The Ugly Duckling

February 26, 2011 by

Poor little Ugly Duckling. Always being made fun of. Could it be that this is one of the first fairy tales that addresses the issue of bullying?

Happy Tell a Fairy Tale Day.


Princess and the Pea

February 22, 2011 by

Threw together a sketch for our upcoming celebration of “Tell A Fairy Tale Day” on Saturday, February 26th. I’m hoping to get this all finalized and colorized by then! Also looking forward to seeing what my fellow Doodle Diners come up with!

2010 Cybil Award Winners

February 15, 2011 by

The Cybils awards are given each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. Nominations open to the public on October 1st and the winners were announced on February 14. Click on the link to see if your favorite won!

2010 Cybil award Winners

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2011 by

Love is in the air

February 14, 2011 by

Happy Valentines Day from the Doodle Diner!

The Love of Reading

February 14, 2011 by

A clever book to read together by Michael Hall.  Each animal is illustrated using hearts in various sizes and colors.

A child explains the different kinds of kisses to her wondering teddy bear. Henry is crazy for Chloe. So much so, that he is willing to give up his prized blueberry muffin given to him by his mom! A  story about infatuation and friendship!

For more about these and other books of interest, Visit the Reading Rockets website. There you’ll find a lot of great information on  things like, crafts, reading guides, teaching aides for teachers and parents, all kinds of valuable tools to make reading fun.

Happy Groundhog Day

February 2, 2011 by

Hopefully the trusty weather reading rodent in your area has not seen his shadow, and we will all be treated to an early spring. This little guy’s shadow is quick, and is doing it’s best to keep out of sight.

Today’s Groundhog links

Canada’s furry finest Wiarton Willie – williecam

The pride of Punxsutawney –

Update: Both Willie and Phil say “we’re going to have an early spring!”

Crystal Kite Members Choice Awards

February 2, 2011 by

The nominees are in and it’s time to vote for the 2011 crystal kite member choice awards! The first round of voting is underway now until Feb. 28th. Members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators can vote for the best of the best published book in their region at

The New York SCBWI Conference

January 28, 2011 by

The New York SCBWI Conference 2011 starts today!  You can keep track of all the goings on through Twitter or here, The Official SCBWI Conference Blog, that is… unless you’re already there. What fun!

Children’s Art Recreated

January 26, 2011 by

Taking children’s art and turning it into current art? Love the idea and it just goes to show how sophisticated artists kids really are. 🙂 Here are two artists that are taking a slightly different angle on this idea.

 Dave DeVries, working out of New Jersey, uses kids doodles and drawings, and recreates them with a grown up flavor. His site The Monster Engine has been around for quite some time and has become quite a hit since is was first created in 2005. I love that he truly retains the essence and feel of the original doodles.

Yeondoo Jung, from Korea, takes the same idea but executes it in a completely different way. His “Wonderland” series explores simplistic shape focused children’s sketches which he interprets into striking photography.

Happy drawing to all.