'How to talk to an Autistic Kid' takes a gold!

While I was at ALA in Anaheim this weekend I was ecstatic to find out that the book I illustrated last year for Freespirit Publishing ' How to Talk to an Autistic Kid' won a gold in the Foreward Reviews Book of the Year Awards, announced at ALA. And I didn't realize till I got home!


Congratulations to Daniel Stefanski .. awesome autistic author!

In other news I found a box o' books awaiting me when I got back to Maine. Love the colours! This is the 4th in the series of Anastasia Suen's 'All Star Cheerleaders' published by Kane Miller.  

And here we are together at ALA getting ready to sign like crazy! 100 in an hour and I drew a cheerleader in EVERY one ... what was I thinking??

 More on my exploits at ALA Anaheim in another post ... it was exhausting and fun and exhausting and FUN!

Right now I have to finish a cover.


7 Excellent Things

Since my last blog post a goodly amount of excellent things happened. Here's a quick list.
(There were some un-excellent things also. But who the heck wants to hear about those?)

1. My application for the Princeton Book Festival, NJ Sept 2012 was accepted. I'll be there with 'HIDDEN NEW JERSEY' and the author Linda Barth :-).

2. Charlesbridge Publishing invited me to do a presentation during their Children's Book Week Celebration ... if your in the area mark your diary - 12pm May 7. Now I have to work on my presentation!

3. I WILL be going to ALA summer conference after all! (Just like Cinderella). I get to sign the 'All Star Cheerleader' books with the author, Anastasia Suen on Kane Miller's booth and also will have a slot with Charlesbridge. Yippee! Come by and see me if you are going to be there.

4.  I finished the artwork for the next in the cheerleader series
'Fly Emma, Fly' and the 4th book in this series will be available shortly (watch this space).

5. I went to New York and visited with the talented and prolific author/illustrator Roxie Munro in her studio. It was great to meet in person and have lots of lovely illustration gossip. She has a new book out too! Check out her website.

 6. I signed a contract with Kane Miller to illustrate a lovely counting book! (The best news of the month). More details soon.

 7. The reason we went to New York (aside from a Spring Break for me and 'im indoors) was to attend the 16th 'Books for a Better Life' Awards at the New York Times Building, Times Square. (Exciting!) The book I illustrated last year 'How to Talk to an Autistic Kid' by Daniel Stefanski (pub Freespirit) was a finalist. Very exciting and a great evening. We didn't win the category, but it was something to be a finalist.  (Sophie Blackall was also in the running so I felt in awesome company!). 

What an excellent month it's been! Like I said, let's not talk about the usual less-excellent things. 
Hope yours was excellent too!

I leave you with a few pics of the awards ... 

On the big screen!

With Daniel, who is the 15 year old author and suffers with autism.

Jazzed to find the book in the NYPL!

Fun nibbles!

                                                   Me and 'im indoors doing some sightseeing :-)

Until next time - toodles!

Oh! WAIT - there is another excellent thing.
8. Most hits on my blog ever last month 
- so thank you for sticking around and reading my news :-)

On the Bedside Table:
Dear Genius - letters of Ursula Nordstrom - just wonderful! If you have any interest in children's literature at all, read this. I love letters and memoirs. The overall impression gives you such an insight into the personality of this luminary editor. Plus I am learned a lot!

Books for a Better Life

Monday came round quick this week. (Only 6 days since the last one). Thanksgiving is thundering toward us totally out of control, no doubt bringing snow and Christmas in it's wake. I am looking at my things-I-want-to-do-before-the-end-of-the-year list, and wondering just how many are achievable.

High on my list is to send another publisher's mail-out. This time I have a postcard featuring my 'Dandelion Fairy'. I would love to work up a dummy around her adventures with her little bunny ... but I also have other dummies that need work - and they have been waiting a good while for some attention. So 'Dandelion Fairy' will be scribbled on a post it note and stuck up on the window frame with the other titles.

Let me know if you would like a postcard! Email your address to hazel-mitchell@hotmail.com .

Exciting news this week for Daniel Stefanski, Freespirit Publishing and the book I illustrated earlier this year 'How to Talk to an Autistic Kid.' It's a finalist in the relationship category of 'Books for a Better Life', an award sponsored by The Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. The award ceremony is in March at The New York Times Centre. Very much hoping to go and hoping that the book wins! What an awesome thing this would be for Daniel Stefanski, who is 15 and suffers from autism. Fingers Crossed please.


The rest of this week is going to be busy. Putting to bed 'The Naughty Grandmother' for a private client, and working on an education pdf project for 'Reading A-Z'. Friday I am goign on an OUTING, but can't tell you where yet. Saturday I am doing signing at Pittsfield Library, Maine with 'All Star Cheerleaders: Tick Tock, Taylor.' Fun!

Let's hope my computer behaves ... complete rebuild this weekend, caused by a power unit failure and possible dodgy memory chip. I did, however, learn a valuable lesson when the power unit messed up my hard drive a couple of weeks ago ... now have a server I back up to every night. Thank goodness 'im indoors is a techie!

Toodles and thanks for popping in!


On the bedside table:

The Story of Charlotte's Web - Michael Sims
A Ball for Daisy - Chris Raschka
Me ... Jane  Patrick McDonnell
Pavement Chalk Artist - Julian Beever