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Writing and Illustrating Books on Craft

Over the years, after going to countless SCBWI Children's Books Writing and Illustrating Conferences and Workshops, I have assembled this large list of books on craft. Please share with me your favorite books on craft in the comments. Check out my blog post: Paths to Publication on the different ways to get your book produced for readers.
Writing Craft
A Kick in the Head, by Paul B. Janeczko

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott

Characters and Viewpoint, by Orson Scott Card

Crafting Stories for Children, Nancy Lamb

Picture Writing, Anatasia Suen

What’s Your Story: A Young Person’s Guide to Writing Fiction, Marion Dane Bauer

Writing it Right, by Sandy Asher

Writing Picture Books, by Ann Whitford Paul

Illustration Craft
Cartoon Animation, by Preston Blair

Children’s Picturebooks–The Art of Visual Storytelling, by M. Salisbury and M. Styles

Comic and Sequential Art, by Will Eisner

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards

Drawn to Life, by …
Recent posts

Kid Tested. Kid Approved.

Today, Katharine Johnson and I signed our book, THE MUKLUK BALL. We sold out of books before the morning was over at the @MNHSPress booth during the MEA Convention #meamn18 for Minnesota teachers. educationminnesota.org 

It has been such a blast working with Katharine and the Minnesota Historical Society Press on this book launch. Pre-order your copy here!

We got to meet and greet lots of great teachers today. Minnesota has many wonderful teachers and they are part of what makes this state a nice place to live. Thank you teachers for all your hard work and sharing THE MUKLUK BALL with your students!

The Red Balloon Bookshop - Book Party!

JOIN US! November 17th at 10:30 a.m.
Author, Katharine Johnson and Illustrator, Alicia Schwab present The Mukluk Ball picture book
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105
Book reading, book signing and fun activities!


Pioneer Press Article — The Mukluk Ball

link to article New books provide teachable moments for young readers – and fun! by Mary Ann Grossmann PICTURE BOOKS “The Mukluk Ball” by Katharine Johnson, illustrated by Alicia Schwab (Minnesota Historical Society Press, $16.95.) Put this “up north” picture book at the top of your Christmas gift list. It is one of the most joyful tales (tails?) of the season. Karhu, the bear, tells his owl friend Zazaa that this is the year he’s going to the Mukluk Ball, Finn Town’s liveliest winter event. But he has to earn money to buy mukluks, so he picks blueberries and sells them at the Blueberry Festival. It’s $2 “for a PAW-ful” that comes with a real bear hug. Karhu laces up his mukluks and learns to dance; Millie twirls him in a polka; Mary Ann the librarian shows him the boogie-woogie, and Inga the folksinger teaches him the chachacha. But Karhu has a problem. The ball is in January and he can’t stay awake. So he takes a nap snug in his den until Zazaa wakes him to go to the bal…

SCBWI Draw This! March

I am very excited to spill the beans! I've illustrated the picture book, THE MUKLUK BALL by Katharine Johnson to be released fall 2018.

It was a super, fun project! I danced and listened to a lot of music to fall into the rhythm of the book illustrations.
New art! Based on the poem by E.E. Cummings. "For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea."--E. E. Cummings #beach#childrensillustration#narrativeart
Detail from a piece I did for a recent session https://illustrationdept.com/ class with Giuseppe Castellano.