Spring News

The bulbs are sprouting, the birds are chirping, and all neighborhood geese and ducks have paired up. It can only mean one thing: it’s spring! Soon the farmer’s market will be back in full swing, the bike paths will be packed with cyclists and moms pushing prams, and the world will transform once again from brown to green. Spring always reminds me of being a kid, perhaps this is because it’s the season for fun things like my birthday, Easter (sometimes both on the same day), poking around in the garden, and finally getting to go around barefoot again.

In case that’s not enough to get excited about, I’m happy to finally be able to share some sweet news: I’ll be working with the great folks at Lee and Low Books to illustrate a new picture book! Woohoo! The book is called “The Story I’ll Tell,” by Nancy Tupper Ling. Here’s an announcement about the book from Nancy’s agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette:

THE STORY I’LL TELL is a gentle and moving origin story, where a mother weaves together fantastical stories and tall tales to tell how her baby came to her. Each story contains a little kernel of truth, piecing together the baby’s journey across a wide ocean and into her new mother’s arms. This gorgeous story of adoption and parental love is heartwarming in the truest sense of the word, and sure to become a classic.

I can’t divulge too many details at the moment, but I promise to keep you posted on the progress. And now just for fun, a little drawing to celebrate spring.Girl with flowers, Jessica Lanan

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