"Reading Takes You Everywhere!" iREAD 2018 debut for ILA

I had the recent honor of being the featured speaker at the Youth Services Forum Author Breakfast for the Illinois Library Association convention.  The honor is reserved for the creator of their upcoming iREAD poster to promote summer reading, which in 2018, is me! See blog from July 5, 2017. I spoke of my influences, my youth, and the wonderful marriage of being a (part-time) youth services librarian as well as a children’s book illustrator.

photo courtesy of Jennifer Bueche

photo courtesy of Jennifer Bueche


I also had the opportunity to create characters from the poster that will make their way on to promo merchandise and to librarians in Illinois, California, and in USA military base libraries in 24 countries for their print and online use.

© Terri Murphy

© Terri Murphy

Afterward, many who heard my talk at the ILA conference breakfast said they loved that I showed my inked illustration technique, which I’ll show once again here via a youtube video:


The nicest surprise for me was the debut of the animated video based on the poster, created by iREAD to announce the theme for 2018, “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” 


Thank you for everything, ILA and iREAD!

Currently working on illustrations for feature story in Spider Magazine, Feb 2018 issue....work-in-progress below!