Author Feature: Charles Ghigna

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Who Can? YOU CAN! Tongue-twisty teasers lead the reader through a miscellany of animals in this brilliantly illustrated hint-and-reveal book. Careful clues invite the child to guess what’s coming next, and rhythm and repetition invite early readers to try out this little riddle book on their own. From toucan to centipede, all will delight in Vlasta van Kampen’s colorful art and Charles Ghigna’s whimsical words.   How do you usually begin writing your stories? Story ideas often pop into my mind at the most unexpected times, such as in the middle of a school visit […]






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Illustrator Feature: Shantala Robinson

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In Forest Baby, a baby peers out at the trail from a carrier. Leaves rustle overhead, and a turtle stretches toward the sun. Everything shimmers with light, including the jeweled wings of a dragonfly and the star-shaped lilies. This delightful board book takes the reader on a hike accented by the soft sound of footsteps on the trail and grounded by the rhythmic rocking of mother and baby moving through the forest. Travel along on their serene journey with Laurie Elmquist’s lyrical verse and Shantala Robinson’s warmly painted collages. A beautiful book that will be […]






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Illustrator Feature: Josée Bisaillon

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Written by Eric Walters, Bedtime 123 will lull your little one to sleep while counting the animals also nestling in for the night. Count the stars coming out, fox cubs snuggling, puppies piling and chicks cuddling as baby rocks gently to sleep in this gorgeously illustrated board book from bestselling author Eric Walters and award-winning illustrator Josée Bisaillon. Tell us about the illustration style of your book? How did you decide what it would be? I don’t really know how to describe my style…maybe whimsical ? For Bedtime 123, I wanted the book to have […]






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Marthe Jocelyn Sees Art Everywhere

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The following post is written by Marthe Jocelyn, creator of One Red Button and One Piece of String. You asked how I would describe my creative process? Well…I see something…a lost button on an elevator or a single mitten on a park bench or a note tucked under a windshield wiper… And I get these ideas… Hey, the lost button and the blob of gum next to it look like a pair of eyes, with that shoe scuff for the mouth, and, oh—ground floor, I’m getting off the elevator, but I’ve picked up an idea […]






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A Mother’s Day Reading List

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Since Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, we rounded up four board books that celebrate the connection between mothers and their babies. These books would all be great to read with little ones on this special day. Check them out below! We Sang You Home:   This book celebrates the irreplaceable bond between parents and children. Julie Flett‘s beautiful illustrations portray intimate moments between a mother and her baby—together, they cuddle, sing and pick flowers.       Sea Otter Pup:   Pup’s mother teaches him everything he needs to know about being a […]






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Learning about Linocutting

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A guest post by illustrator Sue Todd. Her linocuts can be seen in An African Alphabet, out now! What is the technique and process of  linocutting? Once my rough sketch is approved, I transfer it to the linoleum with carbon paper, clamp it to my desk and start carving, keeping in mind that, as with all relief printing techniques, the areas I do not carve will be the printed line or shapes. When the carving is complete, water soluble printing ink is rolled onto the linoleum. I place it on the press, cover it with […]






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