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Interview with picture book author/illustrator Lindsay Ward

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Lindsay Ward has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. She has illustrated a handful of children’s picture books including ‘The Yellow Butterfly’ (Bright Sky Press) by Mehrnaz S. Gill, ‘A Garden for Pig’ (Kane Miller Books) by Kathryn Thurman, and the covers of both ‘STAR Academy’ books by Edward Kay (Random House Canada). Lindsay’s most recent books were both written and illustrated by her, including ‘Pelly and Mr. Harrison Visit the Moon’ (Kane Miller Books, 2011), ‘When Blue Met Egg’ (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012), and ‘Please Bring Balloons’ (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013). She is currently finishing up a new book with Dial Books for Young Readers, titled ‘Henry Finds His Word’, which will be published 2015. You can visit her on the web at lindsaymward.com or check out her blog at respectthecupcake.blogspot.com.

Henry: I have a son named Harrison, but the fact that Lindsay’s book titles feature my name and my son’s in no way influenced me to interview her. BTW, my other son’s name is Josh. Just saying…

For what age audience do you write?

I write and illustrate picture books for children, specifically ages 3-5.

Henry: Me too! Except that I just write. That said, the only thing keeping me from becoming an author-illustrator is a total lack of artistic ability.

Tell us about your latest book.

My most recent book, ‘Please Bring Balloons’, was released in October 2013. One day Emma finds a note tucked in the saddle of a polar bear carousel. It reads "Please Bring" with a picture of balloons drawn below. Emma decides to take the note seriously, just in case. Soon Emma finds herself on a magical adventure to the North Pole full of balloons, polar bears, and lots and lots of dancing.

Henry: I love this. Because polar bear carousel. It reminds me somehow of the mighty panserbjørn Iorek Byrnison from ‘His Dark Materials’. Plus balloons.

What do you hope readers will get from reading that book?

I always want my readers to feel like the story is still going, even after they have read the last page. Hopefully they can picture Emma and her polar bear on their next adventure. Please Bring Balloons is about adventure, magic, and believing that anything is possible...as long as you have enough balloons.

Henry: “Anything is possible as long as you have enough balloons.” And imagination. Well said!

Read the rest of this interview at Henry's blog on KidLit, Sci-fi & Fantasy.

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