Tag: picture books

Inktober for those afraid to Draw

It’s the first day of¬†Inktober. Illustrators know this. The rest of us might not — but we should, all of us. Because Inktober is awesome. And it’s for everyone. Inktober began in 2009, by artist Jake Parker, as a challenge to improve drawing skills…

The Squirrels are Coming!

Wonderful news: When the Squirrels Stole my Sister, my upcoming picture book with Fitzhenry & Whiteside, is going to be illustrated by Patricia Storms. ūüôā Patricia is an accomplished author/illustrator well-known in the Canadian kidlit scene. Her illustrations range from super-adorable to just-a-little-creepy (intentionally…

Friday Faves–Books I Read and Loved this Spring

I updated my Goodreads account this afternoon, adding a dozen or so titles that I read and loved this spring. If you’re looking for a summer read, here are a few of my recent faves. Picture Books Once I Ate a Pie Written by…

SCBWI Spring Conference in Ottawa

There are still a few spaces left for¬†Ottawa’s¬†SCBWI Art of Story Conference¬†scheduled for the end of the month. For¬†two days,¬†guest¬†speakers will¬†offer¬†workshops and presentations to everyone¬†interested in writing or illustrating children’s books, from aspiring picture book illustrators to established YA novelists. There’s something for every…

Everybody Wants to be a Starring Cat

I got an email this week from an old friend whom I haven’t seen for twenty years. She wrote to say that she’d been in Washington, D.C., and¬†there in the bookshop of the Museum of Natural History¬†was My Cat Isis. My beloved feline is…

Book Launch

Need I say more? Well, maybe… There will be food: grapes, cinnamon cookies, date squares, cheese and crackers — anything with a connection to Ancient Egyptian agriculture, however flimsy — plus coffee,¬†tea, and juices they never even heard of 5,000 years ago.¬† The walls…

On Bookshelves Now!

It’s out at last! My Cat Isis was released by Kids Can Press on March 1, 2011. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. My Cat Isis is my first picture book, and it’s on the list of spring children’s titles in¬†Publisher’s Weekly. Scroll through to K for…

Picture These Gorgeous Cats

While you’re anxiously awaiting the release of My Cat Isis, take a look at some of my other favourite picture books about cats. (I’ve linked to amazon.ca pages for more information, but you can¬†order any still in print from your local independent bookstore.) Clever…

My First Picture Book

My¬†picture book, My Cat Isis,¬†is due for release in March 2011, but my clever publisher, Kids Can Press, already has it¬†listed on the web.¬†Check out their forthcoming Spring 2011 list. I’m there as¬†official Kids Can Press author. The book¬†exists¬†on¬†Amazon, Chapters, Barnes and Noble –…

Where do you get your Ideas?

The new kitten People always ask writers, “Where do you get your ideas?” (Okay, not¬†many people have asked me that yet, but once I have more titles to my credit,¬†they’ll start asking.) Really¬†good ideas for a book – the sort of premises Michael Chricton…

Fall Faves

Writing isn’t going so well for me just now–I’m¬†scattered among different projects and I¬†keep going back and forth¬†between two possible plot directions in my sequel to All Good Children. Not good. I don’t like writing blind. I¬†don’t want¬†to whine — that’s why I haven’t…

Exercise and Anglerfish

I intended to exercise this morning but my pets conspired against me.¬†I haven’t exercised¬†for twelve days due to a bout of bronichiitis that shows no sign of improvement.¬†I fear that all my weight-lifting gains are fading fast. Compare me¬†twelve days ago (left) to me…

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