Connecting With Children Through the Arts

February 3, 2015 10:25 PM

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I can say with certainty the best part of having a publishing background is meeting the people who read my books and like my art. I will confess, my most favorite part is connecting with young audiences. Young and old, there's an energy exchange when humans meet. Connecting with children provides an extra jolt of juice. My inner child feels nourished. I can tap into their potent spontaneous wonder, the imaginative magic vital to creating for very young audiences.

Back in the day when I landed my first picture book job, I had no idea about the wide orbits where my ideas would ripple out and spread. I thought publishing a picture book was a freelance art gig. I started freelancing as a professional artist in my early 20's. Each new assignment began and ended. ...

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