Monday, June 30, 2014

Pura Belpré Honor and American Library Association

My first American Library Association conference and the beautiful ceremony for the Pura Belpré was amazing  (and a little overwhelming). Here are pictures, and a little bit from my acceptance Speech.

"To conclude, I just want to thank everyone that has made this possible.

First, I’d like to thank the Committee for the Honor. A special thank you to Armando and everyone in Redwood City for their support. Next, I’d like to thank Kate Farrell, my editor, for her input and collaboration on the book. Kate’s invaluable input added that extra magic and joy to the book. I’d also like to thank Patrick Collins for meeting with me when I was a green and unknown illustrator. And of course, I’d also like to thank you everyone at Henry Holt who helped with the book.

I’d also like to thank my agent Linda Pratt for seeing the potential in me and for all her help over the years.

Lastly, my friends for their support, my students who allow, me test my material on them, and finally my family especially my mom who is here today. Thank you. "

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Knit Together Packages

With some outside assistance, I've been working on packets to mail out promoting Knit Together (Dial January 2015). 

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Sonia Sotomayor book and other news

Here are a few finishes from the Sonia Sotomayor book I've been working on. Also in other news, I'm going to be attending the American Library Association Conference in just a few weeks to receive the Pura Belpre Honor. In addition, I just signed on to illustrate an adorable new book with Roaring Brook press. Should be fun!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Countdown begins!

A little over six months before my next book baby comes out. (Dial Books January 2015).

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sonia Sotomayor Book

Here are a few thumbnails/sketches for the new Sonia Sotomayor book (Bloomsbury) I'm working on. It's got a super tight turnaround, but I'm having a great deal of fun with the sketches and researching this fascinating woman.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Zoo Sketches

Every semester, I take my character design for Children's Book Class to the Zoo. It's always a fun, relaxing day. Here are a few sketches from that day.