Monday, March 19, 2018

Happy publication day! I'm grateful to have had the wonderful opportunities to work on these two great books!

I'm happy to share two new books published by Magination Press/American Psychological Association out in the world today! Scroll down for a chance to win a copy of "A Feel Better Book for Little Tempers". And now, presenting:

Baxter and Danny Stand Up to Bullying
by James M. Foley

With the help of Queen Beth of the Bees, Baxter and Danny learn how to start feeling better, and help the other animals in the forest feel better too. Together, they are able to stand up to Buford's bullying!  Find out who Buford is and how the friends of the forest stand up to the bullying. This book includes a Note to Parents and Other Caregivers with more information about bullying and strategies for building self-esteem and resilience in children. It is an honor to have illustrated this third book for the wonderful team at Magination Press, and Dr. James Foley. Thank you so much for the opportunity, and thank you to my wonderful agent, Nicole!
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A Feel Better Book for Little Worriers
by Holly Brochmann and Leah Bowen
published by Magination Press/American Psychological Association

Happy pub day to “A Feel Better Book for Little Tempers” by Holly Brochmann and Leah Bowen published by Magination Press/American Psychological Association! 
This is the second in the “A Feel Better Book for Little Kids” series. 

Sometimes the LITTLEST kids have the BIGGEST tempers. This Feel Better book helps little ones who are just beginning to recognize and identify their emotions to understand how anger feels and affects them. Told in rhyme, the gentle and calming narration broaches the subject delicately and simply, offering explanations, reassurances, and tools to try and help manage tempers and tantrums (whether justified or not!). Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers that expands on the cognitive-behavioral science behind the strategies and tools presented in the book, with more information on how you can help your little one manage their anger.
It’s an honor to have worked on this important book and I want to thank Holly, Leah, Katie, Magination Press, and my wonderful agent, Nicole.
For a chance to win a copy, leave a comment by Sunday, March 25, midnight PST.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Happy Birthday Mr. A. A. Milne! #winniethepoohday

Happy birthday Mr. A. A. Milne! Thank you and Mr. E. H. Shepard for Pooh, Piglet and the whole gang at the '100 Akre Wood'! 


Bob & Billie Bear's Bakery: a place for warm hellos, baked treats, and cups o' cheer!

Sending warm hellos your way!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Thoughts about this journey; and How Do You Say I Love You? By Hannah Eliot, Little Simon - and a giveaway!

Hello everyone!
Warning, this is a bit of a long post..thank you for your patience! Or scroll to the bottom for a chance to win at this giveaway...
My thoughts and wishes for swift containment of all the Southern California fires are top of mind today, with my eldest nearby in Santa Barbara, I am anxious. She is thankfully safe, but I continue to worry about friends and family. It's awful to see so much devastation first in Northern CA (Sonoma), and now Southern Cal. 
With so much going on in the world and right down south, it seems strange to post happy news today, but I wanted to share a story to those in the kidlit community and beyond about keeping at it (your craft), staying strong, working hard, and staying true to yourself. The journey of an artist is long & winding, frustrating, and tough. It's something that most choose as a second option, or third, or fourth. I found this to be true in my career, choosing graphic design with a concentration in illustration, over straight illustration. I feared how I could make a living in this industry. With many years in the design industry, with a partnership through the many years of marriage and now two big kids (one's 18!), and a community that has supported my work throughout the blog days of, to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, I found the courage to work on my art..and through the years, I have aged (definitely!), but have also grown and have become more comfortable and patient with myself. I've been able to work on some pretty darned awesome projects thanks to many people who I have admired for so long; advice from close friends; people willing to take a chance on me, and agents who have shared my work with others. I am grateful more than you know (and you all know who you are :) )THANK YOU!

One day, back in July, 2016, I was taken aback with sadness from the shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana..I painted..for that was what I needed to do, and the piece, 'Grow Peace', came about. 
I wrote: So many very tragic and sad things have occurred all over the planet and today, I again, woke up to another shooting, this time of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It's time for peace. It's time for a change to the light. It's time for humanity, compassion, rational and open dialog, and our ability to think beyond what we feel is not fixable, but work towards a better tomorrow. I'm worried about the future our children and their children will inherit.

If we could all in our own way, move towards the positive, and share our love and light, we can keep the darkness short, grow peace. Wishing you all well, my friends!

