Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Warning: shameless fangirling ahead.

We've just received our shipment of the first picture book by resident illustrator Julia Denos! Julia's illustrated the early chapter book series Sleepover Squad by P.J. Denton and a nonfiction early reader called Sojourner Truth: Path to Glory by Peter Merchant, as well as doing cover art for the middle grade mystery Marley Z. and the Bloodstained Violin by Jim Fusilli.

Her first-ever picture book is by none other than country music star Tim McGraw. It's called My Little Girl, inspired by the song of the same name he wrote for the movie Flicka. Check out a virtual galley of My Little Girl at the publisher's website. Julia's blog, with some behind-the-scenes sketches and updates on her ongoing illustration work, is a must-see.

Julia is definitely a rising star to watch in children's illustration. We are so proud of her and her accomplishments!

....and now George staffers are coming by and gagging at the sappiness of this post, so let's call it a night, okay?

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