Everything You Need for a Celebration

Mimi

It’s been a busy few weeks around here. I’m still trying to figure out where the summer part of summer is!

But.

It’s all been fantastic things.

I taught a Photoshop and Graphic Design to kids in a Summer Session up at my school, and it was so much fun. Exhausting and crazy-making, but it was awesome to spend a couple weeks with kids who were creative, fearless, and super engaged.

That graphic at the top?

A fifth grader’s. She’d opened Photoshop for the first time in her life about twenty minutes earlier.  OBIEWe studied Brian Won’s work (and his process post here!) for texture and shape, and I made them this guy as an example. He’s kinda cute, right? We studied Brian Won’s work (and his process post here!) for texture and shape, and I made them this guy as an example. He’s kinda cute, right? photo 3If you don’t know who these guys are, you’ve got to check out a student film (I think?) of Jon Klassen’s, An Eye for an Annai. The kid who made this said it if it had been a book it would be her very favorite of all time.

(My students dropping hyperbole on the glory of stories?! Are you shocked?!)

And for those story-crazed students and their story-crazed librarian, a huge expansion is in the works. I’ve always had the greatest job in the school, but now I’m going to have the most gorgeous spot in which to do it. Lucky.photo 1And ALA!

A few weeks ago, one of the highlights of my weekend was meeting my editor. Cause this book I wrote is happening, and I’m still pinching myself to make sure this is real life. Taylor is the most kismet-y match for this book, and I can’t wait to bring this thing into the world with her.  treehousepress SUPER SQUEAL. I know.

And then somewhere along the way this blog picked up over 10,000 followers. Ten thousand! That’s a huge, humbling number, and I’m so so grateful for each of you.

So I looked up my top ten posts, and I’d like to give away these ten books. You made them popular, so perhaps you’d like one of your own?!

Pantone Colors

Bruno Munari’s ABC

I Want My Hat Back

Symphony City

Flora and the Flamingo

The Lion and the Mouse

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Iggy Peck, Architect

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth

                                                           Hello, Mr. Hulot breaker Also, I’m going to buy these books at Once Upon a Time in Montrose, CA. I love that bookstore anyway, but when they tweet you things like this:

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 7.15.43 PM  … I’d pretty much like to buy one of everything from them forever and ever.

All you have to do is leave a comment here by Monday, July 28th at midnight PST. And if you tweet this link so more people can play, I’ll give you an extra entry.

To books, to art, and to making lots more!

(Note: I can only open this giveaway to the US and Canada, so if you are farther flung than that, I send my love to you anyway! Thank you so much for spending time here with me.)

ch

PS: If you’re commenting for the first time, I’ll manually approve it. Don’t panic if it doesn’t show up right away. Thank you!

 

65 Comments

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    Congrats all around! Look forward to reading your book! :)

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Love your blog. I’m always excited to see a new post. Congratulations on the book deal!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    I just about CRIED at all your great news, starting with kids who want a film to be a book and tumbling on down the page. xoxo

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    Well COLOR ME JOYFUL, because this is just the best! All the love to you, dear friend. I’m so happy. So proud. SO EVERYTHING. <3

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    I only just discovered your blog last week despite following you on Twitter for a good while, and I worked my way through the archives in record time. It’s marvelous. And, um, when will you be offering that Photoshop class for adults… in my city, which is (of course) clear across the country? Because I’d sign up in a heartbeat. 😉 Congrats on the book deal, Carter!!

  • Deb Dudley
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    So delighted I met you earlier this year and bubbling over with excitement for you and all your good news!

  • Izzy
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Oh, the places you’re going!!! I can’t be more proud! I love this. I love YOU!

  • Suellen Franze
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Carter, Here is my comment: You are incredible! Love, Your favorite cousinbymarriage, Suellen

    Sent from my iPad

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  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Carter, I always look forward to your posts. Love hearing from somebody who loves picture books as much as I do! Thanks.

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    This much good news? It can’t be a Monday – but you make it possible, Carter. :)

  • Kim Pfennigwerth
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    What a fun post to read on a Monday morning! Congratulations, Carter! Everything is so very well deserved and the spring of 2017 will be here in no time!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on all your good news! :)

  • Jennifer
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the book! I love the book list. We don’t own a single book on there.

  • Stacy S. Jensen
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on the book. Can’t wait to read it. I wish I were close to attend your book signing! (Love your student’s work too. Fun!)

  • Kat Svetlik
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Wow, Carter, what exciting news! I can’t wait for 2017! so, can you help me build a treehouse in my back yard? Kat >^..^<

  • erin
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Your blog is such a bright spot in my day, and I am so happy to hear of your good news. Congratulations, Carter!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Ok HI! so much awesome. Um, when your BOOK is published, consider a spot reserved for you over at Julia’s Bookbag for a feature!!!! I can’t wait! Also, hurray on the new library expansion! And mega hurray for the lovely giveaway, thank you!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Just tweeted!!! :)

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Here is my mandatory comment. 😉 I met Reuben up at VCFA last week. I’m pretty sure the only thing he’ll remember about me is that I know you and love your blog.

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    ENORMOUS congratulations Carter! From across the Bay, I wish you top sales forever and ever.

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Carter on the book deal, teaching a summer class, and of course 10,000 followers! You have great writing, wonderful sense of humor which I sure shines through in your teaching, and a great unique angle when analyzing picture books. So I am not surprised by your accomplishments. I feel honored to have met you three years ago by chance. Now I just have to wonder/wish for when I will get to meet you again. :-) You bet I will be tweeting this.

  • Donna Heinz
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Carter. So excited for you!!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    So much wonderful news! I’m positively delighted for you! I can’t wait to buy your book. :-)

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Sounds like you have had a wonderful summer!
    I met Taylor a few months ago at Bookshop Santa Cruz and she is awesome! I’m so glad I’ll get to see a book of yours on the shelf!
    I LOVE your blog, and was so happy to meet you in person last year at the conference! Can’t wait to see you again.
    Until then, I’ll just have to keep clicking on feedly and hope in each refresh is a new post from you.
    Or go on twitter.
    that’s so much faster :)

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Congratulationsa, I’ve been enjoying your blog for well over a year one and really appreciate the in-depth pictur book reviews you’ve written :) can’t wait to see your book!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Hurray to a fantastic summer! Looking forward to your book and can’t wait to see what adventures you get up too that fab little spot!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    A huge congratulations to you! I hope you enjoy every second of the process – and come to Seattle on your book tour. Thank you for your blog – I’m always glad to see a new post. Again, congratulations, your books sounds like so much fun – long live tree houses – and books!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Obie is very cute! Congrats on all the good news. 2017 or bust!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Carter! So happy for you for lots of things, but especially your book contract! As one of your 10,000 plus followers, I very much enjoy your blog. Keep up the greatness! Also, happy to tweet your good news.

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    10,000 followers is amazing! So glad I’m one of them!! I’m tweeting about the giveaway as well (maybe you’ll get MORE followers!)

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Super excited for you, Carter! Many congratulations! Looking forward to reading your book:)

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    I twitted!!!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    So happy for you, Carter! It has been exciting to watch your journey. Best wishes from ButterflyGirl (Verla Kay’s BB).

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Congrats!!!!!! That is wonderful

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Carter! Love your enthusiasm for children’s books, and what you share. . . so much so, I will share your posting on my Got Story/FB page! Cheers, and I look forward to seeing your forthcoming
    published book!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    :) Iggy Peck rocks! Congrats on your successessessses!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Carter!! That is great news!! And how kind of you to host such a big giveaway :)

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    So many good things all in a row – who says they only come in 3’s? Congrats on all the fun and excitement. Can’t wait to see the book!

  • Audrey
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Love you! Love all your amazing news! Would love to lay eyes on you and give you the biggest hug! Would love to add any of these to my girls library!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Super congratulations to you! I enjoy your blog very much. :)

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I am so thrilled for you and all your news! Wow!! Can’t wait to get your book!!!

  • Posted July 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Carter. Great news about your book and the new library! Don’t know where summer has gone — did it ever arrive?

  • Dornel Cerro
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Once Upon a Time is great and the staff is excellent.

  • Posted July 22, 2014 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    …And so it begins! Congratulations on your book, Carter! I hope it is everything you dreamed it would be. The best of wishes from my part of the world.

  • Posted July 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Dear Carter –
    I feel very comfortable among those 10.000 followers. It must be a wonderful group of Children’s Book Lovers. I am very proud to find Mr. Hulot among your 10 favorite entries. Great choice!
    What do you think of Bernadette Watts? We are actually working on a very big book with almost all her stories she did within five decades. A real treasure. Make sure that Heather sends you a copy as soon as it’s oversea.
    Best, Herwig.

  • Posted July 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome! I have been quietly following for years. Exciting news!

  • helennhill
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! Serendipity flows!

  • Posted July 24, 2014 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Huge congrats all around, Carter! Are you thinking about coming up North to KidLitCon? Loved that we got to say hi at ALA, but hope we can visit more soon!!

  • Posted July 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Great idea to share your joy

  • Posted July 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    What fabulous news! Congratulations on your book, and what a great match… Taylor Norman is terrific!!!!

  • Posted July 25, 2014 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! And love your blog, one of my faves, I look forward to each post :)

  • Posted July 25, 2014 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    An Emmy nom and book deal! Congrats! Color me lucky to have you in my universe.

  • ncf15
    Posted July 25, 2014 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! Love your blog and looking forward to reading and SEEING your book. Color me lucky to have you in my universe.

  • Posted July 25, 2014 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Agreed! The summer’s disappearing under my fingertips, but yours seems to be well spent! Lovely post & Congrats. 😀

    ♥ | http://www.connect-the-cloths.com | xoxo
    http://blogspotter.co/connect-the-cloths/

  • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
    Posted July 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    This post! Reread it. It is everything you are, all rolled into one. Teacher, librarian, author, graphic designer, giver and friend. Congrats on 10,000 followers! xo

  • Posted July 27, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Well, Wow!! A book about a treehouse! Can’t wait to see that one!!! Congratulations!!!!

  • Posted July 28, 2014 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    Congratulations!! Your book sounds fun, and 10,000 followers??!! Holy frijoles!

  • Posted July 28, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on the book deal!

  • Posted July 28, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Congrats on all your success Carter! Well-deserved. I’m not surprised you have 10,000 followers. Your almost as popular on the internet as a cat video!

  • Posted July 28, 2014 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    What wonderful things to celebrate, Carter! And couldn’t happen to a nicer, more amazing gal. If I win, I hereby pledge to disperse these lovely books via my Little Free Library and the LFLs of others…because LFLs often look like little treehouses with book magic inside!

  • Posted July 28, 2014 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Many, many congratulations!

  • Posted July 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Love the celebration through giving! What better way to party! Congrats again, Miss Carter! BIG things are happening!

  • Posted July 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    So many congrats, Carter! And so generous!

  • Posted July 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Many congrats!

  • Posted August 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    It looks like the mane and tail of Princess Celestia on My Little Pony. I love it! :)

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