Kidlit County

What If…We Went on a Tour?!

My new book, WHAT IF…, comes out this spring, and I have the privilege of going on tour with its author, the amazing, the brilliant, the fabulous Samantha Berger! We hope that you can make it to one of our public events! Visit my events page for more information. Also, stay tuned for more news about our blog tour and book giveaways!!!

What If…is a story about how the power of creativity and self expression can triumph over any obstacle, written and illustrated by two real life best friends. Available April 3rd from Little, Brown. Read more about the book, check out sample illustrations, and preorder your copy today!

 

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Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Ruth and Mike’s Excellent Adventure: Children’s Book Week 2016 Recap

Ruth Chan and I had an awesome mini book tour to celebrate Children’s Book Week 2016! Check out Ruth’s debut book, Where’s the Party? Here are some photos of us with Little Elliot and Georgie as we visited Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle! A big thank you to Macmillan for sending us on our adventure!

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First stop: Portland! Little Elliot went started working before we did…

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Greenbean Books wins the cutest bookstore award!! (photo credit: Greenbean Books)

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WE know where the party is!

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Greenbean Books has a magical reading room–UNDER A TREE!

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Georgie and Little Elliot love Powell’s Books!

Little Elliot and Georgie earned an afternoon treat at Papa Hayden.

Little Elliot and Georgie earned an afternoon treat at Papa Hayden.

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Next stop: Oakland! Little Elliot and Georgie visited Havens Elementary!

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Check out this awesome ceiling at Havens Elementary!

While we were in Oakland, we stopped by to visit out friends at Merrymakers. They make the Little Elliot plush doll!

While we were in Oakland, we stopped by to visit out friends at Merrymakers. They make the Little Elliot plush doll!

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Ruth’s little cousins met us for our book reading at Books Inc in San Fransisco! (photo credit Sachi Chen)

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The folks at Books Inc are super nice (and they baked cookies!).

Last stop: my old stopping grounds, Seattle! Lots of familiar faces stopped by at University Bookstore! photo credit: Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Last stop: my old stopping grounds, Seattle! Lots of familiar faces stopped by at University Bookstore! (photo credit: Elizabeth Rose Stanton)

Look at this: Little Elliot, CUTE FAMILY!

Look at this: Little Elliot, CUTE FAMILY!

We had breakfast at my friend's house, where I painted this tree for this little guy when he was still in his mom's belly.

We had breakfast at my friend’s house, where I painted this tree for this little guy when he was still in his mom’s belly.

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The students at Bryant Elementary were the best audience!

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Party at Bryant Elementary! They surprised us with Cupcake Royale, MY FAVORITE CUPCAKES IN THE WORLD!

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Finally, we had a few extra days to enjoy Seattle friends, food, and views!

If you’re interested in having Ruth and me visit YOUR school, drop us a note!

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Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Children’s Book Week 2016

Little Elliot and I are hitting the road with our Macmillan friends, Ruth Chan and Georgie, for Children’s Book Week (May 1st to 7th)!

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I will be sharing Little Elliot, Big Family, while Ruth will be sharing her debut picture book, Where’s the Party?

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Here’s a list of all of our public events. We’ll be reading our books, doing drawing demonstrations, and signing. If you’re in the area, please join us! We encourage folks to purchase books from these awesome indie bookstores who are supporting us, rather than bringing in copies purchased elsewhere.

5/1 Portland, OR: Green Bean Books, 11AM-12PM
5/1 Beaverton, OR: Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing, 2PM-3PM
5/2 San Fransisco, CA: Books Inc Laurel Village, 6PM-7PM
5/3 Seattle, WA: University Bookstore, 4PM-5PM

If you’re in the area, but still can’t make the event and would like a signed book, please get in touch with the store to pre-purchase. We’d be happy to personalize a copy for you that you can pick up later!

 

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Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Now on Exhibit!

Tales of Tails: Animals in Children’s Books, a new exhibit at Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, features our own Little Elliot and many other  friends!

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“Children from 3-11 can examine and explore how stories use animals to portray human qualities.”

You’ll see artwork and/or books created by  Brian Won, Catia Chien, Isabel Roxas, Jason Chin, Salina Yoon, Gene LuenYang, LeUyen Pham, and many more.

The Wing Luke is a beautiful museum, part community center, part time capsule, situated in Seattle’s International District (or what other cities may refer to as Chinatown). Their mission is “To connect everyone to the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of the Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences.”

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Tales of Tails is on display now through mid-December.

 

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Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Polka Dotting the US: The Little Elliot Book Tour Recap

Wow! It has been a very busy few weeks! Elliot and I criss-crossed the country on a book tour to promote Little Elliot, Big City. We met lots of new friends! Here are some highlights from each stop…

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9/19 Norfolk, VA

I started my journey at SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Association).

