Wednesday, September 27, 2017

School Visit Roundup

One of the most fulfilling things about being an author is visiting schools. I did a number of visits in DC and Virginia Beach last Spring, and I'm just getting around to posting some photos (the schools needed to get permission to share them).

My Presentation

My presentation includes an interactive reading of my book (the kids act out the tai chi and yoga moves), breathing exercises, a tai chi lesson, and exercises for creating mental and physical resilience. It's an active 45 minutes that usually revs the kids up more than calms them down . . . it might be all that oxygen and movement.

The opening slide of my Power Point presentation

One of the games I play with the kids is to ask them to guess which poses are tai chi and which are yoga, using my daughters as the models.

Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, MD (April 2017)

I was one of the speakers at Our Lady of Good Counsel's Health and Wellness Day. All grades from K - 8th grade cycled through my station for a 15-minute presentation, so that was quite an exhausting but fun day.

At the end of the day, I signed bookmarks and Post It notes, which made me feel like a rock star.

Dorothy I. Height Elementary School, Washington, D.C. (April 2017)

I also visited the Dorothy I. Height Elementary School, second grade, sponsored by the Open Book Foundation, a DC-based nonprofit that brings authors to low-income schools and that provides a copy of the author's book to each participating child.

Southside STEM Academy at Campostella
, Norfolk, VA (March 2017)

I spent a morning with the fourth and fifth graders of Southside STEM Academy at Campostella. The kids became rambunctious during this presentation, especially when we got to the "fighting" moves (chop, parry, punch)

Shelton Park Elementary School, Virginia Beach, VA (March 2017)

Another fun visit, with several crowded assemblies.

Local Schools: If you are interested in my coming to visit your school, please drop a line in my contact form, and I will send you details.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Illustration Department: A Three Week Workshop with Giuseppe Castellano

© Sylvia Liu

As a children's illustrator, I've had the good fortune of having excellent mentors, teachers, and friends who have helped me develop and grow as an artist (sometimes kicking and screaming). One of these people is Giuseppe Castellano, Executive Art Director at Penguin Random House.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Happy Spring (and Big Catch Up Post)!

© Sylvia Liu

I just realized I'm very behind on this blog, as I've been busy with writing, illustrating, and running Kidlit411 (plus daily life and tearing my hair out reading the news). So I've missed writing my usual round up posts:

1. 2016 Highlights/Reflection 

What a year! 2016 was the year of my debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books) finally came out. It was a whirlwind of activities and excitement, including a book trailer debut, a blog tour, a book launch party, DC events, and book signing at the ALA Convention. I am truly grateful for the whole experience.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Venn Diagram of Trump's Cabinet & Executive Picks

© Sylvia Liu

I normally post about children's writing and illustration, but these aren't normal times. A handy reference chart for Cabinet and Executive appointment watchers (updated Feb. 17).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Celebrating and Promoting Diversity in Children's Literature

Lee & Low Books: 25 Years of Diversity

It's times like this when I am so proud that my first picture book is published by Lee & Low Books, the largest publisher of multicultural children's books in the United States. Lee & Low has dedicated itself to creating mirrors and windows for children to see themselves and learn about others since they started 25 years ago.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Meeting

© Sylvia Liu
Just got back from a great weekend in northern Virginia for the annual Mid-Atlantic SCBWI conference. A quick recap:

Friday Illustrator Intensives

1. Workshop with Viking Children's Books Art Director Nancy Brennan 

Before we arrived, Nancy Brennan gave us an assignment to illustrate the opening spread of SURPRISE SOUP, by Mary Ann Rodman, illustrated by Brian Collier (Viking Children's Books 2009). She gave us a working manuscript so the text is not the same as the published text. I came up with this piece:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Summer Roundup: ALA Conference, Classes, More

The summer has gone by in a flash, but here's a recap of the American Library Association (ALA) convention in Orlando and other kid lit activities that kept me busy.

ALA Convention

The ALA Convention was a dream come true as a debut author. Lee & Low Books invited me to join their line up of authors signing books, so I headed to Orlando for a weekend in late June with my older daughter. Not only was it thrilling to sign my book, but I got to meet so many kidlit friends and idols walking around the convention center. Some memories: