Charlesbridge Children's Books Blog — Mika Song

Painting A New School Year for Charlesbridge

Posted by Mel Schuit on

Illustrator Mika Song discusses creating the illustrations for her new book A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices When I first read Sally Derby’s poems in A New School Year I was struck by how familiar each character felt to me. My goal for the illustrations was to keep them simple and show the emotions in the poems. I had been volunteering as a reading tutor, so kids and classrooms were already fresh in my mind. My agent sent me photos of her son’s preschool walls to give me ideas. The rest is from my own memories. Happily, schools...

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