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Major Updates!

Without meaning to, I've completely neglected my blog this summer. Recent events have reshaped my schedule and priorities, and I'm only just now able to wrap my mind around it all to craft a coherent post. 

Back in May my GI tract bailed on me without the decency of leaving a note. Months of appointments, tests, dietary restrictions, adverse reactions to medications, and a seemingly endless parade of medical bills have pretty much reduced me to this:

It will all be worth it once I reach a diagnosis and successful treatment, right? Right?!

There is a bright side, though! Around the same time some great opportunities came up for me. First, I was offered a position on a fabulous team that coordinates events for RISD's vast alumni network. It has been wonderful validation for years of volunteer experience with an organization that not only appreciates me, but also offers new challenges.

Later, I joined the staff at Studio Goodwin Sturges! Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, owner and founder of the Studio, is one of my longtime mentors - I interned for her while a student at RISD and credit her with my decision to illustrate books for children. As a member of her team I'm critiquing artwork, reading manuscripts, promoting her authors and illustrators and coordinating the studio. The experience offers fresh and welcome perspective as "the other side" of the publishing industry, all very useful information as I continue to grow my own list of publishing credits and my mentoring and critique service for aspiring authors and illustrators.

Finally, I'm very pleased to announce that I'll be illustrating another bilingual children's picture book with Arte Público Press! A Charmed Life, written by Gladys E. Barbieri, will hit the shelves in 2015. My work has been quick, digital-heavy illustrations and design for the last year and it feels great to get back into traditional watercolor painting for this project. I'm looking forward to sharing my progress on this book with you!

Here's to covering a few more medical bills!

Have a great week, everyone!


Live: My Post for Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros Blog Hop

I hope you've all been reading and commenting along with the Latinas 4 Latino Lit Día Blog Hop!

Head on over to Growing Up Blackxican to read my entry in this series: Encouraging Early Childhood Literacy in the Latino Household, where I relate the vital role my multicultural parents had in the development of my love of reading, books, and eventual career as a children's book illustrator.

Comment to enter the amazing Grand Giveaway of more than 30 Latino children's books for your school or library. Thanks and happy reading!


Día de los niños / Día de los libros Annual Sale

For my beloved educators: April 30th is Día de los niños / Día de los libros and a great chance to celebrate children's literacy at a great price! Pick up any of the bilingual books I've illustrated, as well as other fantastic titles, straight from Arte Público Press at 50% off (!). Click here to shop my booklist and be sure to use the coupon code below:

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This special offer is good on books ordered before April 30, 2013, for events celebrating El día de los niños / El día de los libros. Visit our online catalog at www.artepublicopress.com. Fax your order to (713) 743-2847 or e-mail your order to bkorders@uh.edu


People all over the country are celebrating Día de los niños / Día de los libros, Children's Day / Book Day. Click on the links below for founder Pat Mora's guides and resources for creating your a memorable Día event in your community! 

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