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Nov 23

Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan

Thanksgiving is celebrated worldwide in so many different and unique ways.  In Japan, November 23 is Labor Thanksgiving Day, a second national holiday in November!  It became a holiday in 1948 as a day for citizens to express gratitude to one another for work done throughout the year and for the fruits of those labors. …

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Nov 15

Shichi-go-san celebrated today in Japan

Shichi-go-san is a festival celebrated by parents on the 15th of November in Japan, to mark the growth of their children as they turn seven, five, and three years of age. Shichi-go-san literally means seven, five, and three. These ages are considered critical in a child’s life. Particularly, at the age of seven, a young …

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Sep 14

My Top 20 SCBWI Nuggets….

As impossible as it seems, over one month ago I sat in a huge ballroom along with 1,199 other children’s book writers and illustrators from 46 states and 19 countries eagerly anticipating the 41st annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators-LA  conference. The 171 men, 942 women, and 122 undeclared came from a variety of professional backgrounds,  including my personal …

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Jun 26

Meet Hailey Sabourin, Illustrator of the new Fly Catcher Boy iBook

  Q:  We first met in the summer of 2011, introduced through mutual friends.  When you heard I wanted to meet you to talk about illustrating a book, what did you think? A:  I was excited.  All I could think was positive! Q:  I spent about three days in your hometown, talking and getting to …

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Jun 02

The wait is over…

Fly Catcher Boy for the iPAD* now available Fly Catcher Boy, first published by Gumboot Books, Vancouver 2009) has been re-worked and re-launched as a dual-language English story with Japanese words throughout, an interactive version brought to life by Simon Hayama’s narration, and Hailey Sabourin’s manga-style illustrations. The read-it-to-me page by page audio option with sound …

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