Saturday, February 27, 2010

Upcoming MN Children's Book Events

This was such a great post by my fellow children's book illustrator Christina Rodriguez, that i had to repost it here!

Attention children’s book and YA writers, illustrators, librarians, readers and enthusiasts: you’re in luck if you live in or near the Twin Cities! You wouldn’t believe how many awesome events are coming up this year for folks like us. There is at least one children’s literature event nearly every month from now until October! I’m very proud of my state for being so supportive of its talent!

Mark your calendars:


February 17

8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference


March 13

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Children’s Literature Network Publicity Workshop


April 17

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Minnesota SCBWI Spring Workshop


April 17

6:30pm – 9pm

Minnesota Book Awards Gala


April 24

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Kerlan Award Luncheon and Lecture


May 1-2

The Loft’s Children’s and YA Literature Conference


May 15

Details TBA

Minnesota SCBWI Spring Fling

Fri. – Sat.

May 21-22

Children’s Literature Network School Presentations Workshop


June 12

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Minnesota SCBWI Summer Workshop


June 21-22

St. Cloud Children’s Literature Workshop


July 10

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Minnesota SCBWI Summer Field Trip


Sept. 11

12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Anderson Center’s Celebration of Children’s Literature

Thurs. – Sun.

Sept. 30 –
Oct. 3

Northwoods Children’s Book Conference and Writer Retreat

Not included (because we’ve not “officially” set our date yet): The Minnesota SCBWI Annual Conference. This will take place sometime in September or October.

Please note that all of this information is subject to change. Be sure to check out each event’s page often for the most accurate updates.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sun Path Elementary School Visit

One of the great joys of being a children's book illustrator is when you get to go and visit schools. There is nothing like the excitement that the kids can bring and bringing back memories of my own school days. Well, last Thursday I had a great time when visiting the kids at Sun Path Elementary in Shakopee. The energy and excitement they had for "The Sick Bug" was by far the best Susie and I have seen. Not only did they create their own sick bugs, but they decorated the entire media center just for our visit! How awesome was that!!!! Thru the course of the day we were able to visit with over 500 kids from K-3 and couldn't have had a better time. Thanks to Bob for the memorable visit! To show you what we encountered when we arrived, here are a few images of the amazing works of art the kids did. Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Minnesota SCBWI 2010 Winter Workshop

Thanks to Christina for the post!

Do you think you’re ready to start submitting your manuscript or artwork to publishers? Learn how to put your best foot forward at The Minnesota Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Winter Workshop: How To Stand Out: Preparing A Manuscript Or Portfolio For Submission.

Listen as award-winning author John Coy talks about the steps involved before submitting a story to a publisher and ways to stand out when you do. Learn from illustrator and designer Marieka Heinlen as she shares tips from her experience as a creative director to create eye-catching art samples, effective personal branding, and a strong portfolio.

Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their manuscript or art samples and portfolio for critique. This is a great opportunity for all writers and illustrators to get fresh feedback on their work before submitting to publishers.

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Place: Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Cost: $25 members / $35 non-members

Registration will be at the door and light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Illustration Friday: "Muddy"

Owl sits on a branch covered in dirt. Made for quite the muddy situation!