Back in the saddle again…

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Finally, after the move and craziness of the holidays, I’m back to work on the next book. Wright On Time -Minnesota, which is book 5 of the series, is finally underway. Here is the cover for now. I’ve been drawing over the past week and an getting there with the interiors. More coming soon....

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Chandler Christian School, Baby the Llama and Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today, I visited Chandler Christian School to participate in their annual “Have A Heart for Books Storybook Station.” I was one of their “celebrity readers” spending a little while with the students and sharing with them my love for books. It is always so exciting to read to kids and talk to them about books and what it takes to create them. What a wonderful school and staff to bring such a great event to the students each year! I especially would like to thank first grade teacher, Rachel DeHaan, for organizing and...

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Every child in America should have access to an effective school library program

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I received the following from my ARA Advocacy Chairperson, Michelle Parker-Rock. If you are so inclined to advocate for school libraries the following information may be of interest to you. I encourage you to sign the petition and forward the information on so that the needed number of signatures can be reached. Thank you.__________________________________________Dear Colleagues, Carl Harvey, 2011-2012 AASL president, has initiated a White House petition on school libraries, which specifically petitions the Obama administration to...

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Finally back to painting…

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is so exciting to finally have a functioning studio again. We’ve been moving so I have spent months dealing with supplies being at two separate houses, an unorganized studio space filled with boxes and design deadlines that I was able to fulfill simply because I had just enough space to sit at my computer. Finally, my new studio is all set-up with much more space and better organization than the one at the other house. I am so excited to be painting again. It’s amazing how getting back into a routine can make you so much more...

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The intention of the artist

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you ever wonder, what an artist intended when creating a piece of artwork? Art Appreciation teaches us to analyze the deeper meaning of an image, to try and find a connection with the creator of a piece and truly understand her thought process. So I really was stumped when I looked at one of the drawings that my four year old brought home from preschool. Yes, it really is supposed to be “a rotten chicken with no legs.” I don’t think that any amount of analysis could have revealed that one. Have a splendid day....

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“The Park Our Town Built” is available on the NOOK Devices and Apps

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Publisher of my last picture book, Raven Tree Press, just announced that a selection of their titles are now available on NOOK devices and apps via NOOK Kids™. My book “The Park Our Town Built” is one of these and is available for NOOK Color, NOOK Tablet, and NOOK Kids™ for iPad. Here is a link to the NOOK version of my book:...

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On the Short List for the 2012 Green Earth Book Award

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

2012 Green Earth Book Award SHORT LIST I am so excited to announce that my picture book “The Park Our Town Built,” published by Raven Tree Press, is on the “short list” for the 2012 Green Earth Book Award. Books are still under review, and winners will be announced in late January 2012. The Green Earth Book Award was created to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment. This is an annual award for books that best raise awareness of the beauty of our...

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The Park Our Town Built / El parque que nuestro pueblo construyó Wins Bronze Moonbeam Children’s Book Award!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Raven Tree Press (McHenry, IL) is proud to announce that the book The Park Our Town Built / El parque nuestro pueblo construyó has won the prestigious Moonbeam Bronze Medal in the “Multicultural Picture Book” category. Presented by the Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher Online, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading. Each year’s entries are judged by expert...

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ForeWord Review – “The Park Our Town Built”

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here is a great review of “The Park Our Town Built” that ran in the August issues of ForeWord Review. Check it out and let us know what you think. The US Census Bureau reports there are 17.3 million Spanish–speaking residents in the United States today—thus expanding the market for bilingual illustrated children’s offerings to 4,900 books in print today. The Park Our Town Built/El Parque Que Nuestro Pueblo Construyó, byDiane Gonzales Bertrand, enters the genre with a twist.The author’s unique format is akin to age–old songs, many...

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“The Park Our Town Built” is featured in the CBC Fall 2011 Seasonal Showcase

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Great News! The Park Our Town Built will be a featured book in the Fall 2011 Seasonal Showcase of the Children’s Book Council. The “Starting From Scratch” booklist will be featured on the CBC website starting September 29th, so our “Park” book will be rotated onto the site within a couple weeks from that date. Check out the CBC site at http://www.cbcbooks.org/...

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