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FIRST TIMER ribbon = all hugs & no hazing 😉

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I did a book signing, and spoke on a panel featuring Little Elliot, Big City; Pout Pout Fish Goes to School illustrated by Dan Hanna; The Stick by Clay Rice; and Louise Loves Art by my friend Kelly Light.

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It was nice to see a familiar face on my first day! Kelly Light was also on tour, and supplied me with some helpful pointers.

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Mikesville

Seattle: What I Learned

Today, after ten years of living in Seattle, I am moving to New York City.

Part of my preparation for the move has been to spend time with the people who have made my years here so worth-while. Recently I was at dinner with friends, and one of them asked me “So, what did you learn from living in Seattle?” It was a good question. I did not have an immediate answer, but I promised them that I would think on it.

After a few weeks of stewing, here’s what I have to share.

I LEARNED…

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Illustration Station, Mikesville

A Coloring Contest of Lunar Proportions

Yesterday I had the honor and privilege of co-judging a coloring contest! Several months ago, I made an illustration for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience‘s annual lunar celebration. 2013 is the year of the snake. Here is my happy little guy, focused and disciplined.

WingLuke_LunarNY2012_finalI love the Wing Luke. I would encourage anyone to visit. I think it’s best summed up in their own words:

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is dedicated to immersing people in uniquely-American stories of survival, success, struggle, conflict, compassion and hope. The Museum is in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Chinatown-International District, and includes the very hotel where countless immigrants first found a home, a meal and refuge. As our nation’s only museum devoted to the Asian Pacific American experience, it’s one of the few places that can truly give you a new perspective on what it means to be American. The Wing is a Smithsonian Affiliate, a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.

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Designland, Mikesville

Marriage Equality in Washington!!!

My company, Queer Getting Married, had the honor of being present at Seattle City Hall the first day of marriage equality in Washington. If you saw any pics from that day of people wearing ring pops, we were the people handing them out! Please watch, cry, clap, woot, and share with friends! ♥

Queer Getting Married specializes in gay wedding invites, save the dates, stationery, and any of your design needs. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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Designland, Illustration Station, Mikesville

Moving on Up (and over a bit to the right)

Apologies for my cyber-absence! It has been a very busy few months!

I have been in New York this week. My editor, Laura, and I have been polishing up book 1!  We had a very productive meeting, and I had the pleasure of meeting more people on Team Holt. She and the good folks at Henry Holt surprised me with a platter of gourmet cupcakes from Butter Lane! I’ve never been to Butter Lane, but it sounds like a street I’d like to live on. I had the banana coconut. Ugh-mazing!!! They made me feel felt right at home. I’m very eager to finish the final book dummy and text and get started on final art!

I’ve also had some other business in New York City…like neighborhood shopping. Yes. It’s true. Dan and I are moving to New York next year!!! Hoooray!, said the New Yorkers; Booo!, said the Seattleites. I have lived in Seattle for nearly a decade now, and I love it dearly. I have had such a beautiful life in Seattle, and have been so blessed with all of the friends and work I’ve found there. I still plan on coming “home” to Seattle for long trips.

Why New York? Well, first of all, IT’S NEW YORK!!! Dan and I are ready for an adventure. We also want to be closer to home (I’m from the NYC suburbs and Dan is from Vermont). Now that my foot is well in the door of the publishing industry, I want to step in and be immersed in it! Meanwhile, Dan is interested in transferring to a CUNY to finish his bachelors degree. We’ve always talked about moving to New York, and we’re not getting any younger, so why not now? We’re planning on next Spring/Summer, to give us some time to save and search, while savoring a bit more time with Seattle friends. So, if you’re in New York and have any leads on a sweet deal on an apartment, do let me know.

Also, I have been very busy working on Queer Getting Married‘s new website. It’s not up yet, but it is going to be amazing! Customers will be able to see pricing, place orders, and personalize all online. Right now I am living in the land of database entry. It’s not my favorite past-time, but it is going to be well worth it! Marriage Equality (Referendum 74) is on the ballot in Washington state, and if/when it passes (because you will vote to approve it!), we are hoping to be busy bees.

That’s my update for now. I promise I won’t wait another month to keep you in the loop.

xoxo

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Illustration Station

This Project Is a Real DRAG

The Seattle drag scene is home to some real talent and creativity. As a fun side project for the past two nights, I created some portraits of some queens who hold court at a monthly performance called Bacon Strip (every first Saturday at ReBar). Of course, these portraits mean much more to those who have had the honor of witnessing their performances, but I’m really happy with how their personalities have come through. Do yourself a favor and watch some videos on the Bacon Strip YouTube channel!

Sylvia O’Stayformore, Bacon Strip’s Effervescent Hostess

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