September Round Up ...

September has been a busy month for me! 
Here's a quick round up of the whole shabang ..

This is the first really BIG book festival I have exhibited at .. exhausting, fun - I'll be back!
Jazams Book Store did an excellent job.

 At my table ... It was hot and humid and windy!

 With Linda Barth, author of our book.

  We sold out ... yippee!

 Saw lot's of famous people! John Bemelmans Marciano ...

 Bad Kitty and Nick Bruel (but he wasn't in the costume I hasten to add. This was one HOT Kitty).

  Brian Lies and his wondrous car!

 Michael Buckley!

 The cooler than cool, Peter Brown ...

 Awesome and prolific Roxie Munro!

Brian Floca!

A little later in the month I scooted down to Portland with the high-energy author Lynn Plourde to attend a presentation by Phil Hoose (National Book Award and Newbury Medal Winner) talking about his beautiful book MOONBIRD. Kirsten Cappy, from Curious City, did a great job putting this together.

Just before the month blew out in rain and wind (as it is today) I traveled with Anna Boll (SCBWI RA for Maine) to the Illustrator's Symposium at NH Institute of Art, Manchester. Great faculty, caught up with some friends and feel set for the long nights of winter to come ...

Anne Sibley O'Brien gave an excellent talk of drawing ethnicity in children's books.

Melissa Sweet and the team who designed her book 'Balloons over Broadway' gave an excellent panel.

 Brain Lies gave a great talk on marketing ... a reminder that we only get one go at a launch, so you had better plan!

 And I won a copy of Chris Van Dusen's book in the door prizes. it's a little spooky!!

I am ready for a few weeks at home in the studio WORKING!

Got good news coming in the pipeline too. Stay tuned!

Happy October

Oh and I bought a Brian Lies bat, I love it!!

Summer NESCBWI Banner

This week I was asked to create a banner for New England's SCBWI Facebook page. This was an honour and a lot of fun to do. What better than lobster and water on a day that was over 90F .. phew, Maine!

Here is the banner.

View it on Facebook at NESCBWI page

I wanted to keep it fun and lively, so it's one of my digital drawings straight into Photoshop, no sketching. It stops me overthinking and it's a style that is appealing to younger eyes. And older ones too I hope!

Right now I am packing to go to ALA (American Library Conference) in Anaheim, CA. This is my first time at a big library conference and it's exciting. I have two book signings, so if you are going, catch me at Kane Miller (with Anastasia Suen, author of 'All Star Cheerleaders') at 11am Saturday and at Charlesbridge's booth Saturday 2-3pm signing 'Hidden New Jersey'.

I am looking forward to meeting LIBRARIANS and catching up with some industry friends. So please come and say HELLO!

There will be photos ...

Right, back to packing.


On the bedside table:
A slew of Emily Gravett picture books
'Picture This' and 'What it is' by Lynda Barry - recommend highly.

New England SCBWI Conference 2012 - thanks for the votes!

What a great conference! SCBWI New England really pulled it out of the bag this time.

3 great days at Springfield, MA. Over 500 attended and the faculty line up was amazing! Highlights included Harry Bliss, Dan Yaccarino, Harold Underdown, Kate Messner, Jane Yolen, Cynthia Lord, Brian Lies, Heidi Stemple, Jo Knowles ... on and on ... you can check out just what the line up was at

If you are hoping to write or illustrate for children - you can't do better than attend an SCBWI conference and New England is one of the best. In the three years I have been a member it's given me invaluable information, education, contacts and networking opportunities. And best of all - friends who relate to my goals and frustrations. So I say thank you to the organizers and volunteers!

I travelled with Russ Cox (friend and fellow illustrator) from Maine on Friday and it was straight into the deep end with a great 'meet and greet' with top-hole artists and writers at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst. (My first visit and a beautiful venue.)

Before we knew it Sunday rolled around ... and it was time to say goodbye. Russ and I returned to Maine in triumph ... Russ swept the board with two first prizes and the emerging artist award read his take ont he conference and his success here ... and not to be left out I won second prize in the People's Choice category!! Yippee for 'Boy and World '.


Right now my drawing board is overflowing with projects so I had better get my *** in gear.

I'll leave you with a few photos from the weekend and hope to meet you at a conference soon!

 Back in the studio today.

 With a great group of illustrators.
 Signing Casey Girard's Sketchbook Project

 At the Eric Carle Museum

With Harold Underdown and Jennifer Marsh Morris