Monday, January 22, 2018

My Journey to Mars

Susan Lendroth, author of Hey-Ho, to Mars We'll Go!, illustrated by Bob Kolar, delves deep into her own fascination with space exploration and how it has affected her sense of imagination.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Charlesbridge Unplugged #1: Cynthia Grady

We are so excited to announce that we have started a podcast! Join us as we talk to our authors, illustrators, and editors about their recent Charlesbridge projects!

In our inaugural episode, Marketing Assistant Mel Schuit talks to nonfiction author Cynthia Grady about her newest book Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind, illustrated by Amiko Hirao. You can have a listen by clicking HERE.



Friday, November 17, 2017

E-I-E-I-O! Illustrating Old MacDonald Had a...Zoo?!

Iza Trapani stops by to chat about her process for illustrating her new book Old MacDonald Had a...Zoo?

The illustration process for all my books starts the minute I begin a story. My head fills with images, and I start doodling and storyboarding as I work on the manuscript. I find it really helpful to figure out the pagination, to know what text will go on each page. That way I can pace the story, see where I can cut words, change things around, and make sure to move the story forward from page to page. I sketch the storyboard on an 18” x 24” sheet of paper and layout all thirty-two pages of the book on it. Here is the entire storyboard:



My Five Favorite Scenes from Select

Select author Marit Weisenberg digs deep and narrows down her five favorite scenes from her author debut. Warning: spoilers ahead!!