By Luisa LaFleur, The Children's Book Review Published: May 26, 2009 We've reviewed several titles from Chronicle Books in the past few months and we're happy to report that the publisher has some interesting new websites to promote several of their most popular books. Duck! Rabbit!, a fun

By Bianca Schulze, The Children's Book Review Published: May 22, 2009 Sabuda & Reinhart Pop-Ups: Baby Signs by Kyle Olmon (Author), Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator) Reading level: Baby-Preschool Hardcover: 12 pages Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Pop edition (April 14, 2009) What to expect: Babies, Parents, Sign language Because speech develops at a slower rate

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 19, 2009

Summer is approaching fast, which means school will be out very soon. It also means it’s baseball season. What better way to entice our kids to read over the summer than by giving them a series of books that is based on a sport that they love — topic can be everything! SLUGGERS, a series about three kids who travel the country playing baseball, is sure to captivate its audience with mystery, fantasy, and even some historical fiction. Loren Long, one of my all-time favorite illustrators and the guy who thought up the series, has ever so kindly answered some questions that shed some light on his career and SLUGGERS.

Bianca: Can you tell us about your journey to becoming an illustrator?

Loren: My journey as an illustrator started with a confused college education from the University of Kentucky majoring in a number of different areas from Business to Communications to Architecture and finally to art in my senior year. Next came one year of art school at The American Academy of Art in Chicago which led to my first professional job as an illustrator at Gibson Greeting Cards in Cincinnati, Ohio. I worked at Gibson illustrating greeting cards by day and trying to forge a freelance illustration career by night. Left Greeting card land after almost 4 years to freelance full-time mostly working for magazines. I had become a student of the American Regionalist painters from the early 20th century such as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. This began to show up in my illustration samples and seemed to give me an identity of style on the national illustration scene.  I began to get jobs from magazines like Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Atlantic  Monthly and Reader’s Digest.