Monday
May232016

From my sketchbook: Pothole Creek

Friday
Apr292016

Wordpower April 4-8

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!

Friday
Mar182016

From my sketchbook: Ice Cakes


Tuesday
Feb162016

Story Avenue

Four hundred kids.

Five Edmonton schools.

Nine writers and illustrators.

Welcome to Story Avenue!

 

In my workshops, we made the shortest possible storyboards. Since some of my fave writers and illustrators were next door, I kinda wanted to sneak away to see what they were doing in THEIR classrooms!
Thanks to the Young Alberta Book Society and all the amazing volunteers, teachers and sponsors who make this annual Story Avenue event happen. And to the great group of students from Mee-Yah-Noh, Norwood, Oliver, John A. McDougall and Delton Schools: Keep on writing, drawing and thinking!

 

 

Friday
Jan012016

Wednesday
Dec022015

What's under your tree?

My books are available from better booksellers...or from my online shop. And if you've already bought MY books, fabulous titles are available from a host of talented authors and artists and poets!

Thursday
Nov262015

California Sketchbook



Thursday
Oct292015

Back to School!

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!


 

Tuesday
Oct202015

School-by-the-Sea

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.

I got to talk to Cindy’s students about writing and illustrating books. And I got to do some drawing! Thanks to Cindy, Ms. Boyesen and Ms. Douillard for sharing your class at the school-by-the-sea.


 

Tuesday
Oct202015

Meeting Cindy

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. 

Cindy lives in San Diego. I live in Calgary, Canada, but had gone south for a visit. So here we are together at last!
In the background: milkweed, which Cindy grows at her school to attract monarch butterflies.
Thank you, Cindy. I was thrilled to meet you!


From Cindy's school garden: a milkweed pod with my illustration of milkweed. And a monarch egg on the leaf!