Anne BelovWhy did you choose to submit your particular piece of art?
I picked this piece of art from my (as yet unpublished) picture book, Pandamorphosis, because I've been working on it and been totally immersed in it for the past three to four years. This scene takes place near the middle of the story, where the chaos is beginning to reach panda-monium. I love the little panda playing with the slipper.
What does being part of SCBWI mean to you?
SCBWI is a refuge for those of us who love and create children's literature—in much the same way that books were a refuge for me when I was growing up.
What is your favorite picture book from childhood?
I remember having a picture book about pandas, though I don't remember the name. Although it is not a picture book, the illustrations and the philosophy of Winnie the Pooh make it still one of my all-time favorites.
Fun fact: Anne is the founder of The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire. Learn more, and see more images, on STQRY here.
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