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Happy: Holidays and New Year

I hope you’re doing okay after a long year. I’m on winter break for a few more days - lucky to be reading, drawing, and watching fake fireplaces on Netflix. A few things to share here . . .

A List

It’s been a weird reading year for me (low on middle grade fiction, high on re-reading old faves), but it felt good to get together with pal John Schumacher and decide on our favorites of the year. We counted down our top twenty K-6 books, regardless of format. This year was a first: the top three were all graphic novels.

(I also talked about the year in children’s books with Colby Sharp on the latest episode of The Yarn podcast.)

A Short Film

One of the best picture books of 2013 was Bluebird, by Bob Staake. So I was delighted to see that it has been turned into an animated short. Beautiful, just like the book.

BLUEBIRD: The Animated Movie - 2020

A Drawing

Sometimes it’s fun to try and draw the most simple thing possible. This is the moon rising over the house.

A Star

Blue Floats Away, the picture book I wrote and Grant Snider illustrated, got a starred review from Kirkus. Looking forward to sharing this book when it comes out on March 23rd.

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-Travis

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