Starry-Eyed—The 2017 NESCBWI Conference

Starry-Eyed—The 2017 NESCBWI Conference

I just returned from the 2017 NESCBWI Conference. (NESCBWI = New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.) This conference was packed—from very beginning to very end—with activities, sessions, keynote speakers, keynote panels, lunches, breakfasts, open mics, pitch competitions, illustration portfolio exhibits, bookstore shopping, networking opportunities and lots, lots more. (And, that doesn’t even […]

BIG. News. Followed by Even. BIGGER. News.

BIG. News. Followed by Even. BIGGER. News.

I’ve been waiting excitedly for the time when I could share some BIG. News. And, now that time has come! Announcing…my second book, The Mitten. It’s a fresh take on the wonderful old Ukrainian folktale and, like Barnacle Carnival, is published by Jumping Jack Press. This time around, though, there’s a different illustrator on the […]

Vojtěch Kubašta Exhibit – Part 2

Vojtěch Kubašta Exhibit – Part 2

This is a continuation of coverage of the “Pop-Ups from Prague: A Centennial Celebration of the Graphic Artistry of Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992)” exhibit, curated by Ellen Rubin, The Pop-Up Lady, and taking place at the Grolier Club through Saturday, March 15th, 2014. (For more information, please see Part 1 of this series of posts.) Kubašta […]

Vojtěch Kubašta Exhibit – Part 1

Vojtěch Kubašta Exhibit – Part 1

Let me start right off by saying that if you’re anywhere within a day’s journey of New York City, and can carve the time out between now and Saturday to get downtown, then plan a trip to go see the “Pop-Ups from Prague: A Centennial Celebration of the Graphic Artistry of Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992)” exhibit […]

It’s official: Up With Paper teams up with Robert Sabuda!

It’s official: Up With Paper teams up with Robert Sabuda!

The first two projects they’ll team up on are a twentieth anniversary edition of Sabuda’s iconic Alphabet book, as well as a mini Christmas book (think stocking stuffer). You can read the entire Up With Paper press release here. * Total Transparency Statement

Fun Halloween Booooks…

Fun Halloween Booooks…

It’s time for some good ol’ Halloween reading, don’t ya think? I’m a sucker for all things Up With Paper*, and it’s not just because I used to work there, or the fact that they’re still a client of mine. It’s because all of their stuff is so absolutely COOL! Their book imprint, Jumping Jack […]

S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – Toad Hall Book Store

S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – Toad Hall Book Store

Just down the street from The Paper Mermaid is a grand old bank building. And, in that building is a grand old indie book store—Toad Hall Book Store. Toad Hall is an unusual independent bookstore, in large part because it is also a nonprofit. All proceeds of the store go to environmental causes. According to […]

S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – The Paper Mermaid

S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – The Paper Mermaid

One of the main reasons we went to Rockport was to visit The Paper Mermaid. I’d never been to the shop before (I found out about it online), so I was happy to find it exactly as I’d imagined: a cute storefront on Rockport’s picturesque Main Street, jam-packed with all kinds of eye candy. It’s […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Kids’ Books & Other Goods

2013 National Stationery Show – Kids’ Books & Other Goods

In addition to stationery and craft supplies, there were all sorts of fun books, office supplies, and other goodies for the wee folk at the National Stationery Show. Potter Style had a bunch of nifty stuff for kids, including these “milestone” record-keeping books for kids to fill out. Also at the Potter Style booth: book-styled […]

The S’Wicked Blog is born!

Welcome, welcome, to the first S’Wicked blog post! Yep, I’m throwing my hat in the blogging ring, and look forward to sharing good stuff with you. “What sort of good stuff?” you may ask. Well, all sorts, centered on the things I love: stationery and greeting cards, kids’ books, toys, illustration, hand lettering and type […]