Why did you choose to submit this piece of art?I submitted five illustrations for consideration. The piece that was chosen, “A Tender Moment,” is from my new project Animal Stories. I submitted this because it seems to really move people, and it invites the viewer into a touching story without the use of words. It is one of my favorite pieces.
What does being part of SCBWI mean to you?
Being a member of SCWBI has been a fantastic experience for myriad reasons. I have learned a great deal about the art of storytelling, marketing, and perseverance. I have also formed some great relationships and have been given the opportunity to get my work out there. I constantly encourage people who are interested in writing and creating art for young readers to join up. It is soooo worth it!
What is your favorite picture book from childhood?
I loved a story called The Cookie Tree about a tree that shows up in a medieval town and begins growing delicious cookies. Nobody knows why. They are all suspicious and have a bunch of meetings to discuss what should be done with the tree. The children, in the meantime, go out and begin eating and collecting the glorious cookies. After the children have gratefully enjoyed the tree's offerings, it disappears. The adults aren’t sure what happened, but the children are.
I also loved Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Where the Wild Things Are, Chicken Soup with Rice, and Bread and Jam for Frances. (There is obviously a food theme going on here!)
Fun fact: Robyn signs her work with a chop. Learn more, and see more images, on STQRY here.
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