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Mini Interviews + Juana Martinez Neal = BIG Thank you

As I type this post  in my toasty-warm little studio… it is SO quiet. This... is a rarity. Usually, there is a lot of noise. I have music playing, the pencil sharpener is whirring, my phone is beeping or I'm gibbering away (to myself) trying to work out some piece of artwork, or part of a story. I'm loud. I talk loudly, I laugh loudly, I love action, and hustle...

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Happy National Dance (with a flamingo) Day!

It's National Dance Day! And who better to choose as a dance partner than a flamingo?! To celebrate- I'm giving away a signed  Flora and the Flamingo "Soar into Storytime" poster!   To enter for your chance to win- leave a comment below (by 11:59 pm PST July 27)- naming the picture book character you would choose for your dance partner! Would you rhumba with Rotten Ralph? Hula with the...

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A Mini Interview with Lynne Avril!

Lynne Avril was born and grew up in Montana, where she received a BA in Art from the University of (Hippie) Montana, Missoula, the Berkeley of the Northwest where she was also able to (somehow) complete her degree without taking a single math class. She has spent the last 30 years, however, living in and enjoying Arizona. She has spent those years trying out several career possibilities such as dishwasher,...

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Tea (Rex) and… Crumpets? Cake? Cookies?

Last month I asked- "How do you take your tea?" This month, with all of the holiday goodies being shared, I'm wondering... What do you like to nibble in-between sips of your favorite brew? I'm a huge fan of anything chocolate! So when my friend Dominique, sent me the link to these scrumptious chocolate dipped shortbread cookies shaped like tea bags... Well, I just couldn't resist- I had to share...

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Art and Arithmetic

Today’s peek into another corner of the workshop focuses on my Dad. Today is his 74th birthday- that makes him 27,101 days, or 648,270 hours, or 38,894,400 minutes old. And for approximately 12,775 of those days (or 306,600 hours or 18,396,000 minutes respectively) He has been my Dad. That means … That if you want to figure out my age you’re going to have to do the math. It’s time...

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A Mini-ME-Interview!

Happy Wednesday Everybody! This morning, as a part of the month of Mini Interviews and Giveaways- co-hosted by Juana Martinez Neal, Mikela Prevost and Laura Jacobsen- I am interviewing... MYSELF! Yesterday, Juana kicked off the week with the first of four "Molly" interviews on her blog, and this morning I pick up where she left off... When I wrote these questions- I wrote them with my aforementioned pals in mind......

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2 + 2 = ?

The other day I was at the zoo with my boys when another mom sat down next to me and started to regale me with unbidden tales of how time consuming her job as an accountant was. Then, she paused and asked the question any working mother should know better than to ask another working mother... "So, What do YOU do?" ME: I'm a children's book writer and illustrator. Zoo...

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A 10 Year Overnight Success

  While everyone has been writing about the amazing time we all had at the 40th SCBWI Conference in LA last week (and rightly so- it was fab!) I have been thinking an awful lot about my first conference- the 30th SCBWI Conference in LA, and all that has happened in-between... When I left my career in animation to dive into children’s books 10 years ago, (my first picture book Emma’s Gift due out...

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Four Theme Parks and a Funeral.

Time is a funny thing...  It can drag, or race by. It can double back upon itself and make infinity. It can tick by in never ending revolutions on my wrist… on the watch my Papa gave me when I was ten years old. Every time the clockwork conks out I replaced it because I love that watch so much… or maybe because I love my Papa so much. When...

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