BUB was released in January 2018 . . .
and now we are three!
BUT soon Bub will truly be the middle child, because my next
picture book, COWIE, will be out in January of 2020!
In case you missed it, among other things,
BUB made an appearance on Publishers Weekly Children's Bookshelf:
Click HERE and scroll down to the Featured Reviews
and click again for their spot-on take on him and his story.
And Bub had a stellar review in The Wall Street Journal:
But that's not all . . . I had another gig as faculty for the Illustration Intensive at the Highlights Foundation last summer. I got to reunite with my pal Mike Curato, and we had the pleasure of co-faculty-ing with Matthew Cordell, who was fresh off his Caldecott win. It was a blast!
And I'm happy to report I will be at it again this coming September. Stay tuned for more!
Where has my blog-time gone?
Wellll . . .
since the first post on this blog in 2011 (not knowing where anything was going to lead) the Universe has bestowed on me a bunch of picture books: two out, and two more on the way!
Between this and all the usual lifestuff and the other obligatory social media garbola we have to do, my poor little blog has taken a hit.
So it's wakey-wakey time for Penspaper Studio!
If any of you dear readers are aspiring to illustrate and/or write picture books, this may be your ticket:
It's been a while since I last posted, but I wanted to pop on to let you know about a wonderful organization supporting children's literature—the Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival. It happens every fall, and is devoted to bringing talented people from the world of kidlit to the heart of the USA to benefit children's literacy.
Check out their auction! I have donated two pieces and a couple of books!
"Bunny Hooray" (signed, original watercolor and pencil on paper), includes a signed copy each of HENNY and PEDDLES:
and "Midsummer Fairy Crown" (signed, limited edition archival print):
note: both pieces are signed on the front (I scanned them before I signed)
If Bunnies and a crown are not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other marvelous pieces up for grabs. Check 'em out! Click HERE
Happy bidding and, one way or the other, thanks for considering supporting this great cause for kids.
There are some new kids on the blogck, and I’m happy to say
I’m one of them!
We are a little band of published picture book author/illustrators from the Seattle area called, THE WHATSITS!
Whatsit you say. . . another blog?? Fear not! You won't regret it. We will post about the world of children's literature about every two weeks and we promise we'll be short on words and long on pictures (just like our books)!
So if you follow me here, pop on over and follow us there.
There's a little PEDDLES and HENNY talk, as well as some other sense and nonsense: bacon? Nuclear (chicken) arms? Ghosts? Mr. Herz asks such fun questions, and his answer-banter is always entertaining! Oh, and be sure to click the link at the end for the whole interview!
You can check out some of the other interviews, too: http://www.examiner.com/childrens-books-in-san-diego/henry-herz
Scroll down and you'll find the likes of Caldecott-types Dan Santat, Molly Idle, and Aaron Becker— as well as picture book stars like Debbie Ohi, Deborah Freedman, and Mac Barnett. The list goes on!
Everyone needs a penguin in a house coat. . . right? If you agree, then now's your chance! :) Read on:
The American Booksellers for Free Expression's (ABFE) online auction of more than 50 works of art created by children's book illustrators (including yours truly) is open on eBay through Monday, June 8.
Proceeds from the auction support the Kids' Right to Read Project (KRRP) and Banned Books Week, the national celebration of the freedom to read. KRRP, which was founded by ABFE and the National Coalition Against Censorship, helps students, parents, teachers, librarians, and booksellers fight book censorship in schools and libraries.
It's an original, signed, pencil and watercolor on paper, and it can be yours.
Just pop on HERE and bid it up--it's a great cause! Oh, and please note that the scan they have on eBay is pretty rough. Much of the subtle detail has dropped out. The one here is not perfect, but more accurate :)
Meanwhile, we're off again to New York!
We will be visiting the East Harlem Scholars Academy in Manhattan. Henny has been selected as their Book of the Month for February, and I can't wait to share her story and some fun art projects with the kids!
Then we go to the SCBWI NY conference. It's always an informative and fun time with the peeps of the kidlit world.
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.
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!
ERS, Henny, and Peddles :)
. . . 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,
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!
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: