Wednesday, May 12, 2010


GRANDMOTHER HAVE THE ANGELS COME? has won in its catagory at the Colorado Author's League (CAL) Awards.  The judge's comments:  "The topic of aging can be difficult to explain to a young child but is discussed here with sensitivity and great tenderness. The illustrations create a visual experience with the use of bold vibrant colors swirling across the pages. The love felt between the grandmother and her
granddaughter are well expressed not only in the text but visually through the illustrations. The text is rich in descriptive phrases that enhance the imagination and call up memories of a loved one: "...see your beauty reflected in the dewdrop on a flower", "savor flavors long on my tongue ", "stroke your cheeks in the light and in the darkness". This is a joyful book that reaffirms the beauty in living a long life and the love between generations."  Denise and I are both thrilled!   

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hope Haiti

Here's a video showing the organization that the 'tree of life' silent auction will support.  Please remember Haiti and please be generous with your bids.


I found out recently that 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN WISCONSIN is going into its SIXTH printing.  Woo Hoo!!  I'm totally excited.  I just wanted to send a special shout out to all my friends, family, and beloved cheeseheads in the great badger state and elsewhere for supporting and buying the book.  THANK YOU!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tree of Life Silent Auction to Benefit Children in Haiti

Here's the image I'll be sending in for the benefit auction hosted by Ridge Art in Oak Park Il.  We were asked to create a piece if art depicting "The Tree of Life" a popular motif in Haitian art.  The Tree of Life exhibit and auction features the work of twenty children’s illustrators, each interpreting the theme in her or his unique, child-friendly style. The art will be sold at silent auction during the Oak Park Arts District’s annual “What’s Blooming” art walk on Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22, at Ridge Art, 21 Harrison Street, Oak Park. The exhibit and auction hours are Friday, 6-10 pm, and Saturday, 12-8 pm. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the Art Creation Foundation for Children in Jacmel, Haiti.

Ridge Art specializes in Haitian Art. The owner, Laurie Beasley, travels to Haiti twice a year to purchase art for her gallery. She has stocked the gallery with new steel drum metal pieces depicting “The Tree of Life” to complement the auction and exhibit.
Ridge Art - Hours & Location:

Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. The gallery stays open until 9 p.m. the third Friday of every month while it participates in Third Friday Art Walks in the Oak Park Arts District. The gallery is located one block north of the Austin I-290 exit (Austin & Harrison) and is accessible by public transportation from the Austin exit of the Forest Park Blue Line.
Laurie Beasley at 708-601-9071
Ridge Art
21 Harrison Street (in “Oak Park’s Arts District”)
Oak Park, IL 60304
Toll-free 1-888-269-0693

Monday, May 3, 2010

LA Times Festival of Books

Festival of Books- I hate crowds, but I love books, and with panels that included Kadir Nelson, Pam Munoz Ryan, David Shannon, Gordon Korman, D.J. Machale, Neal Shusterman and the infamous Pseudonyous Bosch, how can one stay away?

Oliver Jeffers Rocks

A few weeks back Every Picture Tells a Story hosted the FABULOUS  Oliver Jeffers, (one of the best and brightest talents working today) on his west coast swing promoting THE HEART IN THE BOTTLE, I was more than a little excited. Jeffer's presentation included an amazing performance where he drew the spreads for his book THE GREAT PAPER CAPER in real time while another person read it for him. Seriously impressive! If you get the chance to check him out in person, go.  If you want a good book, buy one of his.