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Feb 16 — World Read Aloud Day
It was my pleasure to visit the following schools:
Sweet Apple Elementary, Roswell, GA
St. Andrew’s School, Clifton NJ
PS85X, New York, NY
North Hart Elementary, Bowersville, GA
Canada Elementary School, Mesquite, TX

Looking forward to World Read Aloud Day! Thank you to Kate Messner for making these Skype school visits possible. For more information on World Read Aloud Day, visit

Coming May 2, 2017— LILY’S CAT MASK

It’s National Pig Day!

Sadie and Ori and the Blue Blanket is a 2016 Sydney Taylor Notable Book!

I illustrated HELLO, WINTER by Dian Curtis Regan for this month’s HIGH FIVE magazine.

Sadie, Ori and the Blue Blanket was named one of the best Jewish Children’s books of 2015 by Tablet Magazine —Thank you to author, Jamie Korngold for passing this good news along!

“Both Korngold and Fortenberry are attentive to all that Grandma does for Sadie and Ori, making it all the more poignant when they return the favor as Grandma’s physical and mental capabilities begin to diminish”
Publishers Weekly

Book trailers

School visits!

Most people have never imagined what a picture book story sounds and looks like without the illustrations. I show a picture book layout and read the words so that audiences might imagine how they would illustrate the story. I ask for suggestions about which words require illustrations, so children (and adults) can better put themselves in the role of illustrator.

I also demonstrate how I create a character by using a flip book of a changing face. Just the angle change of two simple lines (the eyebrows) can signal a character’s emotion going from surprise to anger. Audience participation is encouraged!

Questions? Contact me:

(Thanks to Greensboro Academy, and to Field librarian and photographer Jody Sitts.)

Thank you, Susie Wilde for your lovely post about my visit to the Flyleaf bookstore in Chapel Hill, NC:
And thank you to Rosemarie Gulla for all of those magnificent hats at The Randolph County Library.