Hen&inkblots: A Literary Blog

Congratulations to Hen & Ink’s 2016 Picture Book Month Champions!

October 1, 2016 by Carmen Oliver

Hen & Ink Literary is proud that four of our clients are included in the talented pool of authors and illustrators in this year’s 2016 Picture Book Month Champions!


Congratulations to literary agent and author Erzsi Deak and author/illustrator Doug Cushman with their picture book Pumpkin Time! Author Carmen Oliver and Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies and Laura Chamberlain Gehl with Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching and Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick or Treating.

Hen & Ink celebrates great children’s literature year round but we especially love focusing on the importance of picture books during the month of November.

Thank you Picture Book Month founder Dianne de Las Casas for creating this literacy initiative!

About Carmen Oliver

Carmen Oliver is the author of the award-winning picture book BEARS MAKE THE BEST READING BUDDIES in which Kirkus said, “Children will surely want their own large brown reading buddies after listening to this book about the joys and challenges of reading.” It is nominated for the Rainforest of Reading Award and is on the shortlist for the 2017 CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy. She's also the author of the forthcoming nonfiction picture books A VOICE FOR THE SPIRIT BEARS: THE SIMON JACKSON STORY and THE FAVIO CHAVEZ STORY. In 2014, she founded the Booking Biz, a boutique style agency that brings award-winning children’s authors and illustrators to schools, libraries, and special events. She also teaches picture book writing at the Writing Barn and the Highlights Foundation and loves speaking at schools, workshops, conferences and festivals. In 2010 to 2013, she was the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Austin SCBWI chapter. Growing up in Canada, she saw many bear species along the hiking trails but always kept a respectful distance. She and her family now call the wide-open spaces of Texas home.

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