3/31/10

Really Big News and I Love You

First, let me just say how much I appreciate all of you who have followed my blog and been so supportive of my work. The response to my "heavy" post the other day was very moving - I received some lovely comments and some very touching e-mails as well.  So I just wanted to give you all a big virtual hug and tell you - I love you.... and to show you how much, I am going to give away a signed copy of What Do You See?, a board book I illustrated for Little Simon (see details below).

And now for the REALLY BIG NEWS...

Booktime.org is a program in the UK that encourages reading by distributing book bags to children starting school for the first time. This year they will be giving Eric Carle's "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," Said the Sloth.
They will also be giving an additional book out this year and have chosen Why is the Sky Blue? written by Geraldine Taylor and illustrated by me. You can read more about it here. It is going to be a huge distribution and I couldn't be happier that my illustrations will be shared with so many youngsters.









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88 comments:

mo wask said...

congrats... that is awesome!

Tabitha said...

That is such an honor...congratulations. And while I did not comment on your heavy/light posts that day--the first was just too moving and I find I need time to absorb things like that but I do thank you for blogging it.

SewnNatural said...

wow, how beautiful. children's books are delightful tools for learning and imagination... how thrilling to know your art will be part of the lives of so many wee ones via these books!

Caroline Rose said...

Brilliant!! I'm in the UK and know lots of children who will be starting school this year and will be enjoying your gorgeous book!! I hope it will be included next year when my son starts school!
You are a wonderful strong talented lovely person and it is a joy to follow your blog!

Jen said...

Congratulations on having your book chosen! I feel so sorry for children who do not have a bookshelf full of books in their bedroom. It's great that they will start off the school year with two brand new books!

firrkids(at)gmail.com

Allisa Jacobs said...

many, many congrats! children's books are a treasure, how wonderful your illustrations will be shared with so many!

Liam's Mummy said...

Congratulations on having your book chosen by Booktime. We love books in this household. I would love to win a copy of your book for my boys to read and enjoy. Thankyou for the opportunity!

messyfish said...

Well done! I am so glad so many children will see your beautiful book! It really is wonderful.

Vanessa said...

What a great thing for you and the young children.

joan said...

congratulations!! you are one of my favorite artists! my daughter would love your book! in fact, even if i don't win, i think i will buy it for her!

Lori McDonough said...

Wow! What an honor...congratulations!

betsy said...

Amy, what fantastic news! And what a honor to be chosen alongside Eric Carle! Well-deserved.

Paula Prass said...

I'm just proud to know you. You deserve rubbing books with Eric Carle!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Amy! I absolutely love all your fabrics and your illustrations! Your talent is amazing.

ChatRabbit said...

WOW! That's so exciting! They made a great choice!

Shelley Laming said...

Congratulations! That is a huge honor. It sounds like a fantastic program, too.

Frizz said...

my niece would love this. how exciting to be included with Eric Carle.

you work is amazing. I hope to one day find (no...MAKE!) the same opportunities in this crazy world!

your cancer post made me teary!

mrsbeaver said...

congratulations on your book. I love your illustrations...and your fabric

Katja said...

Congratulations, that is wonderful news. My boys love your fabrics but we haven't gotten any of the books yet!

tammiemarie said...

Wonderful! So happy for you - and my three wee ones would love a new book for bedtime. Thanks!

Allison said...

Congratulations, Amy!! That is great news! Would love to have a copy of your book for one of my nieces. :-)

Spice Berry Cottage said...

Wow...indeed, what an honor! This is great news. A hug back to you!

badlandsquilts said...

Congratulations! The book sounds perfect for my 3 year old...he asks soooo many questions these days!

DawnB said...

Congrats Amy - I loved your "heavy" blog. My sister has colon cancer, and I printed a copy to give to her a little later. Really makes you think about what is "REALLY" important in life.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Sara said...

How exciting for you! Congratulations!!!

Marilyn Olson said...

I would love to donate this book to Project Read,helping children to read, or give it to my new grandaughter who will be born on June 7th 2010.

