After a long night of pow-wowing and teaching each other WordPress over glasses of Merlot and the Olympics . . .
a star is born.
My OFFICIAL website!! www.anniebethericsson.com!
This doesn’t AT ALL mean the end of Walking In Public. I’ll be here much more often, updating regularly with posts about my life as an illustrator, adventures in the entry-level publishing world, and other tidbits for bookworms. But for the “official” scoop on my work, previews of my books (some of which STILL need a good publisher home!), and all the info you can handle, run along over to anniebethericsson.com.
Blog friends, take a first look! Here are some sketches from my latest book project, senior thesis and first collaboration (of hopefully many!) with my madre (author Jennifer A. Ericsson) . . . Turtle and Logger!
Okay, well, the title in progress. It’s gone from Turtle In Love to Turtle and Logger and the Not-A-Jelly… but we haven’t settled on one that works. Any suggestions??
The book is an early reader, so with 48 pages, it’s longer than the average picture book, but is still full of easy language and bright pictures on every page. Think: Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad, and any book with an “Easy To Read” Level on it.
The story centers on Turtle (name suggestions??), a happy young sea turtle who loves the world around him, especially his dependable rock ledge. But when he starts running into pieces of litter, and his hungry friend, Logger, almost chokes on one, the two turtles have to find a way to return the things to the land, where they belong!
Right now, I’m deep in sketch phase – I’ve got everything drawn out, but am trying to solve all the “issues” that came up. My main issues are: 1) trying to get more sea, and less turtles, so that each page is new and exciting, and 2) to rework Logger so that, even though they are similar turtles, they look VERY different from each other.
Well . . . enjoy the sketches, and any help or suggestions would be appreciated!
Guess what is everyone’s new favorite bedtime story*?
What’s In My Garden?, illustrated by Annie Beth Ericsson!
Mandy, a Tri-Sigma sister from New Orleans, reading to her 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter, Sophie. Thanks for the photo, Mandy!
Me and two best friends, Caitlin-Marie and Rebecca, enjoying a post-book signing reading in our Holiday Inn hotel room in Concord, NH.
Did I mention that they both happen to be super-fierce bloggers?
For extra-sharp copyrighting, sketches and gritty bodega wisdom, check out Caitlin-Marie.
For a refreshingly creative dose of fashion, design and personality, check out Rebecca.
*for children under 3 yrs old
Book Designed by Annie Beth Ericsson:
That’s Like Me! Stories About Amazing People With Learning Differences. By Jill Lauren, foreword by Jerry Pinkney. (Star Bright Books, $7.95) ISBN: 978-1-59572-208-9 BUY IT ON AMAZON TODAY
In addition to the board books, my first full book design project is also on sale now! That’s Like Me!, by Jill Lauren, is an uplifting series of success stories, told through the eyes of real children and adults, who have overcome learning differences and achieved their goals. The book is perfect for children and young adults, particularly 8-12 year olds, who are trying to get through obstacles at school. Jill has really put together a book that is unlike anything else out there!
Personally, this was a really important book for me. When I worked on That’s Like Me! this summer as a freelancer, I was faced with a task that was larger than anything I had previously accomplished in design. It was my first time dealing with a non-fiction project for older readers, and I had to incorporate a lot of text, photos and collage elements in a way that would capture the attention of middle-grade kids. I also learned a ton about working as a team, drawing from the help of Jill Lauren, editor Rena Grossman, and Star Bright Books to communicate everyone’s vision. I feel confident that, thanks to working on That’s Like Me!, I have a much better understanding of what it takes to execute your point-of-view as a designer.
It feels amazing, after working so hard on a project like this, to finally hold it in my hands! Plus, isn’t it’s exciting that the legendary children’s book illustrator, Jerry Pinkney (who is dyslexic) and I both have a stake in the same book?
I hope it does fabulously well and that the stories in this book can help many children struggling with LD!
You think that those of us in children’s book publishing aren’t the most fashion-forward people in the city? Well then, check ME out getting stopped buying an overpriced iced mocha outside Penguin (345 Hudson) for this blog, Pink Cupcake and Bunny!