Monday, November 30, 2015


A very exciting development. My debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA got its first review, in Publisher's Weekly. Check out the full review here. It's a good one!

And just as exciting, I now have a listing on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, though the cover image is not yet available. Barnes and Noble has a short description:

And a release date:  May 15, 2016!

It's hard to believe that it's actually happening. 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015


How exciting is this?

My debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by the talented Christina Forshay, will be published by Lee and Low Books in Spring 2016.

I am so pleased to share the cover. Christina has captured the main characters, Gong Gong and Mei Mei, perfectly, as they share a morning of tai chi and yoga.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Better Books Marin 2015: A Writing Conference to Remember

A couple weeks ago, I attended the Better Books Marin 2015 conference for middle grade & YA writers in Petaluma, California. Organized by Darcey Rosenblatt and her critique group, this was an amazing 3.5 days of intensive critique sessions and deep craft seminars. Most of the 25 attendees were local to Northern California, but a few of us crossed state lines (Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia).

Here are some highlights:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Continued Evolution of a Kraken Illustration

© Sylvia Liu
Remember back in January when I walked through the evolution of my kraken and mermaid illustration? In June, I got some great feedback on changing the kraken character to make him cuter. So my last version of the illustration was this:

Monday, August 31, 2015

Children's Book Academy: The Craft & Business of Illustrating Children's Books

I am a bit of a course junky, taking online classes for children's writers and illustrators. I always get something out of these courses, some more than others.

A class I took last winter, Children's Book Academy's The Craft and Business of Illustrating Children's Books, was an excellent one. Given once a year, this five-week course taught by Mira Reisberg and a an art director from a leading U.S. publisher is geared towards both beginner and advanced children's illustrators. Early Bird registration for this year's course is now live (click here), so this is a good time to post my review.

Monday, August 10, 2015

2016 Picture Book Debut Authors and/or Illustrators

© Wendy Martin Art
As the summer rolls towards an end, my picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA (Lee & Low), is coming closer to reality, on track for publication in the Spring of 2016.