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Hurry and visit NOW, before the 23 of November!

The William Cannon Art Gallery is part of the Carlsbad City Library Complex. Its entrance is on the right side of the courtyard, beyond these archways.

That’s me, giving my UCSD students — past and present — a private tour of the Original Art Show at Cannon Art Gallery. I’m pointing out aspects of Carolyn Fisher’s illustration work from Weeds Find A Way by Cindy Jenson-Elliott. photo by Denise Harbison

Why? Because after November 23, 2014 , the traveling exhibit, The Original Art 2013 at the Cannon Art Gallery, in Carlsbad CA will close!

David Diaz checking out the artistry on display at The Original Art

David Diaz checking out the artistry on display at The Original Art
photo by Roxyanne Young

Don’t miss this exhibit! You’ll encounter 40 examples of the best-illustrated books of 2013, from the most talented in the field.

A highlight is the inclusion of published illustrators who happen to live in San Diego and Los Angeles, including Salina Yoon, Debbie Tilley, Andrea Zimmerman & David Clemesha, David Diaz, Janell Cannon, and Robin Preiss Glasser, to name just a few!

Salina Yoon beside her original work from Penguin and Pinecone and Found!  photo by Roxyanne Young

Salina Yoon beside her original work from Penguin and Pinecone and Found!
photo by Roxyanne Young

There’s a dedicated reading corner where you can sit and peruse the books each piece is culled from. Many of the originals include drawings, paintings, prints, etchings, and collagesa rare opportunity to fully appreciate the diversity of creativity applied to these works. Gallery curator Karen McGuire even adhered post-its to corresponding pages of each book, so that visitors can compare the printed result to its original, up-close!

Book trailers are played on a continual loop above the reading corner of the Gallery. photo by Joy Chu

There’s also a video featuring 19 trailers highlighting selected artists on display, broadcast throughout the duration of the exhibit. Don’t miss it — it’s at the reading corner! Here are just a few of the trailers you’d encounter.

IDEA: It’s not too early to order picture books for holiday gift giving! Give everyone you love a children’s picture book. It’s a bazillion times more enduring than a mere Christmas card! There’s something for everyone.

Like this one (below). Yes, Renata Liwska‘s original work is on display at The Cannon Art Gallery too!

Check out the work of Renata, and her multi-talented illustrator colleagues, at the Cannon Art Gallery, before it becomes yet another happy memory.

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Illustration by Renata Lewiska; text by Nina Laden

The Original Art Show 2011

This October will mark the 31st year anniversary of the annual show, Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration. Founded by artist-agent Dilys Evans, this coveted exhibition showcases the best illustration produced from books carrying a 2011 publication date.

Selections were culled from 150 children’s books, which in turn were picked from 590 entries submitted nationwide. The works will be on display at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065), from October 26 through December 29, 2011.

Juried by illustrators, art directors, and editors, they also choose the winners of two Silver Medals and one Gold Medal. This year’s Gold Medal winner is Rosalyn Shanzer for Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, (above left; National Geographic Society; publication date August 2011).

The Silver Medal winners are Kadir Nelson for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (left; HarperCollinsPublishers / Balzer and Bray; and Lane Smith for Grandpa Green (below; Roaring Brook Press). Cover from "Grandpa Green"

A special Founder’s Award went to Stop Snoring, Bernard! by Zachariah Ohora (below; Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers).

This prestigious show is open free to the public to demonstrate the importance of books for children and the enormous range of creativity they represent. It’s a fabulous opportunity for students, artists, and industry professionals to experience the original art itself. And each work is archived permanently via the Society of Illustrators Annual.

Logo of the Society of Illustrators

View the complete list of artists and works here.

E-Mail: info@societyillustrators.org


The Grand Blog Tour

What a concept! Here is the complete itinerary for Uma Krishnaswami‘s blog tour. Now this is what I would call the 21st century approach to promoting a book!

Click on any of the links to experience the ultimate blog tour:
May 20: Cynsations
May 23: Got Story? Countdown
May 24: PaperTigers
May 25: Grand VCFA Day:

Calloo Callay (Kathi Appelt)
Writer Friendly, Bookshelf Approved (Bethany Hegedus)
Explorations (Sarah Johnson)
Through the Tollbooth (Michelle Knudsen)

May 26: Mother Daughter Book Club
May 27: Everyday Reading
May 30: From the Mixed-Up Files of Jennifer Bertman
May 31: GreenBeanTeenQueen
June 1: The OWL for YA
June 2: Brown Paper
June 3: Shelf Elf
June 6: From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors
June 7: YA Book Nerd
June 8: Drift Record
June 9: Write Now
June 10: The Pirate Tree
June 13: Jacket Knack
Jun 14: Mitali’s Fire Escape
June 15: Generation Ginger
June 16: Le Loop
June 17: The Brain Lair

Updates to the above itinerary can be found here.

