First, a reminder that the book launch for Mushroom Lullaby is October 22 at 11AM at Schuler Books on 28th St. Grand Rapids, Michigan. It should be a lot of fun! The pub date for the book is October 11.
Second, and staying local, the Grand Rapids Magazine ran an article about me. This meant I had the pleasure of working with real professionals: interview by Ann Byle and photography by Teri Genovese.
And third, Mushroom Lullaby received an enthusiastic review (and another star!), this time from Booklist: The simple, sweet rhymes anchor the gentle story and make it an ideal bedtime read-aloud, and the vibrant ink-and-watercolor illustrations are immersive and intimate, welcoming readers to step straight into the pages. Children will pore over the cozy details, from bug-sized volleyball nets to miniature lantern-lit paths, and the last glimpses of a moonlit mushroom village may even have grown-ups wishing for a relocation to the snug setting. A magical, mellow mushroom dream.
Below are three studies I did for an illustration in Mushroom Lullaby. I'm not sure what I was trying to figure out, but I like how they look next to each other.
Mother Mag's 50+ Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers included a few book and Shapes was one of them. Looking at all the little toys and clothes reminded me how sweet those first few years are. Somehow, it is easy to forget the lack of sleep, etc!
Shapes was also on the Let's Talk Picture Books blog as one of their Crushes of the Week. It is nice to be crushed!
As you can see from the poster, I'll be having a chat with Nanny Miss Monique on October 29th at 1PM CST on Instagram Live @nannymissmonique. Nanny Miss Monique is a great resource for inclusive picture books, plus she is a lot of fun. I look forward to our chat!
It was exciting to see This Is a Book of Shapes appear on the 2020 Holiday 20 recommended book list from Publishers Weekly's ShelfTalker blog. You can read the article here. It is a fun read!
It was also exciting to see a nice review of the book appear on the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (a children's book illustration blog). I have enjoyed and respected that blog for as long as I have been making picture books, so it was a pleasant surprise to see Shapes appear there. You can read the post here.