Coloring Page Tuesday - Showering Stars

     I feel like we could all use a little love from above this week.
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     Remember, I create my coloring pages to draw your attention to my books! For instance, I'm celebrating the new illustrated (by me) edition of A BIRD ON WATER STREET! My debut novel won me "Georgia Author of the Year!"
Booklist said it's "A book deserving of a wide readership, recommended for all libraries."
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VIDEO: Author John Klassen discusses THE ROCK FROM THE SKY

Multiple Caldecott-winner Jon Klassen has a new book coming out called THE ROCK FROM THE SKY. He talks about his ideas behind its creation and it's a wonderful, quick lesson in storytelling. Click the image to have a look on Vimeo.

Friday Links List and Illustrators' Treehouse News - 15 January 2021

From the University of Glasgow Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic: D&D and Fantasy Fiction: Giants in the Oerth (Online talk on Jan. 28th)

From Bookshelf: "Flow" Bookshelf - hmmm

From The Bookshelf: S&S US cancels book from US senator Josh Hawley

From BookBub: 5 Things to Know About ‘The Hate U Give’ Author’s New Book

From Brightly Storytime:
     Brightly Storytime: Grumpy Monkey Up All Night (free video reading!)
     The Most-Anticipated Picture Books of 2021
     Making Our Voices Heard: Books About Activism for Kids (although, I have a real problem with THE PINK HAT as it was the first book after the #MeToo march and it was written by a man!!!!????

From We Need Diverse Books: The Joy of Native Storytelling Structures - Really interesting!

From BBC: Optimism in Stories for Children - Experiments in Living

Congrats to Stephanie Wildman, sister to WU colleague Robert Wildman, on the publication of her new picture book, Brave in the Water



ILLUSTRATORS' TREEHOUSE NEWS
3x3 Portfolio Critiques

COMPETITION: World Illustration Awards Call for Entries

COMPETITION: The Association of Illustrators is hosting their annual World Illustration Awards 2021 - ENTER NOW (Deadline is February 15th)

SCHOLARSHIP: Winthrop University Department of Design Spring 2021 Portfolio Scholarship

CONTEST: Check out the Astra International Picture Book Writing Contest (Astra is the new house headed up by children's lit scholar Leonard Marcus)

PARTICIPATE - SUBMIT TO the: Bologna Children's Book Fair (12 -15 April 2021) Illustrators Exhibition

SCHOLARSHIP: 12x12x12 Scholarship Program for budding children's book writers - AND Registration is now Open!

From Tara Lazar: Storystorm 2021 Day 8: Slime Flies When Ashley Belote’s Having Fun

From Muddy Colors:
     Showdown of the Scalds
     New Year, New Members
     The Unseen Work of David Grove
     How Doth the Little Crocodile with Cory Godbey

From European Illustrators Forum: The Illustrators' Ninja Guide - FREE!

From Bobby Chiu: Interview: Costume Concept ARtist Michael Uwandi

The Latest from The Diamond Bookshelf

From Make Art That Sells: Make Editorial Art

From CommArts:
     Website Feature: The Current: Violent White Supremacy
     Ornament and Possibility (GREAT article on the history of design trends!)

From Print & Pattern: Spotted

From Make Art That Sells: Newsletter

From Bobby Chiu: Painting Snowy Scenes with Masae Seki (Video Tutorial)

Join THE PEOPLE'S INAUGURATION: January 20th

Type Geek? Do you know about Glyph?

From Billboard: Congress Passes CASE Act as Part of COVID-19 Relief Bill The legislation creates a copyright claims board at the U.S. Copyright office to hear small claims cases of infringement. (This will be a big deal for artists!)



OFF TOPIC BUT INTERESTING
From EAB: How to Prepare College Graduates to Succeed in a Tough Economy (Podcast)

From This is Edinburgh: Top Instagram Posts of 2020 - lovely!

From Rube on Twitter: Tips for university students to not freak out during this tough time

From AFT: AFT’s Weingarten on Betsy DeVos’ Resignation as Education Secretary (it's very short - ha!)

