The post is inspired by an article in the current SCBWI Bulletin. The article is a book review of The Comic Toolbox by John Vorhuas. This got me wondering – what is funny? Dav Pilkey: Using Humor to Get Kids Reading An Audio interview with Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants and DogMan. Unsurprisingly, we learn […]
Comic Journalism What’s it like to have your mom charged with murder? Combining traditional journalism research and storytelling with a cartoon format, Eleri Harris creates a FREE episodic comic. Story: “Tasmania’s most controversial murder conviction.” The facts: “In 2009, a yacht was found sinking on its moorings, Sarah Bowles’ step-father was missing and her mother was […]
This is the last ornament in the series, a happy baby, on a page with 3 other printable ornaments, Download sheet in pdf format and print out on heavy card stock. Color, add ribbons or string and hang.
Emily Gravett Drawing Workshop Demonstrates creating illustration for her book, The Rabbit Problem Emily Gravett creating The Imaginary Girl Creating the character from the book, The Imaginary. No commentary, just a peek over her shoulder. How to Create a Children’s Picture Book in Adobe InDesign Short online tutorial by Grace Fussell that shows how to prepare […]
Cats for Christmas – print and color ornament. Print the ornament out on a heavy (cardstock) paper, color, hang and celebrate. My cat would never consent to this, but the grandpuppy came wrapped this way a few years back.
A collection of interest resources for writing for the middle grades, From the Mixed-Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors Their ‘goal is to bring awareness and enthusiasm and celebration to books for 8-12 year olds, creating a *home* for anyone and everyone who loves books for this Golden Age of Reading. ‘ The blog was started in […]
Today’s printable ornament is a little angel. The sketch for this was inspired by a little girl sitting by me last weekend. She was not impressed about being a muse Download the angel only here and print on card stock. On Thursday, I will release a pdf of the next four ornaments as a single pdf
Another in a series of printable paper ornaments for Christmas. Since I start with an ink drawing, I realized that I could share the ornaments with my online friends. You can color them and decorate with them too. Below is the black and white – click here and print the ornament out on a heavy […]
The first in a daily(?) series. I was inspired to do a series of paper ornaments for our tree. Since I start with an ink drawing, I realized that I could share the ornaments with my online friends. You can color them and decorate with them too. Below is the original drawing – click here […]
Short collection of ideas from around the internet. Mass Rejection (and Persistence) Pay Off An interview with Kate DeCamillo revelaed, “DiCamillo clocked up a staggering 473 rejection letters within six years before striking a publishing deal for her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie, written in the midst of one of Minnesota’s worst winters while homesick […]
This week I am focusing on one point of inspiration: graphic novels for kids. March, a Graphic Memoir series on the Civil Rights Movement by Congressman John Lewis (the only person to have spoken at the 1963 March on Washington who is still alive), Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. How to use the books in education? March: […]