I had the great honor of being part of a panel on Saturday March 12 with Adam Rex and E. B. Lewis. What wonderful company! Our panel was titled and described as: "I Didn't Write it, But...Illustrating for Other Authors: Illustrating a manuscript by another author means listening to the manuscript by reading and re-reading until the manuscript becomes as familiar as an old friend. These illustrators will talk about how they create new perspectives and connections to the story, creating a whole that reflects but goes beyond the words." The three of us together represented three generations of illustrating and publishing---all the way from the early 60's to the present. Kind of amazing!
Father Fox and I also took our turn on the Story Blanket, where we entertained a small group of babies, toddlers, youngsters,and their accompanying parents and grandparents.
Father Fox taught them the delightful poem about Bert who ate his buttons, from Father Fox's Pennyrhymes (written by "another author" Clyde Watson) while I drew a picture of Bert. Then I drew portraits of two or three child volunteers, who seemed quite OK with the way their portraits turned out---complete with furry ears, big teeth, and tails. Lastly I read aloud from my own titles Bedtime Bunnies, Lollipop, and Has Winter Come. I'm looking forward very much to going again next year.