Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Really Happy, Baby!

With the help of a group of enthusiastic little readers, Parents magazine has arrayed TummyTime™: Happy Baby as #4 in their list of the 30 Best Children's Books of 2019. How awesome is that?

duopress rolled out their new TummyTime™concept to the world only a few weeks ago, by way of two books: Animal Parade (illustrated by Jannie Ho), and Happy Baby (illustrated by Violet Lemay).

TummyTime™books fold out, accordian-style, into play mats. The fronts are covered with full color art; flip them over for high-contrast patterns, ideal for baby's developing eyesight. Both sides have a reflective surface to make tummy time even more fun.

Thanks to Parents, the little readers, and author Karen Cicero for selecting us as #4 in their list of the 30 best children's books of 2019.

Click here to see more samples from TummyTime: Happy Baby on my website.

Click here to order your copy of TummyTime: Happy Baby today! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Obamas: A Lift-the-Flap Book

The Obamas: A Lift-the-Flap Book, which I wrote and illustrated, hits the shelves October 1.

A tribute to their time in the White House, The Obamas: A Lift-the-Flap Book celebrates the achievements of the Obamas...

... as well as their spirit and style.

Flaps open to reveal fun surprises...

...and treasured Obama quotes.

Whether your political leanings are left or right, I hope you love this colorful new project. What could be more bipartisan than a lift-the-flap book for little ones?

Click here to download a free activity kit that can be used alongside The Obamas: A Lift-the-Flap Book.

And click here to see more samples from this book and others on my website.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Happy, Dancing Babies

As we're diving into fall, I'm pleased to announce two new duopress board books, both officially released on September 17.

TummyTime: Happy Baby

How cute is this book that cleverly folds out into a reversible play mat?

With high-contrast art for baby's developing eyesight on the back and fun mirrors on both sides, TummyTime: Happy Baby is sure to live up to it's title. Happy babies, enjoying tummy time!

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Babies Around the World: Dancing

A follow-up to Babies Around the World (written by Puck in 2017), Babies Around the World: Dancing written by Tamara Barker is an adorable international dance party. 

Celebrate the cultures of India, China, Morocco, South Africa, Brazil, Spain, Ireland, and North America as you boogie your way around the planet.

Click here to download a free Babies Around the World: Dancing coloring sheet.

Please also stroll on over to my website to see many more samples from TummyTime: Happy Baby and Babies Around the World: Dancing, as well as a new homepage animation.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Writers and Their Pets

Announcing the release of a lovely new book: Writers and Their Pets!

This fascinating collection of biographies for middle-grade readers is duopress's follow-up to Artists and Their Pets. Twenty well-known writers and an array of pets are featured, including Virginia Woolf and her beloved Pinka (above), and John Steinbeck and his trusty friend and travel companion, Charley (below).

Writers and Their Pets is packed with art: nearly 250 full color spot illustrations!

Whether you're a cat person (like Mark Twain)...

...a dog person (like Gertrude Stein)...

...a chicken person (like Alice Walker)...

...or a peacock person (like Flannery O'Connor)...'ll find authors and animals to love in Writers and Their Pets.

Click here to order a copy of Writers and Their Pets today!


Writers and Their Pets
Written by Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by Violet Lemay
Designed by Thomas Boucher
June 11, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Shred Girls: Lindsay's Joyride

Announcing the release of
Shred Girls: Linday's Joyride

Written by Molly Hurford
Illustrated by Violet Lemay
Rodale Kids
May 8, 2019

Lindsay's Joyride is the first book in this outstanding new Shred Girls series by Molly Hurford. Ride along with Lindsay as she makes new friends and conquers her fears. Quoting the author, "It's not about bikes. It's about confidence."

There are tons of black and white illustrations in this book.

Also: Tons. Of. Bikes. (Illustrator friends, I know you understand everything associated with this particular drawing challenge!) 

Click "Look inside" at to see some of the art in the layout, or stroll on over to the "Tweens" section of my website, where I've posted nearly all of the art from the book.

Bookstore Babies!

Written by Puck with art by Yours Truly, Bookstore Babies is the latest in duopress's Local Baby series. What a pleasure it was, illustrating this book!

Bookstore Babies officially launched on April 2, a day after being featured as Powell's Pick of the Month for April.

If you'd like to see more samples than are featured here, "look inside" at amazon or stroll on over to my portfolio site and click on "Kids' Books".

Bookstore Babies officially launched on April 2, a day after being featured as Powell's Pick of the Month for April.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Yes I Can!

I am proud to announce the upcoming release of Yes I Can!: A Girl and Her Wheelchair. The book will officially launch in late November, but is available for pre-order.

Yes I Can! (written by Kendra J. Barrettt, DPT, Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD and Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, and illustrated by Violet Lemay) tells the story of Carolyn, a little girl with a big heart. 

Carolyn is in a wheelchair, but she doesn't let that stop her! She can do almost everything the other kids can, even if sometimes she has to do it a little differently.

Yes I Can! includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers with more information on discussing disabilities with children and helping them to build positive, empathic relationships.

Yes I Can!: A Girl and Her Wheelchair is published by Magination Press. Art direction by Katie Ten Hagen. 

Click here to pre-order your copy today!