Book Announcement: “Swashby and the Sea”



So much to be excited about in this announcement!

Beth Ferry‘s manuscript SWASHBY AND THE SEA is beyond beautiful, and I get to work with Kate O’Sullivan and the fine folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

I cannot wait to dive into this project!

La Princesa and the Pea announcement
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LA MADRE GOOSE: Cover Reveal and Pre-order Links



It’s official! I’m back to blogging.

With LA MADRE GOOSE being released on July 19th, and more books coming after that one, the blog will be the best place to stay updated with my publishing news. Come back often or subscribe to the blog (right).

Now to the reason of today’s post: I’m very proud of LA MADRE GOOSE, and can not wait for all of you to see the book!

Today I’m pleased to share the cover with the world!

If you’d like to reserve a copy, you’ll find pre-order links below. I hope you do :)



Changing Hands


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Book Announcement: ALMA



Cover Coming Soon

I’m excited to share fantastic news to start off 2016!

I’m over the moon, thrilled, elated to share the news that Candlewick will be publishing my first book as an author-illustrator. My picture book, entitled ALMA, will be out Spring 2018.

The book was announced in Publishers Weekly on December 17, 2015. Being so close to the Holidays, I decided to leave this post for my first post of 2016. Needless to say that it has been a fantastic Fall and Winter thanks to ALMA, my super-agent Stefanie, and the editors who so kindly shared their time and expertise during the process of finding the home for my first picture book as an author illustrator.

Alma
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Book Announcement: “La Princesa and the Pea”



I’m delighted to share that I’ll be working with Susan Kochan and Cecilia Yung once again on my next picture book! LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA by Susan Middleton Elya, will be coming from Penguin in 2017!

La Princesa and the Pea announcement

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LA MADRE GOOSE: Sneak Peek



So thrilled to share a sneak peek at an illustration from my first picture book with Penguin Young Readers, LA MADRE GOOSE. The illustrations will be leaving the studio soon. I can’t wait for this book to be out in the world!

LA MADRE GOOSE
G. P. Putman & Son’s
Penguin Random House
Summer 2016
Written by Susan Middleton Elya
Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Happy Spring!


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IBBY Honour List 2014 + Giveaway



IBBY 2014 Honour List

Last Monday (September 15), I woke up to the news that “Dana’s Trip” made the IBBY Honour List 2014 for Illustration. The diplomas were handed by the President during the IBBY International Congress held this year in Mexico City – September 10-13.

From IBBY’s Site: “The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honoring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. For the 2014 Honour List, 52 countries have sent 150 nominations in 39 different languages. Selected for the 2014 list are 57 entries in the category of Writing; 50 in the category Illustration; and 43 in the category Translation.”

You can see a timeline of how it all happens here, and a video with all the winners here. Go to 11:07 for “Dana’s Trip”! :)

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Book Announcement: “La Madre Goose”



Good news are to be shared with friends! And I can share with you all, that I’ll be illustrating LA MADRE GOOSE written by Susan Middleton Elya and published by G.P.Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin.

Like the PW’s announcement from last Thursday reads, LA MADRE GOOSE is a collection of poems with a sprinkling of Spanish. The book will be released Summer 2016. I can not wait for it to be out! :)

LA MADRE GOOSE announcement at Publisher's Weekly

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Middle Grade Character Studies



I was recently working on some character studies geared towards middle grade. The characters were *almost* 12 years old.

I’ve mostly worked on younger Picture Book age characters before, so there was some testing to do. In the image below, you will see my three rounds of sketches for the main character. The sketch on the right was the first one. She looks a little too old – about 16. The sketch on the left was my second attempt. She looks a little too young – about 7 years old. The one on the middle was my third attempt. She is just right – *almost* 12.

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A Mini-Interview with Sophie Blackall



November Mini-Interviews 2013

Welcome back to our Mini-Interview Grand Finale Week! Today I have with me the author-illustrator Sophie Blackall.

I have lost count of how many times I have read, looked, open and closed “Are You Awake?”. Sophie brilliantly wrote and illustrated it. Since I love the book and Sophie’s work so much, I had to asked her to be my last guest. It’s been a busy couple of months for Sophie, nevertheless she found time for us. With you, the fantastic Sophie Blackall.

Sophie Blackall
About Sophie Blackall

Born in 1970, Sophie Blackall grew up in Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Design in Sydney in 1992 with honors. Blackall was seduced by New York and moved there in 2000. In 2002, she illustrated the children’’s book “Ruby’s Wish” by Shirin Yim Bridges (Chronicle Books), which won the Ezra Jack Keats award in 2003. Since then, she has illustrated seventeen other books for children including “Meet Wild Boars” by Meg Rosoff (Henry Holt & Co) which won the Society of Illustrators Founders Award, and the “Ivy and Bean” series by Annie Barrows (Chronicle Books).

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Last Week of Mini-Interviews



November Mini-Interviews 2013

It’s time for our Mini-Interview Series Grand Finale!

For the past 3 years, we have interviewed Illustrators and Author-Illustrators. It has been a fantastic opportunity while we have shared them with you. We are seeing busier times in our lives these days and are retiring the Mini-Interviews. If you want to revisit them, you can find links to all MIs still available at this Pinterest board.

Getting back to this our last week, we have 4 fantastic Author-Illustrators yet to be interviewed:

  • Sophie Blackall talks books here on Tuesday.
  • Loren Long chats with Molly on Wednesday.
  • Antoinette Portis visits Mikela on Thursday.
  • And, Brian Lies is Laura’s guest on Friday.
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