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: Mark Hoffmann

Picture book, Read, Reading, Funny, Literacy, Celebration of literacy

In this fun and funny celebration of literacy, kids of all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can take you anywhere! You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera and even in outer space! It turns out you can read everywhere! And when you do, you open yourself to a universe of adventure. Presented in light-hearted, rib-tickling verse that’s perfect for reading aloud, You Can Read sings it loud and proud: Books are awesome. And so are the people who read them. How do […]






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Putting Together an Illustration

Uncly Wally's Old Brown Shoe by Wallace Edwards

The paperback edition of Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe by Wallace Edwards is on shelves now. The following post is written by Wallace Edwards. The idea for Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe came to me while I was sketching an old shoe of all things. It occurred to me that it might be interesting to depict the shoe in a variety of possible alternate uses–as a boat or car or plane. I then thought why not have the shoe traveling through various environments and interacting with peculiar characters. These situations would build on each other […]






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Illustrator Feature: Marcus Cutler

Lark Holds the Key by Natasha Deen

#TuesdayTalk with Marcus Cutler. His illustrations can be see in Lark Holds the Key—on shelves now! What are the challenges of illustrating a book that belongs to a series? It’s sooo important to get the main characters right. Lots of sketches and drafts are involved to get the character design just right. When you know they’re going to be drawn again, and again, and again, and again, you don’t want to be regretting a decision you made in the early stages. What was your favorite book as a child? Some of my favorite books were […]






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Illustrator Feature: Kristi Bridgeman

A Parade of Puppies by Charles Ghigna and illustrated by Kristi Bridgeman

#TuesdayTalk with Kristi Bridgeman. Her illustrations can be see in A Parade of Puppies—on shelves now! What was the catalyst / inspiration for your illustrations? Our family has had great experiences adopting rescue dogs, the family Schnauzer is snoring beside me right now, and I appreciated how A Parade of Puppies (and A Carnival of Cats, the previous book) allow us to explore many breeds, but culminate in the child choosing a rescue animal. The rescue dog topic was handled in such a nice, thoughtful way. Oh and the puppy greeting committee at Orca always […]






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Author Feature: Charles Ghigna

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Charles’ first board book with Orca, A Carnival of Cats, launched on September 1st, 2015. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background as an author? First off, I am thrilled to be writing books for Orca! I’ve written more than 100 books and many of them are populated with cats and dogs. I was so happy to create this new carnival of cats for Orca this year! And what a treat to follow-up on this crazy carnival of guessing fun with another new book next year, a book filled with a […]






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