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27 February 2014

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I’m proud to be a member of the Nerdy Book Club. You may be a member too, and not even know it…

To see the rest of this banner and its band of readers, head on over to the club’s brand-new site! I’m truly honored that my artwork now greets the enthusiastic, generous, and openhearted readers who congregate there.

© Deborah Freedman 2014

Snail Mail

25 November 2013

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Picturebook authors get the best snail-mail. A huge thank you to all who send it!

Snail on the Move

18 September 2013

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Snail and I are hitting the road, slowly, with our book, The Story of Fish and Snail. Hope to see some of you! Here’s where we’ll be:

  • Friday, October 4, 2013
    Books-a-Million, Reading and book signing, 4:00 pm, Corinth, MS
  • Saturday, October 5, 2013
    Square Books Jr, Storytime and book signing, 10:00 am, Oxford, MS
  • Thursday, October 10, 2013
    R J Julia Booksellers, Storytime and book signing, 10:30 am, Madison, CT
  • Sunday, November 2, 2013
    “Inside Story”, 1:00—3:00 pm, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
  • Saturday, November 9, 2013
    Children’s Book Festival, 11:00 am—4:00 pm, Pequot Library, Southport, CT
  • Friday, November 15, 2013
    AASL National Conference, Signing, 1:00—2:00 pm, Hartford, CT
  • Saturday, December 7, 2013
    Byrd’s Books, Storytime and book signing, 2:00 pm, Bethel, CT
  • Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Eric Carle Museum, Storytime and book signing, 2:00 pm, Amherst, MA
  • I’ve gone dotty……

    11 September 2013

    Freedman-Dot-2013

    September 15 is International Dot Day, when over 1 million teachers and students, inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot, plan to celebrate “teaching and learning with creativity”. This is my mark — see others by some of your favorite authors and illustrators here, at “Celebri-dots“.

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Art and Imagination: Flyaway Katie by Polly Dunbar, The Paper Princess by Elisa Kleven, I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak, Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty, How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird by Jacques Prevert and Mordicai Gerstein.

    And More Picturebooks about Art and Imagination.

    Whose Words Are Those?

    18 June 2013

    a-hole-is-to-dig

    I’m guest posting today, at the Nerdy Book Club. Thanks so much to teachers Donalyn Miller, Colby Sharp, and Cindy Minnich for inviting me over!

    And speaking of invitations, last week I had fun finishing the sentences of teacher-librarian John Schu, over at Watch. Connect. Read.

    Have I told you about…

    8 April 2013

    THE STORY OF FISH & SNAIL?

    Coming from Viking Children’s Books, June 13.

    The Story of Fish & Snail

    Signed copies may be purchased from independent bookseller R. J. Julia.

    When Life Gives You Snow…

    12 February 2013

    Make a Snow Chicken

    Snow-Chicken

    That’s My Name…

    23 April 2012

    Part II

    Have you ever wondered how your favorite author’s or illustrator’s name is pronounced? TeachingBooks.net has a huge collection of brief recordings of authors & illustrators saying their names. It includes my own thirty-seven second story – about a shy first-grader and her name.

    (“That’s My Name…”, Part I is here.)

    The Best Intentions…

    2 March 2012

    But wait. Does one of the chickens want to help?

    From Blue Chicken, Viking 2011

    The Illustration Friday topic for March 2, 2012 is INTENTION.

    Breakfast is Served

    15 November 2011

    Julie Danielson interviews me today over at her blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. She’s brewed plenty of coffee… won’t you join us?

    Chicken Feed

    19 October 2011

    It’s a BOOK!

    15 September 2011

    Blue Chicken's Book Birthday

    BLUE CHICKEN is available today, from Viking Children’s Books!

    We will be celebrating it’s release at several events in Connecticut this fall; they are listed here.

    Or find BLUE CHICKEN here:

    Twinkle, Twinkle…

    1 September 2011

    … the chicken is seeing stars!

    “Breathtakingly beautiful meta-illustrations will draw many eyes to this tale of a curious chicken who spills some paint… Delicate and durable, visually sophisticated yet friendly: simply exquisite.” 
    – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    “The spare, poetic text allows the images to shine… this delightful treat emphasizes the joy of breaking free of conventional boundaries and turning accidents into art.”
    Booklist, starred review

    “Full of surprise and emotion… The book has much to pore over on every page, and children will want to experience the action over and over again.” 
    – School Library Journal, starred review

    More Blue Chicken news and upcoming events are listed here.

    Have a Splash Happy 4th!

    4 July 2011

    The Chicken Would Like to Speak…

    20 May 2011

    …in support of every kid’s right to read freely.

    The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) will launch its Fund for Free Speech in Children’s Books with a Silent Auction on Wednesday, May 25, at BookExpo America. The ABC auction will feature more than 100 works of art by beloved children’s illustrators, including Barbara McClintock, Jerry Pinckney, Chris Raschka, Lane Smith, Mo Williams. An online preview of the artwork, including the above, is here.


    The Illustration Friday topic for May 20, 2011 is SOAKED.

    Finding Balance

    30 April 2011

    Elephant Entertains Eggplants


    The Illustration Friday topic for April 29, 2011 is LESSON.

    Dear Reader,

    20 February 2011

    She Ate the Pea.


    The Illustration Friday topic for February 18, 2011 is LAYERS.

    Have You Voted Yet?

    2 November 2010

    Summertime Blues

    15 July 2010

    The cure for the summertime blues? More BLUE. Posting will be sporadic for a while, as I splash lots of it around.

    Study for Blue Chicken, Fall 2011, Viking Children’s Books


    The Illustration Friday topic for January 14, 2011 is CHICKEN!

    Starry Night

    6 July 2010

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About the Night: In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck & Tricia Tusa, Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks, It’s a Secret! by John Burningham, Moon Theater by Etienne Delessert, Little Night by Yuyi Morales, A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na, The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson & Beth Krommes, Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer.

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