A Country Mile

A November Afternoon at the Mazza Museum

A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Jen Corace spends a lot of time in thought. She likes to stare and think and think and stare and that kind of thought and vision really show in her work. She and her brother thought (and maybe stared at one another?) long enough to create a […]

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A November Mazza Morning

“The best work that I do is when I’m having fun.” ~ Divya Srinivasan Divya’s winding path to picture book illustration took many turns, including comic strip art, animation, music videos, album covers, theatre posters, textbook art, computer apps and magazine illustration. Her work for a greeting card company further solidified her desire to draw […]

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In Search of Home for a Gnome

In 2011, I was deep into my nisse research as I worked on WINTERFROST. I wrote the following after a family hiking trip in Ohio’s Hocking Hills. Since fall is a wonderful time for a walk in the woods, and since – depending upon how the falling leaves have fallen – it may or may […]

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Winter(frost) is Here!

    Today is a book’s birthday.  The birth of book day. The day in which the world gets to meet the book I’ve nurtured for what feels like an eternity. A book’s gestation is longer than any living being’s. A book can spend years and years en utero. And then, on a date predetermined […]

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I’m Sensing a Theme Here

So, here’s how it went down today at Mazza’s Summer Conference: Aaron Reynolds got up to speak. I had my notebook. I had my pen. At the top of the page, I wrote the date, then “Aaron Reynolds.” Then, “Chicago.” (It’s where he lives.) Then …. Aaron Reynolds talked  performed captured my attention for an […]

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Destiny. Heart. Perseverance.

David Shannon was destined to become a picture book author and illustrator. Literally. Destined. He wrote his Caldecott Honor book No, David when he just five years old. Well, a rough draft at least.  Destiny. After several years of editorial illustration, producing work that was usually serious and sometimes dark, David returned to the drawings […]

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