From Myth and Moor: Creating a tolerable world

Amalia Hoffman's MY MONSTERPIECE

I'm happy to have Amalia Hoffman on today. She's been creating children's books for a very long time and I was tickled by her latest picture book, MY MONSTERPIECE—it's so full of JOY! She stopped by to tell us more about it.
e: There is so much JOY in this artwork. It’s obvious you had fun making it. What was your creative process/medium for My Monsterpiece, can you walk us through it?
Amalia:
I decided to create my monsters for the book with art supplies that kids actually use. Children are very free in their creative process. They’ll doodle on any torn paper, the kitchen table, wall — anything! Well, I didn’t doodle on my table or wall, but I did paint on a supermarket shopping bag, crumbled bits of paper, and even paper plates. In some illustrations, I glued on yarn, glitter, buttons and even fruit loops. Kids love to get their hands messy. So I dipped my fingers in gooey blobs of paint. It was very therapeutic. A lot of the art in the book was painted with my fingers, rather then with brushes. I also spritzed paint with a toothbrush, letting the bits of color drop where they may. At the end of the day, my studio was a mess but I felt liberated!

e: You’ve been in the business for years. What advice would you give to others who want to get published?
Amalia:
The best advice I can give other authors and illustrators is to write and create from the heart. By that I mean that any creative journey begins with love and passion for what we do. Working on your stories, try digging deep into yourself, your childhood, and your life experiences. Then, look for a way to make your story compelling and appealing to your readers. Join organizations where you can meet other writers & illustrators, editors and agents such as SCBWI. Make friends with other like-minded folks. The road to publishing could be rough; with many bumps along the way and so I think it’s important to have a supportive group of friends.

e: Is there a unique or funny story behind the creation of My Monsterpiece?
Amalia:
Apparently, I was a very temperamental child. When I got angry with my mom and dad, I used to punish them by tearing the greeting cards I created for their birthdays and anniversaries. Years later, when I visited my parents who lived in Jerusalem, I found an envelope with all the bits of torn art that my father saved. When I created My Monsterpiece, I showed the kid’s frustration by creating one spread that feature the kid’s torn monsters. I remember that when I was about 8, I entered a contest, sponsored by a children’s magazine, to draw a scary witch. Apparently, mine wasn’t scary enough because I didn’t win...

e: What do you think makes an illustration magical, what I call, ”Heart Art” – the sort that makes a reader want to come back to look again and again?
Amalia:
I think that what makes an illustration magical is when the artist creates an image that is uniquely personal, with imagery that could be interpreted in many different ways by the viewer. To me, “Heart Art” is what I call, “Risky Art,” when artists dare to break out of the safe standard, the “normal”, the “rules”, and strive to create images from their own imagination. In such art, the reader can join in the creative process and discover bits of details every time he or she read the book.

e: How do you advertise yourself and your books?
Amalia:
I advertise myself and my books mostly on social media. When I have a new book coming up, I post the cover reveal and later, a sneak peek of an interior page or two. This creates a “buzz” in anticipation for the new book to launch. For My Monsterpiece, Yeehoo Press created a 5-day countdown for the cover reveal. For the big day, I created coloring and activity pages, based on images from the book, that were offered as free downloads.


Right Click the image above to open a larger version suitable for printing and coloring.
I join social media groups that might have interest in the kind of book I have created or the theme of the story. I create a book trailer for each book, often featuring me as I present the story, wearing an outfit that matches the theme. I love to present my books in a fun way with puppets and props. Over the years, I have composed a mailing list of librarians and teachers. When I have a new book on the horizon, I send information and a proposal for a presentation and also a link to my website which has many free downloadable stuff such as activities, coloring pages, teacher’s guides and even recipes. I also appear on many blogs and have been interviewed by local TV stations. Nowadays, I have adapted my book programs into exciting Zoom presentations and I plan to appear as guest on many Zoom talk shows.

e: What is your favorite or most challenging part of being a creator?
Amalia:
My favorite part of being a creator is when young readers finally get to look at my book and comment on it. This is also the most challenging part of being a creator—hoping that kids will be able to express their reactions to the words and pictures in the story.

e: Is there something in particular about My Monsterpiece you hope readers will take away with them, perhaps something that isn’t immediately obvious?
Amalia:
What I hope readers will take away with them is the realization that by accepting people that are different from us and by overcoming stereotyping and bias, we can form wonderful friendships and make the world a better place for all.

e: What are you working on next? or what would be your dream project?
Amalia:
My next project is a concept board book, Hanukkah Nights that received the first PJ Library Author and Illustrator Award. It will be published by Kar Ben Publishing in 2022. My dream project is a YA graphic novel, which I’ve been working on for a couple of years.

e: Fabulous! For more information about Amalia and her books, visit her website www.amaliahoffman.com.

