Saturday, September 5, 2015

Alfie, Molly, and a Clever Fox

More picture book finds from my local library's an annual book sale. I couldn't pass up these classic illustrators.

Amazing examples of composition and watercolor


Some say we are in a golden age of picture books, but when I hear that phrase I think of illustrations like these:

What's in Fox's Sack?, written and illustrated by Paul Galdone

Moving Molly, written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes

Alfie's Feet, from the Alfie series by Shirley Hughes


Which authors and illustrators influenced your childhood?

Which ones influenced your decision 
to write and illustrate children's books? 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hit The Books

A new school year is beginning around here. The Literacy World blog has a list of fun back-to-school titles from picture books to YA.

Or sample one of my favorites below to dispel the end-of-summer blues.

back-to-school books from kindergarten to high school

Something Queer in the Cafeteria, by Elizabeth Levy and Mordicai Gerstein

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, by Jarrett Krosoczka

The Principal's New Clothes, by Stephanie Calmenson and Denise Brunkus

Ready, Freddy! Homework Hassles, by Abby Klein and John McKinley

Judy Moody Goes to College, Megan McDonald and Peter Reynolds

Love That Dog and Bloomability, by Sharon Creech

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J. K. Rowling

Project Mulberry, by Linda Sue Park

Artwork by Liza Flores

Don't forget to download your free activity kit to help celebrate International literacy Day on September 8. I hope to start two new Little Free Libraries and plan to drop off a couple of books to my favorite teachers in honor of #Read4Fun.


What are your plans to promote literacy in your community?



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Card Signup Month

September is
Library Card Sign-up Month 

Visit the American Library Association website for details and spread the word.

Image courtesy Schulz family and ALA


Support literacy. Support your local library.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Value of Libraries

"What is more important in a library than anything else - than everything else - is the fact that it exists."
~Archibald MacLeish*


Bookplate by Shona MacDonald, Wild Wood Arts Co


*from "The Premise of Meaning,"American Scholar, 5 June 1972 via Quote Garden

Saturday, August 29, 2015

30-Day Drawing Challenge Coming in September



Thanks to Gavin Townsend, 2011


I'll be starting a 30-Day Drawing Challenge on September first. (Like I need another project, right?)

Here's my two-bit philosophy on why you should join me:


  • Non-artists need challenges to develop their visual communication skills
  • Artists need challenges to stay out of ruts
  • Free-lance artists need challenges to generate interest in their work and traffic on their sites
  • Besides, challenge lists are fun!


Follow along with me (You can download G-Townsend's list on Deviant Art.)

Or use one of the alternate lists below. (I plan to use those in the coming months.)
Don't forget to post a link to your blog, tumblr, or instagram in the comments so we can encourage each other.


Copyright Autumn Seybert
Copyright Sarah Nolan

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Creative Journey

"Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still."
-Joe Girard*


"Journey", by Kristy Patterson
Flying Shoes Studio


*from Jo Linsdell Feliciani via Facebook

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ducks and Hens

My local library has an annual booksale. I love digging through the boxes to find unfamiliar authors and illustrators.

Gardens, and chickens, and ducks. Oh, my!

This year I picked up three picture books for the farmer in me:

Nora's Duck, written and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa

In My Garden: A Child's Gardening Book, by Helen and Kelly Oechsli

The Broody Hen, by Olivier Dunrea (If you are only familiar with Mr. Dunrea's Gossie books, you must take a look at his lush watercolor style!)

Have you discovered any hidden gems lately?