Archive | February, 2015

An Octoballerina for Valentine’s Day

13 Feb


Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’re fond of octopussies (the regular kind, not the ballet dancing kind) and are curious about how they hook up, check out the Seattle Aquarium’s Valentine’s Day event tomorrow: An octopus blind date! Hope it goes well for those two crazy kids.

If you’d like to see more of my illustrations of goofy animals and other things, please visit

Enjoy a lovey Valentine’s Day! xo

Lots of Kudos

5 Feb

Thank you, Kathy, for the shout out! And big congrats to Randy, Carol, Darlene and Karen!

Writing and Illustrating

karen-fortunati221shortI’m thrilled to report that Karen Fortunati has signed with agent Sara Megibow of KT Literary! 

Karen started her new story at the Avalon Writer’s Retreat, so it is nice to see results from my yearly novel retreat that focuses in developing and revising a whole novel manuscript.

Way to go, Karen!



Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s book Wheels of Change has been chosen as a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2015 by the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC). This is huge, because it gets her book in front of a tons of teachers!   


Carol Roth just received the F&G’s for her new picture book that is coming out in August.

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Carol Roth summary FLDGTS


Randy Gallegos who was featured on Illustrator Saturday just finished a project with an independent author self-publishing, where he produced ten illustrations for his kids’…

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Teeth Fairies have arrived!

4 Feb

When they spy a wiggly tooth, they quickly fly right down


I’ve blogged about this before, but now I have a very cool update! My super-fun project from last year, Teeth Fairies – A Baby Teeth Tradition, is now available for purchase (at Amazon and at selected retailers)! My 6.5-yr-old daughter has two incredibly wiggly front teeth, so my copy of the very cute doll and book gift set arrived just in time. Teeth Fairies is a book and doll set that helps a child make the most of the brief, special time in life when they are losing their baby teeth. Written by the wonderful Ingrid Bencosme, former teacher and mother of 3-soon-to-be-4, the book was a joy to illustrate, and it was such fun to design the tooth fairy doll as well.

Teeth Fairies is donating a portion of sales to Communities In Schools to help prevent and fight serious dental disease that can cause kids to miss school and potentially drop out.

Here are some photos of the set, as well as a few of my favourite illustrations from the book. Check out the “Parents” section of the Teeth Fairies website for more info on the set, helpful tips and fun downloadable activities for kids, and like Teeth Fairies on Facebook for kids’ dental health tips, contests, recipes and more fun stuff.

And visit my portfolio site to see more of my illustrations, if you’re so inclined!

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