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School visits!

Most people have never imagined what a picture book story sounds and looks like without the illustrations. I show a picture book layout and read the words so that audiences might imagine how they would illustrate the story. I ask for suggestions about which words require illustrations, so children (and adults) can better put themselves in the role of illustrator.

I also demonstrate how I create a character by using a flip book of a changing face. Just the angle change of two simple lines (the eyebrows) can signal a character’s emotion going from surprise to anger. Audience participation is encouraged!

Questions? Contact me: fortenberryillustration@gmail.com

(Thanks to Greensboro Academy, and to Field librarian and photographer Jody Sitts.)