Picture Book Tag: The Next Big Thing

Picture book pal Danna Kessimakis Smith tagged me for The Next Big Thing blog tour. So I'll write a little about my Next Big Thing, then pass the Q+A to more writers and illustrators.

What is the title of your Next Big Thing?

My Next Big Thing: illustrations for a picture book entitled Weeds Find a Way, written by Cynthia Jenson-Elliott. It's a meditation on the beauty and tenacity of weeds.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

My wonderful editor at Beach Lane Books, Andrea Welch, sent me the manuscript! I'll have to ask Cyndi how she got the idea for the story. My lush crop of backyard weeds inspired my artwork.

When will the book be published?

Weeds Find a Way will be in bookstores in Spring 2014. I'm just now designing the cover and back matter spread. Stay tuned for updates!

Now it's time to play tag. Lauren Stringer, John Coy, and Natasha Deen, you're it!


Lauren Stringer

When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot
Written and illustrated by Lauren Stringer
March 2013
Harcourt Children's Books


Natasha Deen

True Grime 2: Angel Maker
Written by Natasha Deen
September 2012
Blueberry Hill


John Coy 

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Class Invented Basketball
Written by John Coy 
March 2013
Carolrhoda Books


Here's a hint about Danna Kessimakis Smith's Next Big Thing.

What's your Next Big Thing? Share in the comments!