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RECENT BOOKS

 
BY KAREN BEAUMONT Buy Now! A group of animals strut their stuff, showing how proud they are about their big teeth, round bellies and long necks. Great for helping young children learn to love themselves.

BY KAREN BEAUMONT

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A group of animals strut their stuff, showing how proud they are about their big teeth, round bellies and long necks. Great for helping young children learn to love themselves.

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL Buy Now! The Little Red Pen must grade the papers or it's the END OF THE WORLD! She is stressed out and asks for help, but all her school supply friends can say is, "Not I!" The Little Red Pen goes it alone and finally tumbles with exhaustion into the Pit of No Return (the trash!).  Will the Little Red Pen be lost forever?  Will it be the end of the world?

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL

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The Little Red Pen must grade the papers or it's the END OF THE WORLD! She is stressed out and asks for help, but all her school supply friends can say is, "Not I!" The Little Red Pen goes it alone and finally tumbles with exhaustion into the Pit of No Return (the trash!).  Will the Little Red Pen be lost forever?  Will it be the end of the world?

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL Buy Now!  Responding to disgruntled dogs nationwide, Mr, Mutt, Canine Counselor, has solutions to the most sticky dilemmas.  But Mr. Mutt has his own problem to solve: the cat (aka The Queen), who has her own idea of who;s in charge.  Now Mr. Mutt is the one who needs help, quick!

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL

Buy Now! 

Responding to disgruntled dogs nationwide, Mr, Mutt, Canine Counselor, has solutions to the most sticky dilemmas.  But Mr. Mutt has his own problem to solve: the cat (aka The Queen), who has her own idea of who;s in charge.  Now Mr. Mutt is the one who needs help, quick!

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL Buy Now! Ruff! Ruff! Yip! Yip! Dog is rounding up whatever he can find in his urban apartment, even chairs. He is also driving his bird companion crazy with the commotion. Bird sends him to the countryside to find something more appropriate to herd, such as a cow. But since dog has never seen a cow, he finds all the wrong animals.

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL

Buy Now!

Ruff! Ruff! Yip! Yip! Dog is rounding up whatever he can find in his urban apartment, even chairs. He is also driving his bird companion crazy with the commotion. Bird sends him to the countryside to find something more appropriate to herd, such as a cow. But since dog has never seen a cow, he finds all the wrong animals.

 

CLASSIC BOOKS

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL Buy Now! Every night the rhyme gets read. Every night Dish and Spoon run away. And every night they return--until tonight! Where can Dish and Spoon be? The rhyme can't go on without them, so Cat, Cow, and Dog set out to search for their missing friends. But where to start? 

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL

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Every night the rhyme gets read. Every night Dish and Spoon run away. And every night they return--until tonight! Where can Dish and Spoon be? The rhyme can't go on without them, so Cat, Cow, and Dog set out to search for their missing friends. But where to start? 

BY JANET STEVENS Buy Now! Buy a Bear! Caldecott-Honor winning retelling of the classic tale of wily Hare tricking lazy Bear into giving up half the crops, be it the top, or the bottom. A story so deep in the ground even the paper is made from gardening pants!

BY JANET STEVENS

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Buy a Bear!

Caldecott-Honor winning retelling of the classic tale of wily Hare tricking lazy Bear into giving up half the crops, be it the top, or the bottom. A story so deep in the ground even the paper is made from gardening pants!

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL Buy Now! "Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!" crows Big Brown Rooster. "Let's get cooking!" So Rooster and his eager assistants: Turtle, Iguana and Potbellied Pig, set out to make the most wonderful, magnificent strawberry shortcake in the whole wide world. Rooster's glad to have help, but there's one big problem, none of his friends know how to cook!

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL

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"Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!" crows Big Brown Rooster. "Let's get cooking!" So Rooster and his eager assistants: Turtle, Iguana and Potbellied Pig, set out to make the most wonderful, magnificent strawberry shortcake in the whole wide world. Rooster's glad to have help, but there's one big problem, none of his friends know how to cook!

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL Buy Now! Violet lost her ball, and it wound up somewhere very new. How will these (much smaller) dogs deal with this confounded fuzz? Everyone will be wrapped in this adventure told in fiber.

BY JANET STEVENS AND SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL

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Violet lost her ball, and it wound up somewhere very new. How will these (much smaller) dogs deal with this confounded fuzz? Everyone will be wrapped in this adventure told in fiber.

VISITS

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JANET STEVENS would love to visit your SCHOOL, LIBRARY, CONFERENCE
OR CONVENTION!

I've given hundreds of talks around  and world, I truly enjoy interacting with kids and teachers. Working with "my audience" inspires and teaches me. My desire is to stimulate writing, reading, art and creativity in general.

Getting kids excited about the visit is the best way to make it great! Read, read, read the books!, Preparation is very important. Anything goes--art, writing, drama, math, science, PE-- all subjects can be involved in the author visit preparation. Just rev them up to meet me and be to ready share what they've created!

Visits include:

  • Three 45-60 minute multimedia presentation using Keynote. My goal is to encourage reading, writing, drawing, storytelling and creativity through my childhood experiences and the process of making books. I try to answer the question "Where do ideas come from?" Then I show how to take the idea and expand!
  • The highlight of each presentation is an interactive drawing with the kids. They help me dress a book character and  then leave with the challenge of creating a story for their character.
  • Book signing 
  • What I Need for a visit

preparing for a visit

I also do joint visits with my sister, Susan Stevens Crummel. Her site has lots of useful ideas to help you get ready for the big day!

 

 

 

SOME BOOK CHARACTERS DESIGNED BY KIDS!

MY STUDIO

 
 

My studio is where I put together all my books, for the past several years I have used a combination of painting, drawing and digital media to create my illustrations.  

Using the computer allows me to include lots of different real images and photos alongside the paintings, manipulate my layout on the computer and get exactly the look I want, without having to redraw the whole thing. My hand gets tired!

Stay tuned, I'll be adding a lot more images, videos and details about how each of my books were made in the near future!

 

Here I added real images and textures to my drawings from "Cook-A-Doodle-Doo"

The process starts by scanning the sketches, images and paper. I do a rough color version on the computer to get an idea of what it will look like. After working with the Art Director and Editor, I decide on a final layout for the page (I have to leave room for the words!).

Once the layout is ready, I add the colors and textures, real strawberries and a cheese grater for Iguana's skin! Then I add the digital images, a spoon, measuring cup and bowl, the final image is then printed on the handmade paper and ready for the book.

the layers of the "cook-a-doodle-doo" Cover

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