One of the biggest challenges for illustrators is picking colors that look good together. There are two traps: The colors you pick look bad next to each other. You muddy the colors (desaturate them) so they go together, and you end up with an illustration that looks boring. My process in illustration is quick, totallyContinue reading “How Illustrators Cheat at Color (And Get Away With It)”
“The Mountain of Shoulds” You should cut your hair… you don’t take care of yourself enough, and that’s your personal brand. You should invest in making TikToks. You should be making more blogs, in fact you need an entire blog-making strategy, seo seo seo. It’s up front invest for long term site traffic. You shouldContinue reading “Entrepreneurial Poetry: The Mountain of Shoulds”
The worst feeling… I mean it sucks!.. is when you pour your heart and soul into a kids book, you hand it to a kid to read, and the kid tosses it aside because it’s not that interesting to them. Or worse, you’re like, “Let’s read this book!” and halfway into it you can seeContinue reading “Reaction Triggers, What are They and Why Should They Be in Your Kids Book?”
James Carbary‘s: I Want to Have a Podcast When I Grow Up Jaci Fabian‘s: What Does Self-Advocate Mean? Josh Harcus‘s: Why Does It Burn When I Pee??? (It’s to educate kids about UTI’s, how normal they are, how they happen, etc) Kenny Ortiz‘s Book: I Want to Be a Pastor When I Grow Up BlakeContinue reading “36 Kids Books I’m Working on Right Now”
“The most tried and true way I know someone is not going to make a good kids book is if they didn’t take the time to put away their agenda, get into the mind of the kid, and then write.” Jim Averbeck The worst feeling in the world is pouring your heart and soul intoContinue reading “A 3 Step Framework for Writing a “Lesson” Kids Book That Doesn’t Suck”
On this episode I talk to Glenn Rhoades about why kids in the classroom need time to just be allowed to read. He debunks myths like fake reading and why worrying about it hurts students, and he highlights the importance of teaching skills and allowing for student choice and voice.
There are so many companies that want to capitalize on you being a loving parent who supports your kiddo’s art ambitions. If you’ve never been an artist, it’s really hard. How do you buy supplies that will actually push your kid far without spending a billion dollars on Pthalo Blue Mineral Guasch. I’ve been aContinue reading “Best and Worst Art Supplies for Young Artists”
Here are 3 ways to use podcasts in the classroom: create a show with your class, create one for your class, do stations with these amazing kids podcasts
The top kids podcasts in fiction, history, science, and more. These shows are perfect for classroom time, homework, book reports, and stations.
It’s way easier than you think. And you don’t need any more tools than your phone or the classroom tablet.