Maurice Sendak’s birthday tribute

June 10, 2013 would have been Maurice Sendak‘s 85th birthday. To celebrate  please watch these amazing, funny, inspiring interviews:

From PBS Digital Studios:

and from the NEW YORK TIMES an illustrated “Fresh Air” interview with art by Christopher Niemann:

and my personal favorite, The Grim Colberty Tales interviews on The Colbert Report:

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Part 1:

Part 2:

and if you actually want to purchase I AM A POLE (yes, its REALLY a book):

and LAST but not least, check out yesterday’s tribute to Maurice Sendak on Google Doodle via youtube:

For those of you in the NY area: the Society of Illustrators  exhibit “Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work” is opening July 11th-August, 2013. Click on the art below for details:

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Illustrator Sonia Sanchez’s HERE I AM book trailer

Very excited to share the fantastic trailer created by Capstone Kids for  HERE I AM written by Patti Kim and illustrated by Sonia Sanchez. HERE I AM is Sonia’s illustration debut in the US.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city. Walk in the boy’s shoes as he takes the first tentative steps toward discovering joy in his new world in this emotional, wordless picture book.  (Capstone, August 2013)

You can see more of Sonia’s magical art by visiting the Prospect Agency website.

(if the video doesn’t play instantly click HERE to see it on youtube.)

Book news: CRITTER CLUB illustrated by Marsha Riti

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Make room on your bookshelf for THE CRITTER CLUB series: AMY AND THE MISSING PUPPY and ALL ABOUT ELLIE illustrated by Marsha Riti and written by Callie Barkley.

“With four likable, diverse characters and the surefire appeal of cute puppies and  other pets, The Critter Club is off to a promising start.” —Kirkus Reviews

Read and excerpt, download activities, and watch the trailer at S&S today.

Three cheers to Marsha on her illustrated chapter book debut!!!! And three more cheers (barks + meows) for Marsha who ALSO just signed a contract for books 7, 8, 9!!!

The cuteness factor is off the charts . . .

Warm wintery wishes

To help chase away those winter blues, I wanted to share some new artwork from a few of our Prospect Agency artists:

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SNOW from author/illustrator Monica Carnesi (art © 2013)

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SEASON’S GREETINGS from illustrator Kirstie Edmunds at Pencil Pocket(art © 2013)

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PEACE ON EARTH GOODWILL TOWARDS ALL from illustrator Brooke Boynton Hughes (art © 2013)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR from illustrator Aya Kakeda (art © 2013)

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MAY OWL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE by Joyce Wan of Wanart (art © 2013)

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and joyful 2013 !

Cheers, TK

“All Things are Possible” with Amelia

Normally I keep this blog focused on industry/work posts. But I can’t help but break this rule and share a very personal video with you all. In my travels, I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many talented artists. But there is one artist who continues to surprise and inspire me everyday….MY NIECE AMELIA!!!!

Seven-year-old Amelia, a kidney transplant recipient, was selected as the cover artist for the American Kidney Fund 2013 calendar. WE could not be prouder of her!

Thank you to all who voted for Amelia! You can also read her story at northjersey.com

Calendars should be for sale on the AMERICAN KIDNEY FUND website later this month. Please buy one and support this wonderful organization.

I hope Amelia’s video will inspire you too. As Amelia so wisely said “Anything is possible if you believe.”

Happy writing. Happy creating. Happy believing.

tk