Friday, November 12, 2010

P. E. A. C. H. (Party for Educators' Appreciation at Changing Hands)

Join me at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe this Sunday in celebrating teachers, librarians, and educators and their committment to teaching!

P. E. A. C. H.
(Party for Educators' Appreciation at Changing Hands)

2-6pm Sunday, November 14

Teachers, librarians and educators -- we want to thank you for your dedication to education and for making a difference in our community. Join us for two free workshops, an author reception, complimentary appetizers and beverages, a 20% storewide discount, our recommended Fall 2010 booklist, and raffle prizes.

Author Chris Taylor helps teachers, administrators, librarians, parents and school volunteers discover new non-traditional means to fund classroom projects using the step-by-step processes detailed in her book, Granted! A Teacher's Guide to Writing & Winning Classroom Grants. To reserve a space, please email

Raimie Manch shows educators how children can be taught to write using picture books as mentor texts. When reading picture books, children interpret and use pictures to develop a story's characters, plot, tension, climax, and conclusion. Through encouraging their imaginations, teachers can inspire children -- even those in ELL classes -- to develop stories from pictures. Workshop is ideal for teachers of grades 1-6. To reserve a space, please email

Meet some of your favorite local authors and get some books signed. Confirmed authors include: Tom Leveen (Party), Laurie Brooks (Selkie Girl), Kaleb Nation (Bran Hambric: The Specter Key), Angela Morrison (Sing Me to Sleep), Conrad Storad (Rattlesnake Rules), Jake Bell (Red Alert), illustrator Tanja Bauerle (The Adventures of Salt and Soap), and author-illustrators Chris Gall (Dinotrux) and Molly Idle (Nighty Night Baby Jesus). Afterwards, enjoy appetizers, wine, tea and sweets, check out our recommended Fall 2010 booklist, and win raffle prizes.

To reserve your space in either or both workshops, please contact Stephanie Kilgore at 480.730.0205.

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr.
Tempe, Arizona, 85283

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Marvelous Mrs Lynne Chapman

Meet Lynne Chapman, an extremely talented and prolific illustrator from the UK. I originally stumbled across Lynne's work while looking through where Lynne posts very frequently. I've been hooked ever since. Not only is Lynne a very accomplished illustrator with oddles of books under her belt, she also is a prolific sketcher and is very busy with school visits and gallery shows. The thing that inspires me about Lynne the most though, is that with all her success, she always finds a way to give back to the rest of her peers. Her web site and blog are filled with wonderful tips and advice and she is always open to share her experiences with other artists. Just look at some of the topics that she has blogged about in the past. Many of them include video clips that are wonderful to watch.

Keeping a Sketchbook

How to Illustrate a Book Part 1 - Getting the Foundations right...

How to Illustrate a Book Part 2 - The Nuts and Bolts of the Job...

Portfolio Advice

Advice on Sketching People

Using Pastels

Lynne's Blog:

Lynne's Website:

Make sure you swing by Lynne's blog or website to look at her incredible body of work. I for one, am always looking forward to her next post of her blog.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2010

Take a peek at this. The New York Times Book Review posted this article announcing the 10 best illustrated children's book of 2010.

The judges included Robert Sabuda, Elizabeth Bird, and David Barringer. What an interesting and variety collection of books.