A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books by Becca
Becca Stadtlander is a rising star in the world of children’s illustration, and she lives right here in her hometown of Covington, Kentucky. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her work has been featured on stationery and greeting cards, home decor products, and editorial publications, as well as both young adult and children’s books. Becca describes herself as “a freelance illustrator and fine artist, inspired by the beauty of everyday objects, the comforts of home, and the lush colors and landscapes of far-off places.” Cecilia and I have had the recent pleasure of getting to know Becca. We’ve visited her studio and have heard her speak at various venues, including the prestigious Mazza Children’s Literature Conference. Many months ago, the Kenton County Public Library approached Becca about creating the artwork for this year’s summer reading club. That artwork is currently featured on our summer calendar as well as the t-shirts that children can earn by reading. We think Becca is fabulous. Take a look at her books and check out her website, www.beccastadtlander.com . We’re sure you’ll agree!
Meet Becca at the Erlanger Branch
Monday, June 18, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Meet the Illustrator
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Art with Becca*
Meet Becca at the Durr Branch
Monday, July 30, 2018
6:00 PM – Art with Becca*
7:30 PM – Meet the Illustrator
Look! What Do You See?: An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs by Bing Xu, illus. by Becca Stadtlander
When you first glance at this book, Becca’s lovely folk art illustrations appear to be accompanied by Chinese calligraphy. Closer examination reveals that this “calligraphy” is actually “square word calligraphy” invented by Bing Xu. Deciphering the code reveals the song lyrics. This is a fun and interesting puzzle book, quite different in approach.
Made by Hand: A Crafts Sampler by Carol Lexa Schaefer, illus. by Becca Stadtlander
This book is due to be published in October, but it’s already in our catalog so you can place a hold on it. This book takes a look at handmade toys and tools of the past. A globe, a pie crimper, and a rocking horse are just a few of the hand-crafted objects included. Becca’s artwork visually tell the story of each. This book is sure to be interesting as well as fascinating.
On the Wing by David Elliott, illus. by Becca Stadtlander
This was Becca’s first picture book, and it is stunning. In this book readers learn about a variety of birds through poetic text and of course, beautiful illustrations. She places each bird in its natural habitat, and her detailed illustrations complement the poems nicely.
Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle, illus. by Becca Stadtlander
As winter settles in, readers learn how a family gets their farm ready for the season. There are many tasks to be done and Becca details those in each double-page spread. Her illustrations capture the beauty of December and the impending winter.
Things that Grow by Libby Walden, illus. by Becca Stadtlander
This book investigates different types of growth in nature, from plants and trees to animals to the universe itself. Becca’s numerous detailed illustrations make this book a true delight.
Treasure Hunt House: Lift the Flaps and Solve the Clues by Kate Davies, illus. by Becca Stadtlander
When two children visit their Great-Aunt Martha they embark on an incredible treasure hunt as they explore each room in her house. There are more than 50 flaps to lift and learn about historical and cultural objects. This book is due out in August, but it is already in our catalog which means that holds can be placed at this time.
Written by Cecilia Horn and Terri Diebel
Cecilia Horn is currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. Terri Diebel is a Children’s Librarian at the Covington Branch. Both hold Masters of Library Science degrees and have worked in the field of Children’s Literature for many years. In recent years, they have collaborated on presentations at local, state, and national library and literature conferences.
“Children’s literature is our passion. Through this blog, we hope to share that enthusiasm and love of children’s books. As children’s literature enthusiasts, our blog name pays homage to the classic children’s poem from 1889, ‘Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,’ by Eugene Field.”