Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Work, New Client

Hi guys! I just wrapped illustrating a short story for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Story Town series. The story is about a girl who is self-conscious about her hearing aid but through new friendships and basketball she gains the confidence to be herself. :)
I've never illustrated kids playing basketball before, so that was new! Here are the 6 finished pieces:


  1. I have a seven year-old sister. And I'm always keeping an eye out for books like this. Especially books that feature children from different backgrounds, as I don't want her to grow up thinking everyone is the same.

    (Her school is amazingly lacking in diversity)

    I can't wait to see this on shelves. I think the imagery tells a lot of the story, which is good for younger readers.

  2. Thanks kindly for the comment Nathanielle.

    I think this short story is appearing in a reading text book or something like that made available to schools but not the general public. But I agree that it has a great message and I'm glad students have stories that acknowledge and celebrate differences between kids in their text books--even if the point of the story is to improve reading and vocabulary skills.

    I was fortunate to grow up in a very diverse school system in central Connecticut and it's very important to me that my children have a similar experience someday.

    It makes me understand all the more why educational publishers insist on representing different ethnicities and cultures in every illustrated story featuring school children.