Welcome Author-Illustrator Bonnie Kelso – Giveaway Alert

I’m excited to feature Bonnie Kelso, a talented author-illustrator and her debut picture book NUDI GILL: POISON POWERHOUSE OF THE SEA, published by Gnome Road Publishing . Bonnie and I have crossed paths in virtual writing groups over the years. Last winter when we both participated in a Zoom middle grade writing class offered through SCBWI, I finally had a chance to get to know her better and asked her to join me for an interview. She’s not just a talented artist and picture book author, as you can see from NUDI GILL: POISON POWERHOUSE OF THE SEA, she has the ability to create a funny story that children will want to read over and over! But that’s not all, she shared her middle grade writing with me and I’ll tell you this: she’s got a lot of gifts so you’re going to want to remember her name because I think she’s going to be finding her way onto bookshelves for older readers too.

And today, Bonnie is offering my readers a gift and it’s a your choice giveaway! Enter the giveaway by commenting on this post. You can choose a picture book critique or a classroom zoom visit. If you’re not a teacher, you can donate it to your favorite teacher or school.

What were you like at the age of your target audience?

Oh boy, when I was six I was very shy. As you can see in my family photo, I was not very trusting of strangers, especially photographers. Luckily that has changed a little bit over the years. I still hate having my photo taken, though!

Bonnie at age 6 with her family

What inspires you?

I am inspired by many things, but mostly experiences. For example, NUDI GILL: POISON POWERHOUSE OF THE SEA was inspired by my love for diving and snorkeling in tropical locations. There’s nothing quite like being down there with the fishies. It’s a whole different world underwater and the animals are just as curious about you as you are of them. 

What do you hope readers take away from this book?

I hope readers will be inspired to explore nature with gentleness, especially when in the ocean. The next time they get to enjoy a dip in the sea I hope they remember Gill and choose to be good guests in someone else’s home. 

What’s next for you?

I have a few more books in the Gnome Road Publishing pipeline. I illustrated IN A CAVE by Heather Kinser, which comes out in October and my second author-illustrated book, SEA SMILES, will be released next February. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing NUDI GILL: POISON POWERHOUSE OF THE SEA with as many kids as I can. 

You can find out more about Bonnie’s art and books:

Twitter: @bonniekelso

Instagram: @bonnie.kelso


Published by authorlaurablog

I'm a reading specialist from Chicago, now living in the beauty of the Roosevelt National Forest in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. My first book "Aliana Reaches for the Moon" features a creative and curious girl who loves science, her little brother, and her very patient parents. I'm currently writing a MG novel and several picture books with STEM elements and dogs.

13 thoughts on “Welcome Author-Illustrator Bonnie Kelso – Giveaway Alert

  1. Congratulations Bonnie on this and your upcoming books too! NUDI GILL looks adorable and super interesting too! Thanks for the giveaway. And thanks for the interview and hosting Bonnie, Laura.

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    1. Thanks for your support of all the authors and illustrators on the blog, Jill. As a person who has never lived near the ocean, this is new to me but I love learning about things in nature and this book’s vibrant colors and humor definitely made me feel like I had learned something and now I want to know more. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  2. Congrats Bonnie it looks amazing. I need to read it! 🙂 and congrats on your upcoming books as well. Thank you for the interview 🙂

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  3. It is so nice to see Bonnie in Laura’s blog. She is such a wonderful person and a passionate author-illustrator. Congratulations on your books, Bonnie! I am SO happy to read your interview and learn a little more about you.

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    1. Thank you for reading, Judith! I’m so happy to have Bonnie on my blog and I just found out this afternoon when it was Announced, I won a giveaway from her through March on With Mentor Texts! 😃
      Good luck in the giveaway!

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