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Dec 16, 2014

Cartoon Like or Realistic Style Illustrations

Hello, My name is Christina Cartwright and I am an illustrator of children's books. Art is my passion and it shows in my work. I love what I do! Since

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Dec 15, 2014

Animal Sketches

Alice the Artist I can create illustrations of animals, children, adults, fictional characters, cartoon-ish looks to highly detailed illustrations in

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Nov 14, 2014

Cartoon Line Art with Color

My specialty is Line Art Cartoon Illustrations with digital colors using Photoshop. My style is a fusion of Walt Disney Stretch and Squash expression,

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Nov 02, 2014

Elsie Dinsmore - A Modern Retelling!

Martha Finley's 19th century Elsie Dinsmore series has been brought back to life as part of the Life of Faith series of Christian literature.

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Nov 02, 2014

The Artemis Fowl series

Trust me. I'm a genius. Something big must be going down to drag 12 year-old boy genius Artemis Fowl from his comfortably extravagant manor house in Ireland.

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Nov 02, 2014

The False Prince: Throne Without an Heir!

First book in The Ascendance Trilogy, Jennifer Nielsen's The False Prince tells the tale of an attempt to install an impostor on an heirless throne.

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Sep 09, 2014

Did you know there's a new Horton the Elephant story?

23 years after the passing of Dr. Seuss, four new children's stories from his magazine-writing days are being published...today! You can read a review here, or you can just click the "Continue reading" link below to go directly to Amazon, because how can you let a new Horton story go unread??? It's called, Horton and the Kwuggerbug! (And it costs less than 10 bucks!) At least click to see the cover and that beautiful Horton.

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Aug 05, 2014

Find the Cutes: A Modern 'Where's Waldo' on Kickstarter

A whole family of Waldos Anyone who wants to stand out between the millions of competitors in the children's book market needs to have something desirable

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Aug 01, 2014

Cartoon or Fine Art

Cartoon or fine art illustrations I'm a mum of two inspiring children. I have a little studio in my house in France. I'm English and lived in America

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Jul 11, 2014

For Writers Only: Get Self-Critical!

Great blog post about what new writers do wrong that they don't realize they're doing wrong!

As someone who also spends a great deal of time working with writers, there isn't a word in this article that I disagree with.

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Jul 09, 2014

50 Picture book tattoos!

You're sure to find at least one from some of your favorites! And good news: this isn't one of those pages where you have to click to each one. They're all visible on the same page. Enjoy!

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Jul 07, 2014

Maurice Sendak's interview with Fresh Air's Teri Gross

Very sweet, accompanied by some great drawings. The headline goes on about "atheism," but what the interview is truly about is appreciation and aging.

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May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou has passed

Her Facebook page (see the link) is a nice place to leave your thoughts. And yes, she did write some children's books:

  • Poetry for Young People
  • Life Doesn't Frighten Me
  • My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me
  • Kofi and His Magic
  • Renee Marie of France
  • Izak of Lapland
  • Mikale of Hawaii
  • Angelina of Italy

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May 24, 2014

Read, Kids, Read

It's an editorial from the NY Times, but where it gets really interesting is when you follow the links to articles on the research that supports it!

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May 18, 2014

We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March tells the inspiring story of 6 days when schoolchildren took to the streets to protest segregation

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May 18, 2014

Note Hunter: Case of the Haunted Swamp--Missing Mozart!

Meet T.W. Strouse, a hard-boiled detective who just happens to be a mouse, in The Note Hunter: Case of the Haunted Swamp.

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Apr 14, 2014

A Berenstain Bears Easter book

We didn't know there was one either. It came out a couple years ago. Now you know!

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Mar 19, 2014

Chippy the Chipmunk by Sarah Willis

This free children's story by Sarah Willis is called Chippy the Chipmunk. It's not the cat who curiosity kills in this tale of a trusting chipmunk.

