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The best yes ever

News / Videos

Some time ago, I wrote and dummied this story about a bear named Ursula (natch) who does water ballet. She’s training for the big water ballet championship with her friend Ricardo.. …until one morning, when they discover a new pool policy: NO BEARS ALLOWED!

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 […]

In which Sergio Ruzzier shares the making of Bear and Bee

Featured Books / Guest Post / News / Process

We’re always happy to share good news from our stubbled Italian fairy godfather, Sergio Ruzzier. He’s with us now to talk about the creation of his new book, Bear and Bee, which comes out today. And with that, we hand over the conch shell. Take it away, Sergio! When my daughter Viola was in, I believe, third grade, I was asked by her school, P.S. 295 in Brooklyn, to come up with a bee character […]

A celebration of pigture books (and a CONTEST!)

Featured Books / News

We at Pen & Oink are fortunate to have the pig as our mascot, because let’s face it, children’s literature abounds with pigs. Wilbur. Olivia. Mercy Watson. So, to celebrate our launch, we’re giving out a copy of a great pig book, Maurice Sendak’s Bumble-Ardy. Which piggie books do you love? Post an answer in the comments (please, don’t let’s all say Charlotte’s Web), and we’ll pick a winner at random! Deadline: this Thursday night, […]

Launch coming soon!*


With piggies. Stay tuned! (In the meantime, you can always subscribe to our newsletter.) -R, R, & L *Readers, you may be asking yourselves, “Haven’t they already launched?” We suppose. But we haven’t had our Grand Opening party yet!

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 […]

2013 Tomie dePaola Awards


Looking for an external deadline and cool assignment to get your creative juices flowing? I give you the Tomie dePaola Awards! Tomie, the renowned author and illustrator of Strega Nona, gives you a passage from a book to illustrate and if he picks you as the winner you get a free ride to the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York. The competition is open to all SCBWI members. (You might want to consider joining anyway […]

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