I've been an illustrator for a relatively long time & have had my work published in many forms over the years. So this was a complete surprise when one of my projects started getting treated very differently than the others.
  1. The thing I least expected when I illustrated a picture book...
  2. was how many people would want their books signed by me!
    this is a crazy line for a signing I did at San Diego comic con (for something else). I find it amazing how people treasure signatures! it's sort of remarkably old timey, isn't it?
  3. which is super fun & amazing
    & honestly unexpected since I'm the illustrator not the author. I also get invited to do read aloud events and I'm like "you guys, you know I'm just the illustrator, right?" ("just")
  4. I've gotten better at my extended relationship to my picture book over the last couple years
    better at signing books in addition to getting better at giving talks about my artwork. I have somehow escaped ever having to read this book aloud to an audience!!!
  5. signing books actually takes me a TON of time, but i'm happy to do it.
  6. here are some of the books I've signed in the past week or two
  7. I try to put a lot of effort into it & make the signature more than just a signature
  8. really long inscriptions are terrifying
    because I might spell something wrong & have to eat the cost and redo the work and all that
  9. my favorite is signing books for people I know
    Elvis is the son of my first ever assistant - two of my best friends Ryan and Jackie
  10. I usually sign with an animal that hatches from an egg
    since that's what the book is about
  11. but some people make specific animal requests and I make them hatch from an egg anyway
    ok probably confusing but I think it's funny (this is an older signing... see! I got better at it)
  12. sometimes I sign with a bunch of animals
  13. I try to make each signing unique and special
  14. I'm about to be the published author of my first picture book
    Stack the Cats, April 2017
  15. and the illustrator of another book (the companion to this one)
    What Will Grow, Feb 2017 (Bloomsbury)
  16. I can't wait to sign those, too!!!
  17. 🖋🖋🖋🖋🖋🖋🖋🖋🖋🖋🖋🖋
  18. I'm not sure if all authors and illustrators feel the same about signing books as I do
  19. but I hope they do!
  20. I now get my books signed, too!
  21. like this beautiful copy of the Sunlit Night by @Becky
    look at how great that E is!!!!! buy her book!!! and buy @eatthelove's when it comes out! and @bjnovak's clever books and @mindy's inspiring essays! and my mom's books, Sky of Red Poppies and The Moon Daughter! and @jenny's and @jayang's and @souris's and @paulfeig's! everyone I'm forgetting! and get them all signed!
  22. go to author events & have your books signed!
  23. it makes them so much more special
    because it seals a little moment between you and the creator of that work
  24. but it also gives the author/illustrator a chance to transform their book
  25. to make something that will be treasured as something more than a mass produced object
  26. a distinction made for one person at a time
  27. ✏️✏️✏️✏️✏️✏️✏️✏️✏️✏️✏️✏️✏️
  28. 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚
  29. feel free to long tap this list to make a listalike title -- and use it to make a photo list of all the signed books you own
  30. I'd love to see that!
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  32. 3/6/15: new books!
  33. this person didn't want it signed to a name!
  34. this person gave me a first and a last name to sign it to, and I feel like I can't post both! so here is only half.
  35. another double namer! twice the opportunity for me to mess it up!
  36. I think this may be the fourth Harper I've signed for????
  37. book club!
  38. I'll keep uploading them as I sign them!
  39. oops here are more!
    for my friend & fellow illustrator
  40. Static
  41. Hope I'm not spoiling any surprises here
  42. cool inscription request
  43. these long dedications make me so anxious
    I'm a person
  44. Static
  45. oops this photo is sideways oh well