My Pearson Excellence in Teaching Award!

It arrived! And wowsa - what an award it is!!!
You might recall I told you about this recently: I was selected as the Outstanding Teaching Through the Pandemic award winner for the 2022 Pearson Excellence in Higher Education Award!
A Pearson representative interviewed me the other day, so I'll share any articles when they come out. Meanwhile, Here's what Pearson said in the initial press release (again):
It is evident that you adapted in ways that demonstrate your commitment to your students in the face of the pandemic. Your creativity and resourcefulness provided multiple learning modalities while also supporting students through an emotionally turbulent time to still have the best learning experience possible. Out of a robust pool of talented nominees, your work as an educator stood out to us. We are so excited to recognize you with this award.
The award comes with a lovely plaque and a $2,000 grant to attend a conference to share your differentiated teaching and learning expertise! (I'll be going to SCOTLAND!!! More on that soon!)

They closed with: "Congratulations again on your award! On behalf of learners everywhere, we appreciate your commitment to student success." - The Pearson Higher Education Marketing Team
Read more about it HERE!


Coloring Page Tuesday - Hugging Mice

     It's been a while since my last coloring page. Sign up for my newsletter to find out why. Either way, you're going to be seeing a lot of hugging themed coloring pages coming up. I hope you love a whole lotta love! I know I do!
      CLICK HERE for more coloring pages.
     Remember, I create my coloring pages to draw your attention to my books! For instance, my board book Merbaby's Lullaby!
If my news and images add value to your life, won't you please
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.

Picture Book Trends Workshop at Hollins University

I will finally be hosting my Picture Book Trends Workshop again, in person, this summer at the ever gorgeous Hollins University!
“Picture Book Trends: A Curated Reading Workshop”
Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16, 2023

Are you a teacher, librarian, or parent overwhelmed by the prospect of picking out the best new picture books for your young readers? Are you a creator who needs to stay on top of today’s picture book marketplace? If so, let this expert guide you on a curated reading journey.

Over the course of five days, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, Dr. Elizabeth Dulemba, will walk you through the picture book submissions for the annual Margaret Wise Brown Prize and other best-sellers, covering current themes and trends, and pointing out the written and visual tricks that make them popular, successful, and beloved. By the end of the week, you will have a solid grasp of the current picture book landscape to better prepare you to recommend books to others or create them yourself.
I was only able to host the workshop one time before the pandemic hit and we had an amazing time! You can read all about it: CLICK HERE.
Meanwhile, CLICK HERE if you'd like to learn more about this summer's workshop and sign up! Hope to see you there!
P.S. - You might want to read the article for Publishers Weekly that wrapped up my Picture Book Trends efforts in 2022: CLICK HERE!

Talking About AI at Winthrop University

I recently spoke a the Movement(s) in a Dynamic World: Intersiciplinary Perspectives conference hosted at Winthrop University.

     I spoke on "AI-Assisted Illustration: This Changes Everything."
     I've been following the subject closely since Midjourney hit the scene last summer, putting together a slideshow on what I was learning. At the time, I had no idea where/when I was going to share my research; and then, happily, this conference opportunity arose.
     I was the program moderator for our panel with William Davis from UNC Charlotte and James Risk from the University of South Carolina. Will talked about a fascinating art project he'd been working on that involved film, photogrphy, illustrations, and music - all of which were excellent. James talked about the Fresnel lighthouse lens, which made an excellent bookend to my topic, showing how society's adoption of new technologies has changed over the last two hundred years.
     One of my students gave a talk on fantasy art in the panel after mine. I love supporting budding academics. And there was a vigorous discussion about fantasy and religion and mythology afterwards.
     The posters were also excellent.
     What a wonderful treat it is when top notch conferences take place in your own back yard!