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Mar 17, 2014

Gathering Blue: Second Book in Lois Lowry's 'The Giver' Trilogy

Gathering Blue, the 2nd book in Lois Lowry's 'The Giver' trilogy is connected to the first book only by its post-apocalyptic setting. Kira is a disabled orphan with a talent for

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Mar 15, 2014

Eleanor & Park: Teen Love in a Small Town

Eleanor is the not-Juliet to Park's not-Romeo in Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell's YA high school romance set in middle America in 1986.

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Mar 10, 2014

Tess's Tree: The Circle of Life Captured in the Death of a Tree

Tess's Tree, by Jess M. Brallier, tackles loss and mourning through the eyes of a little girl whose beloved tree is cut down.

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Mar 06, 2014

Florida Illustrators

These Florida illustrators specialize in children's book art.

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Mar 03, 2014

Flora and the Flamingo - A Dance Duet in Pink!

Molly Idle's Hollywood roots show in Flora and the Flamingo. The book's ingenius lift-and-reveal flaps permit storytelling that is as movielike as it is booklike.

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Mar 03, 2014

Highlights Magazine "Which Way Puzzle Club"

Interested in teaching a little U.S. geography at home? Highlights has a deal where they send you maps and puzzles "highlighting" the various states.

They're offering an introductory deal (99 cents!) right now, but they're a little over-eager: the link takes you directly to a shopping cart. To learn more about the actual product before purchasing (duh!) click the "Which Way USA" link.

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Feb 27, 2014

A Great Parody of Goodnight Moon!

Know any modern, overprotective parents?

Like perhaps, yourselves and everyone you know. ;-)

Then you'll want to check this out. When you click to Amazon, be sure to click to Look Inside in order to get a taste!

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Feb 23, 2014

The Cat in the Hat Songbook - Zany Seuss Lyrics!

The Cat in the Hat Songbook is Dr. Seuss's 1967 book of lyrics, piano music (and, in most cases, guitar chords). Tickle the ivories, tickle your fancy!

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Feb 19, 2014

Love of Reading More Important than Learning to Read Early!

Here's an educator in the Washington Post saying what we've been saying all along. Books should be a source of joy...not consternation! Expecting kids to read TOO early is a great way to kill an interest in books.

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Feb 18, 2014

Aya, by Marguerite Abouet: Coming-of-Age Graphic Novel Set in Africa!

Aya, Marguerite Abouet's graphic novel about growing up in the 1970s in the (then) prosperous African nation of Ivory Coast, features three teenage girlfriends.

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Feb 17, 2014

Journey, by Aaron Becker: A Girl Draws Her Own Adventure!

Aaron Becker's Journey 'draws' inspiration from 'Harold and the Purple Crayon,' putting an older girl (with a red writing utensil) in the adventurer role.

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Feb 17, 2014

Pixar Artist Creates Picture Book of Scenes from R-Rated Movies

Pretty funny stuff, though not for the kiddies!

- Jaws

- Psycho

- Die Hard

- Pulp Fiction

- Alien...

and more!

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Feb 17, 2014

Then Again Maybe I Won't: More Changes Than Just Puberty!

Tony Miglione, Judy Blume's protagonist in 'Then Again, Maybe I Won't,' has puberty to deal with and also this: his blue collar family just became crazy rich! (And just plain crazy.)

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Feb 17, 2014

Deenie, by Judy Blume: Beauty, Scoliosis, Human Sexuality, and Growing up

Judy Blume's Deenie, about a beautiful 7th grader faced with having to wear a back brace for her curvature of the spine, has been subject to numerous censorship efforts.

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Feb 12, 2014

How to Write a Children's Book - Everything You Didn't Know You Need to Know!

Thinking about writing a picture book? You'll want to read our step-by-step 'How To Write A Children's Book' before you get started!

