Nancy Wilcox Richards and I are happy to announce the return of Farmer Joe! Reprinted by Scholastic in a new exciting format, the books are now available online and at your favorite book store. Stay tuned for Farmer Joe fun this summer! It just might be a hot hot summer of fun!
As I’m writing this at the Middle Beach Lodge in Tofino, waves are breaking over rocks outside my window and a receding tide is showing a beautiful beach below. A crow sits in the branches of a tree waiting for crumbs to be tossed on our balcony. They’ve been amusing company for the last few days and remind us of Edgar Alan Crow who used to visit us at 0ur home in Ontario. We are here taking a few days between my week in Nanaimo and visits next week in Edmonton.
I was in Nanaimo for a week prior to the Nanaimo Chidren’s Book Festival last Saturday May 5th. I visited great schools and beautiful libraries all week before a wonderful day at the festival. Nanaimo has always had the best festival and it was wonderful to return for what I think was my 4th time since 1991.
All festivals are great, organized by dedicated volunteers and attended by enthusiastic audiences, but there is something about Nanaimo that sets it apart. Perhaps it is the location: Nanaimo set beside Departure Bay and tucked in by Newcastle and Protection Island is a beautiful place for a festival. Or perhaps it is the people like Thora Howell who was the inspiration and guiding force behind the festival 26 years ago. Like Thora, there is a group of dedicated hard working volunteers who take on the task of bringing such an event to life, too many to mention, but to whom appreciation goes out to from authors and illustrators across Canada. I’m just one of many lucky enough to have been invited to share our work with young and old, and someone fortunate enough to be invited back.
This week I am charging my batteries on the beautiful far west coast of Canada in Tofino and Uclulet. Canada is stunningly beautiful from ocean to ocean to ocean. I wish there were a way to bring children from different parts of Canada to see what we have and to grow up appreciating the enormity and beauty of this amazing land.
Next week, thanks to Canada Council for the Arts and to private donors such as Dr. Alan Murdoch and parent donors of schools I will be visiting, I will be sharing my work once again in Edmonton. I’m excited to be returning to the library to share my work, meeting the Children’s Roundtable members and doing drawing workshops as well as an evening PJ presentation. Along with sharing the creative process and my love of books, it will be a time of drawing dragons, wearing pots and any other silly stuff that might happen. One just never knows. I guess that’s what makes it so much fun.
(I’ll post pictures just as soon as I get back from sketching on the beach!)
Join me tomorrow at the Waterloo Public Library Main Branch at 2 p.m.
Wishing all of you Goblins, Demons and other candy seekers a wonderful scary but safe Halloween! This year we just got back from a trip to Paris yesterday and since I teach all day and will be home late, we’ll be missing all the trick or treaters, but promise the return of a very very very scary Halloween next year! We promise!
Last week I had the pleasure of four days visiting 12 schools and the library in beautiful St. Albert thanks to the generous support and sponsorship of the St. Albert Rotary Club. Continue reading
Hello St. Albert! I’m off to visit schools and libraries in St. Albert, Alberta this week and very excited to be going. Tuesday to Friday will be filled with sharing my work and books, along with drawing dragons and a fun filled evening at the Library. Friday morning it will be my pleasure to say thanks to the great folks at the St. Albert Rotary for sponsoring these next few days! My pots are packed, lots of original artwork in my portfolio, and as soon as Cocky Locky’s legs are glued, my birds will be in their box for another trip across the country. If it’s one of your schools I will be visiting, get ready for an hour of fun (and of course…learning). No test at the end, just the hope that you will be inspired to read, draw and use your imagination to be as creative as you possibly can. See you soon!