Have questions about the illustrations for “The Grand Plan to Fix Everything” or for artist Abigail Halpin? Post them here

Enter the contest to win a free copy of the book here


Among the rave reviews The Grand Plan garnered is this one from Kirkus:

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

Hooray for Bollywood. Eleven-year-old Dini is not pleased at all at the prospect of leaving Takoma Park, Md., and her best friend Maddie to live in a small town in southern India for two years. But though she knows it’s ridiculous, bakvaas, as Indians say, she wonders if she might get to meet her idol, Dolly Singh, Bollywood film star. Dini and Maddie are devoted Dolly fans. And, in a series of events as wonderfully convoluted and satisfyingly resolved as any movie plot could be, she does. The fast-paced tale introduces and manages to connect an Indian-American family, a postal worker from Mumbai, a movie producer and his erratic star, a car mechanic, a tea plantation owner, a local baker and assorted monkeys—all coming together for a grand finale party and dance. Set in imagined Swapnagiri (which means Dream Mountain), this high-energy concoction is thoroughly believable and entertaining. The story is told in a third-person present-tense voice that rings true to its protagonist, who sees her life as a movie script. Though Dini and Maddie are halfway around the world from each other, they communicate through cell phones and computer chat, keeping up their friendship while making new ones. Full of references to Bollywood movie traditions and local customs, this is a delightful romp with a fresh setting and a distinctive and appealing main character. – KIRKUS, April 1, 2011


Illustrations from The Grand Plan to Fix Everything © 2011 Abigail Halpin

On the media, both art and viral

Erin Stead uses her book trailer to demonstrate the medium she used — woodblock printing, combined with pencil sketching — when preparing the illustrations for her Caldecott-winning book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Text was custom-written by her husband, illustrator Philip Stead, with Erin’s distinctive art style in mind. You can see both of them at work in their shared studio. The collaboration continued as work progressed.

cover from "A Sick Day for Amos McGee"

Youtube.com has become an invaluable media resource for promoting books. Some of us got wind of the Caldecott winners that way, via two irreverent-yet-highly-literate rodent children’s book reviewers from Rat Chat Reviews.

Here’s a book trailer for the Caldecott Honor book, Interrupting Chicken, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein.

spread from "Interrupting Chicken"

Bryan Collier discusses art materials used in creating his  earth-toned multimedia collages for his Caldecott Honor book, Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, written by Laban Carrick Hill.

front jacket from "Dave the Potter, Artist, Poet, Slave"

Book trailers as promotion….

Another approach to promoting a book. Just enough to get us curious without giving it all away. This is from A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid.

Or demonstrate a recipe from your picture book, as Melissa Iwai does for her book, Soup Day:

Dan Yaccarino created this one for his own book, Lawn-to-Lawn:

At the Countdown Corner….

One of the best ways to promote a picture book is by creating a book trailer. Post it on Youtube, on your blog or website, and distribute the link selectively via email. Check out the one for Stephen Savage’s latest book, Where’s Walrus?

I asked Stephen about its creation.

Stephen Savage: We worked with music video director David Franklin of Artisanal Television. He did the storyboards, camera work and editing. I was driver, caterer, animator and supporting actor.

Book cover of "Where's Walrus?"

Book cover

A still from the WHERE'S WALRUS book trailer

A still from the WHERE'S WALRUS book trailer

David did a great job. He knew we wanted something a little different from the standard “pan and scan” or animated trailer in which the book is summarized for the viewer. David came up with a narrative separate from WHERE’S WALRUS, though it dovetails nicely with the story in the book.

Another still from the WHERE'S WALRUS book trailer

Another still from the WHERE'S WALRUS book trailer

Making it was a ball. We shot it on a beautiful fall day in November, starting at the end and working backwards.

Filming the book trailer for WHERE'S WALRUS in Central Park

Filming in Central Park

We began the day in the children’s reading room of the New York Public Library (thanks to Betsy Bird) and ended up at my studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

At the NYPL Reading Room

At the NYPL Reading Room

All of the street scenes were shot in mid-town Manhattan. Animation and post-production took another 2 weeks using Final Cut Pro, After Effects, and Illustrator.

At the studio

At the studio

Joy Chu: Who was the editor on WALRUS? And art director/designer?

Stephen Savage: David Saylor is my editor/art director. He works with Brian Selznick, Jon J. Muth and Mary GrandPre.

We designed the book together… and I did the lettering on the cover.

Book cover of "Where's Walrus?"

Joy Chu: The book has garnered terrific reviews. This one provides a tidy description of the visuals:

“The trim illustrations are digitally created, with the smooth regularity and crisp clarity common to that medium, but there’s a generous helping of Little Golden Book retro style that gives a period flavor to the escapade. The palette, carefully limited in each spread, sports muted shades of aqua and navy in addition to its predominant gray, but the creamy white of the matte pages ensures that the spreads stay bright and sunny. The shapes balance sturdy rectangles with the rounder shapes of people and Walrus, with Walrus’ odd-critter-out status visually emphasized by the droll Fisher-Price sameness of the humans among whom he’s attempting to secrete himself. The read-it-yourself wordlessness, visual humor, and sheer absurdity of a walrus’ urban adventures will surely appeal to youngsters with a taste for the incongruously silly.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books