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Janet McDonnell
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A book is born!

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Blossom Plays Possum - Advance Copy!
Advance copies of Blossom Plays Possum arrived on my doorstep! I'm so pleased with how it turned out, from the touches of glitter on the cover to the thoughtful advice from a child psychologist in the back matter. (And I'm doubly pleased that my husband was...

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Just updated my art on the Picture Book Artists Association website. Love this group so much.

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What to Do When You Feel Too Shy
Look what the book stork left on my doorstep! This is the second book I've illustrated in a series by Magination Press called "What to Do" books. In case you're not familiar with Magination Press, they are the children's publishing arm of the American Psych...

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This is Why I Love Reading to First Graders
I'm very lucky to have a sister who teaches first grade nearby. Once a week, I visit to share one of my Hidden Picture puzzles with them and to read a story. It's wonderful. They're always happy to see me, which is a big ego boost, and I'm always happy to s...

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The theme for the Picture Book Artist Association blog is "Rabbit"! Here's my contribution.

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The Cobblestone Kids of Copenhagen
I'm officially in love with Copenhagen (which, when not capitalized, spellcheck likes to change to "open haven"). My son is doing a semester abroad there, and I recently spent a truly wonderful week visiting him and bumbling through Denmark together. There'...

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Branching Out

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Branching Out
Sometimes, when I don’t know what the hell to do next, and
I’m feeling a bit unsettled, I draw some growing thing. When my youngest son
started school full time and I suddenly had the house to myself for hours on
end, I sat down and drew the giant tree in o...
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