Shiny and New

Kate/ September 22, 2009/ birds, illustration, picture book, Time to Fly

Time to Fly - First Steps

Time to Fly - First Steps

If you haven’t noticed (which, I’m not sure how you couldn’t if you’ve been here before), my website design has been updated with a new layout, improved portfolio browsing, the addition of Side Projects and a shiny new template on this here blog. The transformation has been an ongoing project for quite some time, often pushed to the side in favor of paying projects and the obligations of every day life.

Many thanks to my website hosts, wordpress gurus and friends Brianna and Josh, aka This hubby/wife team also built, where I contribute blog entries on occasion, and the portfolio site for my friend (and i-friday founder) Penelope Dullaghan.

What’s that you say? Now that I’m settled here on the internet, why don’t I just go ahead, pick up and move my physical life again? Alright, fine. In October I’ll be migrating from Colorado back to my rookery of origin in the Philadelphia area. At first bittersweet, this move has become something of an exciting adventure at this point. I can not wait to get out on the road, get on with it already.

Another chapter ends, a new one begins. My hope is that this new one will be something less of a cliffhanger than the rest. My wings are gettin’ tired.

About Kate

Kate Garchinsky illustrates and writes children’s books and educational media in her studio in the woodlands near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her debut picture book, The Secret Life of the Red Fox, written by acclaimed wildlife author, Laurence Pringle, received a starred review from School Library Journal. Kate Garchinsky received a grant from the Eckelberry Fellowship at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she has been researching and illustrating extinction stories about North American birds such as the Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet. Prior to creating children’s books, Kate designed lots of fun things like toys, birdbaths and trail maps. She lives with her husband Brian, Julia and Spencer the cats, and her one-eyed beagle, Maggie May. Kate recently signed on to illustrate two more “Secret Life” narrative non-fiction picture books with Boyds Mills Press—The Secret Life the Little Brown Bat (2018) and The Secret Life of the Skunk (2019). While drawing foxes and bats, Kate also began work on Belle’s Journey, a middle-grade non-fiction chapter book by ornithologist and osprey expert, Rob Bierregaard (Charlesbridge 2018). Get to know more about Kate Garchinsky at (aka