Thank you for the thoughtful post @sarbare__  and to @appleseedyoga for getting the word (and the art) out! 
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Oh my, have I been feeling a real drought of creativity lately.
I’m reading,
I’m writing,
I’m drawing,
I’m dancing,
I’m listening to all the music,
but when it comes to planning my classes, I’m having a hard time finding inspiration.
My mind feels way foggy, I’m having a hard time focusing, but I’m determined to find my inspiration once again,
I feel this incredible NEED to create.
Just not so sure what or how?
This happens from time to time, especially when you work with kids as often as I do - sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the pace of their creativity and imagination.
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Then I picked up this magical book,
“Sun,” by @alisonoliverdesign,
(thanks to @appleseedyoga’s recent story feature)
and it reminded me about what it’s all about.
Sometimes we can really love what we do,
and still feel a little twang of longing for something more.
Sometimes it just takes a friend, a family member, even a stranger, to inspire us to move forward.
Not only do the incredibly vibrant illustrations paint such a beautiful journey,
but the story itself is so relatable.
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So I’ll keep working at it, leaning on some of my comfortable “sequences,” while I work on what this next bought of creativity will birth.
Feeling extra grateful, supported, and loved these days - thank you 
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What are you working on lately - how are you exercising your creativity?
Might just help spark this little flame over here 
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Thank you @periodista_de_bolsillo for the opportunity to talk about the making of Luna. You can find our interview here: http://unperiodistaenelbolsillo.com/ ⁣
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⁣Charlamos en el blog con @alisonoliverdesign sobre su trabajo en ‘Luna’, editado por @cocobooks_ LINK en BIO

Congrats @anne_wynter, can’t wait to follow along! Thank you  @dallasweekly! ・・・
🗣YOUNG READERS! Texas-based children’s book author, Anne Wynter has partnered with for our new column, “Anne’s Picture Book Picks!”
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Anne suggests picking up:
*Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
*Sun by Alison Oliver
*The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
*What If.... by Samantha Berger
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Thank you @thereadingninja! ・・・
Sun by @alisonoliverdesign | Sun is full of warmth and bright creative energy. A beautiful story about a sporty boy who gets in touch with his creative side with the help of a crafty fox. ️
Alison's illustrations are gorgeous. Pairing beautifully to the wonderful story that reminds us that there are many ways to be a boy. Artistic and sporty don't have to be mutually exclusive.

Thank you @bibliobebes! ・・・
it may be cold outside but we’re grateful for the sun shining down on us as we play outside & the neighborhood fox that has been visiting our street lately. also, this book has been read no fewer than once a day in the last week. a tale of friendship, brotherhood & love. oh, & soccer, which both my boys love! I love that they can see themselves in the books we read.

Gracias @trianguloarcoiris
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Luna.

Este libro fue un amor a primera vista. Reconozco que lo compré por las ilustraciones, que son una maravilla. Pero es que la historia me ha cautivado.

La historia de Luna es muy parecida a la de cualquier niño: escuela, extraescolares, deberes... y vuelta a empezar. Luna se pregunta cómo debe ser sentirse libre. Una noche sale a observar las estrellas y conoce un lobo. Un lobo que volverá a conectarla con su lado salvaje. Con él redescubrirá el placer de jugar, de saltar, de gritar...y también de parar y escuchar, de sentir. 
Una historia maravillosa, con un mensaje muy importante para todos, pero sobretodo para los más pequeños: hay que jugar más, correr más, salir más, sentir más... Las ilustraciones son puro amor, maravillosas también.

@cocobooks_

Happy Wolf Moon and lunar eclipse! Hooooowl! 
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happy 2020. @alisonoliver

BOOK GIVEAWAY! @kateydenno is doing a wonderful giveaway of and #Sun. Go follow her for the details and to get the best tips about clean beauty products (so many things I use and love I got from Katey!). Hope you win! Thank you @kateydenno! 
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•FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY ALERT, GIVEAWAY ALERT!• My sweetie pie nephew, Van, + I just finished enjoying these two books, written and illustrated by the extremely talented @alisonoliverdesign. 
I’m such a fan of all of the feminist, humanist + eco-friendly-teachings (and more) she weaves into each of the over 30 children’s books she’s created. I think she’s a genius artist and her stories are inspiring and just so sweet. If you have any children in your life, these are the books to give them.  I so hope you win!
1. Guess a number between 1-100 and enter it into the comments below
2. Follow @alisonoliverdesign + tell her how much you love her work
3. Tag a friend who needs these books for their little one!
4. If you don’t win them, order them or look for them at your local bookstore. They make such beautiful gifts! 
Xoxo

