You Read to Me, I'll Read to You

Did you know that April is Poetry Month? I’ve been celebrating with extra poetry reading —including, naturally, picturebooks. Because my favorite picturebook texts are always lyrical, layered, and — rhyming or not — poems...

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" Brother " © Mary Ann & Norman Hoberman 1959, from Hello and Goodbye, Little, Brown & Co.

"Brother" © Mary Ann & Norman Hoberman 1959, from Hello and Goodbye, Little, Brown & Co.

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The Original Art

I am honored that art from my latest book, This House, Once, is included in The Original Art — an annual exhibit "celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration" at the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, New York, now on display until December 30, 2017.

Founded in 1980 by illustrators’ agent and art director Dilys Evans, this exhibit showcases the original art from the year’s best children’s books. The 2017 exhibit features a diverse list of books selected by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors...

Some of my favorite illustrators working today will have art from their beautiful books represented here — if you are in NYC, do swing by!

From  This House, Once , ©Deborah Freedman 2017

From This House, Once, ©Deborah Freedman 2017

The Power of the Picture Book

In honor of Picture Book Month, teacher Kurt Stroh is hosting on his blog a wonderful series called "The Power of the Picture Book," through the whole month of November. I'm so pleased that he invited me to join in today — take a look at the whole series and my contribution, "The Secret of It". At www.strohreads.

From  The Little Island , by Golden MacDonald and Leonard Weisgard, 1946.

From The Little Island, by Golden MacDonald and Leonard Weisgard, 1946.

Back to School


It’s that time of year again — my books are going back to school.
What will the new school year bring? ...

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Chatting about This House, Once

In anticipation of the publication of This House Once, I had the honor of chatting recently with two wonderful picturebook friends about my newest book. We talked about things like inspiration, making one's home an art-friendly environment, and if I weren't writing books, what would I be doing? You can read those interviews here:

©Deborah Freedman 2017,  This House, Once , Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

©Deborah Freedman 2017, This House, Once, Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

The World Through Blue-Tinted Eyeballs

February 18th was World Read Aloud Day. What fun! I Skyped with eleven school all around the U.S. Here's a class whose teachers prepared for our visit by looking at the world through blue-tinted eyes... inspired by Penguin Young Readers' "Educator's Guide to the Works of Deborah Freedman". 

Many thanks for this image, to  Stephanie McCreary  and  Allison Stout  of  Pattonville Schools  in Missouri!

Many thanks for this image, to Stephanie McCreary and Allison Stout of Pattonville Schools in Missouri!


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