School Visits & Elephants in PA…

These wonderful elephant drawings were created by young artists at Corl Street Elementary in State College, PA….

Elephant and Gracie are thrilled that everyone is having fun with their book.

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013
ELEPHANT’S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

Thank you to Mrs. McGann’s second graders for the lovely letters and fantastic elephants!….including a drawing from Mrs. McGann!…I love to see teachers draw along side their students!….This is one cool school!….tcp

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Another Fun School Visit in State College, PA…and all that jazz…

Wow…My mailbox is full of kids letters and art…and yesterday a little bit of jazz! …after another visit to another great elementary school in State College, PA.

They were busy at Easterly Parkway Elementary long before I arrived.

Easterly Parkway Elementary has lots of ideas about where Joe goes!
Easterly Parkway Elementary has lots of ideas about where Joe goes!

The kids were prepped and ready for an author visit.

Students prepping before an author visit..very cool!
Students prepping before an author visit..very cool!

These students and their librarian, Laura Alterio, were talking about me while I was still home in Vermont! I think I answered their questions in my presentation…but let’s go over these to be sure!…

My favorite art medium?…watercolor…pen and ink…pencil…

My favorite color?…..purple….

Where I live?….Vermont

My hidden talent?…I wonder what that is?….Along with writing and illustrating picture books there are lots of things I like to do…I like to swim..bike…cross country ski…hike….garden…eat…bake…listen to music…travel…draw while I travel…

I love to draw while I’m on subways…I draw fast…I can draw a person if they are on the subway for just one stop….could that be a hidden talent?… …maybe.

Riding the J train…NYC Subway
Riding the J train…NYC Subway

My first book?….I wrote a book about a blue bird in 2nd grade and gave it a red construction paper cover…self published… The first book that was published by a grown up publisher…We Wish You A Merry A Merry Christmas….1983 we-wish-you

Somehow this librarian managed to get pictures during my presentation…not an easy task…I do not stand still…Thank you, Laura!

…and what about the jazz?
I talk to students about working to music in my studio…the last two books Stan Getz and Miles Davis. A Dave McKenna CD just arrived in the mail from Nichol. She has connections to Dave and his family and thought I might enjoy listening to his music.  I love it. I’m listening to Dave as I write this…and enjoying every minute…Thank you, Nichol!

Thanks to Laura and to everyone at Easterly Parkway Elementary…I enjoyed spending the day with fellow readers…writers and artists!…tcp

Giant Bob…Regular Size Librarian…another school visit in PA

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When a giant Bob greeted me outside the library…I knew it was going to be a fun school visit. All those spots glued on by kids at Gray’s Woods Elementary…amazing!

PATTERNED ELEPHANT LETTERS on a welcome sign!…what fun.

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They noticed I love to put patterns in my books…students even made colorful little Bobs.

Thank you, Anne…for all of the time and thought put into preparing  Gray’s Woods  Elementary for my author visit. It’s so much fun to walk into a school and see the students excited…before I even begin a presentation…

A Great school!

Great day!

Thank you all!…State College, PA knows how to take care of visiting authors!…tcp

PS..Here’s a link to the Elephant Alphabet coloring page on my website. Just click on Elephant’s Activity Kit and there are letters to color, finger puppets and more. You can download the and make patterns on Elephant’s letters …spell your name…make a word…enjoy…have fun! 

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/elephant.html

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

A School Visit in PA…A Children’s Book Editor Works in a Slice of Cheese in NYC…?

I spent a great week visiting schools in State College, PA.

Radio Park Elementary is full of students and teachers that are excited about reading, writing and drawing. A great school. A fun school visit.

One of the best parts of visiting schools is getting artwork and letters from kids!…
I was barely home in Vermont…when letters started arriving…I spent this morning answering them.

One of my favorite comments came from a child that likes that “my editor works in a building that looks like a slice of cheese.” I showed students a picture of the Flatiron Building so they could see where I go when I say “I’m go to see my publisher”.

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Thank you to Mary Robert and her second graders for all your thoughtful letters…Here is a small sample…I’m off to the post office to mail all of the replies!

Elephant and Gracie helped me sign books in my hotel the night before my visit…

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The day of my visit..I was greeted by this poster of MYRTLE in the library. It was drawn by a parent (and artist)…I love how she picked up on the patterns!

Myrtle Poster by parent
Myrtle Poster by parent

I had fun presenting and drawing with the students…I left drawings for the school…they were stuck all over the walls!

More drawings from presentation
More drawings from presentation

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Mrs. Grim’s Kindergarteners gave me an Elephant before I even left the school!
I brought him back to my hotel…tucked him in…and Gracie read a story to 2 Elephants that night…Thank you Mrs. Grim and Kindergarteners!

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Thank you all! A special thank you to a swell librarian…Emily Herring…for all of your hard work. I enjoyed meeting everyone. It was a great day.

To the kids in Radio Park..keep reading, writing and drawing!…tcp

Purple Hats & Joe at Corl Street Elementary School…

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There were purple hats all over the walls at Corl Street Elementary…

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…and students had there own ideas about where Joe goes!

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I had a great week visiting elementary schools in State College, PA.

I returned with piles of wonderful artwork from the kids….car treats from the librarians…it was a great visit!!!

Ooops…I ate the car treats…so I can’t share those…

…but here is some fun art from students at Corl Street Elementary..

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Thank you, Corl Street Elementary! Thank you State College, PA!…Great schools!….Great town!…tcp

Sketchbooks…More Concert Sketches…

Sketches from the “Magnificats” Concert in Burlington, VT…Dec. 2014

Magnificent.

William Metcalfe conducting. He always looks like he’s having a blast.

The next concert…Sunday, May 17th….all JS Bach on period instruments…see you there!…tcp

http://orianasingersvt.org/ProgramNotes.php

Sketchbook…more subway sketches…nyc…

Riding the J train…
I love drawing in my little sketchbook…but this one does not love watercolor.

Playing with my sketches in my warm studio…

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color on the computer…

Stan Getz keeping me company…

playtime…having fun…enjoy…tcp