Scholastic on CBS Sunday Morning

This was a fascinating segment on the history of Scholastic, the book publisher is celebrating 100 years this year - wow! Click the image to watch on Youtube:

Coloring Page Tuesday - New Year's Polar Bear

     I wasn't quite done with Polar Bears this year. And when I put one with the aurora borealis, it just seems like a magical start to 2021!
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     Remember, I create my coloring pages to draw your attention to my books! For instance, I'm celebrating the new illustrated (by me) edition of A BIRD ON WATER STREET! My debut novel won me "Georgia Author of the Year!"
Booklist said it's "A book deserving of a wide readership, recommended for all libraries."
If my news and images add value to your life, won't you please
patron
Just love this one image? Consider a one-time donation...

     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

Weekly moving to ...

Hello Dear Readers,

You may see a few changes coming with Dulemba.com's weekly missives... between the PhD and full-time teaching (and still creating children's books), for the New Year I have to admit that I need to give myself a little more space to simply be. So, I will be reducing the quantity of newsletters in the future—maybe to every other week, maybe to once a month, I'm not sure yet. But with less mailings, along with the posts you're used to seeing, I will hopefully be giving you even more thorough and enjoyable content.

For those of you who enjoy my coloring pages - never fear - after 13 years of never missing a Tuesday there are over 700 free coloring pages for you to enjoy at ColoringPageTuesdays.com and I'll keep adding more, even if not every week. Can you believe it - 700!? Wow.

So stick with me folks, as the adventure continues! And THANK YOU for being there!
e

Jackie Morris' THE LOST SPELLS

When Jackie Morris' book, THE LOST WORDS (written by Robert McFarlane) hit Glasgow (I was still living in Scotland at the time), everyone in the Children's Lit department was fighting over it, petting it, hugging it, it was so lovely. So, I was thrilled to learn of the follow-up book, THE LOST SPELLS, and am even more thrilled to have Jackie on today to kick off the new year with her beautiful work!
e: What was your creative process/medium for The Lost Spells, can you walk us through it?
Jackie:
This is the prosaic answer: The Lost Spells was painted in watercolours. Each image is the same size as the finished book. Each was worked one spell at a time, but not in the order it’s published in, though I did begin with the fox and end with the birch. Each image begins first with pencil sketches, which are like thinking aloud.
This is a more accurate one: Robert and I work very closely together in shaping the books we do. Each image is a response to the crafting of words he does in making the spells and these grow from conversations between us. It’s hard to think back, when you are working on a new book. This is our second book together. The third is in the process of making now, very much just beginning to form. And each is so different form the other.
e: I can't wait to see #3! What was your path into publication? And how does one present a book like this to publishers?
Jackie:
I guess each book is different. Robert and I both have a track record in publishing now, and we work with one particular publisher to shape these books we do together. Together we shape a careful proposal which is written up by Robert and illustrated by me.
e: Is there a unique or funny story behind the creation of The Lost Spells?
Jackie:
When Lost Spells was completed the first designs came back. The Silver Birch Spell at that time only moved over four double spreads. It seemed cramped. I requested permission from Robert and from our editors, Hermione Thompson and Simon Prosser to take a couple of weeks of extra time (Alison O Toole, our designer was working on the glossary, so there was a small window in which to work) I wanted to move the final spread over more pages, a letter a page, give it room to become the peaceful lullaby it is. This permission, for more pages and more time, was granted and as a result the finished book became stronger.
e: What do you think makes an illustration magical, what I call "Heart Art” - the sort that makes a reader want to come back to look again and again?
Jackie:
I think, I hope, that if you paint from the heart, say what your soul sings, then maybe it will sing to the hearts of others.
e: How busy are you these days? I suspect your work is in high demand!
Jackie:
Too busy. I need to spend more time walking, less in front of a screen. More time watching birds fly, leaving space in the mind for stories to work their way into blood and bone.
e: I hear you. What is your favorite or most challenging part of being a creator?
Jackie:
When the ideas come. When it is all potential and questions and it seems to be so open. And when you hear that you’ve inspired someone else to be creative. Seeing the work done by both adults and children around the books I have made over years. Not especially the work of children. But also when I hear that someone has returned to drawing after years of absence from it, and is just enjoying the making and not worrying about the final result.
e: Is there something in particular about The Lost Spells you hope readers will take away with them, perhaps something that isn’t immediately obvious?
Jackie:
I hope it opens eyes wider to the awesome wonder of everything non human, and then makes people look at themselves with new eyes. We are each capable of so much, and we can do better. For each other, and for the world.
e: What are you working on next or what would be your dream project?
Jackie:
I’m working on The Book of Birds with Robert Macfarlane, and also Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone, publishing later this year with Unbound. Do take a look. It is safe to say it’s like nothing I have ever done before. At present I am finding joy in geographical co-ordinates and magnetic north. Unbound are an amazing publisher. All those who pledge support to the project are indexed in the book as a way of thanking them.
e: Thanks so much for the opportunity to share your wonderful creative process with my readers!

