Author Archives: Kate

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).

BELLE’S JOURNEY: The Vineyard Book Tour

Kate/ September 20, 2018/ birds, blog, books, children's books, illustration, nature, picture book, Time to Fly

Celebrating the release of Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight (Charlesbridge, 2018) After sending off my illustrations for the next Secret Life book, my husband Brian and I began our journey over land and sea to the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. This is where Belle’s real-life journey began, high atop a nest on Lake

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Q & A with Mr. Quindlen’s Class

Kate/ April 23, 2018/ blog

For the past few weeks I have been getting some really fantastic questions from the 4th grade class at Bethel Springs Elementary School, home of the Garnet Valley Trailblazers Club. My first question came from a student named Carsen: Here is our first question! pic.twitter.com/C7V8YlOTRa — Mr.

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KIRKUS reviews Belle’s Journey

Kate/ April 6, 2018/ blog, news, reviews

BELLE’S JOURNEY: AN OSPREY TAKES FLIGHT ~ ISBN: 9781580897921, 112pp. Pub Date: May 15, 2018 “A young osprey named Belle completes her first 4,000-mile solo migration from Massachusetts to South America and back. One spring, Dr. B., a scientist on Martha’s Vineyard who studies ospreys, selects Belle, a

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Once Upon an Endling

Kate/ February 21, 2018/ birds, blog

I was 39 years old when I first learned the extinction story of the Carolina Parakeet. I had been volunteering in wild bird care at Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark, Delaware. Every day I spent there, I learned of another threat humans impose on birds. Car collisions,

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Awards and Recognition

Kate/ February 21, 2018/ blog, news

It was enough to get my illustrations bound in a book and distributed to libraries and bookstores all over the country. But awards? On my first book? Pinch me, I must be snoozing. A lot of people I know were happy to say “good riddance” to 2017.

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Where Have I Been?

Kate/ February 17, 2018/ blog

I’ll show you in a sec. But first… Save the date! May 20, 2018 Celebrate the release of Belle’s Journey with author Rob Bierregaard and illustrator Kate GarchinskyWhere: Willistown Conservation Trust, Rushton Woods, Willistown PA Celebrating the release of Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight Book Reading, Art

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11/2/17 Red Fox Book Talk at the DVOC/Academy of Natural Sciences

Kate/ October 30, 2017/ events, news

Hosted by Kate Garchinsky Author/Illustrator and DVOC – The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club When: Thursday, November 2, 2017 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences Meeting Room 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 Peer into the secret life of a local illustrator of children’s nature

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New! A PenguinArt Pack o’ Stickers

Kate/ July 31, 2017/ blog, news

Hey birds! My wizard brother Ryan Garchinsky and I have teamed up to create our first pack of PenguinArt stickers for iTunes, now available for FREE in the App Store.  This is just the beginning. I have lots more to do. Penguins, flamingos, pigeons, turkeys, foxes, and bats! But

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A Letter to the Author, Mr. Pringle

Kate/ April 7, 2017/ blog

Traditional protocol in children’s publishing somewhat clearly forbids direct interaction between the author who wrote a story (and who might want to influence the illustrator’s decisions) and the illustrator chosen to illustrate it (with their own creative vision). So it has been for hundreds of thousands of

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