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Q and RAY FUN SHEETS

09.19.17

CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW AND PRINT!

Create a fun disguise for Q!

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Add expressions to Ray!

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Start your own graphic novel!

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TOAD on the ROAD Headband!

05.19.17

Simply click on the image below, print, color, cut, and attach the bands to fit your head!

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Happy Book Birthday to my latest book: MAX SPEED!

10.11.16

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Max, a tiny speed racer, is off on the adventure of a lifetime in this adorable new picture book that proves all you need for a big adventure is a little imagination.

As soon as Max has finished cleaning his room, he’s off racing his super-secret car at incredible speeds, soaring over rivers of lava, sky diving, and swimming with sharks. This picture book is perfect for every young speed racer, careening from one adventure to the next.

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WHERE TO BUY:

Amazon: http://​tinyurl​.com/​z​9​76hxz
Barnes & Noble: http://​tinyurl​.com/​z​r​m5wdm
Indie Bound: http://​preview​.tinyurl​.com/​z​c​7ep8n

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Twin Cities Book Festival
10am and 2pm
http://​www​.raintaxi​.com/​N​e​w​/​m​e​d​i​a​/​C​h​i​l​d​r​e​n​s​-​P​a​v​i​l​i​o​n​-​F​l​y​e​r.pdf

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Wild Rumpus Trick R’ Trolley
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Red Balloon Bookstore
10:30am
http://​www​.redballoonbookshop​.com/​e​v​e​n​t​/​s​t​e​p​h​e​n​-​s​h​a​s​k​a​n​-​m​a​x​-​speed

MAX SPEED got a starred review from KIRKUS!
https://​www​.kirkusreviews​.com/​b​o​o​k​-​r​e​v​i​e​w​s​/​s​t​e​p​h​e​n​-​s​h​a​s​k​a​n​/​m​a​x​-​s​peed/

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Storytime Fun at Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove!

09.04.14

A big THANK YOU to Librarian Natalie Eierman for hosting me at Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove!

We sang a lot of songs, read a couple of books, and even came up with some new rhymes for DOWN BY THE BAY!

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A DEER

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HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A PIG

WEARING A WIG

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN DOC MCSTUFFINS

EATING SOME MUFFINS*

*a new personal favorite

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Punky Posters!

08.09.14

Here are some posters I created for the PUNK SKUNK’s punk apartments! What are some of your favorite punk bands?

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The Ham

Shriouxsie Shrioux!

Shriouxsie Shrioux!

The Ratmoans!

The Ratmoans!

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RHYMES WITH SCHOOL!

05.07.14

Things have been crazy busy: I’m working on illustrations for a Mem Fox book called A Cat Called Kite (Beach Lane Books), I’m working on text revises for a book I’m writing and illustrating called Big Choo (Scholastic), Trisha Speed Shaskan (my awesome and fabulous wife) and I sold a book to Harper Collins called Punk Skunks, we have been teaching classes together at local libraries on how to create comic characters, and we have both been doing school visits: sometimes together!

This post is going to focus on all the fantastic school visits I’ve done since February.

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EARLE BROWN ELEMENTARY

In early February, I went to Earle Brown Elementary. They asked me to create a presentation for nine classes of Kindergarteners (three 30 minute presentations) about illustrating. This sparked panic and inspiration. I had to really think about how I approach illustration, how that approach relates globally, and how I can teach this to Kindergarteners in 30 minutes. I decided to focus on the combination of words and pictures, and how they relate to each other in picture books. The words telling part of the story and the pictures telling another part. I gave examples of the text in my own work and then showed the pictures that went with the text. By having kids answer the questions of who, what, where, and when we were able figure out what parts of the story were being told by just the pictures.

I continue to use this presentation at different schools.

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Presenting at Earle Brown Elementary. Reading the beginning of THE THREE TRICERATOPS TUFF without showing the picture.

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Creating an illustration for “a dog sitting on a log.” Who? The dog. What? Sitting on a log. Where? The forest. When? Fall during the day.

