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Turning Red

We watched Turning Red this weekend and haven’t stopped listening to the songs since. My 6 year old and I are definitely 4 townies! I think Turning Red might be my favorite pixar film to date.

Meanwhile I’ve been traveling a bit and invested in an ipad and pencil, so I am able to quickly sketch and it feels exciting to be able to draw from life again. I was recently in Houston through the Texas Book Festival and was able to read to some kids and it was precious.

I look forward to being able to share more drawings this year!

Books of Wonder

Happy new year! My first virtual event of the year is this Sunday January 9th at 10am PST/1pm EST with four other authors for an afternoon of reading and discussion!

This wonderful story-sharing event will feature MIKE CURATO for Where is Bina Bear?MATTHEW CORDELL for Cornbread & PoppyJOSEPH KUEFLER for Bigger Than a BumblebeeNIDHI CHANANI for What Will My Story Be? and SCOTT STUART for The Very First You.

You can register for the event here.

Hope to see you there!

The story of a story

WHAT WILL MY STORY BE? is out! It’s been a long, long journey to publication day. I thought I’d share how the story came to be – inspired by my daughter and our chosen family. My book launch event and signing (first in 2 years!) is this Saturday at Bel and Bunna’s bookstore in Lafayette. I hope to see you there!

Also, I’m auctioning an illustration portfolio review to support the We Need Diverse Books organization.

Thank you for your support of my stories and art!

One week sale

My biggest sale of the year – 25% off my shop* through Sunday November 28th with the code iloveart – thank you for shopping small and supporting my art!

My debut written and illustrated picture book, WHAT WILL MY STORY BE releases in one week (!!!) order a signed copy here otherwise I recommend purchasing from bookshop.org they work with local independent bookstores and support the book community.

I hope you have a lovely holiday week!

*discount does not apply to sale items or gift certificates

What will my story be launch event!

I’m thrilled to share that after 2 years my first in-person signing will be taking place at Bel and Bunna‘s bookstore in Lafayette on Saturday December 4th.

I will read my debut written and illustrated picture book, WHAT WILL MY STORY BE, draw, take questions and of course, sign books! I hope to see you there!

In other book news, JUKEBOX now has a study guide for educators. And my next picture book, STRONG is available for pre-order.

Thank you for the support. I look forward to seeing your faces very soon!

What will my story be COVER

What Will My Story Be?

I’m happy to share the cover of my forthcoming debut written and illustrated picture book, What will my story be? It’s about a girl who’s inspired to pursue her own storytelling because of her aunties. Each auntie comes from a different place in the world and contributes to the girl’s sense of wonder and creativity. It’s a poem honoring the relationship of our chosen families and their impact on our hopes and dreams. It will be out this October and is now available for pre-order.

I hope you and yours are safe.

Homeschool

It’s a little wild around here!

I am excited to share some good news – my picture book deal with Viking Children’s books has been announced. WHAT WILL MY STORY BE? will be my debut as a picture book author AND illustrator. I cannot wait to share this story about fostering creativity and storytelling in a young brown girl’s world and the importances of chosen families. 2021 cannot come soon enough (for multiple reasons!)

Also, I wanted to share my podcast conversation with my former art teacher and amazing artist, John Wentz. If you want to hear about my early career pursuing a stubborn dream with zero skills and connections, have a listen.

Stay safe and well, everyone!

If you can, please shop to support or send $ to paypal.me/EverydayLoveArt 

Thank you!