For week’s there have been many bloggers from the children’s lit world (kidlitosphere) bringing awareness to a snowflake auction. This money is for cancer research. I am featuring five artists on my library blog, “Check It Out“. Today’s artist is Annette Simon.
Annette says, “The beach is a great place to make up stories about what you can see (or not).” Then look at her snowflake closely. “Do you see “that faraway boat”, the “tiny triangle”? She imagines it’s hosting a party; “on my snowflake’s boat, kids are dancing. Trust me.”
Why did she use simple shapes? Annette says that she could say it was for “purely aesthetic/design reasons or for lack of time due to the antics of a teenage son. Either sound suspicious. Both are true.”
However, the snowflake sparked a new idea for a book involving all kinds of ocean things. Annette told me she is dancing with the starfish these days and went on to say, “if the snowflake sells at all, I will consider it a success. I am truly humbled to be in the company of these artists.” It will sell I am sure.
Some random questions for my snowflake artist:
What is on your nightstand?
Chocolate: Dark, milk, or white?
Mmmm. Dark chocolate. Dark. Dark. Dark.
From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (and yes, I acted like a blithering idiot the first time I met her), E.B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan, my aunt’s Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew collections. Oh, and the first book I ever truly read on my own: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. (Love love Dr. Seuss.)
Annette Simon has recently made her foray into the kidlitosphere world. Her opening comment to me was, “Don’t you just love the kidlitosphere?” Her book, Mocking Birdies, was a finalist for The Writers’ League of Texas Teddy Awards, a pick for the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ 50 Books/50 covers exhibit, and named a Best Book for Children by the Association of Booksellers for Children.
Leave a comment. Your name will be in a drawing for a copy of her book. Annette graciously donated a book to my library and a book for the drawing. I told her to let me pay for it and she said,” no way.” Therefore, I will bid on her snowflake instead. It reminds me of California winters as a child. I will draw the winner on November 19.
Please visit the other illustrators today and get ready to start bidding on these wonderful treasures of original art while helping to raise money for cancer research.