Writing and illustrating books can turn you into a lonely desk potato.  Since I like other people and leaving the house, I enjoy collaborations like the Street Seats tumblr created by my friend Rebecca Pellman.  It's exactly what it sounds like.  Anyone can contribute, so if you see a Street Seat, snap a pic and share.  It's good for you!

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In 2002, conservationist Andrew Balmford published a study showing that 8-year-olds could identify more than 120 Pokémon characters.

Those same 8-year olds recognized less than half the native plant and animal species they were shown.

The real world is full of interesting creatures, so to help kids learn about them, scientists are developing a card game called Phylo. There's a coral reef deck, to which I contributed, and other decks are available or in the works. They're free, and kids can submit card art for consideration. So if you and junior want to know more about that brown thing that's eating a peanut in that green stuff, get some!  Download a starter deck here, or build your own set card by card. (PS:  A FREE DECK to the first person who comments and correctly identifies the brown thing.  Kids only!!)

 

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Three of my paintings will be included in "From Mice to Monsters: Illustrations for Children," a group show at Brooklyn's 440 Gallery.

The opening is 6-9pm on Thursday, June 28.  I will also be giving a talk on Sunday, July 22.  Refreshments will be served at both events. My work has been exhibited before but this is my first gallery show.  Very exciting!  Please come!

 

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