Lauren Stringer (author and illustrator of Winter is the Warmest Season and illustrator of Snow, Red Rubber Boot Day, Scarecrow, and The Princess and Her Panther, among others) and Joan Wolf (author of Someone Named Eva) greeted guests and signed books at the book festival this afternoon. They answered questions about their writing processes, and Lauren talked about creating the artwork for several of her books. Origami frogs appeared in various bright colors as Lauren taught children and parents to fold frogs. She learned to fold, of course, in preparation for making the paintings for Fold Me a Poem. When the two were not interacting with guests, they busily talked about their shared profession, something authors do not often get a chance to do.
One book I love has been selling well: Deborah Underwood's The Loud Book. Last year she released the companion book The Quiet Book, which I also love. The artwork is wonderful and intriguing. The simple yet insightful text is what captures my thoughts and reminds me of other loud (or quiet) times and moods in life.