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

Congrats! So happy for you. Oh, also, I have a stack of animal party cut and waiting for me to start sewing on. It keeps calling my name. Love it!

thehouseai said...

I am so pleased about the book giveaway. There is no greater gift than a love of reading, particularly if it is fostered by read-a-long books meant to be shared.

And I am very happy that your work will be given a wider audience. You deserve it. Kristin

Julie said...

I'm so happy for you! Your illustrations are every bit as wonderful as Eric Carle's. I have non-Hodgkin lymphoma and your post reminded me of everything I have to be thankful for. Thank you for that!

Artist Victoria O'Neill said...

love the cover and want to get inside and pull the tabs!

Vacuum Queen said...

Oh my! How exciting to know your work will be in so many hands.
BTW, I love your header right now. Those beets are dreamy.

Amy said...

Oh big congrats on your book being choosen! That sounds like a wonderful program! I know my little reaer/book lover would be happy to get her little hands on any new book!

Vickie said...

Love your work! Thanks for being so generous!

Fiesta said...

Thank you for the chance and congratulations!!!

Tanya said...

How great! Congrats

audreysattic said...

How wonderful! Congrats to you! It must be so exciting to see your creations put a smile on so many children's faces.

Beate Teale said...

you have the best blog header ever. I'm looking forward to using your fabric to create a toy-hanger-doover-lacky for the car window. thanks for sharing,beate

Elizabeth said...

Oh,those lucky little Brits, but I have a little reader in mind right here in the states! Congratulations Amy. Your illustration are the best and I/we adore your fabrics.

jlouise77 said...

What a great program! And that sounds like a really huge honor to have a book chosen that you illustrated! Congratuations!

Alisha said...

Your giveaway is so generous. I love your fabric and illustrations!

Kathy Mishima said...

Thank you for your spiritual and creative self.

Kathy Mishima said...

Thank you for your spiritual and creative self.

momto2wasd said...

That sounds like a great organization. How wonderful to have your book in their bags!! Congratulations!

Bec Clarke said...

Your books look wonderful. I have a stack of your fabric that I really must make a quilt out of, it is too cute to be locked away.

sewpam63 said...

I recently discovered your fabrics then your blog...LOVE them! ; )

Thanks for sharing your Heavy post. We ALL need to slow down and be thankful. EVERY day!!!

Congrats on your Why is the sky blue? book. Having so many children absorb your illustrations is going to be amazing!!!

Best wishes. ; )

Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

Congratulations!!n Nice to be part of something so big and so special.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Joan said...

You are such a talented lady and it's nice to see you get such recognition. Congratulations!

I babysit my 4 yr old grandson two days a week, and reading time is very special for us. Would love to be winner of this giveaway. A child cannot have too many books - or a grandma!

Andi said...

Muchos congratulations!!

nina seven said...

what awesome news! your book looks fantastic and i would love to have one in my collection.

Anonymous said...

I love to read your forum. I know my little niece would love these little books.

Anonymous said...

Love your Blog!
You are SO creative!
Thanks for sharing!
Love,Linda

jldouglas@wispwest.net

nod said...

Wow, your book is on my wishlist for when my daughter is older and actually asks questions. How cool to "know" the illustrator.

Michelle and Stefan said...

Amy--We love your work! I just made a quilt out of your series, "the cow says moo". We have been matched and are adopting a baby boy in Korea, and will be bringing him home this summer. The quilt is being sent to Korea now, so hopefully he will love on it, and find comfort in it when we bring him to our home. Thanks for your wonderful work.
Michelle
michelle@hearts-content.com

Quilt Hollow said...

Your work is simply fantastic. Love the colors and oh so delightful artwork!

Jiaying said...

Congratulations. Lovely book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jantine said...

Wow, that is a famous book yours is attached too. Your book looks great and might be just the right book to get my 6 year old to start to learn English!

Patty said...

Congratulations, that's wonderful.

Dandelion Quilts said...

Congratulations...we love picture books.

