A Peek at the Creative Space of Aaron Zenz

Aaron Zenz is the author/illustrator of Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends and The Hiccupotamus, and the illustrator of the Howie the dog “I Can Read!” series (written by Sara Henderson), Nugget on the Flight Deck (written by Patricia Newman), Skeleton Meets the Mummy (written by Steve Metzger), and numerous other books. He is also the host of my favorite picture book review blog, Bookie Woogie where he reviews children’s books with the Z-Kids (his children). Here’s the description from their blog: “Here at Bookie Woogie we pick our favorite books, review them, and create some accompanying fan art.  We’ll alternate week to week between new releases discovered at our local library and older favorites from our own personal collection.”… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Mary Newell DePalma

Mary Newell DePalma is the author and/or illustrator of over a dozen picture books. A little bit about some of my favorites: A Grand Old Tree is the story of the life cycle of a tree and how the influence and importance of that tree does not stop once it dies. Here’s a taste: “The grand old tree flowered, bore fruit, and sowed seeds. She had many children. They changed the landscape for miles around, perhaps even farther than the old tree knew.” Roads (written by Marc Harshman) Her illustrations depict a family’s drive to visit grandparents and all the sights and sounds along the way.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Danlyn Iantorno

Welcome back to my Creative Spaces kick-off week! Remember to comment on any post from this week to enter to win an autographed copy of Julie Anne Peters’ latest novel By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead. Today we’re talking with illustrator and writer Danlyn Iantorno. Danlyn Iantorno is the owner of Painted Olive Studios and has been a full-time artist for over 25 years. She has an extensive background in publishing, licensed products, graphics, and illustration. Danlyn is a past Illustrator Coordinator for the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), active Designer Member of CHA (Craft and Hobby Assoc.),… Read the rest