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Best Summer Ever @ Children’s Theatre Company with Kevin Kling

  https://www.facebook.com/events/1023538204480963/ I guess this is called a soft opening I didn't know anything about The Best Summer Ever except that it was written by Kevin Kling and I am a huge fan.   Here he is On Being...

Around the World: My First Book of Vietnamese Words

  Phuoc Thi Minh Tran is the first Vietnamese librarian in Minnesota. A boat people, a respected storyteller, a 2016 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon author, and a published and award winning author, she has...

Not a Women Artist but: Edward Steichen

The First Picture Book   I forgot to mention when I was writing about Tana Hoban, the forerunner of her work was Edward Steichen, the photographer whose fame is in relationship to his collection of...

#26 Women Artists: Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is the Unsung Hero of Emergent Literacy. She is an author, illustrator, songwriter, music producer and entrepreneur has written more than 50 children’s books and created more than 4,000 greeting cards. (New York Times. 2013). Boynton was early pioneer, transitioning her illustrations and playful text from their origins in greeting cards to board books embraced by generations. Surely you remember "Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewe"?
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#25 Women Artists: Ariane Dewey

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something Jose Aruego, best known for illustrating Robert Kraus’s Leo the Late Bloomer (Windmill, 1971), died August 9 in New York City on his 80th birthday. Born in the Philippines...

#24 Women Artists: Lauren Stringer

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something From Lauren Stringer's Website LAUREN STRINGER is an artist, author of picture books, script writer, and theatrical designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BA in Art and Art...

#23 Women Artists: Virginia Lee Burton

100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something     2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Society of Illustrators : Virginia Lee Burton Virginia Lee Burton (1909–1968) was known for her attention to detail and for determining the design, typeface, and layout...

#22 Women Artists: Evaline Ness

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something 2017 The Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators: Evaline Ness   Evaline Ness (1911–1986) used woodcuts, mixed media, and experimental materials and methods to push the boundaries...

#21 Women Artists: Clare Turlay Newberry

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something Clare Turlay Newberry was born in Enterprise, Ohio. She studied at the University of Oregon, School of the Portland Art Museum, California School of Fine Arts, and La Grand...

#20 Women Artists: Tana Hoban

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something From Something About The Author ("Tana Hoban." Something About the Author, edited by Alan Hedblad, vol. 104, Gale, 1999, pp. 81-86. Something About the Author, login.ezproxy.lib.umn.edu/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=SATA&sw=w&u=mn_wilson&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CHEZGSW889287407&it=r. Accessed 9 Mar. 2017. Gale Document...

#19: Women Artists: April Pulley Sayre

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something   April Pulley Sayre  (is an award-winning children’s book author of over 65 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have...

#18 Women Artists: Laurie Keller

What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something From Laurie Keller (1961-)Something About the Author. Vol.196 (2009) Laurie Keller 's debut picture book The Scrambled States of America, Henry Holt (1998.) brought U.S. children's books to a whole new level of style and humor. ....

#17 Women Artists: Ann Jonas

100 Women Children's Book Artists #100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something Her Daughter Nina Crews reflects on her life and the Brooklyn Public Library Retrospective Exhibit. https://ninacrews.wordpress.com/tag/ann-jonas/ From Publisher's Weekly Oct 15, 2013 Obituary "Ann Jonas, author and illustrator of...

#16 Women Artists: Adriana M Garcia

As I continue to write about 100 Women Picture Book Artists Many are well-known and and come to mind quickly, others have one or two books out and we want to celebrate and encourage newcomers...

#15 Women Artists: Yuyi Morales

Yuyi Morales (pronounced “ZHOO-zhee") was born in Xalapa, Mexico. Being a competitive swimmer, she studied Physical Education at the University De Xalapa, hoping to become a gym teacher. In 1994, she married Tim O’Meara and...

#14 Women Artists: Debra Frasier

  Collage artist, Debra Frazier's most well-known and best-selling book is On The Day You Were Born This is a visual and lyrical celebration of all babies being born. In Minnesota, Debra Frazier is the star of the...

Shout out: A Mighty Girl

 In my explorations for #100 Women Artists, I came across this site: A mighty Girl  The founders claim that the site is "The world's largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous...

13 Women Artists: Roxie Munroe

Roxie Munro is the acclaimed author/illustrator of more than 30 books for children (including "Mazescapes"; "Amazement Park"; "The Inside-Outside Books of New York City" , "Washington DC," "Texas," "London," "Paris," and "Libraries"; "Feathers, Flaps...

#12 Women Artists: Denise Fleming

Denise Fleming's art is truly a marvel. Her unique process of dyed paper pulp paintings brings lush rich color, warm glowing images, and a variety of textures, depth, and shapes found in no other...

#11 Women Artists: Christy Hale

Christy Hale is an illustrator of children's books. She is also an art director. As an art director she guides the work of illustrators, photographers, letterers, and creators of info graphics. I cannot write about Christy Hale without talking about Elizabeti's Doll.

#10 Women Artists: Antoinette Portis

   From her website Antoinette made her picture-book debut with the New York Times best-selling Not A Box, an American Library Association Seuss Geisel Honor book, and one of the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated...

#9 Women Artists: Diane Dillon

Diane Dillon's artistic career in children's book was in partnership with her husband Leo Dillon Diane Dillon was born in Los Angeles in 1933. She met her future husband, Leo, when they were both studying...

Women artists: Barbara McClintock

Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Barbara McClintock draws like a dream; her “beautifully restrained use of color may evoke a long-ago time, but her compositions are so dynamic that there's always something for...

#7 Women Artists: Yumi Heo

  Yumi Heo Yumi Heo was born and raised in Korea, where she studied graphic design. She has written and illustrated many books, including "Father's Rubber Shoes"; "The Green Frogs: A Korean Folk Tale"; and "One...

#6 Women Artists: Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Laura Vaccaro Seeger Link to her website here Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and a 2-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Award, winner of the New York Times Best...