Julie and I met in 2019 as part of a picture book debut group. Even though we are geographically 5000 miles apart, we have grown close through the wonders of technology. Hopefully one day, I’l be able to travel to Switzerland again and meet her in person. She’s been a fabulous critique partner, and we’ve shared the joys and challenges in our lives over the past two years. Julie is a marvel at writing sparse text and recently published the fifth and sixth board books in her LITTLE ANIMALS series, LITTLE PENGUIN and LITTLE ZEBRA. Julie is generously offering one winner a copy of LITTLE PENGUIN or a picture book critique. Winner’s choice! Please include which prize you would prefer in the comments!
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
This was taken in my Grandma’s garden, where I remember spending many happy days. I don’t remember if Dog had a name, but I do remember he was the only doggie I wasn’t afraid of back then – the stuffed kind!
What inspires you?
My inspiration often comes from story time with my students and their captivated little faces, but it can also be sparked by a series of photos in the news, which inspire me to write a story for them. I try to keep myself open to ideas popping up in the strangest of places!
What do you hope your readers take away from your books?
I hope that they love the rhyme and rhythm of the Little Animal Friends series and the adorable art as much as I do! As a former ESL teacher, picture books offering rhyme, rhythm, and repetition were definitely my go-to books.
What can we look forward to next?
I have another NF poem picture book bio releasing on 4th May with Kids Can Press. Sakamoto’s Swim Club, illustrated by the super talented Chris Sasaki, is the story of a dedicated teacher who coached Hawaiian swimmers all the way to the Olympics!
To connect with Julie and learn more about her books:
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