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MAY 20th — The Big Blue Marble Bookstore 11th Annual Kids' Lit Fest!

Very Special Guests – Frog and Toad will be there. Get the date on your calendar now!

“The kind-hearted best friends will be helping with story time, leading a parade, and helping us welcome 12 authors for our Afternoon Author Extravaganza! And there will be plenty of time for photos with fans, of course.”

10 am Story Time
11 am Parade with Frog and Toad
Noon – Picnic with Frog and Toad
2pm – 6pm Author Extravaganza

More info here: http://bigbluemarblebooks.blogspot.com/search/label/Kids%27%20Lit%20Fest

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 http://bit.ly/1MlNq6n

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: fortenberryillustration@gmail.com

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


While writing THE ARTIST AND THE KING I did a little research on the construction of the Maid Marian hat that my character, Daphne, makes. Thank you to Ginny Larson, and The Girl Inspired for the beautiful hats in the links below. Your posts were very helpful!

Thank you too, to Rosemarie Gulla for all of those magnificent hats at The Randolph County Library.

How to Make a Maid Marian Hat: https://youtu.be/Y0Lb0ZPot8I

Party Hats 101: http://thegirlinspired.com/party-hats-101/