Monday, November 20, 2017

Western New York Children's Book Expo

Where else can you find 40 amazing children's book authors and illustrators in one place during National Picture Book month? Only at the Western New York Children's Book Expo!

This amazing event was put on by local children's book seller Monkey See Monkey Do and lasted an entire week, with book sales in schools, author visits, and illustrator demonstrations. The week culminated in a massive free event at the Buffalo Convention Center where all 40 authors were present to sign books for the children who attended.   


For a quick recap of the event, check out the video that was put together for last year's Expo

The list of authors and illustrators that were included looks like a best selling children's book store section, as you can see by the pictures above.  And I was incredibly honored to be included:)


And I made some new friends including:

Caldecott winning illustrator E.B. Lewis, artist and Syracuse University professor James Ransom and his wife Lesa Cline-Ransom, Bad Kitty author and illustrator Nick Bruel, local friends Matt Chandler, Elizabeth Leader, and Rachel DiNunzio, David M. Schwartz, Laurel SnyderChristopher Lloyd among many, many others!  Below is a picture of us all at the event. 

If you want to learn more about these authors, here is a link to their books and a quick bio on each one.  Meet the Expo Authors  

Children's books help make us who we are:

The important thing to note about this group of people is that each one is passionate about children and children's literature. So many of them remember how tough it was to be a kid and they draw on personal experience to tell stories that children can relate to. Children are drawn to stories that resonate with the challenges they are facing and these authors deliver with enduring themes such as overcoming adversity, enduring tragedy, finding a kindred spirit, relying on wit, gaining new powers or knowledge, and just plain having fun. 

This is the stuff that translates into life lessons and lasting memories for young readers.  It's the stories and the pictures of our childhood that inspire and motivate all of us.   

Monday, November 6, 2017

Children's Book Quote

As part of National Picture Book Month this year I thought I'd add a new feature:  Children's books quotes.  I get some of the best wisdom and most touching moments from children's books. Nothing warms my heart more than a well loved character and the wisdom they give from the pages of a good book.  So here is a favorite from Charlotte's Web by E. B. White.

(I'm sorry, I don't know who did this art, I couldn't find the source.  If you know let me know so I can credit them:)  )

Friday, November 3, 2017

November is National Picture Book Month!

November is National Picture Book Month!  And what a line up of events are planned!  My new picture book Five Hungry Mice launches this month and will be debuted at the Western New York Children's Book Expo on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Buffalo Convention Center. 

In addition, the sponsor of the Western New York Children's Book Expo, local children's book store Monkey See Monkey Do, has a whole week of events planned with authors and illustrators from all over the country!  Check out the listing of events below.

I hope you can get out to one of these wonderful events and celebrate Picture Book Month!  Be sure to share the love of reading with a child who you love and a lifetime of memories will be born.  I'll be back in my next post with more details about the schedule of events for the Western New York Children's Book Expo next weekend. 

Until then remember these words from Dr. Seuss: 

"You can find magic wherever you look. 

Sit back and relax, 

all you need is a book."

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

SCBWI Book Stop

Wanna find some great new children's books from the best authors and illustrators around?  Then stop in to visit the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Book Stop going on now till November 27, 2017.  

It features hundreds of new books published in 2017 by SCBWI authors and illustrators including my Five Hungry Mice!

Just take a look at a sample of all the beautiful books you can discover!  

And when you visit the pages of these authors and illustrators you can buy their books or comment to give them encouragement:)  The more encouragement they receive the higher their books will rank, so please offer some love to those books you like the best!  Just click on the link I provided above and browse and enjoy!

If you love picture books like I do, this is the place to discover the best gems and support hard working authors and illustrators:)


Monday, October 23, 2017

Feeling Cheesy Today!

Or maybe in my Five Hungry Mice's case, they get the rice......A little mouse humor to brighten your day:)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Picture Book - Five Hungry Mice

Great News!

It's finally ready!  After taking the summer to finish the artwork, (explains my absence from my blog) and working with my publisher this fall, we finally have Five Hungry Mice ready to go to press!  My publisher and her book designer have done a fantastic job making my adorable mice look so beautiful in book format.  It really looks fantastic and I can't wait for you all to see it in person. 

It will be officially published and in stores in early 2018, but I have access to pre-published copies beginning in November for my followers who have been so patiently waiting!  Just in time for National Picture Book Month.  I will be selling the book and my other artwork at the following art shows:

11/11 Western New York Children’s Book Expo  Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo, NY

11/17-19 Rochester Museum & Science Center Holiday Bazaar
Fri 5:00 - 9:00pm, Sat 9:30am - 5:00pm, Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm
657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 

11/25 Local Author Book Signing
Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, Buffalo, NY

12/2-3 Roycroft Campus Art Show
Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm
31 South Grove St, East Aurora, NY

If you can't make a show you can order your copy at

But that's not all!

Five Hungry Mice is also featured with hundred's of other great new titles at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Annual Book Stop promotion that is running till November 27, 2017.  You can find lots of new picture books by the best authors and illustrators. You should definitely check it out. Take a peek at just some of the beautiful books the Five Hungry Mice gets to be featured with...

Well, I better get back to the studio.  I'm already working on another book for you all but you'll have to wait to hear more about that one.  In the mean time come see me to get a copy of Five Hungry Mice or click on the link to the website.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

National Lollipop Day!

Today is national lollipop day!  What better way to celebrate than with a painting of a sweet little girl enjoying one:)

Fun facts about lollipops (according to national

- It is thought that lollipops have been around since pre-historic times as a way to preserve nuts and berries in honey.

- George Smith invented the modern style lollipop in 1931

- The lollipop got it's name from it's inventor's favorite racing horse, Lolly Pops

- The best way to celebrate National Lollipop Day is to buy a bag of lollipops and share them with your friends!