Julie PaschkisWhy did you choose to submit your particular piece of art?
I chose the first page of Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People because I loved painting it. That was the painting where I figured out how to illustrate that book.
What does being part of SCBWI mean to you?
Working on books is a solitary occupation. SCBWI brings us together. It was an incredibly helpful resource when I was first getting started. Now it feels like a big family reunion.
Years ago someone told me that children's book illustration is a "bunny eat bunny world." But our SCBWI chapter disproves that: it's a bunny help bunny world. A much better idea.
What is your favorite picture book from childhood?
My favorite picture book was The Poppyseed Cakes by Maud and Miska Petersham. I also loved Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag, and Pelle's New Suit by Elsa Beskow.
Fun fact: Julie is also a textile designer with her own fabrics. Learn more, and see more images, on STQRY here.
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