|High School teachers with author and illustrator.|
Just got back from three days down in the Rio Grande Valley. It was such fun! My illustrator daughter, Carolyn Dee Flores, and I did a joint presentation at Sharyland High School in Mission, Texas. She presented the creative book process from an illustrator’s perspective while I presented mine from the writer’s perspective. We had two sessions of about 150 high school students each. We felt privileged to be presenting to such talented art students.
|Librarians Janie Flores and Nicole Cruz with author and illustrator|
A really neat surprise that left me speechless happened when one of the art students, Eric Hinojosa, presented me with the portrait below. I shall frame it and put it up in my home. Thank you, Eric.
|Author with portrait.|
|Artist Eric Hinojosa with author and illustrator Carolyn Dee Flores.|
I first met
Matt at the 2013 summer SCBWI conference in Los Angeles. I attended one of his
workshop sessions. We had a bit more time to talk at the Edinburg event. He is
a remarkable writer. Imagine my surprise when he came up to my table so that I
could autograph one of my books for him. Yikes!!
|Author Matt de la Pena and me|
At our Saturday meeting yesterday, our local SCBWI chapter discussed the three 2014 award-winning picture books: Locomotive by Brian Floca (Caldecott), Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales (Pura Belpre), and Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me (Coretta King Illustrator Award) by Daniel Beaty and illustrated by Bryan Collier. All three books were awesome.
Hasta luego! Until next time.
“Art is really the language of feeling.” – Steven Kellogg