Spring and things

Well, hello there! My blogging activity didn’t end up getting any livelier as I got caught up in finishing The Little Christmas Elf for Little Golden Books.

It was really fun working on this book – lovely folks at Random House and the author Nikki Shannon Smith is really sweet. Dream job really – nice people to work with, elves and Christmas – what’s not to like?

There has been a round of birthdays here to keep us busy and general adjusting to Spring things. It is hard to believe that Spring really is here though as there seems to be sleet coming down outside – I can hear it tinkling against the windows. So instead of feeling energized, I feel like curling up under a cozy blanket and reading a good book.

There are more things going on behind the scenes (doesn’t that sound mysterious!) – I am working on a chapter book for Kids Can Press with black and white illustrations, which I am quite excited about. More about that later when I am able to share. There are other plannings and possibilities floating around too, all too early to talk about here, but plenty to keep my brain busy.

I have been enjoying the wonders of Pinterest a virtual scrapbook where you can collect inspiring images.

I think it could be a great reference source for illustration and it is fun because it is quite sociable as you can share your favourite images with other people. I have already discovered a bunch of illustrator’s work that I did not previously know and there are some amazing photographers out there. I haven’t worked out how to add a link button to my sidebar, so if you want to take a look at my page, here is the link: My Pinterest You will quickly see that I am interested in lots of things and that I am a Pinterest hoarder – there are just so many beautiful images out there.

What else? Well, the ARC’s of Paul’s third and final book of The Joy of Spooking series recently arrived. It is called Sinister Scenes and the red cover is just fantastic. We were inspired to do a fun photo shoot with it:

Paul is touring British Columbia for TD Book Week in May (authors and illustrators visit a different province from their own and visit schools and libraries to talk about their work) and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre has posted interviews of all authors and illustrators that are touring this year. Paul’s interview is up there under BC: TD Book Week

And speaking of interviews, I am the featured artist on Illustrator’s Saturday today. Kathy Temean features a children’s book illustrator every Saturday, so have a good browse, it makes interesting reading. Fun to see the various illustration styles and our different ways of working.

Okay, now the sleet has stopped tinkling and is now battering off of the windows – that cozy blanket is calling my name…….

Toodle pip

A Harvest of New Books

I wanted to give this a mention. If you are in Montreal, you are welcome to join us:

Yes Oui CANSCAIP hosts “A Harvest of New Books”
Wed., Oct. 27th at 7 p.m.
Montreal West Town Hall (50 Westminster South in Montreal West)

Local children’s book authors Nancy Gow, Jennifer Lloyd, P.J. Bracegirdle, Jill Murray, Alan Silberberg and local children’s book illustrators Susan Mitchell and Yayo (Diego Herrera) will speak about their latest books. Their titles will be on sale at the event and attendees will be able to have them autographed.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to Carol-Ann Hoyte, Yes Oui CANSCAIP co-representative, at

Yes Oui CANSCAIP is the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers.


Nancy Gow is a picture book author whose first book, Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose, just came out this month.

Jennifer Lloyd has written three picture books. Her latest book is Ella’s Umbrellas.

P.J. Bracegirdle has written two middle-grade novels for children. His latest book is Unearthly Asylum, the second book in The Joy of Spooking trilogy. The first book in the series is Fiendish Deeds. He also wrote the picture book, Comet Can’t Wait for Christmas, which his wife, Susan Mitchell, illustrated.

Jill Murray has written two novels for teens. Her latest book is Rhythm and Blues. Bring It On was her first book.

Alan Silberberg has written two middle-grade novels for children. His latest book is Milo: Brain Freeze and Sticky Notes. Pond Scum was his first book.

Susan Mitchell has illustrated several books. Her latest titles include Too Many Fairies, Paula Deen’s Cookbook for the Lunchbox Set, Paula Deen’s My First Cookbook, My Mom and Me, and My Dad and Me.

Yayo (Diego Herrera) has illustrated several books. His latest titles include The Hug and The King Who Barked.

Imagine a Story – A one-day conference for emerging and established creators of works for children

Well I have been so busy getting my presentation ready that I kept forgetting to mention it here!

Tomorrow I will be participating in Imagine a Story, a one-day conference for emerging and established creators of works for children in Montreal. My information session is called Lions and Tigers and Publisher’s Rejection Letters. Oh My! (Hee!).
No lions or tigers will be present, but I will be there to share tips and ideas on how to get published in the children’s market.

It’s a day-long conference and there are a bunch of really fun workshops and information sessions that are well worth checking out if you are interested in the field of children’s publishing.

Great Goose Egg Auction

I painted two eggs for The Great Goose Egg Auction which benefits the Open Fields School
I think on-line bids can be placed now and the actual action happens on Saturday, May 8th at 1.30pm.

Here is my contribution: