Pictures aren’t just for little kids! Illustrations can be an important part of books for older readers too. This session talks about how the illustration process works, how illustrations add value to even text heavy books, how illustrations impact a book’s kid appeal, and how reviewers can think critically and usefully about the illustrations and their interplay with the text.
Christopher Denise is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and visual development artist. His first book, a retelling of the Russian folktale The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, was pronounced “a stunning debut” by Publishers Weekly. Since then, Chris has illustrated more than twenty-five books for children, including Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee; Following Grandfather by Rosemary Wells; Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root; Baking Day at Grandma’s by his wife, Anika Denise; and some in Brian Jacques’ acclaimed Redwall series. His books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and have been recognized by Bank Street College of Education, Parents’ Choice Foundation, and the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. Christopher Denise lives in Rhode Island with his family. His website is http://christopherdenise.virb.
Chris Tebbetts is the author and co-author of many books for young readers. Titles include the #1 New York Times bestselling MIDDLE SCHOOL series with James Patterson and illustrator Laura Park; the New York Times bestselling STRANDED series with Jeff Probst; and the forthcoming YA novel, ME, MYSELF, AND HIM (Delacorte, July 2019). His work has received children’s choice awards in Oregon and Hawaii, as well a Sunshine State Young Readers Award nomination, and a nod on the New York Public Library’s annual list of Books For the Teen Age. He is a native of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and currently lives in Hinesburg, Vermont. His website is http://christebbetts.com/
Kelly Murphy grew up in the swamps of southern New England, so it’s no mystery why mystical and dark things still have a strong hold on her. Working predominantly with traditional and mixed media, Kelly places great emphasis on value and color to create a connection with her audience. With over forty books under her belt, she currently serves as a senior faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her website is https://www.kelmurphy.com/
Anamaría Anderson (moderator) is a writer, translator, and reviewer of children’s books. Currently a member of the USBBY Outstanding International Books award committee (2018-2020), she has also served on the 2014-2016 Quicklists Consulting Committee and the 2014 Batchelder Award Committee. She has a special interest in diverse, international, and translated books for kids as well as books about art, museums, and…magic. In her other life, Anamaría is a museum educator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Sometimes, happily, the two intersect.
Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!