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Doodling for Dollars

November 5, 2012

If you are in the Pioneer Valley and a lover of kid’s lit, you may want to plan on visiting the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art this Sunday (11/11).

Celebrating their 10 year anniversary, the museum is hosting a day-long book signing bash featuring some of my favorite artists such as Jerry Pinkney, Paul O. Zelinsky and Barbara McClintock. Later, I’ll join Eric Carle and Peter Laird (of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame) to sketch for attendees as a fundraiser for the museum.

There is more info on the Carle museum site, here. Seeya there!

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.