SEEDS: The Milkweed Story

Vivian Kirkfield’s annual 50 precious words contest inspired me to write this 33-word story about the life cycle of a milkweed plant. Illustrator notes are not allowed for this contest, but I envision this story as a board book with a boy and his dog playing throughout the seasons of the year–jumping in a pileContinue reading “SEEDS: The Milkweed Story”

The Littlest Voyageur

Happy Book Birthday to The Littlest Voyageur, written by Margi Preus and published by Margaret Fergusons Books, Holiday House. The Littlest Voyageur is a middle grade novel about a squirrel that joins a group of voyageurs on an expedition from Montreal to Grand Portage, Minnesota. Here’s a little bit about my process for illustrating thisContinue reading “The Littlest Voyageur”

The Path to Getting Published

Getting Started When I decided midlife to become a children’s book writer/illustrator, there were a few major roadblocks. First of all, I had no idea how to write or illustrate a picture book. Second, I needed to drastically improve my drawing and painting skills. And most of all, I was a late bloomer to thisContinue reading “The Path to Getting Published”

Book Cover Process

I created the book cover for The Littlest Voyageur by Margi Preus. (Margaret Ferguson Books, Holiday House, March, 2020) This historical fiction middle grade chapter book is about a squirrel who travels with a group of men (voyageurs) traveling by canoe from Montreal, Canada to the trading post at Grand Portage. When I first startedContinue reading “Book Cover Process”