YOU'RE MY BOO
Written by: Kate Dopirak, Illustrated by: Lesley Breen Withrow
Beach Lane Books (Imprint of Simon & Schuster), September, 2016
Withrow’s accompanying pencil, collage, and digital art aptly illuminates the cub’s day, excelling in vignettes that illustrate the protagonist’s shenanigans even as the text delivers simple, one-word descriptions. In the end, it’s the love between parent and child that carries the story.
SUNNY and STORMY DAY!
BOOK AND GAME
Sunny and Stormy Day is not so much about the weather—but rather the sunny and stormy feelings that are part of everyday life. The idea here is to help children express these ups and downs and perhaps even see them as less than earth shattering, as they may seem at first flush. The book (included in the game box) pictures typical ups and downs of a child’s day…the sunny time of playing ball vs the not so sunny fun moment of a ball hitting your head; the sunny time of building a block tower and the not so sunny time when it gets knocked over. To match the images in the book there is a set of cards that can be paired and talked about. The cards can be used in one game for simple matching pairs or played as a cooperative concentration game that involves memory. There are two variations of the latter game that add a new dimension to the classic matching game. There is also a little pouch designed to hold sunny and story tokens that are to be used to talk about personal ups and downs of the day. Using the book and game combo is an innovative way of playing with a very old game concept in a new and fresh way while supporting social skills and emotional feelings. 3 and up.
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2017
Peaceable Kingdom, September 2017
*Available exclusively at Target
Written by: Ammi-Joan Paquette Illustrated by: Lesley Breen Withrow
Farrar Straus Giroux, January 2017
Illustrator Withrow’s bright characters are reminiscent of Richard Scarry’s, with jolly animals dressed in their Sunday best, resplendent with plaids, patterns, and purses.
Little Ocean Books
eco-friendly, stackable, small baby board book set I illustrated for innovativeKIDS.
The Gift Wrap Company
Here are a few of the stationery and gifting collections for World Market, which I have illustrated and designed as in an-house artist for The Gift Wrap Company.