I have done pictures since I can remember. I took all the art classes in junior high and high school I could and naturally became an art major in college. I graduated with a BFA in art and writing and marry the two by writing and illustrating children's books.
Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library's Children's Librarian is someone I'm becoming acquainted with. Not personally, but while I'm learning this business, I'm figuring out she's someone whom people listen to. Drive was sent to her automatically when it was released, but I don't think she reviewed it. However, at the suggestion of my new chum, Joyce Moyer Hostetter (YA novelist) and through the efforts of Brittany Lashinsky (marketing at Boyds Mills Press), my little digital art process video made it onto Ms. Bird's blog today.
I didn't get a thumbs up/down, but I did get mentioned, and I'm excited about that!
I found a picture on the internet of Captain Rex, a clone trooper off of Star Wars and I drew this picture freehand as I looked at the one from the Internet. I thought you might like to see it."
A few weeks ago, I asked my cousin Lois, who has recently "retired" from the Bay Area to Mazatlan to help establish Hospice there—to send me some of her work. She's taken up painting again. The light. Ah!
I guess my grandma was the one who started it all. I have this piece (horses) in our bedroom. I didn't find out until she was gone that this is done in soils from the south. She loved the south and wouldn't have come back north I guess, if it weren't for the war and my grandfather's need for employment.
Now, why would I want to pursue something like this? I've done school visits, and want to be better at them. That's why.
Peter Jacobi: I.U. journalism professor and former newsman for NBC and ABC; longtime friend/speaker for Highlights Foundation—both at the Founder's House and Chataquah.
There's another reason.
I learned to be a better speaker. To grab attention. To offer something of value to students from grades 1 through 6. And, I connected with many cool and very friendly people who are great writers and generous souls.
Google alert Anne Greenawalt. She's finishing a book, Thigh Flashers, about Spartan women in the Olympics—300-something B.C. She's in final edits; she's got an agent; she's sure to be published; and if nothing else, she's very sweet. Also, check out her book of short stories, Growing Up Girl.
Take a look at Mary Corcoran's science book, The Quest to Digest (Parent and Children's Choice Awards). She has another coming out soon about the circulation system. Here explanations about science in the body are perfect for classroom use and her illustrator, Jef Czekaj, is fanatastic.
And also, among the published, is Carol Murray. She's a poet who knows it.
Deb Rossi is concerned with character education, and didn't wait around for anyone to catch up. She's published her own book for kids, No Horsing Around, and is talking to guidance counselors to get her program into schools.
Seems Melissa Starr can write about anything, and is serious about a couple of novels. She is also working on a series of picture books using Aunt Agnes as a backdrop for the antics of an apparently never ending stream of precocious nieces and nephews. Aliens..ants..'nuff said.
All these fine people are now trained and ready for school and library visits, so sign them up!