The Underlying Image

Claiming Face blog series with Maya Gonzalez - Part 5

All art is self-portraiture. It is unavoidable. Through my Polka Dot Theory, we can come to see that something as simple as a polka dot expresses something, however minute, about ourselves. My polka dot is different than your polka dot. Each dot potentially expresses everything from what kind of mood …

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From Manuscript to Thumbs to Final Art

The first ever Heart of It Collection children's book is beginning to manifest!

While my first Heart of It e-course officially ended back in May, that was by no means the end of the experience! Over twenty artistauthors decided to contribute to our first ever Heart of It collection children’s book. (The “official” title is yet to be decided.) Since the end of …

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Community Conversations: Creating Inclusive Children’s Books

[webinar replay]

Thank you to all who attended our first Community Conversations webinar – Reflecting ALL Our Children: Creating Inclusive Children’s Books. It was fantastic to be in community talking about possibility! We just barely scratched the surface! Honestly I’m hoping this can be the first of a series of webinars dedicated …

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Join me for a Webinar this Thursday, March 20th!

Reflecting ALL Our Children: Creating Inclusive Children's Books

There’s always a lot of discussion about the lack of diversity in children’s books but what can we each do to begin changing these statistics? Join me for an informal discussion this Thursday, March 20th and let’s talk about ways we each can contribute to creating a more reflective and …

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Creativity: Our Greatest Resource

Claiming Face blog series with Maya Gonzalez - Part 2

  Last week, in Part 1 of the series, I opened with something as simple as a polka dot and how it carries the story of our unique experience. This is the beginning of art, the beginning of self expression. I also talked about how important it is for us …

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“You write beautifully but…

....there's no market for this"

Perhaps you’ve heard these words before when submitting a story? Or maybe, “this is a great story, but we already have a [insert community here] book.” What gets published, especially with larger publishing houses, is often driven by what the perceived market is for a story and less about the …

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Polka Dots, Self-Portraits and First Voice Multicultural Children’s Books

Claiming Face blog series with Maya Gonzalez - Part 1

I’ve decided to resurrect and revamp my blog series that I originally posted on the Children’s Book Press blog, the seminal multicultural publisher, before they became an imprint of Lee&Low Books. I also shared Part 1 of the series as a guest post on Mira Reisberg’s Children’s Book Academy blogettes …

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a time to return to storytellers and artists…

The Heart of It Collection featuring YOU!

When someone showed me that I could make children’s books, it changed me. It changed my whole life and the trajectory of where I was going and why. I learned that what I have to share with children is valuable, necessary even. Through art and story I can teach kids …

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