An ALA Notable Book

Thrilled that my picture book Weeds Find a Way has been chosen as an American Library Association Notable book for 2015. The list includes 26 books that the ALA says are "the best of the best in children's books." I'm honored to be in such great company! See more at http://bit.ly/1chOMiC 

Illustration West

Good news: five illustrations from my picture book WEEDS FIND A WAY were recognized at the Illustration West 53 Competition. The judges also gave my work a Gold Award and the Patrick Nagel Award for Excellence. Yippee! Many thanks to the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles.

Beam me up, Scotty!

My Skype visit to a children's literature class 1700km away at the University of Northern Colorado. Thanks, Dr. Erekson and students! Shhh...don't tell anybody that I was wearing my fluffy bunny slippers!

Eureka Honor Award

Hooray! Weeds Find a Way earns a Eureka Honor Award for nonfiction from the California Reading Association.

At Wordfest, Sheila Heti and Leeann Shapton talked about their book WOMEN IN CLOTHES, a survey, catalogue and visual essay on stories our clothes tell us. Here’s my contribution to the evening's clothing swap, along with my illustrated label.

Little Free Library Launch Photos

On September 26, we welcomed my Little Free Library to its new home!

A group of kids cut the ribbon. Then we read some books. (Photos above: Janine Vangool.)

Visit the Capitol Hill Community Centre (21st Ave. NW near 15th St., Calgary) for a good read. Or find a Little Free Library near you: http://littlefreelibrary.org.

Iceline

From my accordion-fold sketchbook: the Iceline trail, a classic Rocky Mountain hike featuring high alpine vistas and peaks studded with glaciers.






Calgary's Beakerhead Festival

Calgary's Beakerhead art + science fest: Periodic Table Ferris Wheel, Net Blowup, an interactive climbable sculpture, and Lisa Brawn's Invasion of the Space Ponies. When the Net Blowup closed, my six year old chose the ponies over ice cream!

We Missed You!

A note for a friend who's been on maternity leave.

Little Free Library Tour

Little Free Libraries are popping up all over my Calgary neighborhood! I painted this one:

Librarian extraordinaire Kari Brawn led a Little Free Library walking tour on Saturday. They stopped by my house to see the Little Library pictured above (soon to be installed at the Capitol Hill Community Centre. Stay tuned!)

Check out some other Little Free Libraries in northwest Calgary:

1811-24th Ave. NW

22nd Ave. NW at 19th St.

And don't miss the Little Owl Library at 1111-22nd Ave. NW

Summer reading in your neighborhood! What could be better?


Summer Cuts

I saw a shaved cat the other day, and it made me wonder to what extremes pet owners will go when the weather gets hot.

I'm Stuck On You

My sticky note art from sketch night with Mike Kerr, Renata Liwska and friends. Join us on June 13 to enjoy post-it art from Kipling West at randomcollective.com. Make your own post-it to trade!

 

An Author, a Cop and a Librarian Meet in a Grade Three Class

I visited more than 400 students for It's a Crime Not to Read, a Calgary Public Library literacy program that brings police officers, authors and library books into schools. My drawing of Constable Simon (left, center) looks exactly like a composite sketch of a suspect, don't you think? The kids, on the other hand, look totally innocent.

Thanks to Kathy Wise and Eda Czarnacki of the Calgary Public Library for setting this up!