Library Lion

“Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.” (From the Candlewick site.)

Do not pass up a chance to read and then buy Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen. The story is wonderful and the illustrations are gorgeous. Kevin Hawkes has gone to a lighter wash style with his acrylics for this story and it is beautiful. See more about this great book and the accolades it is receiving at Michelle’s website.

MEIC meeting last night

Goodmorning all. I had a great Maine Illustrators Collective meeting last night. The Fall Folio Feast preparations seem pretty much in place. We are pleased to have about 30 illustrators so far (our target) coming to share their portfolios. The art buyers list has doubled from last year and includes the two major children’s publishers in Boston: Candlewick, Charlesbridge. I am still working on Houghton and it looks pretty good right now but I’ll give you updates next week. I’m still trying to court the stationary/gift folks so if anyone has a contact out there I’d love to get it. I also found out about this cool link where you can make your own font. (I know, I need to figure out how to do links here in live journal.)

I have an interview today at a private school in Portland to Direct their Summer Arts Camp. The current director has been there for 16 years. It’s my second interview in the process. Wish me luck!

Okay, I’m on Live Journal

I cannot believe that I started another blog. This is for you Jo, and Mona, and Cindy, and Val and all those other fabulous Live Journal children’s writers/illustrators. It is, I suppose all about community and I was fed up with being anonymous. I guess the problem is… Now I have two blogs to keep up with. Which will only take away from my writing and illustration. So, I think for now I will post my JoNoWriMo updates here. Please feel free to “friend me.”