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Upcoming visit: Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA


Bookseller Sarah Rettger

I'm delighted to announce that I'll be appearing at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 9:30 am as part of my book tour later this month.

I'll be doing a reading of NAKED!, talking about how I created the illustrations and give young readers a peek into the process, and doing a drawing demo/illustration workshop. Porter Square Books will provide the drawing materials for aspiring young illustrators who attend. :-)

Sarah Rettger has been in bookselling since 2006 ("with a few detours"). Sarah says, "If you asked me to name my favorite book I'd tell you about half a dozen and still feel like I was forgetting some of the best ones."

Q. What do you like most about working for Porter Square Books?

Sarah's answer:

"We have the best customers here. Many of them are here just about every day (possibly for our cafe's fantastic pastries as much as for the books). Bear, the large stuffed animal who lives in our kids' section, has a couple dozen devoted attendants, and it's fun to see them make a beeline for him whenever they come to the store."

Q. Why are picture books important?

Sarah's answer:

"The great thing about picture books is that they're universal. A really good picture book appeals to adults just as much as it does to kids, even after hundreds of readings. 32 pages can reveal so much!"

You can find out more about Porter Square Books on their website: Do check out their staff picks, calendar of events, children's book section and ebook resources, plus the Porter Square Books Blog for reviews, author interviews and more. You can follow Porter Square Books on Twitter at @PorterSqBooks and Sarah Rettger at @SarahRettger.


Video: Sketching NAKED! In 30 Seconds (plus free illustration workshops for students during my book tour later this month)

Simon & Schuster Children's is sending me on my very first book tour! Would your school like a free visit? Details here.

I can customize my talk to the needs of your school and students. Would you like me to offer tips on becoming a children's book illustrator and give an illustration workshop to aspiring young illustrators? Or talk about the process of creating a picture book? Please let me know.

And don't forget to download my free Core-compatible Teacher's Classroom Guide to NAKED!, written by educational consultant Marcie Colleen.


Evolution of an illustration from NAKED!

I'll be posting more about the process of creating illustrations for NAKED! in upcoming blog posts.

Reminder: A Teacher's Classroom Guide To NAKED! is now available!


NAKED! in Leicester Square last week


Some NAKED! trip photos

Here are some trip pics in the UK from last week!

NAKED! with Yoda in Trafalgar Square:

NAKED! with Yoda in Trafalgar Square

NAKED! at Buckingham Palace:

NAKED! at Buckingham Palace