There are all of these little moments in my sketches that never make it into a final book, raw ideas that are loose and messy that capture the feelings or information I want to work into in a scene. Some are diagrams, some are page spreads, some belong in a future, unwritten project.
When I imagine a book that I didn’t write or illustrate, I usually think of the book’s front cover. But when I imagine one of my books, what usually comes to mind instead are my piles of notes and sketches, or a particular moment during my field research, or perhaps even one of the ch
A baby elephant is basically the opposite thing of a great white shark. Unsteady and shuffling, small and pink, she begs for milk and whiffles her tiny trunk from beneath the safety of her mother’s towering legs. The cover for HOW TO BE AN ELEPHANT was challenging to create, bec
Holding your book for the first time is a little like meeting your newborn baby. After investing weeks or months (or even years) of work and worry, your heart is skipping about with joy. Look at you, amazing little thing that I made! You’re finally here! I wish my ears were big
Last week, I had the privilege of speaking to nearly 1,000 students about great white sharks and the process of making books. As always, I had a blast—school and library visits are among my favorite things—and as always, the students were armed and ready with an endless supply of exce
It’s been exactly one year since my last blog post. In the past 365 days, a lot has changed. For one, we’ve moved out of a one-bedroom, walk-up apartment in New York City and into a three-bedroom, two-bath house in a small town in Oregon. For another, our infant son is now a toddler,
Give birth to child. Check. Host family visits. Check. Next up: Finally finish How To Be An Elephant! I’m not exactly sure what my new life as an author-mom looks like, other than that there’s a lot more baby in it than before. A baby—with its around-the-clock needs as it