Showing posts from August, 2011

"Drawing" to a Close - Sketchbook Project Tour

So after 10 US cities, 7 months, and countless miles, The Sketchbook Project is now drawing to a close. I am so glad I participated in this National Phenomenon. Not only did the actual process of making the sketchbook force me to open up, use my imagination and have fun putting it all together, but watching my book travel all over the country was a great thing to see! Form/Space Atelier in Seattle, Washington - Pic Courtesy of Michelle!! I had so many friends and strangers pull out my little Storybook Sketchbook. Hopefully it all gave them a quick laugh and brightened their day a bit. (Honestly, I don't know whose mood wouldn't improve with the sight of giant cupcakes and glitter.) Sister-in-law at the Madrone Studios in San Francisco, CA - Thanks Suz!! My mom was also featured on the Art House Co-op's blog about their stop in Chicago!! Mom at the Hyde Park Arts Center in Sweet Home Chicago It was really neat the way the Art House Co-op managed to keep

Weekend of a Lifetime!

So this past weekend I was able to travel to Los Angeles for the 40th annual National Conference for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators . And BOY - was it a conference!! I left full of information and inspiration... Among the numerous and talented authors and illustrators that were there, legends walked all around. I was inspired by Jerry Pinkney (2010 Caldecott Medal Recipient & 5-time Caldecott Honor Recipient), moved by David Small (Caldecott Medal & Honor Recipient), laughed with John Scieszka , amazed by Gary Paulsen (3-time Newberry Honor Recipient), and my breath was taken away by Richard Peck (Newberry Medal Recipient). Within all of this great talent was a surprise visit from the Queen of Children's Literature - Judy Blume !! It was an amazing weekend filled with great speeches, good information, and a few fun gatherings including a big party on Saturday night with dinner and dancing... a lovely lunch on Sunday whe