Little Red Sled: by Emily Arrow and Zoey Abbott Wagner

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There’s this songwriter, Emily Arrow. And there’s this illustrator, Zoey Abbott Wagner. And then there’s the internet, where these two collaborators met. Art showed up first, and the story followed, and they made this thing, this beautiful thing.

Music. A song. A story. A friendship, really.

Here’s what Emily had to say about it:

This is my debut video that is an original song and story! After seeing an illustration posted by one of my favorite up-and-coming illustrators, Zoey Abbot Wagner, a story concept flooded over me. With my ukulele in hand, I started imagining myself going out in the snow like the character in her sketch….but only wanting to deal with winter if I could have lots of books around! I shared the song with Zoey and she made the most beautiful, creative illustrations for our video project. We’ve had so much fun, we’re going to create a series of videos called “the Arrow of Seasons.” The characters will have season-y names and the stories will celebrate my two favorite things: music and literature. 

We love those things, right?

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Sometimes in picture books, this kind of collaboration is unusual. An in picture books, stories take years from idea to the printed page. But still, here’s one artist crafting half of a perfect thing, leaving room for the other artist’s half of the perfect thing.

Together, it sings. (Here, literally, but you know what I mean.)

I hope you’ll enjoy this duo as much as I have. Books and pictures…plus songs? Okay, yes.

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Here’s Emily Arrow and Zoey Abbott Wagner’s Little Red Sled:

And if you are a Los Angeles local, don’t miss Emily Arrow’s debut album release party at Once Upon a Time, on February 20th at 10:30 am. I’ll be there!

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Home by Carson Ellis

Home by Carson Ellis

by Carson Ellis (Candlewick, 2015)

It’s a great honor to give you this first look at Carson’s own farmhouse in Oregon where she lives and creates, and some of the art and inspiration inside. Home is in stores today, so bring it to yours and enjoy.

There’s plenty more to ponder in this volume of homes, and I can’t wait to talk more about it. For now, settle in and enjoy this treat.

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Thanks to the fine folks at Candlewick for sharing this with us first!