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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gender free multicultural children’s book!

call me tree!!! (a note to my readers)

You may or may not notice something different about my new book, Call Me Tree. Nowhere in the story are boy/girl pronouns used. No ‘he’ or ‘she’ anywhere! I found it easy to write this way because that’s how I think of kids, as kids, not boy kids or girl …

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michael brown reminded me of my dad

unfinished post, questions and the beginning of kidlitEquality

i found this  post i wrote not long ago. it opens with my father. despite the fact that it isn’t finished i’m sharing it, as is. *august 9, 2014, 18 year old, unarmed michael brown was one of many young, black males gunned down by a white police officer I …

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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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“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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living the creative life series/part one: BODY BEAUTY FULL

Living the creative life Body beauty full 8 week online course for women, March 22nd-May 16th registration open now>> I began writing about the body beauty full course and the concepts behind living the creative life. I wrote about what you get out of the course and why it’s important …

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South Carolina to San Francisco: the path we share

Recently, I spoke at two conferences over two weekends. In one week, I traveled across the expanse of land that is the US– but more specifically across the scope of experience that is the US. I traveled through time and space and culture to South Carolina for the Third Annual …

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