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Feb 11, 2014

7500 Euro (>$10,000) Illustrator Award

We were just sent the press release and thought we'd better share. KeyColours is sponsoring its 10th annual award for a book by an illustrator, along with publication by Clavis Publishing. We don't know much more than that (it's not an American award), so you'll want to click to it to find out more.

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Feb 04, 2014

Writer has to become a marketer

You need to do more than upload to Amazon You are certainly right, how times have changed! I've been writing for many years, mostly just for the creative

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Feb 01, 2014

Mr. Wuffles by David Weisner: Cat vs. Insects and Space Aliens

Mr. Wuffles is a brilliant, wordless narrative about a cat who uses an alien spaceship for a toy, forcing its tiny inhabitants to band together with the local insects in defense!

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Feb 01, 2014

Brian Floca's "Locomotive" - 1869 Transcontinental Railroad Ride!

2014 Caldecott winner, Brian Floca's 'Locomotive' takes children back to 1869, introduces them to the train that changed America forever, and takes them on its wild ride.

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Jan 29, 2014

Dancing in the Wings: A Big Girl Dances!

Summary and review of dancer/star Debbie Allen's Dancing in the Wings, a picture book about an African-American girl who worries she's too big for ballet.

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Jan 29, 2014

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses: Olivia Wants More Options!

In Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, precocious pig Olivia is sick of everyone dressing up as the same silly fantasy character!

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Jan 29, 2014

The Grave Robber's Apprentice - A Fairy Tale that Works Today!

The Grave Robber's Apprentice has fairy tale archetypes, shakespearean themes, and death defying heroics! But all in a way that speaks to the modern day.

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Jan 29, 2014

Zita the Spacegirl: Intergalactic Empowerment!

Zita the Spacegirl is a scifi graphic novel with a rambunctious, young female protagonist...who doesn't always think things through!

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Jan 02, 2014

Using PowerPoint to Create a Casewrap

Author Brian Parker sells a guide called, Self-Publishing the Hard Way. This article about creating a casewrap (an alternative to the dust jacket) comes

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Dec 02, 2013

Holiday book-buying on Amazon

Amazon has a nice page set up to get you started on your holiday children's book buying.

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Dec 01, 2013

The best Christmas present

Do you know what's a better present for kids than a magazine subscription?

Me either.

Give the gift of not only reading, but the anticipation of reading!

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Nov 14, 2013

Santa and Jesus

Santa meets the baby JesusYou've heard it said: Jesus is the reason for the season. The folks who say it sometimes decry Santa Claus and the theme of commercialism.

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Sep 23, 2013

Digital & Traditional Illustration & Graphic Design

I am a Digital & Traditional Illustrator based in beautiful Bucks County, PA. I am skilled in Children's Illustration and Editorial Illustration, as well

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Sep 11, 2013

Good book for 9/11 anniversary

The true story of Philippe Petit, a French street performer who felt he had no choice but to mount the still-under-construction twin towers and walk between them, a quarter mile up in the air.

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Sep 07, 2013

Publishing an Illustrated Middle Grade Book

A Trip Down The Rabbit Hole – Self-publishing my illustrated middle grade book Thanks, Steve, for the opportunity to share a bit of my journey on your

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Sep 05, 2013

The One and Only Ivan: Gorilla Speaks for Himself!

Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan is the tale of a gorilla kept as an attraction in a shopping mall, narrating his own story. With Ruby, a baby elephant

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Sep 03, 2013

Do you like writing? Is there a subject you like writing about?

I'm not a work-at-home-mom, but I might as well be.

I spend much of my work day, at home, writing for my websites. (They're my babies!) This website in particular has received millions of visitors over the years. The overwhelming majority of them never pay me a penny! Yet the website still provides a nice income.

I knew nothing when I started. I just used a company that made creating my sites - and achieving success - doable and understandable.

If that sounds good to you, click the link below to find out how they can help you do the same: creating a website on a subject that fascinates you. Or contact me to ask me more about my experience!

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