Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Market in Berlin

In memory of the lives lost and the lives touched through todays tragic events at the Berlin, Christmas Market. An act of terror in total contrast to the innocent and magical tradition our European neighbors contribute to the world. #Christmas Markets#Germany#Berlin#Terror Attack#Children#magical#heartbroken#Europe#Children's books

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Book Launch

May 24, 2016 Tuesday
Somerset Library
1464 County St.
Somerset, MA 02726
6:30 - 7:30p.m.

May 25, 2016  Wednesday
Rehoboth MA
Blanding Library
124 Bay State Rd.
Rehoboth MA 02769
10-11 a.m.

May 26, 2016  Thursday
Partner's Village Store
865 Main Rd.
Westport, MA
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

May 30, 2016  Tuesday
Fall River Library
1040 N. Main St.
Fall River, MA
10:30-11:30 a.m.

June 3, 2016  Friday
New Boston Rd. Bakery
279 New Boston Rd.
Fall River, MA  02720
11:30-12:30 p.m.
3:30-4:30 p.m.

June 11, 2016  Saturday
Berkley Library
2  N. Main St. 02779
Berkley, MA
11a.m. - 12p.m.

June 17, 2016 Friday
Dighton Public Library
395 Main St.
Dighton, MA  02715
10:30-11:30 a.m.

July 19, 2016  Tuesday
An Unlikely Story Bookstore
111South St.
Plainville, MA  02762

Time:  3-4p.m.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Book!

Preview of the cover of my newest book that will be available on April 1st
For pre-orders with Amazon please visit link below:

Friday, June 21, 2013

My newest Poem / Illustration for Babybug Magazine July/August 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Poem book

I've had this book which is chock filled with poems that I've written, for a very long time.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ella and the All-Stars
Just finishing the last page for my newest book Ella and the All-Stars (as Franky keeps a watchful eye out for the mailman).
I will be posting some of the illustrations soon.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Next Big Thing: A Global Blog Tour!

The Next Big Thing! is a global blog tour (which started in Australia!) to bring awareness to authors & illustrators and their current work. Thank you to the wonderful Maggie Smith for tagging me!
I will answer some questions about my newest book, then pass the Q & A on to three fantastic book artists.

1. What is your next big thing?
This is one of my many projects but I am selecting it because it has such an interesting story.
The title in english is Room for Rent.  The book is printed in German and in Russian.


2. Where did your idea for the book come from?
I am the illustrator of this book and the story was written by a well known Israeli author named Lea Goldberg.
The rights to the story were purchased by Myriam Halberstam, the owner and Publisher of Ariella Verlag, Berlin Germany.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
This sophisticated picture book conveys a powerful message of tolerance and acceptance and living together in harmony. 

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Instead of answering the question as it is posed, I will take the opportunity to talk about the cast of characters which represent the arts.
They include a visual artist, a dancer, an intellectual, and a musician.
The antagonists include a pig, an ant a rabbit and a mockingbird.

5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When an apartment becomes available in the little brick building, the prospective tenants each turn down the opportunity to live there because they each have a personal prejudice for the current tenants.  

6. Who is publishing your book?
This book was published by Ariella Verlag, Berlin, Germany.  

Historic German Jewish children's book goes on sale

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Since I wasn't the author of this book I can't answer that question directly, but I do know that the original story was published long ago and has since been translated into many languages.  It may eventually be translated into english if the book does well in Europe.  

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Perhaps "In the Night Kitchen," by Maurice Sendak.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
This story has been around for many years but it continues to inspire it's readers to challenge the way they think about tolerance and living peacefully together.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader's interest? 
This is the third book that I've had the opportunity to illustrate for this new publisher from Germany.
Ariella Verlag is the first Jewish children's book publisher to open since the Holocaust.  I am proud to be involved with promoting the material published by this new company and feel honored to have been selected to illustrate some of their books.
Thank you so much for stopping by -  I hope you enjoyed hearing about my new book.
The Next Big Thing Blog Tour continues  with the following book artists - you won't want to miss them!

Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Ellen Bari

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

To Purchase a copy of Through the Night:

Monday, October 22, 2012

Wee Baby Owl

Monday, October 8, 2012

5x7 Folded Card

Picture In Landscape Christmas Card
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Just got word that the second annual Advanced Illustrators Weekend is open for registration.

In addition, here is their great fall picture book lineup of classes:

Friday, November 4, 2011

New Painting

This is a little painting that I did yesterday as I was trying to loosen up and start developing ideas and characters for new stories.  Tomorrow I'll be leaving for Virginia Beach for a book signing.  I'm looking forward to going as I've never been to Virginia and it sounds like it's going to be an awesome event.  The book that will be featured is A Horse for Hanukkah.  I'll also take the opportunity to show the kids who attend, how to draw and paint animals.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ariella Books

Ariella Books is Germany's first Jewish children's book publishing company, founded in May, 2010, by Myriam Halberstam.
There is a great need for Jewish children's books in Germany, since the Jewish communities here have seen an unprecedented explosion in membership numbers due to the influx of former Sowjet Jews after 1989.
Ariella Books was founded to meet this need.  Also for Gentile readers, A Horse for hanukkah is a humorous excursion into Jewish culture, informing the reader in a playful and endearing way about Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.
A Horse for Hanukkah, ISBN:978-3-9813825-1-8; hardcover illustrated book, 32 pages, ages 4-8;

"Especially in German society with its growing cultural and religious diversity it is indispenable for the children of the majority to learn about the holidays of the minorities.  Myriam Halberstam's new book, A Horse for Hanukkah, addresses this need in an exceptional way - suitable for children, amusing and readily understandable, even while describing a world that most readers in Germany are not familiar with.  This beautiful picture book celebrates Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights and shows how harmonious diversity can be."      Micha Brumlik, Professor of childhood education, Germany.

