Posts Tagged ‘blue chicken’

When Life Gives You Snow…

12 February 2013

Make a Snow Chicken


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.

Chicken Book Stack

26 January 2012

I know that, BLOG.
And that’s actually why I’ve been
working on a “suggested reading” list –
picture books about chickens.

Thanks a lot, Blog.

Readers… I have my favorites; what are yours?

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:

The Well-Accessorized Author

8 September 2011

Hey, Blog, look at my new bag!
My husband gave it to me, to celebrate
the release next week of BLUE CHICKEN!

Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Purses:
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes; The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Mary Ann Hoberman and Nadine Bernard Westcott.

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.

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.

Sshhh… Don’t Tell!

27 April 2011

Look, Blog!
Blue Chicken got it’s first review,
and it’s pretty good!

I know, but… too late to fix anything now.
It’s at the printer. And anyway, my editor seems happy…


Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Secrets: It’s a Secret, by John Burningham; The Secret Circus, by Johanna Wright; The Secret Shortcut, by Mark Teague; The Secret Birthday Message, by Eric Carle; Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter; The Day of Ahmed’s Secret, by Florence H. Parry and Ted Lewin; The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Robert Ingpen.

Begin Again

4 January 2011

I suppose you are right, Blog. It’s a new year,
and Blue Chicken is finished and off being printed.
I should start spending time with a new book
and a new character.

And you, Blog.

Sorry, Chicken.
And Happy New Year Friends!
Are you beginning something New this Year?

Have You Voted Yet?

2 November 2010

In which I am harassed for not posting…

15 October 2010

Blog! I’m almost done with BLUE CHICKEN!
I can’t wait to start posting with you again.


Oh Blog, I’m sorry I’ve been so busy.
Don’t be angry. Talk to me!

That isn’t true… I mean, I DO love my books,
but I care about you too. I’ll be back as soon
as I hand in the chicken.

Yes. I promise.

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!