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Nobody asked me to make this. I just can’t believe we live in a country where your doorbell can send you a text message, but your local public elementary school doesn’t have books for their students. I wish I was exaggerating. The more I research, learn and get involved in my community (& @accessbooks) the more I’ve realize that we have taken literacy for granted— and now less and less of our students are learning to read. YES, EVEN IN LOS ANGELES.
But one thing at a time.
First, help me get this resolution passed:
To quote @accessbooks: “On May 21st, the LAUSD Board will vote on a resolution to maintain funding for school libraries. We are requesting you cut and paste the following message and send to some key school board members and staff: "LAUSD elementary students deserve access to quality libraries that inspire an early love of reading. Please vote yes on the "Providing Quality Elementary School Libraries" resolution. Staffed school libraries make a difference for young readers and our community." Please send your email to:
Let's work together to keep LAUSD libraries open! All children deserve access to books.” Share this with every human being you encounter. Tell your boss. Your waiter. Your dog walker. Tell me. I’m not kidding, it’s good practice. GET. THE. WORD. OUT. HELP. OUR. KIDS. YAY. HOORAY.
Isn’t she cute? I imagine a lot of illustrators draw with a steady and decisive hand. I am not that person. I work quickly and impatiently, digitally taping-together piles of mistakes and edits until I like what I’m looking at. It’s the only way to keep myself from over-thinking it. I just make and make and make.
To paraphrase a chapter from the book “Art & Fear” by David Bayles & Ted Orland: instead of crippling myself with the task of creating one perfect pot, I will make hundreds of beautifully imperfect pots.
PLUS my agent once said that dumping more then half of my work “on the cutting room floor” is “my process” —which made me feel much more professional and validated about the whole thing.😂. What’s your process like? Slow and steady? Frenetic and messy? Precise and planned? I’d truly love to know. We’re all in this together. #WakeUpMakeStuff
As long as they both shall live... 💕💍(@bethanybrookeanderson + @spencshow = I only cried like 6 times during the ceremony 😭😍)
So many amazing people came together today to bring @accessbooksca 300th (!!) library to an underfunded LA school. We even painted a bunch of murals along the way! Huge hugs to everyone that helped out, painted, donated, sorted, cataloged, sponsored and more. It was incredibly moving and I cried more the once (of course I did 😂) @latimesevents @hero_and_max @water_buffalo_kids @beatrizvallsart @nicolemiyuki @jenlavitaart
We’re building a library and painting literacy-themed murals at an underfunded school in Los Angeles today! Text GIVE to 310-744-6278 to help @accessbooksca continue their mission of “literacy and access for all” and to put books into the hands of students who need them most. 💕📚 (Big thanks to sponsors @latimesevents & @water_buffalo_kids!)
Today is a good day! Today I got to join the non-profit @accessbooksca at an underfunded elementary school in Los Angeles, to help bring new books to their classrooms and to lead literacy-themed workshops with their students.
I discussed my passion to create books that ask kids to face their fears (bees, spiders, math, etc.) using facts, critical thinking, empathy and humor. Cuz really, couldn’t America (& humanity) use a lot more of that?
Then the kids illustrated mini-stories about their own fears— which we put googly-eyes all over. Everything is less scary with googly eyes. These kids were bright, creative, engaged, curious and hilarious. They are the best of us. The future looks bright, y’all.
It was awesome, and @irishlatina came and took photos, so I could focus all my attention on the kids (thank you, Becks!) @losangelestimes offered amazing support to Access Books as well, and @univision even filmed us. (I don’t have live TV, but if you do, let me know if you spot us in action!) I am so thankful.