Got Your Shot? Let the World Know!

Okay, I haven't received my shot yet, but I look forward to it when it's my turn. And I want to let the world know about it too! Feel the same way? I've made a t-shirt design for you to share your good news. (Click the image to visit my Redbubble store.)
Of course, you can get the artwork on all sorts of items, even as a sticker - so I hope you'll go have a look!

Friday Links List and Illustrators' Treehouse News - 8 January 2021

From Brightly:
     9 Fantastic Chapter Books for Fourth Graders
     11 Inspiring Illustrated Biographies That Introduce Kids to Diverse Heroes

From SCBWI: Working with a Book Packager

From The NYTimes:
     The Mystery of the Disappearing Manuscripts
      From The Guardian: Pioneering fairytale author Madame d'Aulnoy back in print after centuries
     Just How White Is the Book Industry?

From The Public Domain Review: Mistress of a New World: Early Science Fiction in Europe’s “Age of Discovery”

From PW: Making Children's Books in the Covid-19 Era

From the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Roehampton University: Has a Podcast!

From NPR: How Children's Books Grapple With The Native American Experience



ILLUSTRATORS' TREEHOUSE NEWS
f COMPETITION: The Association of Illustrators is hosting their annual World Illustration Awards 2021 - ENTER NOW (Deadline is February 15th)

SCHOLARSHIP: Winthrop University Department of Design Spring 2021 Portfolio Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP: SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Student Illustrator Scholarship

CONTEST: Check out the Astra International Picture Book Writing Contest (Astra is the new house headed up by children's lit scholar Leonard Marcus)

PARTICIPATE - SUBMIT TO the: Bologna Children's Book Fair (12 -15 April 2021) Illustrators Exhibition

SCHOLARSHIP: 12x12x12 Scholarship Program for budding children's book writers

PARTICIPATE: From The Bookseller:

From KinderComics: Thinking about Comics Scholarship on New Year's Eve (2020)

From CommArts:
     Typography Principles
     Designed by Women

From SLJ's 100 Scope Notes: The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2020

From MarketWatch: Videogames are a bigger industry than movies and North American sports combined, thanks to the pandemic

From Muddy Colors:
     SIDE BENEFITS TO ENTERING COMPETITIONS with Donato Giancola
     GOAL FOLDER 2.0: A VERY SIMPLE TECHNIQUE with Tommy Arnold
     Portrait as Story with Greg Manchess
     Whatever It Takes with Chris Beatrice
     The Krampus - Drawing Timelapse with Justin Gerard

From The Art Room Plant:
     Mohammad Barrangi III

     Brian Wildsmill

      Jenny Koralek




OFF TOPIC BUT INTERESTING
From The NYTimes: The 36 Questions That Lead to Love (interesting questions to simply ask yourself too!)