(Quote from BookPage. Read the entire review of Darcy's First Sleepover here: https://bookpage.com/reviews/26403-julie-fortenberry-darcys-first-sleepover-childrens#.YMk7VS1h0hc)

A Booklist review for 'Darcy's First Sleepover' :)

I made a virtual visit to a class in Tucson, AZ and the kids made some great masks after my visit. I love this mask on the mask

On Nov. 27th you can buy my mixed media illustration and help raise $ for the 2 Democratic candidates for Senate, and Stacey Abrams's group FAIR FIGHT ACTION.
Our future hangs on winning the critical runoff elections in Georgia. For the Biden administration to make meaningful changes they need a Senate majority, so The Pen and Ink Brigade* is having a GEORGIA ON MY MIND fundraiser to help!
This Instagram fundraiser starts November 27th, 9:00 AM EST and ends November 29th, 9:00 PM EST--in time for folks to get HOLIDAY GIFTS! It is an opportunity for people to make a donation to help with the critical Georgia Senate runoff elections + get a piece of original art – a TWOFER!! The minimum donation for the art is $200.

The list of participating artists is still growing, and beloved picture book creators, New Yorker cartoonists, renowned illustrators, textile artists, photographers and more! More info coming soon!
*While we intentionally highlight women, we invite gender marginalized, trans, and non-binary artists to work with us in community. Visit @penandinkbrigade on Nov. 27 to see the exhibit!

@penandinkbrigade
stay tuned..... 🍑

This Instagram art sale starts November 27th, 9:00 AM EST and ends November 29th, 9:00 PM EST. All funds will go to support the two Democratic candidates for Senate, Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, as well as Stacey Abrams's group FAIR FIGHT ACTION. Follow me on instagram to find out more -- https://www.instagram.com/fortenberryillustration/

I made a short trivia video for the Mercer County Library System in NJ. Like a lot of libraries they are working to bring virtual visits to kids during these Covid times. The library system is compiling a variety videos by authors and illustrators for their Youtube channel and their patrons. Please watch!
https://youtu.be/YuJMyLMg58Q

Support the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Buy a copy of PEARL GOES TO PRESCHOOL here: https://www.scbwi.org/scbwibookstop-display/?id=692218
And to receive a free book plate, send me note here: https://www.juliefortenberry.com/contact
Thanks!

I have another new book planned for 2021! Many thanks to Tracy Gates and Steven Chudney.

Bidding begins Sunday, September 27th, for the 5th Annual Plum Creek Online Art Auction! 200 works of art are being auctioned off to support the continuing the festival's high quality programming throughout 2021 and many years to come. 100% of the proceeds benefit the festival. Bid high, bid often, and share widely!
https://www.32auctions.com/plumcreek2020?fbclid=IwAR3JegKXwJ0RlR8f_7elt2m9DvzpzEUYK6Z9Q3FOIE-PxXQtDV89JSjTY1k

Yay! Today Pearl can add SLJ to the list of lovely reviews--
"Pearl narrates; her three-year-old's voice is precocious and sweet. The illustrations are just as gentle as the story; though rendered digitally, they look like well-executed watercolors. Mom is chic and stylish, and Pearl is adorable with a mop of short curly black hair... VERDICT A recommended purchase for back-to-school collections."

Reviews for Pearl Goes to Preschool...
The softly colored illustrations, outlined in black, are very appealing and feature a lovely double-page spread of Pearl and her mother attending a classic ballet performance...Tender and sweet comfort.
—Kirkus Reviews

The quiet, well-phrased text provides the story’s structure as well as moments of understated humor, while letting the expressive illustrations show elements of the story never mentioned in the text, such as a subway ride and a ballet performance. Created digitally, the artwork depicts the children, in particular, with a winsome quality that suits the story well. A pleasing picture book for young dance lovers.
—Booklist

In this winsome, taut story, a timid child warms to the idea of preschool with her mother’s tactical nudging and her own ingenuity...This charming antidote to preschool anxiety contains a deftly measured dose of sweetness.
—Publishers Weekly

A muted color palette makes a lovely backdrop for this engaging portrait of a strong parent- child relationship: Pearl feels safe in expressing herself, and her mom’s gentle guidance helps Pearl take ownership over big decisions. Pearl Goes to Preschool is a real treat.
—BookPage

Stay safe Lily!