I just wrapped up final art for an upcoming picture book that I am beyond excited about and thought a little behind the scenes was in order. Thankful, written by Elaine Vickers, comes out in Fall of 2021 and I am already counting the days until our book’s debut. Elaine’s text is poetic and magical...with a rhythm and atmosphere that was a DREAM to bring to life in 3d.
One of my favorite things to build for the sets within the book was this miniature car. A cereal box, crafts paints, crayons, hot glue and battery-powered paper lantern lights were all brought together to create this little number. I wish I could just shrink to 3” tall to ride it!
The battery-powered paper lantern lights are tucked in snug and tight through two holes that had been cut into the cardboard. (For all my readers who may want to make a car of their own, I think miniature holiday lights could work just as well! )
And here’s the aftermath from a morning of building miniatures.When the creative bug hits me, I just go go go. Nothing beats that flurry of activity when one idea inspires another, which inspires another....it’s just the clean-up after that’s not as much fun ;).
Click photo for direct link to the Story Time video, featuring a read aloud and rhino sandwich tutorial!
This Past July I was offered an opportunity to read and share a fun edible craft with all of you On Simon Kids Facebook for The Secrety Rhino Society, written by Jonathan E. Jacobs. It was such a great time, and I cannot wait to do it again. For those of you who may have missed it (or want to see it repeatedly ;)), I'm attaching the link and would love to see any of your own rhinoceros sandwich creations! My readers can always send me an e-mail through the contact page...I love seeing what everyone is up to :). You do not need a Facebook account to see the video, and hopefully it will be up for at least a while longer for all to enjoy. Thank you Simon Kids!
Many of you may be tuning into @booksofwonder's Instagram page today for the launch of The Secret Rhino Society, written by Jonathan E. Jacobs, and we are beyond thrilled to share this story with all of you today! Both Jonathan and I are honored to partner with Books of Wonder for this event, as it looks to be a fun-filled launch of storytelling, show and tell and a finale of a wonderful craft : Ivy's Flower Truck! Please feel free to download and print the following templates to make a truck of your very own. (The first template is for an 11 x 17" sheet, and the second two enable one to print on standard US Letter sized paper). Share your projects with us online at #thesecretrhinosociety and happy crafting!
If You Pre-Order Can I Play Too?
by March 30th,
I’ll send you a swag pack including:
(NOTE: These will only be available while supplies last. The first 200 people to pre-order will receive both bookplate, stickers, and drawing. After that, just automatic submission for the larger prizes will be available. Pre-Order soon to increase your chances !)
In addition to the swag-pack, 5 runner-up winners
ONE GRAND-PRIZE winner
will receive :
1. Preorder Can I Play Too? by 11:00 PM EST on March 30th (anywhere books are sold. Indie Booksellers, Target, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc)
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3. Fill out the form below. Lastly, there’s no limit to how many times you can enter. If you buy three copies of Can I Play Too?, you can make note of that in the form below and you’ll receive THREE swag packs.
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I had the honor of being interviewed by author/advocate Sally J Pla from A Novel Mind yesterday. We talked back and forth about sensory processing, writing for neurodiverse kids, and all things Little Senses books. Go check it out and let me know what you think! Plus A Novel Mind is giving away two Little Senses books as well ....hooray! A Novel Mind is an absolutely amazing platform that features blog posts from parents, educators, mental health professionals and authors. They also provide an invaluable resource list and searchable database for hundreds of books that touch on neurodiversity and mental health issuest.co/KX3HYA2Rpw?amp=1
I was so thrilled to have been interviewed at the end of 2019 by the incredible Debbie Reber
of the Tilt Parenting Podcast. We talked about the creation of the Little Senses Book series,
my journey in life as both an aspie and picture book author/illustrator, and my all too important 1980's obsession with Daryl Hall and John Oates ;). That alone should pique your interest....
click on the image below and have a listen!