" A horse who speaks Hebrew!  This story of Hannah and her clever but willful horse, Golda, will delight both children and parents.  The charming illustrations capture the magic of Hanukkah, while the lively tale speaks to any child who has yearned for a pet.  A funny, warm celebration of family life."
Kate E. Brown, Dept. of English, State University of New York at Buffalo.


A Horse for Hanukkah

Hannah desperately wants a horse of her own.
Miraculously her wish comes true for Hanukkah, but Hannah
cannot rejoice for very long as Golda, the horse, wreaks 
havoc in a hilarious unfolding of the Rosenbaum Family's 
Hanukkah celebration.
Written by Myriam Halberstam
Illustrated by Nancy Cote

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Last week I attended the Book Expo in NYC where my book A Horse for Hanukkah was exhibited in the German Book Booth.  It was my first time going to the Book Expo and I thought it was fantastic.  I saw some friends from the Highlights/ Boyds Mills Press Booth and took some great photos but unfortunately I lost my camera on the way home.  It was my brand new camera  and I had some great pictures that I wanted to post about the Book Expo.
I'll be there next year again at the German Booth since I will have a brand new book called Apartment for Rent ( of Berlin that will be featured.

Runner Up of SCBWI 2011 Magazine Merit Competition

My entry in the 2011 SCBWI Magazine Merit Competition, "Rain" which appeared in Highlights High Five Magazine was the recipient of a Letter of Merit as a runner up in this year's contest.
Out of over 100 entries in four categories there were eight awards and eight Letters of Merit.

11"X14' Mural for the Boston Children's Hospital

More close up photos of the mural to come.

Monday, April 25, 2011

ipad illustration

I hadn't done any painting on my ipad in a while so this is a brand new illustration that I did last night.  After I finished it on my ipad, I tweaked it in PS.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Promotional Piece for my newest book

This is the newest book that I am working on called  Apartment for Rent, by Leah Goldberg.
It is a new updated version of a well loved book by many children in Europe.
It is my second book with Ariella Books of Berlin Germany.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Houston Children's International Festival

Houston Children's International Festival
On the weekend of April 11, I was in Texas for this event.  With the Author of the books, I signed thousands of copies of Mr. Pip and the Only Tree and Nico and His Frog.  

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This is an 18 x24" acrylic painting that I scanned in six pieces and merged in photoshop.

Animals Stacked

This is an acrylic painting that is painted on an 18 x24" canvas.  It was a commission by L'Attitude Gallery on Newberry St., Boston, MA to be displayed at a children's hospital/clinic on the South Shore.

George 2

This painting is the second painting that involves George the Goose.  Once the animals get into the house, the fun begins.  I am using acrylics on these pieces.  Watch for more as this story evolves!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wait Your turn George!

This is a new illustration that I did yesterday.  I knew an old woman who owned a goose named George.  I did several sketches of them a while back but finally moved forward with painting an illustration of them.  This was done in acrylics.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Skate

My poem/illustration, "Winter Skate" that was featured in the December 2010 issue of High Five Magazine was selected as the Highlights Christmas card this year.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Take a Letter

This piece was done for our Facebook friend Linda who has just become a grandmother.  A group of artists who are friends through Highlights for Kids, have joined together to create a special collection of black line illustrations which will become a coloring book for the baby some day.  We all did a black line and color version.

I did mine digitally.  I began it on my ipad and finished it on my Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet.  This was basically my first all digital piece.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My newest book

Working on this book was an amazing experience.  I was initially contacted by this brand new up and coming German Publisher, Myriam Halberstam at Ariella Velag in Berlin.  She had seen two other Hanukkah books that I had illustrated for Albert Whitman & Co. and really liked my style.  We discussed the possibility of me illustrating the very first book for this brand new Publishing company and I became very interested after reading the story.  I loved the whole theme, especially using the horse as a main character in the whimsical, dreamlike setting.
I had visited Germany two years in a row only two years ago and the memory of the setting, the people, and the general feeling of the winter holidays allowed my imagination to embrace the story visually.
The whole experience has been interesting and unexpected from beginning to end and it has been a journey that will be most memorable for me.
I hope to work with this company again and we have already discussed the possibility of a new story.
I am ever so grateful to work as a children's book illustrator and this year I have found more than ever that my love for children's illustration has brought me in many unexpected directions.

A Horse for Hanukkah (New book in English and in German!)

The following are links to the promotion of this new book:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes

The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes written by Linda Glaser and Illustrated by Nancy Cote is listed on Elizabeth Kennedy's Top Ten Best Hanukkah Books.