Fabulous week of Wordpower author visits in ten schools in Medicine Hat and Brooks. My favorite part: making portraits of creative kids of all ages!
Four hundred kids.
Five Edmonton schools.
Nine writers and illustrators.
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Seven schools in six towns! Courtesy of the Young Alberta Book Society’s Taleblazers Author Tour, I talked to hundreds of kids about writing and illustrating books in October. Here are some on-the-spot-portraits I made of some of my audience. A big thank you to teachers and librarians of Swan Hills, Lendrum, Holy Family, Father Scollen, Magrath, Foremost and Turner Valley for hosting me!
During my California visit, I met up with Weeds Find a Way writer Cindy Jenson-Elliott at Cardiff School, where she co-teaches an elementary class. Cindy and the students built a garden at the school: sometimes they spot grey whales swimming in ocean a stone’s throw from the playground.
People are often surprised to find out that the writer and the illustrator of a children’s book don’t work together. Publishers match up the manuscript with the art, and coach writer and illustrator separately to weave the book together.
So I’d never met Cindy Jenson-Elliott (who wrote our book Weeds Find a Way) in person–until last week.
From Cindy's school garden: a milkweed pod with my illustration of milkweed. And a monarch egg on the leaf!