Shopping with Pat Cummings at BPL

On Saturday I took leave from my art prison to visit with the wonderful librarians and young patrons at the Brooklyn Public Library. Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Pat Cummings is Brooklyn Public Library’s 2016 Katowitz Radin Artist-in-Residence. Being the generous spirit that she is, Pat invited former students and illustrators she has mentored […]

Sunday Shopping Activity Sheet

Sunday Shopping is finally out in the world! So far the reviews have been wonderfully positive. Here’s what folks are saying: “A splendid choice for collections in need of picture books that feature African American characters, but, more significantly, a lovely title that celebrates imagination and the importance of family.” – SLJ “Strickland’s bright, breezy […]

Sunday Shopping and Kirkus Reviews

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 in Art, Books, Reviews | No Comments

SUNDAY SHOPPING received its first strong review today from Kirkus! “As comfortable as a Sunday afternoon with Grandma, Derby’s picture book sneaks a wee bit of financial literacy into her story of playtime and imagination…Simple phrasing, sparse and easy to read, and charmingly spare watercolor art help create a feeling that is at once realistic […]

Junior Library Guild & Sunday Shopping!

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Awards, Books, Illustration, Librarians Rock! | No Comments

My editor at Lee and Low e-mailed me a coupla weeks ago to let me know that SUNDAY SHOPPING has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection! I was super surprised to hear the news because our book just went to press back in October, but JLG chooses books based on previews before the books […]

Writing Process Blog Tour

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 in Art, Interviews, Sketches | No Comments
Writing Process Blog Tour

I was tagged by Tao Nyeu to answer four questions on my working process. Tao is an incredibly talented author/illustrator known for her extra cute animals in books like Wonder Bear and her most recent, Squid and Octopus, Friends for Always. Check out her working process here. And follow the blog tour backwards to get sneak […]

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