I’m still spinning from the American Library Association debut of the ILA iREAD Summer Reading 2018 posters I created for the theme “Reading Takes You Everywhere.” I signed them and was thrilled to meet so many librarians and educators.
Below is the children’s poster, which is what I imagine happened after the last page of my picture book “One Day I Went Rambling” authored by Kelly Bennett, where a bunch of inventive kids see a bare tree in the distance. The Illinois Library Association wanted the theme to be widely interpreted, and "everywhere" can mean in imagination, time travel, inner and outer space, dystopian scenarios, scientific discoveries, etc. Besides posters, ILA will put out a lot of swag with this image, on t-shirts, postcards, water bottles, pencil cases, etc., and offer it in a catalog to Illinois Libraries. Word is ILA will reissue “Rambling” in mini-paperbacks for libraries to use as promotional give-aways!!
Here is the summer reading poster of the same theme for the military, which will go out to U.S. bases in 24 countries.
Now I’m off to the SCBWI-LA conference, July 5-12 including the pre and post parties/training. I'll be wearing many hats, as an illustrator, as Illustrator Coordinator for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators/Illinois, and for the first time, as a writer! In addition to a portfolio display event on Saturday, I’m showing a picture book dummy….which has been a labor of love these past few months. Who’d guess I’d end up loving a spider? Wicked!
I walked into a huge spider web the other day. Still gross. Or maybe a good sign?