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Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor

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When I was in second grade, I remember reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats for the first time. The colors and shapes wove a spell over me. This was a world that I wanted to play in. Now, as a grown up, I get to live, play, and march through the snow in Brooklyn, where Keats set his story. This past month, I was privileged to receive the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor for Little Elliot, Big City. The little boy in me who grew up reading The Snow Day is quite proud. I hope to follow in Keats’ snowy footsteps, creating meaningful books for young readers.

Elliot and peter are friends! You can purchase them both from MerryMakers.

Elliot and Peter are friends! You can purchase them both from MerryMakers.

I am also humbled to be included amongst these other talented people:

Chris Haughton
EJK New Illustrator Award for Shh! We Have a Plan

Evan Turk
EJK New Illustrator Honor for Grandfather Gandhi

Chieri Uegaki
EJK New Writer Award for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Adam Auerbach
EJK New Writer Honor for Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School

Alan Rabinowitz
EJK New Writer Honor for A Boy and a Jaguar

Misty Copeland
EJK New Writer Honor for Firebird

You can check out the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s website for more details.

 

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Original Art Show now in Memphis, TN

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If you happen to be in Memphis between now and March 16, you can see original art from Little Elliot, Big City (and many other children’s books) on display at Memphis College of Art as part of the Original Art Show. The exhibit began at the Society Of Illustrators in New York City and is now traveling the country. Little Elliot, Big City received the Founder’s Award at the show last October. The opening reception at MCA is this Friday, February 20, 6 to 8PM. Click here for more information.

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Little Elliot, BIG FAMILY REVEAL!

I’m so excited to share the cover of Little Elliot, Big Family with you! I’m very proud of this book, and I can’t wait for you to read the whole thing!

LittleElliot.Jacket3-lores-797x1024When Mouse heads off to a family reunion, Little Elliot decides to go for a walk. As he explores each busy street, he sees families in all shapes and sizes. In a city of millions, Little Elliot feels very much alone–until he finds he has a family of his own!

You can read Elliot’s new story on October 6, 2015. I know, it’s such a long ways to wait! But if you want even more sneak peeks of the interior, head on over to these friends’ blogs:

Kidlit Frenzy 

Librarian in Cute Shoes

Read, Write, Reflect

Sharp Reads

Watch. Connect. Read.

 

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Celebrating My Big Kidlit Family

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I may be a bit late on the whole 2014 recap, but since the cover of Little Elliot, Big Family is being revealed this week, I’m taking some time to reflect. In the new book, Elliot learns that sometimes family can have a broader definition: it can include anyone you love. 2014 was much more than my picture book debut, it was the making of my kidlit family! Meanwhile, I want to share a sneak peek at some of the sketches from the second book!

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A winning small treasure! (and a few of my own)

Many thanks to all who participated in the Little Elliot BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY! People were asked to share what their favorite small treasure is. Our winner, chosen at random, is Marcilia Loubach Tartaglia of Littleton, Mass. She wrote:

“My favorite small treasure is my childhood stuffed blue bunny I used to carry around everywhere with me. It was a gift from my aunt and when we left Brazil to come to America it was my security blanket through all the chaos that was coming to a new country. Even after many beheadings to remove the stuffing from it so that my grandmother could wash her clean, and re-stitchings, she is still with me til this very day. Hopefully I can pass her on to my own children in the future.”

I was delighted that Marcilia won because this was definitely one of my favorite entries! Marcilia will receive a first edition signed copy of Little Elliot, Big City!

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We had many sweet entries. Here are just a few:

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Little Elliot, BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!

If you’re like me, you’ve waited till the last minute to do your Christmas shopping. I thought I could help out some lucky person  by giving away a FREE signed copy of Little Elliot, Big City! We all know that Elliot loves small treasures. He wants to know what your favorite small treasure is!

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How to Get the Goods:

1. Like and share this post on my Facebook page and/or favorite and retweet this tweet on Twitter:

2. To enter, just comment on the Facebook post or reply to the tweet and answer the question “What is your favorite small treasure?” Be sure to use the hashtag #LittleElliot

3. Deadline to enter is 11:59PM Wednesday, December 17th, 2014.

It’s as simple as that! I will pick a winner on Thursday and ship it off that day!

Limitations: 1 entry per person. US residents only, sorry!

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