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Interview with Ben Clanton, Gifted Author and Illustrator

Ben Clanton is a gifted artist, author, and one of my trusty critique partners. After touring his studio, getting personal doodles at a book signing, and showing Ben our backyard chickens, my kids are smitten with Ben and his books. 1,377 more words

Picture Books

Did Your Book Go Out of Print? Take a lesson From Author/Illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg.

Having been in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn, NY last year during the crazy busy Mermaid Parade, I was interested when I received an e-mail about a writing course being taught by Melanie Hope Greenberg, author of the book… 896 more words

Children's Books

"Every Book Still Kicks My A**" Words of Solidarity from the SCBWI 2015 NY Winter Conference

By Diana Zipeto

Dr. Brené Brown, vulnerability researcher, says that in the midst of struggle, the two words we most want to hear are, “Me, too.” One of my biggest takeaways from the SCBWI 2015 Winter Conference in New York earlier this month was to hear illustrators, authors, mentors and peers saying, “Me, too.” 506 more words


Adding Art to Your Words

I’m going to be speaking at the Houston Writers Guild’s Indiepalooza this September on “Adding Art to Your Words.” Of course, if you live in the Greater Houston Area, you should totally come. 621 more words


Illustration Revision in Mariana Ruiz Johnson's Book, I Know a Bear

By Diana Zipeto

Recently, I bought Mariana Ruiz Johnson’s beautiful picture book, I Know a Bear.

Published in 2014 by Schwartz & Wade, the book is about a girl who visits a bear in the zoo. 825 more words

Children's Books

Writing and Illustrating: Becoming a Pinball Wizard

By Diana Zipeto

Writing and illustrating stories can feel a little like a game of pinball.

Use the ball shooter to launch the story idea. Watch it bounce off the writing bumper, then the illustrating bumper, then back to writing, then illustrating.  399 more words

Children's Books

Your Style Is Your Style....Or Is It?

By Diana Zipeto

“Your image reminds me of Maurice Sendak.”

“That character is very Peanuts-like.”

“The way you draw reminds me of another artist, I forget who…” 704 more words

Children's Books