Sunday, June 27, 2010

American Library Association in D.C.

 I signed my children's books at my publisher Lee and Low Books booth, during The American Library Associations Annual Conference and Exhibition held in D.C.'s Convention Center. Over 19,000 persons attended and there were over 6,500 book exhibitions.The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Listen To The Wind with Susan Roth

Author, illustrator and Washington Children's Book Guild member Susan L. Roth treated Guild members to a hands-on collage workshop at the Channel Inn in S.E. Washington. Members created self portrait people out of paper, recycled ribbon and cloth as part of Roth's "Let's Hold Hands" (susanlroth/, international art project created to encourage friendship among children of the world. These artistic symbols of good will be gathered and exchanged with persons in faraway places around the world.

Following the workshop Susan Roth talked at the monthly luncheon about the creation of her book Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea, which spent 52 weeks on the New York Times' list of best-selling picture books. Listen to the Wind tells the remarkable story of the Pakistani village of Korphe, and Greg Mortenson efforts to build a school.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Collage and Poetry

5th graders at Dogwod Elementary School in Reston, Va. created collage illustrations during my author visit for poems they wrote in class.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Oyster Elementary Finale

Author and Illustrator Jennifer O'Connell (left), art teacher Carole Whelan (middle) and I pose after the Author Cafe event at Oyster Bilingual school in D.C. This event with parents and 3rd grade students marked the end of a semester long bookmaking project. I'd been collaborating with Carole for over 3 years.