Book cover and Bookaroo

I’m still travelling around schools, but it’s ok . The sun is shining and the days are longer.

The London Book Festival was on and I  managed to pop into London and meet with friends I know from the Indian book festival  ”Bookaroo”.
Sitting by the table is from the right, me, Venky, Marcia Williams, Swati and Jo Williams.

 Jo, Swati and Venky are the main people behind the wonderful Children’s literature festival Bookaroo.
They are all working extremely hard to promote children’s books and reading in India and the main reason for them to be in London was the fact, that Bookaroo was one of  three shortlisted festivals for an award!  It’s a great achievement and so well deserved too.


And the latest news is that ….THEY WON!


Children’s literature festival Bookaroo on Tuesday won the International Excellence Award in the Literary Festivals category at the London Book Fair, 2017!


It’s so exciting and I just hope that the achievement will also bring attention of those who can help and support such an amazing and important literature festival.
Marcia Williams and I were at the Bookaroo festival  in Delhi four years ago, but we still talk about it to this day. It was an amazing experience to meet so many children and people excited about books and stories.
Last week I also managed to do some painting. A First Book of Animals is going to be published in America. The American publisher is changing the title of the book to “ The Song of the Wild. A First Book of Animals .” They would also like to have an orangutan on the book’s cover.
Publishers do that from time to time. My Dutch publisher changed the cover too. They used a crocodile from the inside of the book and the cover looks great.Opmaak 1
For Candlewick Press I had to paint the orangutan from scratch.IMG_6742
So here is the first sketch.
Colour sketch.
Here is work in progress
Then I had a phone call telling me that they would like the orangutan to have a baby too.
Ok, there was still time and so…cover
The baby was born.
Talking about “A First Book of Animals” is more good news: “A First Book of Animals” is long listed for The School Library Association Information Book Award in non-fiction category. HURAY!

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