Mark Mitchell's blog/website: howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com

Please visit Mark's website: howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com/five-questions/ to sign up for a live interactive Google chat we are doing on June 8th at 10:00!  I'll share a little bit about the making of little butterfly and my process as an illustrator.  Should be fun!  Mark was my first wonderful teacher (way back in the late 90's??) and helped me get started on this journey.  Check out his fabulous website and join us!

Visit me at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center!

I'll be signing copies of my book, Little Butterfly, at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center (store) in Austin, on June 23rd from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The evening is part of their "Nature Night" Series, and the theme is "Pollinators"--how appropriate!  Please come out and say hello!

If you've never visited the Wildflower Center, it is a little slice of Heaven in SW Austin.  My daughter and I think of it as our "special happy place".

http://www.wildflower.org/nature/

 

 

New book: Little Bitty Friends

My friend and brilliant illustrator, Patrice Barton, has a brand new book coming out this week, Little Bitty Friends, written by Elizabeth McPike, published by G.P. Putnam.  The illustrations are warm and cozy, with Patty's beautiful style, as ever.  Check out these adorable toddlers and their sweet little friends!

Little Butterfly

My debut book as an author-illustrator, is coming out on February 9, 2016.  It's a wordless picture book called Little Butterfly, and was a real labor of love for me.  It's being published by an imprint of HarperCollins, Balzer + Bray, and I had the great fortune of working with Donna Bray, Martha Rago, and Ellice Lee on this book.  I am forever grateful to these women for giving me this opportunity and nurturing me on this journey.  xo

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."  -Aesop

Artist I Admire

My 7 year old daughter, Josephine!  She loves cats, Totoro, Adventure Time, My Little Pony, and is quite prolific.  So much so, we made her her very own website to share images with friends and family who live far away.  You can see more of Josie's artwork at: www.josiewilson.com.

I like how she expressed her feelings of losing our cat, Charlie, in this image.  Children know how to get to the real heart of the matter.

New Releases by Patrice Barton!

My wonderful friend and brilliant illustrator, Patrice Barton, has TWO new books coming out next week, on April 14th!  Little Sleepyhead, written by Elizabeth McPike, published by G.P. Putnam:

AND...Uh-Oh!, written by Shutta Crum, published by Knopf--Patty's follow-up to "Mine!" by the same author and publisher:

She's pretty amazing, huh?  See more of Patty's beautiful artwork at:  www.patricebarton.com