Follow @oracleofla and check out her book #Initiated. It’s spectacular and Moon-y! _________

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Cuando eres fan de los clásicos y tienes hijos pequeños.
@cocobooks_

Gracias Vogue España for featuring Luna! @voguespain @cocobooks_ (link in my profile)
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Prints from Be Bold, Baby: Sonia Sotomayor are up in my shop (pure-sugar.com)! _________

@hmhkids

Prints from Be Bold, Baby: JK Rowling are up in my shop (pure-sugar.com)! _________

@hmhkids

Gracias @librotecaelgatodecheshire!

More from The Bear’s Garden proofs

The Bear’s Garden by Marcie Colleen (illustrated by me) is available for pre-order! It is based on the real story of how a famous community garden in Brooklyn came to be.
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Art inspired by SUN by @craftycreativeclub — very 🦊-y!

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I got proofs! Can’t wait for Spring 2020!

The Bear’s Garden by Marcie Colleen (illustrated by me) is available for pre-order! It is based on the real story of how a famous community garden in Brooklyn came to be.
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I am so happy to announce that LUNA is now out in Spanish! Gracias @cocobooks_ ! 
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Two new Be Bold, Baby books are out today: Sonia Sotomayor and JK Rowling! I made each woman a custom pattern with their own iconography—you can see them up in my stories. _________

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Upcoming project. 
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SUN — spotted with Fox in the wild.  @hmhkids ️🦊
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Copies of the best two Be Bold Baby books have arrived—JK Rowling and Sonia Sotomayor.  Available on September 3! .
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SUN is out now! (sequel to MOON) Pick one up where ever you like to buy books.  @hmhkids .
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@thechildrensbookpodcast with @get_repost
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I love the way making and creativity and imagination are on display throughout SUN, Alison Oliver’s newest picture book. The free-flowing, smooth, energetic, colorful lines light up my brain. What does creativity look like to you?

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Here is my found object art made last summer with @farmaxwell, I call it “Man with Dog”. Flip to see my friend, Fontaine, who inspired the book Sun. ️🦊
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Thank you to @ladybrink for sharing this masterpiece made by an adorable artist collective out on a camp adventure. Just like SUN, they used found objects to make something magical. Share and tag your found object art with (I will post one of my own too!) And check my stories to see how the magic got even more magical for these artists later that day...  .
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SUN was spotted at Strand in NYC ️🦊  @hmhkids .
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Available for pre-order now! Be Bold Baby: Sonia Sotomayor and JK Rowling are out in September. _________

The Bear’s Garden by Marcie Colleen (illustrated by me) is available for pre-order! It is based on the real story of how a famous community garden in Brooklyn came to be.
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SUN was spotted at @lastbookstorela by @hopegillerman (more in stories).  @hmhkids .
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SUN is out today! Pick one up where ever you like to buy books.  @hmhkids .
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Congratulations to my friend Doogie Horner on his novel that releases today. Nice cover! (Art by Adams Carvalho)

Stay wild little friend of @hopegillerman, you have a good start with those awesome pants! Hope you like Moon! 
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Repost from @ch.j.eun using @RepostRegramApp - . 하지만 이제 문은 달라졌어요. . . 봄산님께서 이 생각났나며 소개해주신 그림책 . 주인공 소녀 '문'이 늑대와 함께 자유와 행복 무엇보다 자신의 이야기를 찿아가는 과정을 보여준다. 출판사 소개처럼 아이들의 지루하고 반복적인 일상에서 활기를 찾도록 도와주는 책이기도 하다 . 원서로 소개 받아서인지 표지의 생락과 제목등 아쉬운 부분도 있지만 자주 만나게 될 듯하다. .

