Category: Featured Illustrators

13 May

A MORNING WITH GRANDPA by Sylvia Liu + Giveaway!

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY WINNER Congratulations to PATRICIA NOZELL! You’ve won a shiny new copy of A Morning with Grandpa! Once upon a time… in a Facebook critique group far, far away, there wrote and drew a talented, poetic girl named Sylvia Liu.  Now, this writer/artist wasn’t just any ordinary writer/artist. This girl had poetry in her soul and she […]

15 Nov

Poetry Friday: Storytime with Iza Trapani and LITTLE MISS MUFFET

Time for a curds and whey break with Iza Trapani! I virtually met Iza early on in my kidlit travels in January 2012, and she made me feel right at home. In fact, Iza was my second guest on NWR with her poem “Grins and Giggles” and a vintage “snickerview,” which I hope you’ll check […]

08 Nov

Poetry Friday: Treasures from Julie Larios and Julie Paschkis

I hadn’t planned a post for today, but last evening two treasures arrived for me and I just couldn’t resist. Look what was in the mail! AND by this talented team: Julie Larios is one of my favorite children’s poets for both the wit and wonder she brings to her work, so I have been […]

24 May

Classic Poems Series: “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe + Poetry Comic Illustrator Julian Peters

Get out your hankies! I am getting right to the goods this week, because they are THAT GOOD. Last September when I was researching my post for “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by W. B. Yeats, I ran into this: It’s Yeats! Manga-style! And there was a whole poetry comic attached for his poem “When […]

14 Feb

Poetry Friday: “Romeo+Juliet (abridged)” + Interview with Julie Rowan-Zoch

Good friends, you are well met! No Valentine’s Day would be complete without a good tragedy, and never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo. Ah, I have a long and tearful history with this play, so unbearably beautiful and frustrating and heart-wrenching. Zeffirelli started it, of course, with […]

05 Oct

Poetry Friday: “Dragon’s Picnic” + Interview with Heather Newman

Detail of Illustration by Heather Newman

Greetings, Dukes and Damsels! It’s hot in the castle today, so get your summer armor and gossamer dresses out of storage before reading on. If you’ve followed this blog since the beginning, you probably know that I love to write from art and have a particular penchant for children’s illustrators. So far on NWR, Dana […]

12 Mar

Poetry Monday: “A Little Newt” + Interview with Dana Carey

A Little Newt

A few years ago when my husband and I were road tripping across the U.S., we stopped into a dubious oceanfront motel somewhere in Florida. Cranky from the humidity (I wilt!), I just wanted to take a cold shower and go to sleep. But before I even set down my luggage, I noticed my husband […]

20 Feb

Poetry Monday: “Scaredy Cats”

Scaredy Cats by Deborah Ciolli

Clicca qui per leggere questo post in italiano. (Click here to read this post in Italian.) About a year and a half ago, I met a local artist who kindly invited me to tea to introduce me to some other creative types and give me a tour of her ceramics studio. Now, I like housewares […]

30 Jan

Poetry Monday: “Tiny Tina Tinseltooth”

Tiny Tina Tinseltooth - Sheep Girl by Helga Pearson

Guess what, everybody! I had so much fun with my brother Dave on “This Pig’s Got the Blues” last week, that I decided to do the art/poem thing two times in a row. This time, however, I did it backwards. I already had a poem…but a few weeks ago I ran across this illustration and thought, […]

23 Jan

Poetry Monday: “This Pig’s Got the Blues”

This Pig's Got the Blues

Whenever I pass a piano, I get this twinge of longing, a desire to flip my tux tails up, settle in on the sleek black bench, and tease out some glorious classical tune or pound out Maple Leaf Rag. My muscles actually twitch and I think, “This time I’ll just do it…” — but then […]