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My new favorite illustrator

One of my favorite things about being a bookseller is seeing hundreds of new picture books every year. There is so much talent in the picture book field and such creativity, I find it very inspiring. I’ve had my eye on one illustrator though who’s work I first saw in a modest little book called Fox’s Garden two years ago, and again in the stunning wordless book The Snow Rabbit last year. The artist is Camilee Garoche and she has a such a unique style it catches my eye every time.

She works in cut paper which is a style I’ve loved ever since my first glimpse of Nikki McClure’s work. But Garoche goes so much further. She cuts a paper scene, embellishes the scene with additional drawing and coloring. Then she lights the scene adding the element of shine and shadow, and then photographs the whole thing. The overall effect is completely enchanting with a depth I haven’t seen in other work.

She’s got a new picture book this year illustrating a song by Laurie Berkner. It’s called Pillowland and I can’t wait to introduce it to families at Annie Blooms Books who are looking for a unique bedtime story.

Cover Art for The Turn of the Tide

One of my favorite parts of the book-making process is seeing what the cover artist brings to table. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the art created by Jennifer McLaughlin. It’s gorgeous! So fresh and fun. I love it that both main characters are on the front cover. I love it that you can see that one of the characters is Asian. I’m glad they are actively engaged in sailing. I love it that residents of Oregon and Washington may recognize the Astoria bridge in the background.

And here’s the really impressive part, I think it’s a cover both boys and girls will find inviting and that’s not so easy to pull off. I look at a ton of covers in the bookstore and many of them are only trying to reel in one gender. So without further ado here is my new book cover.

TurnTide jacket[1]

Oh I almost forgot my favorite part! I love secret code. If you can tell me what the signal flags on the front flap say in the comments, I’ll send you a mini-book.

This book will be out Jan 12th of 2016!