Monday, March 31, 2014

Shooting Stars

There's a group that has been working for years towards illustrating in children's publishing. Like so many others, we work in isolation, alone at home with our characters and neuroses to keep us company. I can honestly say that these ladies, and their collective successes have been a consistent source of inspiration and motivation for me. Our shared frustrations, and our celebrated triumphs make life that much sweeter for the living. (I hope you have a group of people with whom you can do the same.)

First it was my pun-loving pal Nina's turn with Cedric and now several piano books. Then it was Courtney's turn with Maya whose character is just as feisty as her creator. Now, after success illustrating other people's stories (Quirks & Elvis), Kelly has a chance to share her very own. 

Meet Louise. Louise loves Art. Art loves Louise. Art is Louise's little brother. Can Louise must find a way to persevere as an artist without losing Art? Come September 2014 and you'll be able to see for yourself how Kelly's joyful lines and signature palette bring these two creative spirits alive.

I was one of the lucky few to receive an F&G and boy-oh-boy, I can't wait for the rest of you to see this book. In the meantime, you can satisfy your curiosity by reading Kelly's inspiration for Louise & Art here.

Go, Louise, GO!

*Updated April 3rd*
Look! Maya and Courtney have made an even bigger splash than we thought. They're being honored with the Christopher Award! It's an award that wants "to encourage artists to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence large audiences in a positive way." And we all know Maya does that. Oh how she does! Way to go, Courtney! Mo Willems, Kate DiCamillo, Suzanne Collins, and Paul Fleishman are lucky to be in such fabulous company. Hip! Hip! Hooraaay! For more details on the award, read Courtney's post here.


  1. Yahoo! Congrats to Kelly and the group that supports her.

  2. I love this post so much!

  3. That's great, Neens because I love YOU so much! ;)


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