It seems timely still today, perhaps even more. I share this because this little illustration, borne out of hope, was shared by my wonderful agent, Nicole Tugeau, on a trip back east to publishers, and a year and a half later, the illo sparked the possibility of illustrating this sweet board book, How Do You Say I Love You?, by Hannah Eliot, published by Little Simon (Simon & Schuster). 
Our very well-loved Snowman. : )
In Japan, we say "Daisuki desu"...

Inspiration can be found everywhere.
My littlest would love sneaking into Zsöfi's sleeping bag when she was young.
In Spain, it's "Te Amo"
In Germany, it's "Ich Liebe Dich"...
Zsöfi approved. ; )
How Do You Say I Love You? By Hannah Eliot
I am honored to have illustrated such a lovely book, celebrating the diverse languages of love while learning how to say, "I Love You" in ten new ways. Gratefully, I'm posting this post to say thank you to all of you who have been on this journey with me. For those who are on their creative journeys, keep going and ENJOY what you do each day. We're lucky to be able to create something that might resonate with others and it truly is a gift that I appreciate whenver I see work from all of you. I am constantly inspired by so many and am glad that there is art in the world, thank goodness. (sending best wishes to the Getty Museum!).

To celebrate the journey, I'm giving away a copy of this sweet board book, so if you'd like a chance, please leave a comment below by midnight 12/11 PST.
Happiest of holidays to all! Shirley
If you'd like to order a copy, please visit: 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

"Grateful and Full, 2017" and it's inspiration...

This piece is titled "Grateful and Full, 2017" in honor of the 2017 National Dog Show Non-sporting group winner: French bulldog, GCHS Haloridge's Cruisin The Open Sea of Arnold, Md. He pretty much stole the show for me at  this year’s event, and I thought I’d paint him resting after a hard day’s work. :)

This piece was inspired by last year's painting of my "Grateful & Full" little corgi.
Hope you are all well and I wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Presenting: I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat, by Max Lucado! And a BOOK GIVEAWAY..enter by 10/15 midnight PST

It's a pleasure to present to you, my most recent illustrated book, 

I'm Not A Scaredy-Cat

A Prayer For When You Wish You Were Brave
By Max Lucado
Published by Thomas Nelson

From New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado, comes I'm Not A Scaredy-Cat, a hilarious new picture book to help kids manage their fears and worries and learn to trust God. Laugh-out-loud funny, yet filled with an important message that God is near so there's no need to fear, kids will learn to put into perspective those things that frighten or worry them.

Thank you to the fabulous people at Thomas Nelson, and to my awesome agent, Nicole Tugeau for this wonderful opportunity, as it's such an honor to illustrate this book! Working with the team to create Scaredy-Cat was a great experience as I tried to create a character that was scared (but not too scared or scary), dealing with his fears throughout the book. It was quite a lively and fun manuscript to work from, and some of my favorite scenes are of Scaredy-Cat battling his fear at the playground, and at the pool. I took some time to make myself laugh a bit with extra details in the pool and newspaper scenes. Some of the articles on the crumpled sheet of newspaper dealt with "Feline Feelings" and "Cats Who Comfort". I hope that these little details bring a smile to the reader.

One of the challenges I had for the cover was that my editor was particular about making that pink doughnut as pink and large as possible, and to make those sprinkles shine. To my delight, the hardcover books with beautiful slipcovers come complete with spot-gloss varnished & embossed Title, and shiny spot-gloss varnished SPRINKLES! SO fun!

I'm hopeful that the story of Scaredy-Cat's ability to maneuver his fears with the help of God's words is helpful and useful to many young readers.

For a chance to win either a hardcopy book or a board book, please leave a comment below before 12/15/17, midnight PST and I'll announce the winners on Monday.

For links to purchase the hardcover and/or board books:

 Also, here's a link to view the author, Mr. Max Lucado, sharing the book in his own words!
(scroll to "Product Media"and view video)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Take Your Pet to School Day

Hope everyone's enjoying the Fall so far!
A quick update: Congratulations to Julissa Mora, winner of my previous post's book giveaway. I hope you enjoy A Feel Better Book for Little Worriers, and thank you all for supporting the giveaway and the book. :)

I wanted to share this latest piece completed for my agent, - it's "Take Your Pet to School Day" and I had a great time creating this piece envisioning how much fun it would be to bring your pet duck, or hamsters to school. I

My thoughts today are with my eldest, who started at UCSB today - her first day in college, and we are so very proud. Wishing you all the best to spread your wings, Sierra!

Hope you are all's been a busy year for me, and I will share what I've been working on hopefully more steadily in the future, I've so neglected this ol' blog!