Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Great Start to November

We are home, now, and two things have started November off on a lovely note: One is my new picture book, Dragonella, that was waiting for me when we got home. The other is the after school Art Club that kicked off Thursday on the Day of the Dead.


Dragonella was released in October, by Belanger Books, but we were in Spain. The fabulous art work is by Brian Belanger. Wonderful pictures on every page.

We got home last Monday evening, late, and have been catching up on sleep and getting back into our routines since our return. What a wonderful trip it was! And how wonderful it is to be home again. I'll still be posting with pictures about our Spain trip, but right now I'm focusing on getting the word out about Dragonella, and there are some samples of the Art Club sugar skulls below, as well.

Here is a LINK to Amazon for those of you who are doing your Xmas shopping for little ones. It's for ages 5-8, but good for younger kids who enjoy being read to.

Here is a blurb about the book from the back cover:


For those of you who like to give books for Christmas (and there is no greater gift for a child — it opens the whole world to them) — SCBWI has a marvelous online Bookstop site you can browse to consider books for children of all ages. Here is the link for SCBWI BOOK STOP

You can find great selections in both Traditionally publishes and Independently published books.

And here is the link to my page at the Bookstop:  If you have time, please stop by and like my page and sign the guestbook.



NOW TO ART CLUB: Each year I volunteer teach fine arts once a week at the South Natomas Community Center. Last year I didn't, because I didn't know whether my glaucoma was going to call for surgery in my left eye, and I didn't want to start a class and then discontinue it. Happily, the prognosis is good and I'm back in the art room. I teach on Thursdays between trips to Spain, and happily this Thursday was smack dab on El Dia de los Muertos. How cool is that? We did sugar skulls, using sample pictures as inspiration, but I always encourage the kids to take off in their own direction. We used oil pastels on pastel paper, and this is what they came up with:

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How about you? Do you like art? Do you do any form of art? Do you like books about dragons? Have you started your Xmas shopping yet? (Don't depress me by saying you are all finished — I haven't even begun!)

Hope you all had a Happy Halloween and that you have a Happy Thanksgiving coming up.

24 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

I LOVE the kid art! Well done!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I do, too, Vicki. I'm so glad to be back with this class. Although I love writing, I love art and teaching, and Thursday is the big boost of my week. No matter how tired I feel, I come back home totally rejuvenated. These kids are dynamite!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on your book release! Hope the publicity through SCBWI helps get the word out about it.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks, Natalie. The word seems to be out and about. My publisher told me a while ago that Dragonella is "off to a good start". Let's hope she keeps going! :-)

Kate Larkindale said...

Congratulations on the picture book release! It looks lovely. I just need to find some small kids to give it to. Mine are too old for picture books now.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Kate. Thanks so much for the good wishes. I was happy with how it turned out. If you just spread the word it will be more than helpful enough. Have a great week.

Rosi said...

Kids are so creative if they are just given the chance. Love the art! Congrats on the book. Very excited for you.

Richard Hughes said...

I'm glad to see you have a new book published. I've thought of writing a children' book in the past, but never have. It's wonderful that you can get into the mindset to write for children. That's a special talent.

And the art work, children have tremendous imaginations. It's good that you're contributing to their development.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Rosi, you are so right. As I recall, your granddaughter is very creative and into art. And I think art is so good for them. They need the kind of expression from within the only art can provide.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Richard, thanks for the good wishes about both the writing and the art class. These kids are a joy. Have a great day.

Geo. said...

Got our copy of "Dragonella" from Amazon today, Elizabeth. Just finished reading it. Most impressed, much fun. This will doubtless be a favorite when grandkids visit. Thank you for your gently written text and please convey our appreciation to the excellent Brian Belanger.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Geo. Yes, I saw Norma's photo of it on FB! That was a thrill. I'm glad you like it. And I'm glad you like Brian Belanger's illustrations. I thought they were just terrific. Le me know how the grandkids like it. Have a great day.

DMS said...

I love art! It is one of my ways of de-stressing. :) I think it is wonderful that you teach an art class. The paintings look fabulous. Thanks for sharing. :)
~Jess

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks so much for your comments about the kids' art, Jess. They really give it their all. They provide a big boost to my week.

Mirka Breen said...

Go, Dragonella! You show 'em, girl! :D

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Mirka. I LOVE this! Dragonella does, too.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

The children's pictures are priceless. Young ones have such vivid imaginations. I love art and like to try it. Mine kind of resemble's the kids' work.
Dragons are neat. So happy for you with your new book. Glad to hear it's doing well.
Have a great day.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks for visiting, Beverly. I loved those pictures, too. The kids come in so ready to learn and they already have a good sense of composition. (Most young people do until they lose confidence.). Thanks for the good wishes about my book. Yours looks fabulous.

Mark Noce said...

I bought a copy for my kids for Christmas! I'll have to have you sign it at some point:)

Christine said...

Congrats on your new book and great that you can teach that art class, so worthwhile.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Christine, it really is. Art programs have been cut back in so many schools, and art makes such a difference in a student's self-awareness and self-esteem. Thanks for the good wishes about my book.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Mark, thank you so much. I will probably be at your Avid Reader signing in January. I'll know closer to the date. At that point, you can sign your book for me, too!

Tanya Lynne Reimer said...

I love the book! So proud of you! Congrats!!!! And love the artwork by the young talents you get to inspire. Keep up the great work.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks for your lovely comments, Tanya! I so appreciate them.