Upcoming Events 2022
See the New Book
It’s always nerve-racking to send original art, but I’m happy to report the paintings for See the Ghost: Three Stories About Things You Cannot See arrived safely at Candlewick Press. This is the third book in the See the Cat Series written by my good friend David LaRochelle. Publication is scheduled for 2023. Here I am in my studio with the paintings before mailing them off.
December – 2021
I sold a story! This is always exciting news. I’m so happy to be working with the wonderful editor Andrea Tompa at Candlewick on this project!
September – 2021
It was very fun to face off against three other illustrators (Charnelle Pinkney Barlow, Linda Bondestam, and Jon Klassen) at the Loft’s WORDPLAY Illustrator Draw-Off, moderated by Raul the Third. We were given a series of four different prompts and then asked to come up with an illustration in just a few minutes. The four prompts were: draw yourself playing your favorite sport, draw a favorite childhood book character, draw yourself as a favorite food, and create a superhero animal. That’s me as a cheese burger with french fry arms.
May – 2021
See the 3D Dog
This is what my amazingly talented wife, Anna, made me for Valentine’s Day!!
February – 2021
See the happy author and illustrator!
David LaRochelle and I received the incredible news through a surprise Zoom chat that See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog was awarded the 2021 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award from the American Library Association. The award is given to “the author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.” Above is a screen shot of the Geisel Award committee holding up copies of our book with the medal!
January – 2021
Baby Cakes is back
• See the Dog cover reveal and interview extravaganza with Betsy Bird!
• Click here to read the starred review in Kirkus.
• Click here to read the starred review in School Library Journal.
November – 2020
New Picture Book
I was fortunate to have a big project to keep me busy during the Stay at Home order. Here I am in my studio with the paintings for the book How To Apologize written by David LaRochelle.
June – 2020
My publisher requested an image of Cow to use in a thank you to all the teachers who requested permission to use MOO! during distance learning.
As you can see, Cow was happy to oblige. Thank you, all teachers and librarians, for learning to teach in a new way and for caring about our students!
May – 2020
Star of the North
See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog is one of ten nominees for the 2022 “Star of the North” picture book award! This award will be voted on by students across Minnesota during the 2021-2022 school year. Max is in stellar company!
See the Cat is also one of 15 books nominated for Florida’s Sunshine State Young Reader Award Jr., another children’s choice award. Fun to know that while kids in chilly Minnesota will be reading and voting on our book next year, so will kids in sunny Florida!
7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast
20th Picture Book!
Very happy to receive an advance copy of my new book Croc & Turtle: Snow Fun which comes out on October 8th, 2019. This is my 20th trade picture book. Here they all are in chronological order starting at the bottom with my first picture book, Cowboy Sam and Those Confounded Secrets written by Kathy Combs and Kitty Griffin. Though sometimes this ride makes me feel like Turtle, I hope it continues!
See the Book
I’m so thankful that my paintings for See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog arrived safely at Candlewick. I’m also very thankful to have been able to illustrate another wonderful story written by David LaRochelle! It was fun to have David over to my studio to look at the final art before shipping it off.
The book comes out in 2020. Look for more details soon!
I’m very excited that a Persian edition of Moo! has been published! Since the text in this book follows the illustrations closely, they have flipped the pictures to go along with the words which read right to left. This is fun to see!
Authors in April
I had a wonderful week visiting schools in Michigan for Authors in April. I visited with the kindergarten and first grade students at fifteen different schools. Every school welcomed me with beautiful artwork that the students created based on my books.
Here I am with the authors that visited the older grade levels: Neal Shusterman, Cynthia Lord, and Lenore Look.
Minnesota Book Award Finalist
I was very excited to learn that This Is NOT a Cat! is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in the Children’s Literature category. This is my fourth year in a row that one of my books has been a finalist!
KARE11 Sunrise with Belinda Jensen
Moo! is first selection for Once Upon a Reader!
David LaRochelle, Cow, and I traveled to every corner of Minnesota and visited 59 libraries with our presentation/puppet show for preschoolers. Thank you to everyone who came out to see the show and thank you to Once Upon a Reader for choosing MOO! as their inaugural book!
Once Upon a Reader is an early literacy program designed to encourage young children and adults to read together.
See the videos: Creating MOO! and MOO! The Moo-vie!