SPRING HILL ELEMENTARY

While visiting my parents in Weeki Wachee, Florida, Trisha and I did a school visit at Spring Hill Elementary. My mom volunteers at the school as a Reading Buddy. We received a warm welcome from Media Specialist, Sue Timberlake, and the kids were super excited!

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A BIG Spring Hill Elementary Welcome!

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Trisha presenting to the 4th and 5th graders!

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Getting the K and 1st graders up and moving!

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Me, the Vice-principal, Sue Timberlake (Media Specialist), Trisha Speed Shaskan.

PARKVIEW CENTER SCHOOL

Media Specialist extraordinaire, Laura Given, invited me to her school to do a couple of Kindergarten presentations. You can follow Laura on Twitter at @LibLaura5

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A DOG IS A DOG coloring sheets decorated the media center at Parkview Center!

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Everyone shout, “HOORAY!”

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The kids were all wearing Triceratops headbands!

HIGHLANDS ELEMENTARY

Trisha and I presented together at Highlands Elementary and later we did a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble. It was so great to meet enthusiastic Media Specialist, Lisa Dooley and all the fabulous students and teachers.

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Illustrating a fish saying, “ish.”

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Who? The fish. What? Saying, “ish” to all the pollution. Where? in the ocean. When? 1999 (illustrated by the 1998 calendar that was thrown in the water)

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Singing “Down By the Bay” with the new rhyme!

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Trisha, Lisa Dooley, and me at B&N.

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A piece of art for Highlands’ Wall of Fame!

ST. CHARLES BORROMEO SCHOOL

Trisha and I presented to different grades at St. Charles. This was my first time presenting for 7th and 8th graders. I decided to do a Q and A. My favorite question, “Do you like quesadillas?” I also had a blast presenting to Pre-K through 2nd grade, while Trisha was presenting to 3rd through 6th grade.

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Terry MacDonald and me!

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Q and A with the 7th and 8th graders!

CORNELIA ELEMENTARY

I was asked to do seven presentations for Cornelia Elementary by my friend and fellow children’s book author Megan Maynor. Megan heads up her kid’s school author presentations and has had wonderful speakers like John Coy, David LaRochelle, and Lauren Stringer. Megan teams up with the super fun and supportive Media Specialist, Sherron Gaughan. Two weeks after, I was invited back for a Family Night Presentation at Cornelia. I even design a T-shirt for the occasion! Thanks for all the great photos, Megan Maynor!

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Me and Sherron Gaughan.

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Megan Maynor and me.

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Presenting at Cornelia!

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Have you ever seen a goose kissing a moose?

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Illustrating a “Lizard eating a Blizzard.”

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Who? The lizard. What? Eating a Blizzard. Where? DQ. When? At night.

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Who? A dog. What? Playing with a log. Where? In the forest. When? Springtime during the day.

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I needed some help with the alpaca. Luckily there was an alpaca expert in the audience.

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Who? An alpaca. What? eating a cracka. Where? Some place with a rainbow. When? 1999 (illustrated by the discman playing a prince CD.

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Signing books at the Family Night!

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T-shirts for Cornelia SPRING INTO READING Read-a-thon!






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MY BIG LIST OF FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: PART 6

12.21.13

I haven’t updated this list in a while, and I continue to add more artists.

Here are links to Part 5, Part 4, Part 3, Part 2, and Part 1.

Bernice Myers

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Tomi Ungerer

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Frank Viva

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Donald Crews

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Beni Montresor

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Pat Hutchins

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Sanjay Patel

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Virginia Lee Burton

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R.G. Roth

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Steven Salerno

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MERRY SQUIDMAS!

12.18.13

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MERRY SQUIDMAS COLORING SHEET!

12.18.13

CLick on the image below, print, and color!

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MY BIG LIST OF FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: PART 4

09.27.13

Here’s the fourth installment of my favorite picture book illustrators. Click here for Part 1, here for Part 2, and here for Part 3.

Taro Gomi

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Lydia Monks

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Gaetan Doremus

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Oliver Jeffers

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Roger Duvoisin

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Arnold Lobel

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Jeanne Bendick

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Art Seiden

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Marc Boutavant

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James Marshall

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