Today is the day! Not So Scary Jerry by Shelley Kinder, illustrated by me, Caryn Schafer, is officially out in the world. I cannot wait for you to meet Jerry! I’ll be back to posting regularly again very soon and have lots to share about the creation of Jerry and other exciting projects. Pick up Not So Scary Jerry at Clear Fork Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ask your local bookstore and library to carry it!
Pardon the post interruption—I have some big news. I have recently signed to illustrate my first picture book!
I am so thrilled and honored to get this project! It is written by Shelley Kinder and due to arrive September of 2017 with Clear Fork Publishing. I’ve got a lot of work set out before me, so bear with me as posts will likely be even more intermittent than usual. Thanks for your support and encouragement as I work towards this goal! If you miss me and want to see what I’m working on in my sketchbook, check out smellingoranges.blogspot.com.
Stay tuned for a revised version of my yearly picture book Christmas countdown!
If you happened to be following me on any social media platform yesterday, you probably witnessed some nerding-out over the ALA Award Announcements. It is an exciting time of year for children’s book lovers! I am very excited about all the winners that I was familiar with, which was mostly the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, & Geisel categories. I am especially excited about the book I happened to highlight over the weekend, Last Stop on Market Street.Continue reading “Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King… the Awards are in for 2016!”
Pardon the interruption from my normally scheduled picture book posting, but I have an announcement to make: I read a lot of books. I know, shocking. But actually the announcement has to do with my new method of keeping track of all the other books I’m reading and loving and dying to share. Three Books a Night is devoted to sharing picture books and I want it to stay that way, but I love all kinds of books and love to talk about them too. So, if you are interested in seeing what other books I may be cramming onto my bookshelf, check out my new tumblr: Caryn’s Bookshelf.Continue reading “A Reading Announcement—Caryn’s Bookshelf”
This poor sad blog is being greatly neglected lately and I figured it is worth popping in briefly to share why. That picture above shows only a small portion of the recent chaos and piles of books I find myself under.Continue reading “The Cybils Have Me Hopping… Err… Reading!”
It’s a big deal in Knoxville tomorrow with the Children’s Festival of Reading happening in World’s Fair Park. I’m so excited to hear Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Bob Shea, Jarrett Kroscozka and many other authors and illustrators. I’ll be reading several books by some of them at storytime tomorrow too. So, if you are at the festival, be sure to stop by for a bit! See you storytimers at Union Ave Books tomorrow at 11am!