Christie said...

Congrats on the great news! I love your illustrations and I know my children would, too!

Twobluhens said...

Congratulations! What an honor! Love your illustrations, love your fabrics. :o)

coloredsock said...

amy! that is wonderful news! i've heard of that program before. ALL those children will love your book/illustrations i know! i still need to order it. soon!

i had read your last post and had things i wanted to say and then nothing at all. it came for me at a good time, so thank you, even though i had no words to share in return. you are an inspiration in many ways. xo

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Congratulations Amy. I can't think of any book I would rather give my first grandchild than What Do You See?

corinnea said...

Congratulations!
My first grandchild will be arriving in a few months and this would be a great start to a grandma's library!

ellie said...

all set to make a child's twin quilt...perfect

Quilt Mom said...

Just found your blog thanks to the Fat Quarter shop post! How cool to have illustrated books that will be encouraging children to read!
I love your new designs and since my first grandchild is due this Nov. I'm ordering them! Can't wait to pet them!

zumbaqueen said...

Your illustrations are just charming. I must get some of that fabric. My new grandson, whose parents are both biologists, are sure to appreciate your animals and creatures.

Keep Stitchin' said...

Love your art! The fabric is really adorable! I hope I win!!

Peggy said...

Congratulations!. You are such a versatile talent. Thanks for sharing your book with us. My 4, plus one on the way, grandchildren would love it.

SarahVee said...

Congrats on the wide distribution of your illustrations. And on your next line of fabric! I think your animals are so vivid and fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

Betsy Snyder said...

Wow, Amy, thanks great...so happy for you. I need to get a copy of this book for my niece...I think she'd be really into it right now.

And thanks for being so open to share your personal stories. We are all so happy you are healthy and here to make beautiful art for us!

Red Fish Circle said...

Thanks so much everyone, looking forward to sending this book out next week.

VikingMom said...

This is my first post but you struck a chord with me...many congratulations on your book. You said you like to "daydream". As I was reading your blog....and good news....it ocurred to me that the program in the UK would be wonderful in the Appalachian region of our own country. I am from this area....and was brought to California as a young girl where I had many opportunities available to me..my Mom wanted a different life for me. I can still remember wearing pajamas to school..under my clothing to help keep me warm and being so happy when given a coloring book and crayons. What a wonderful program to give children a book bag and books to start school with. Just a thought. Thankyou for a wonderful blog to enjoy.

aileenb said...

I love your fabrics!!! I love the bright colors and the "whimsy-ness". I can't wait to see the book and what you come up with next. Good luck to you and the children will be so thrilled with the book.

Deborah said...

I have made several quilts from your fabrics that have been donated to a childrens cancer hospital. Your fabrics are so happy and a pleasure to work with. Congratulations on the book, I know the childern will enjoy it too.

Sue said...

Congrats, What an honor. You should be so proud. Love your work.

Andrea said...

Way to go!! There's nothing better than a good book - and to know that your artwork will be looked at, pointed to, talked about, and treasured by so many children ~ well, that's pretty amazing. Well done, Amy - bask in the joy and pride!

SoozeM said...

Oooh how exciting! Wish my kids were still young enough to read to, I used to love story time. But I am glad they still love reading to themselves!

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

Awesome! Congratulations!!

Jenny said...

Wow, congrats! I love your artwork.

Quiltingdaisy said...

Wow. truly, impressively great work!

Jenny said...

congratulations, so nice to get your lovely artwork out to lots of kids!

Leslie said...

congratulations that is big stuff!!! thanks for being generous and having a giveaway....so fun!

Katie B. said...

Yeah! My son would love to add this book to his collection.

Brittany said...

what a neat giveaway!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Congrats!!! That is such exciting news. I would be beside myself! I love your blog header, every one of those illustrations is just gorgeous.

Erin M. said...

Looks great. Congrats.

Alissa said...

Congratulations! How exciting to have your work shared with so many kids, and to inspire them in their reading!

carmel said...

wow!
congrats!!!
and thanks!