Brainstorm

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Coming this June.  @hmhkids 
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Thank you @matthewcwinner of the @thechildrensbookpodcast for this exciting cover reveal of The Bear’s Garden. I loved working with Marcie Colleen on this story inspired by a real community garden in Brooklyn. 
Repost from @matthewcwinner using @RepostRegramApp - Exclusive Cover Reveal of THE BEAR'S GARDEN by Marcie Colleen and Alison Oliver!!! Author Marcie Colleen finishes my sentences:

THE IDEA FOR THE BEAR'S GARDEN CAME FROM... a garden in my former neighborhood in Brooklyn, called The Brooklyn Bears Community Garden. I found that quizzical. I mean, do bears roam around Brooklyn? I soon learned that the garden was named after a stuffed bear who was found in the weeds when workers began to transform the lot. Immediately I wondered “where did the bear come from?” This purely-fictional book attempts to whimsically answer that question. 
IN THE STORY... a little girl sees an empty lot in her city and imagines what it can be. With the help of her stuffed bear, the girl brings her community together to create a beautiful garden.

ONE THING I LOVE ABOUT ALISON OLIVER'S ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE STORY... is how she subtly changes her color palette as the garden grows. The story opens in shades of greys and blues yet moves to popping color as blossoms burst and the community flourishes.

SOMETHING I HOPE THE READERS WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THE STORY IS... that beauty is everywhere. As in the story, anywhere can be “a place to grow, a place to play, and a place to love” sometimes it just takes a little imagination and resourcefulness.

GARDENS ARE... perfect intersections of nature and humankind—especially urban community gardens. They are gathering places overflowing with and surrounded by all sorts of life. Pure symbiosis. *THE BEAR'S GARDEN will publish in March, 2020 from Imprint.

Two halves make a whole. @hmhkids 
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The first copy has arrived! Coming this June. @hmhkids 
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Prints from Be Bold Baby: Oprah are now up in my shop (pure-sugar.com/shop) (seen here receiving the from #barackobama)

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First review of Sun (from Kirkus) below. Coming this June.  @hmhkids 
A boy named Sun has a close encounter with a fox. In this immensely appealing fantasy, the minimalist text takes a back seat to the boldly colorful illustrations. The central figure is Sun, a young boy who is introduced as a "soccer star." But this picture book is not about soccer—it's rather about Sun's awareness that "something was missing." Observing that his younger brother, Pablo, "looked happy" while "making art," Sun heads for the beach, recalling that "he used to make art too." Awaiting Sun are an unexpected encounter with a fox and a rekindling of his creativity, expressed in an explosion of collage-style montages. The spread in which the fox shows Sun how to make art is a fabulously messy composition, colorful scrawls and squiggles in the background recalling Pablo's exuberant experimentation on the walls even as Sun and the fox build sculptures out of found objects. Feeling "connected" at last, Sun notices that the day is drawing to a close and returns to an undefined "home" (sans parents), where he and Pablo explore their creativity together in a space that has the look of the outdoors but with those vigorous, unbridled scrawls and squiggles again on a blue-sky backdrop. The soccer-themed introduction feels superfluous, as the not-so-subtle message concerns the magic of art and nature. Both boys have dark brown skin and textured black hair. A visual treat for the young imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Coming this June.  #Moon&Sun @hmhkids 
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Happy Moonbeam

Prints from Be Bold Baby: Michelle Obama are now up in my shop (pure-sugar.com/shop) _________

Happy women’s history month 🖤 the women of the Supreme Court (seen here in the upcoming Be Bold Baby: Sonia Sotomayor) _________

@hmhkids

Coming out later this year, Be Bold Baby: Sonia Sotomayor _________

@hmhkids

Repost from @radiate.publishing using @RepostRegramApp - - edition! ‘Moon’ is a young girl who (re)discovers the ways of the wild and free—seems a perfect children’s precursor to the cult classic by @clarissapinkolaestes 
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“Be Bold, Baby!” is back in 2019 with two more bold women. Here’s a clue on this explorer: she likes the Yankees, Nancy Drew and justice. Who is she?️ _________

@hmhkids

Be present, like Oprah and Eckhart! Oprah’s Super Soul podcast launched a 10!week conversation between Oprah and Eckhart Tolle yesterday. I love them together! _________

  @oprahmagazine