Today I'm mixing it up a little and sharing about a wonderful children's picture book exhibition that I attended in San Francisco last night. I knew it would be wonderful because it was organized by the super talented Lisa Brown and featured best selling authors Lemony Snickett and Jon Klassen who is also an illustrator and Caldecott honor winner and some other wonderful folks including newcomer Dasha Tolstikova. So I drove down from Sacramento. But first I visited Kristin Abbott who teaches illustration at Academy of Art University and we made an in-depth video on world building or creating environments for picture books that was incredibly helpful and very inspiring for the upcoming interative e-course the Craft and Business of Illustrating Picture Books.
Next on my Bay Area agenda was the exhibition "I see what you say" at the Cartoon Art Museum, that I mentioned earlier. I watched Lemony be a shameless ham with Jon and it was hilarious. I got my copy of Jon's This is Not My Hat autographed and because I was lucky enough to get there early, got to hang out with him. He was absolutely lovely and when I asked him if I could interview him for the course, was thrilled when he said that it sounded like fun and agreed. I can't wait!
I also got to see brilliant old and new picture book friends including Julie Downing, Jim Averbeck, Maria Van Lieshout, Gianna Marino, Marcus Ewart, Katherine Tillotson, Vivian Walsh, Lynn Hazen, Angela Dominguez, Rachel Rodriguez, Karen Ehrhardt, Lissa Rovetch, Dashka Slater, Sharon Levin, Dasha Tolstikova, and lots of others. Lisa Brown said yes to being interviewed for the course as did many of the above. Famed Chronicle editor Melissa Manlove said yes to letting me film Chronicle's children's department to give students the inside scoop on how a publishing house works and Chronicle publicist Lara Star will also talk about the changing face of marketing kids books and socail media. I am getting way too excited!! If you are interested in learning more about this innovative course, click here. I'll be adding the awesome list of guest contributors soon.
On a final note, one of the things that I especially liked about the exhibition was the combination of seasoned and new illustrators and how Lisa and Lemony are mentoring younger lesser-experienced children's book creatives. Like much of the art, it was beautiful to see.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at the Children's Book Academy. Mondays with Mandy or Mira is now the Blogfish!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays will feature award-winning former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature reading specialist and MFA in creative writing graduate Mandy Yates has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the great Christine Taylor-Butler who has published over 70 award-winning fiction and non-fiction and nonfiction books including the acclaimed new middle grade series - The Lost Tribes.
And 5th Mondays will feature will feature the fabulous Carl Angel, award-winning multi-published Illustrator and graphic designer.
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