To add to the conversation, David Diaz gave me one of his paintings from the C.S. Huck Conference (to celebrate the publication of my first book - I was offered a contract the day of that conference). It is hanging in my computer room!
And one more tie-in - I took an art class from Marla Frazee at the Art Center College of Design. I credit her with teaching me how to set up a picture book. My first book was sold soon after that class. She is one of my favorite artists and writers too!! What a small world we live in!
Okay, just one more...Nancy Hayashi, the illustrator of two of my books, illustrated for the writer of my favorite all-time book, The Relatives Came. I love that connection. She sent me this illustration of Uncle Sam this summer.
Thanks for letting me go on, and on.