Thursday, June 20, 2019

Fun Lessons and Links

* Need a writing prompt? *Pirate Boy* is a “What If Story.”✒️Download a free template for your own “What If Story” at:

* Download a *Pirate Boy* door hanger. ⚓️

* For pirate crafts, visit:  ⛵️

* What does a picture book layout look like?πŸ“š To download a free template, visit (Thank you, Debbie Ohi!)  also at

* Looking for fun step by step instructions for drawing  animals and people? ✏️ Visit Ed Emberley’s Drawing Page:

* For lesson plans and craft projects visit Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls: πŸ§’πŸ½

* Make a Maid Marian Hat like the one Daphne wears in *The Artist and The King*  and 101: πŸ‘©‍πŸŽ¨πŸ‘‘

* Find a coloring page for *Lily’s Cat Mask*  here: πŸ–

* Looking for step by step instructions for making a mask like Lily’s? Visit: 😸
✂︎ And visit the main page for many, many great craft ideas:

* Visit for beautiful custom, handmade dolls. πŸ‘Ά

* Getting ready for kindergarten or camp?πŸŽ’Writer and teacher Susie Wilde has picture book
 recommendations to help parents with young children. (My book included.)

* For free (short) virtual visits go to World Read Aloud Day– and Skype in the Classroom–

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Children's Book Art Silent Auction--May 29, 5pm


Look for my giclee of an illustration from my upcoming book (Candlewick 2020) at the
The ABC Children’s Group and the Children’s Book Council Children's Book Art Silent Auction. The event will benefit American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) and Every Child a Reader.
Javits Center
655 W. 34th St.

Look for more info here:

Lily's Cat Mask -- The Imagination Library edition

What a wonderful little reader!

Thank you, Dolly Parton

Saturday, September 15, 2018

"What's outside your window?"

Outside My Window 
by Linda Ashman, illustrations by Jamey Christoph

No one has a better ear for rhyme than Linda Ashman. Outside My Window is a rhyming trip around the world, with every spread dedicated to a different home in a different geographical location.

The sunny, graphic style has an optimism reminiscent of Mary Blair's Small WorldCome Over To My House, pictures by Richard Erdoes, and Home, by Carson Ellis.

The trip bounces to twelve different places including Copenhagen, a rural village in Ethiopia, Kyoto, the Rocky Mountains of Canada, Marrakesh, Boston, and back to the young suburban girl who first asks the question, "What's outside your window?"

It's a reassuring poem and cozy introduction to other cultures. The book ends with bedtime. The girl looks at the moon "we share, that shines in windows everywhere."

You can see more illustrations by Jamey Chrisoph at

Thank you to Eerdman's for the review copy

ISBN: 978-0-8028-5465-0

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Odyssey of The Little Barbarian

Renato Moriconi is a unique talent. I received his English edition of The Little Barbarian yesterday. (Thank you, Eerdmans.) 

To start, Moriconi's design, palette and watercolor illustrations are beautiful. And the 5.5 x 12 portrait format is perfect for what's to come. (Hat tip to the art director.)

In this wordless adventure, an intrepid little barbarian makes a dangerous journey on horseback. On each spread he faces different attackers. Snakes, giant birds, arrows, and a sea serpent don't faze him—he can make this journey with his eyes closed. 

He rides on under flying demons and Zeus throwing thunderbolts. He rides over fire and cyclopes. He even rides head-on into a giant scorpion. 

The Little Barbarian only becomes emotional at the very end (and I won't say why). The end is the perfect capper to this inventive and fun picture book.

You can see a slideshow of The Little Barbarian at that link.
And while you're there, check out all the other great illustrators