2015 Was All That (and a Wedding)

Kate/ January 13, 2016/ blog

2015 was a really good year. The best, really. How do I mean?

In January I received the Eckelberry Fellowship. In March I signed my first children’s book illustration contract. In May I got married, and traveled to Costa Rica and drew birds. In November I signed my second picture book contract! These books will be my first-ever books in print. If you know me, you know this is a dream come true—times two.

The books are:

The Secret Life of the Red Fox, written by Laurence Pringle, will be published by Boyds Mills Press in spring 2017.

Belle’s Journey, written by Rob Bierregaard, will be published by Charlesbridge in spring 2018.

I’ve been working on sketches for Red Fox, which I will post here shortly (after I complete the final edits). I want to take you through the whole process. I hope you’ll join me on my journey to publication.

Team Red Fox: Tim Gillner, Kate Garchinsky, Laurence Pringle, and Mary Colgan at Boyds Mills Press

Team Red Fox: Tim Gillner, Kate Garchinsky, Laurence Pringle, and Mary Colgan at Boyds Mills Press <3

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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 http://KateGarchinsky.com (aka PenguinArt.com).