All posts filed under: Events

Event alert! Sex and Violence in Children’s Books at the PEN World Voices Festival


Hey, literary New Yorkers! Sex! Violence! Also, The PEN World Voices Festival has been going on this week—and this weekend, they’ve got not one but two children’s lit events! Children’s books are literature, YESSSSSSSS! And psst, the organizer tells me: “You can also pass on the discount codes: PEN14 or PEN2014. I think it’s 20%.” Sex and Violence in Children’s Books: Where The Wild Things (Really) Are, with Sarwat Chadda, Robie Harris, Susan Kuklin, Sharyn […]

“If you are drawing characters really swing your cat.” Highlights From the 2014 SCBWI Winter Conference

Events / Inspiration / Process

Above: My piece for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, an assignment for the Illustrators’ Intensive. I am still riding an inspired high from last weekend’s SCBWI Winter Conference. I’ve been to the conference four times now and the Illustrators’ Intensive Day is always the highlight for me. Art Director Cecilia Yung’s interview of Tomie dePaola was fantastic. They structured the talk around a comparison of Tomie’s book illustrations and his costume and set design work. Tomie […]


Events / Videos

Getting ready for tomorrow’s post on #PaperMash #craftyvine — ruthie (@ruthielafond) November 10, 2013 This is a lucky time of year for New Yorkers. There are a bunch of fantastic things to get out and see in the world of children’s books. And it’s the usual suspects who offer us these great opportunities. Click the bold title for more details: This Wednesday, November 13th at 6:00pm! A Conversation with Marc Boutavant and Carin […]

We Art Boston

Events / News

Above: Christoph Niemann: Petting Zoo, Limited Edition Silkscreen Print Fellow art director Jenn McManus recently tipped me off to We Art Boston, an awesome online auction of original children’s book art that starts today. Susan and Joe McKendry have collected over 100 original works of art from 50+ amazing children’s book illustrators and are auctioning them off online to raise money for the Emergency and Trauma Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital in memory of the Boston […]

Summer Events! Get out there and see some stuff!

Animation / Events

Fisher from One Eyed Robot on Vimeo (see Animation Block Party below for more details). (click on bold for links with more info) Saturday, June 15th Brooklyn Children’s Museum 12:00 – 2:00pm – Ages 3–10 yrs “Join top model and eco-activist, MARIA SNYDER for an exclusive reading from her ECO BOYS AND GIRLS BOOKS” Sunday, June 16th Brooklyn Children’s Museum THE PENGUIN EARLY LEARNERS READING SERIES 12:30pm -All ages OLIVER JEFFERS “A native New Yorker. His […]

Le Tableau – The Painting – GO SEE IT!

Animation / Events / Foreign Exchange

I had other plans for this week’s post, but when I got my weekly update from GKIDS, I knew this was the only thing I should be writing about. Le Tableau by Belgian Director Jean-François Laguionie, was released in 2011. But somehow it hasn’t come to the U.S. until now. I know I’ve only seen the trailer, but I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Sketches and half-finished paintings are characters in this imaginative world. It seems […]

Spring Events!


Ah-choo! Spring is finally upon us. Come on, we’ve all been cooped up in this exceptionally long grey winter! It’s time to attend some children’s book-related events. Here’s what I see coming soon (click on the event for details): April 4 – 20: SVA Exhibition  “Kings & Queens,” BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department, curated by Thomas Woodruff The New York International Children’s Film Festival is in Boston April 13-21 and Los Angeles April 6 to May 5.  […]

My Very First…SCBWI!

Events / Thoughts

So I had been tentative, if not scared, by the idea of attending an entire conference dedicated to the world I have not yet been able to enter professionally. But hearing about other folks’ positive conference experiences (Melissa Guion and Robin to name a few). I figured this was my year to grow up, and Robin would be there!* There were preparations to make:

SCBWI NY 2013: “Internal Migrations,” Being Superlative, and Cold-Calling Maurice Sendak


I had a great time at the SCBWI Winter conference this past weekend. I’ve been three times in the past six years and always walk away inspired and energized. Some of many highlights for me this time around: 1. The Illustrator Intensive on Friday. The entire day was one big highlight. It’s a day of presentations from some of the top illustrators in our field. This year we heard from Shaun Tan, David Ezra Stein, […]

Brooklyn Museum Children’s Book Fair

Events / News

  If you  are in Brooklyn this Saturday, check out the Children’s Book Fair at the Brooklyn Museum. We go every year with our daughter and it’s a great time. Brooklyn authors and illustrators set up tables in the big main entrance and you can go around and meet them, check out and purchase books, and get your books signed. There are also some cool activities for kids. Man, there are so many amazing illustrators […]