Category Archives: Picture Books

WINTER INDIE KID’S NEXT LIST ’13-14…with Elephant

Elephant and Gracie are excited. Their book, ELEPHANT’S STORY, has been chosen for the INDIE KID’S NEXT LIST…Winter ’13-14…(4-8 year olds). Thank you to the booksellers…you’ve made an Elephant blush…Peanuts for everyone!…tcp

Elephant visits the Institute of Contemporary Art…Boston

Elephant and Gracie have been busy at bookstores.

They took a break in Boston to visit the Institute of Contemporary Art.

What did they see?

Elephant paintings by Amy Sillman!

Sooooo very cool….tcp

Elephant Back in VT…

READ...With Your Elephant...ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar Straus Giroux

READ…With Your Elephant…ELEPHANT’S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar Straus Giroux

Elephant and Gracie have been having fun visiting bookstores and reading to kids…(no monkeys….yet!)

Thanks to all of the amazing independent booksellers we’re meeting in our travels.
We’ve been posting when we can on our Facebook page:

As well as Elephant’ Facebook Page:

Visit the EVENTS page on my website to see when they’ll be in your area.
If you missed them…they’ve left a trail of autographed books!

Finally back in my studio for a few days…we’re getting our sketches…photos…and videos together…and fun Elephant News…check back soon!…tcp

No more waiting for Elephant…

Elephant and Gracie’s books have arrived! They go on sale tomorrow…but they couldn’t wait to check out the box at their local independent bookstore!….tcp

PS…We’ll be visiting bookstores…visit the Event’s page on my website to see if we’ll be in your area!…

Elephant’s Big week away…

Elephant thinking...

Elephant thinking…

Elephant’s Big day…October 22nd…is just one week away.
Gracie told him “It’s time to get on the ball”

…so he did.

ELEPHANT’S STORY…Art in Brattleboro, VT at Brooks Memorial Library…

The original idea for ELEPHANT’S STORY began with a call from a librarian…(see link)

It makes perfect sense to show and share my process…from sketches to press the cases at the Brooks Memorial Library.

The Brooks Memorial Library has filled these cases with artwork from children’s book illustrators for…I’m not sure how many years…but it is a great opportunity to see how different illustrators (and authors) approach the task of creating a picture book.

Elephant and Gracie will be in the cases through the end of October…I’m not sure who is showing next…you’ll have to go to the library and find out….tcp

PS…If you get a chance to see the show….don’t forget to go into the stacks…and check out their books!

Elephant & Gracie & The Original Art Show at Society of Illustrators…

ELEPHANT'S STORY...headed to NYC for The Society of Illustrator's Original Art Show...

ELEPHANT’S STORY…headed to NYC for The Society of Illustrator’s Original Art Show…

Elephant and Gracie have been busy getting ready for their trip to the big city.
Besides their big night out on the town for the opening of the Original Art Show…

There’s a link to Tracey’s blog with information about The Original Art Show at The Society of Illustrators below…

And…Gracie is packing Elephant’s bags for storytimes.

Elephant will be at Bank Street Bookstore on Wednesdyay, October 23rd at 10:30 am…for storytime.
Elephant will be at Books of Wonder on Friday, October 25th…storytime at 4…Elephant and Gracie will be there at 4:30!

Uptown…Downtown…East Side…West Side…Elephant and Gracie will be busy in NYC….they can’t wait…Gracie’s bringing her camera…Tracey always brings her sketchbook…

Elephant on vacation in Maine…

Elephant contemplating The Moon

Elephant contemplating The Moon over Maine…

Elephant and Gracie had a lovely summer vacation on Little Deer Isle in Maine.
Elephant’s having a quiet moment enjoying the moon before his big day on October 22nd…when he and Gracie are out in bookstores.

Even though he’s just hanging out being Elephant…SLJ found him…
Here’s his review…good job Elephant!…

PEARSON, Tracey Campbell. Elephant’s Story. illus. by author. 40p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson. Oct. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-374-39913-9.

PreS-Gr 1–Elephant is worried. It shows in his eyes. He has accidentally sucked up all the words in Gracie’s favorite book. When he presents the blank-paged book to his friends, they don’t know what to do. Instead of making words, Seal spins the letters around his nose, Monkey throws them around, and Alligator eats them. There are some tense moments when Gracie sees Elephant sitting on her lost book, so she pulls on his trunk and tickles it, and a big sneeze produces all the missing words. Pearson’s humorous illustrations are drawn with a loose flowing line. An overlay of light watercolors brings to life Elephant’s expressive face. Endpapers show him making the letters of the alphabet with his body. A lighthearted picture book for storytimes about friendship, cooperation, or books.–Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

Elephant on vacation in Maine.

Elephant and Gracie on vacation in Maine.

Lots to do…Lots to do…Lots to do…

But first…Elephant needs to just sit…enjoy the ocean smells…sniff…sniff…tcp

PS…Elephant and Gracie just learned about Rosie and Opal!!!!….two retired circus elephants living in Hope, Maine! We are so sorry we missed them!!! Elephant had no idea he had relatives living in Maine! We can’t wait to go back to Maine and visit them….If you can’t get to Hope…here are some links:

Hope Elephants in Maine…Rosie and Opal

2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Cover…with Elephant & Gracie!

2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Cover with Gracie reading to Elephant

2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Cover with Gracie reading to Elephant

Elephant and Gracie are very excited to be on the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Cover this Fall!

When asked to comment…

Gracie said, “Everyone should read to their Elephant!”

…and what did Elephant have to say?

2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Cover Revealed

By Shannon OConnor on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013

“This month, the cover of the Fall 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog was chosen by members of the ABC Advisory Council. This year’s cover features an illustration from Tracey Campbell Pearson’s Elephant’s Story, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, a division of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.  Pearson’s book, publishing in late October, is the sweet story of an elephant who finds both a lost book and a new friend…”

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