Charles M. Burke Elementary
School Illustrator Visit

Karen Ritter, the librarian at Charles Burke, invited me to present my newest book The Little “Read” Hen written by Dianne de Las Casas. I gave a presentation about what it takes to become an illustrator and the process that an illustrator goes through to create a picture book. After the presentation, each student created their own collage of a hen. I found it very fitting the hen be created from newspaper, because in the story she is well “Read.” 🙂
I had a wonderful time. Thank you for inviting me to your school to talk about what I love – creating illustrations and sharing with kids my process.


A Great Book Review For The Little “Read” Hen

cover red hen
Dianne de Las Casas’ NEW book, The Little “Read” Hen, illustrated by the talented Holly Stone-Barker, is here! Join the clucky little hen as she tries to get her friends to help her write a story through the steps of brainstorming, researching, outlining, drafting, editing, and proofing. She’s unflappable and doesn’t let her friends get her in a fowl mood. An EGG-cellent story for aspiring young writers!

“This fresh take on the traditional folktale gives youngsters sound advice on writing their own stories. Teachers will want to use this pun-filled tale in their writing lessons. Colorful cut-paper illustrations add to the humor.”
– School Library Journal