The Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books

Here’s a quick note about The Children’s Book Academy. In the fall of 2017, I took Mira Reisberg’s course in illustrating children’s books. Guess what? I won the golden ticket. I didn’t expect the call, but when it came I was thrilled to death. My hard work had paid off in the end.

I had put my butt in chair and drew many character sketches and settings. I had wonderful critique partners that cheered me on when I was about to quit. My drawings were realistic, perhaps too realistic for toddlers. So when Mira Reisberg, the art director of Spork- Clear Fork Publishing contacted me to say she was interested in publishing Jurassic Rat, well, I practically fell off my chair. She said. “We would like to acquire your book, but would you agree on having someone else illustrate it?”

I didn’t think twice, “Of course!” I answered trying to hide the excitement in my voice. So here I am two years later with a copy of Jurassic Rat on my desk.

All this to say that Mira Reisberg of the Children’s Book Academy has another fabulous course coming in January 2020. The Extraordinary Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get noticed in this competitive world.

Author: eleanorannpeterson

As a child, I spent my summer holidays by the swamp catching tadpoles and other creepy critters or running after wild animals. I wanted to become a veterinarian when I grew up. But destiny turned my life around - I moved to Italy, where I obtained my BS in Environmental Sciences and Territorial Management. When not working in our family-run business, I write, read, play with clay, doodle, and go on scavenger hunts in the woods, followed by my six cats.

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