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12/10/10

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

Even when I was a kid, people - sometimes strangers - would tell me that I ought to draw children's book illustrations. And I wholeheartedly agreed.

When I was 8 I wrote and illustrated a book for my youngest sister. My mom helped me make a hard cover for it out of cardboard and cloth and she stitched in the binding.
Encouraged, I illustrated a bunch more, but those had less impressive staple binding and copy-paper covers.

At the age of 12 I wrote and illustrated another book and submitted it as a 4-H art project at the county fair. I got a blue ribbon and went to the state fair where the judges looked at me as if I had gotten lost.

It's been a long time coming, but I'm proud to present my first ever, full color children's book. It's not technically mine - it's the Amish couple's who published it. I'm just sort of the in-house illustrator. But it's all public domain nursery rhymes and my illustrations, so it feels like mine.

It's 43 pages long, hardcover and is printed on glossy paper with gorgeous, full-bleed color.

You can pick it up in Amish shops in Northern Indiana and you want to order it drop me a line on etsy or facebook  or twitter and I'll get you the contact info for ordering your own copy.

I've got little previews of the illustrations inside here, here and here.

9 comments:

  1. Hey awesome ! Melody, congratulations on your first book :)

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  2. Sweet illustrations!! Congratulations on your first childrens' book. :D

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  3. this is fabulous....totally awesome illustrations!

    enjoy *~*

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  4. Congrats! That looks like a wonderful book! :)

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  5. That's soo cool! I always thought it would be fun to do illustrations for kids books too. It's great that you're doing what you've wanted to since you were little and your illustrations look great!

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  6. They look great! Congratulations on being published!

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