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Inspired by One Family

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 18, 2015

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074  “A Writer’s Playground” –A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Inspired by One Family” by Linda Martin Andersen

Linda Ashman of Picture Book Builders blog was inspired by hope when she read One Family by George Shannon and illustrated by Blanca Gomez.  Check out her post here:  http://picturebookbuilders.com/2015/11/one-family-counting-more-plus-giveaway-winners/

In turn, I was inspired by Linda Ashman’s overview of One Family.  It caused me to visualize the children’s writing and illustrating industry as “one family.”  I used to work in an elementary school where we considered ourselves a family.  Now, I belong to a much bigger family–a writing and illustrating family.  I prefer to call us a family or community rather than an industry.  Feels more personal.

Happy Thanksgiving to all those in the writing and illustrating community.  Check out the endpaper illustrations featured on Linda Ashman’s blog.  Illustrator Blanca Gomez shows connections between the featured families in this book.  I propose that our writing and illustrating community does likewise.  Thank you, one and all.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Tell of a family unit bigger than your biological one.   I look forward to your comments.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!


12 Responses to “Inspired by One Family”

  1. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    I enjoyed the pictures and story of “One Family.” Thanks for sharing it!

    Celebrate you and your sense of fun!

    • Joan,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the picture book One Family and my post comparing the writing and illustrating community to one family. Thanks for the compliment about my sense of fun. Sweet! Perfect example of how we reach out, support, encourage, and even compliment one another. Thanks, Joan.

  2. Ah, you are right. Where would I be without my writing family–like you!!

  3. You’re right, Linda–this writing/publishing community does feel like a family. I feel very grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve met in this business (and even ones I’ve never met in person but feel I know a little bit through their books). Thanks so much for the reminder, and for sharing my post. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Becky Shillington said

    We are a big writerly “family,” Linda. I love thinking of it that way!

  5. Hi Linda, I’ve been burying my head in writing, drawing, etc., but I’m here now. I think of us as a family too! 🙂

  6. Kathleen said

    Thank you for sharing Linda Ashman’s post. Hoping you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving ❤

    • Kathleen, I’m glad you enjoyed Linda Ashman’s post. She has an amazing modern picture book rewrite of “Over the River and Through the Wood.” It’s multi-cultural, about various walks of life, very diversified. I hope you get a chance to see it. Thanks for commenting. My Thanksgiving was wonderful and I hope yours was too!

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