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Learn how to draw GURPLE with me on Read & Learn With Simon Kids!

Thanks to Simon Kids for inviting me to participate in their Read & Learn series on YouTube! Thanks to Simon & Schuster for permission to do a Gurple & Preen read-aloud video! Until the end of September (see their current online reading guidelines here), you can see author Linda Sue . . .




SOUP DAY by Melissa Iwai: A Soul-Satisfying, Delicious Comfort Read

I’ve been gradually adding new and older BookADay posts to my new Bookstagram. One of the most recent: SOUP DAY by Melissa Iwai (Henry Holt): Celebrates the importance of making a nutritious meal and sharing in the process as a famly. Also be sure to check out Melissa’s newest book, DUMPLINGS FOR LILI (Norton . . .





How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 5

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 Part 5: Gurple and Preen Launches! Click here to see a replay of our book launch event at Blue Willow Bookshop!



How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 4

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 PART 4: How One Of The Illustrations Changed Over Revisions With help from her friends at Simon & Schuster (including from the author in later stages) as well as working on her own, Debbie went through many revisions of her illustrations for Gurple and Preen. . . .



How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 3

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 PART 3: How Debbie Created The Illustrations While waiting for Linda Sue Park and Justin Chanda to finish the manuscript, Debbie was figuring out how to do the illustrations for the book. Unlike her other book illustrations, Gurple and Preen would use photography as well as . . .



How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 2

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 From GURPLE AND PREEN author, Linda Sue Park: – I knew right away that the story would be about robots, because my favorite image from Debbie’s Broken Crayon gallery is this one:  – Gurple’s name was originally ‘Grayon.’ I liked that name, but I . . .



How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 1

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 (Last updated June 24, 2020) You never know what will come out of a broken crayon….like this book! PART 1: Debbie’s Found Object Art and Linda Sue Park Writes A Story Long before Debbie ever thought of doing a picture . . .