Process, Goals, Dreams...

Do you set illustrating/art goals? If so, what do they look like?

My main goal is simply to grow with every book; I just want to feel like I’m always pushing forward…

I enjoyed chatting with Francine Puckly of 24 Carrot Writing, about all kinds of writing-related things — process and goals, working with an editor, managing a career, making personal connections at Nerd Camps and SCBWI...

the interview is here!


It's a Book!

It's my favorite way to launch a book: to celebrate the publication of my latest today, I Skyped with several hundred children, from Connecticut to Hawaii and states in between. Carl and The Meaning of Life is about how everything and all of us are connected — so, many, many thanks to the wonderful teachers and school librarians who participated and made today’s connections possible! I could not have asked for a better Book Birthday.,

Book Talk

I could chat with John Schumacher, aka @MrSchuReads, Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic, about books for hours— so chatting with him about my own book on his blog is a special honor!

Mr. Schu: Hello, Deborah Freedman! Thank you for returning to Watch.Connect.Read. to celebrate Carl and the Meaning of Life. I love everything about this beautiful picture book—the case cover, barcode, paper, story, heart. EVERYTHING! Thank you for always putting your heart on the page.

Deborah Freedman: Thank you for this! Putting one’s heart on the page is a scary thing, so when I send love out to readers and then am lucky enough to have it returned… it means the world to me…

Read the rest of our conversation about Carl and The Meaning of Life today — at WATCH. CONNECT. READ.


Small Character, Big Questions

I’m so grateful for these early reviews of Carl and the Meaning of Life, coming soon from Viking Children’s books on April 2, 2019!

© Deborah Freedman 2019

© Deborah Freedman 2019

“... shows how tiny organisms help to keep the natural world in balance in this inventive worm’s-eye view of the web of life.”
Publishers Weekly

★ “This book is a poignant example of the important contributions of even the smallest creature, but it’s better than that—it’s a science lesson as well. Freedman subtly explains the delicate balance of nature and each creature’s role in maintaining it. Carl is an endearing protagonist.”
School Library Journal, starred review

★ “… supported by fabulous illustrations… This spare but endearing story will help youngsters understand the wonder and interconnectedness of nature.”
Booklist, starred review

"Even someone who does not like worms will fall in love with Carl… This is a wonderful book to spark a conversation… a must-have in all collections!"
– School Library Connections, starred review

“… celebrates the interconnectedness of all creatures, including the reader… just in time for garden encounters.”
—Kirkus Reviews

... Freedman adds the occasional sly touch of humor to this little ecological fable…."
—Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books

... inviting readers to think about how they, like the indomitable Carl, ‘help the earth.’"
—The Horn Book

I’ll be signing books at RJ Julia (on April 6) and Books of Wonder (April 20). Available for pre-order NOW.

"It belongs in all classroom and school libraries..."

“I love how it’s rooted in science… but also about about discovering yourself and trying to figure out who you are and why you matter and what place you have on this earth… It’s a beautiful book for kids and it makes the world a better place.”

Colby Sharp, teacher, & author of The Creativity Project, and co-author with Donalyn Miller of Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids.

Thank you for this book talk, Colby!

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? ...

Read the rest in my latest eNewsletter — here. And be sure to scroll all the way down, for a special offer for my eNews subscribers!


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!