Thursday, June 11, 2020

#PBCHAT

 I'm so excited and relieved that I've sent off my application to the PBChat mentorship program. Now I just need to wait patiently until the announce the winners in July. For more info, since apllications are open until June 14th, check out....

http://justincolonbooks.com/2020-mentorship/

Friday, May 1, 2020

Milkweed Silkiness

I have been working on a manuscript for young children about the milkweed and monarch relationship. And yes, I'm the kind of person that encourages milkweed to grow in my garden. This is an amazing picture from last fall. Here's hoping that some of these seeds stayed and will be popping up soon.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Newt

Rewarded again for looking down, by this lovely red-spotted newt.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Spring

As I walk and distance, I'm taking more time to look up- it helps we feel grounded and to appreciate my place in the world.
And I look down- to appreciate that color and life pop up in the most expected places.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Friday Favorites

I'm going through withdrawal with my wonderful local library closed. Here is a list of some of my recent loves, you may notice a pattern here.

Home is a Window by Stephanie Ledyard, Illus. by Chris Sasaki is about what makes a house a home.




Home Is a Window

Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler is poignantly beautiful, and also shows that love and family can help make any house a home. I particularly love the wonder of nature here.


Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler
The House that Once Was by Julie Fogliano, Illus by Lane Smith looks at a vacant house with a sense of wonder and imagination.
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The Gall of it All

I recently included a gall in a picture book manuscript, so I thought I'd include a picture of one. The one I used was a oak gall that became a disco ball in a fairy house. This gall is different, it grows right in the stem of the plant.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Vision

As I spent time outside and distancing, I've been trying to appreciate my view from new 
angles and perspectives. I find this is one way to get some new story ideas.
I loved these old barn doors. Think of the added work and expense that this
farmer went to long ago. Did he appreciate to amazing lines it gave the barn? Did he want some extra light or heat for his beloved animals? Did he work often in the barn and need the light himself, free from flies and mosquitoes and cold? I wonder....

#PBCHAT

 I'm so excited and relieved that I've sent off my application to the PBChat mentorship program. Now I just need to wait patiently u...