through a medical crisis. I thought for sure it was the end, but the old guy rallied!  Finger's crossed for some more quality time for him!
Meanwhile . . .
here are a couple more "daily" (well, almost) sketches from my Facebook page.  Doing these little ditties has been fun, and done when I really SHOULD have been doing something else.
It's obvious I've had the dog on my mind ;)

So, dear blog friends, I hope to get caught up soon.  Have a great rest-of-the-summer!   

July 20, 2013

4 Robots and a Pig

Did up these little sketches today while thinking about this this week's Illustration Friday topic -- "Robots."
I realized that almost everything I am drawn to draw leans more toward the "organic," so taking on some mechanically-inclined things was fun challenge.  I may just depart from birds, pigs, and monsters for a bit and pursue some more of these little robotic beings.  My interest is piqued!
Oh-- and the pig?  He's just there to keep me grounded ;)
pencil on watercolor paper

July 7, 2013


I have a little challenge going with another illustrator friend of mine. We try to post, daily if possible, a sketch on to Facebook.  It keeps us coming up with new characters and ideas.  It's pretty fun, but it IS challenging to come up with something post-able every day.  I can't say I've made it every day, but -- almost.  Here are a few "recents."  Do you have a favorite?                                                                                                          


All illustrations are in watercolor and pencil on cold press watercolor paper.

July 1, 2013


The Illustration Friday topic this week is, "Equality."
This maybe a bit of a stretch, but it's what popped into the ol' noggin:

watercolor and pencil on watercolor paper

June 23, 2013

Catching Up

I was in New York a few weeks ago, and had a wonderfully productive meeting with my agent. The upshot is that I have been peddling-to-the-metal the last few weeks to get a manuscript finished, along with some drawings.
I made the deadline, and now it is in the hands of the fates :)   We shall see.
 Here's a glimpse of the little guy I have been working on:

June 18, 2013


HENNY'S gone live! 

I just discovered (literally, since they don't tell you) that  HENNY is now up for pre-order!  It was super exciting to type in the title and have her pop up.  One more step closer to reality! Yay!

Simon & Schuster


Barnes & Noble

And, of course, don't forget to ask about it at your local independent bookstore!
My favorite, here in Seattle, is Secret Garden Books (and they ship)  :-)

Henny sends big hugs to everyone!