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March 6, 2017

Join my Virtual Release Party!

Please share! My The Secret Life of the Red Fox is being released tomorrow, and we’ve started celebrating. Join the virtual party! I’m putting together a few storytime/nature walk combo events in the coming weeks, with details coming soon. If you’d like to host a brick-and-mortar book signing/nature/art event, or can recommend a bookstore or nature […]

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March 1, 2017

The Secret Fox is Hot to Trot!

It’s been months and months since I received my first copy of my first book in the mail. At long last I have two boxes of The Secret Life of the Red Fox to sell and give away as I see fit. I’m working on an idea for a blog giveaway, but in the meantime, […]

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January 20, 2017

Take Care of Yourself

When the world is a scary mystery, it’s time for self-care. Self-care can be as simple as calling a friend and hearing a compassionate voice, or as elaborate as a trip to a secluded beach on a private island. For me, it’s paying attention to the birds. Really, really paying close attention. The best way for […]

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★ STARRED REVIEW – SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Source: SLJ.com PRINGLE, Laurence. The Secret Life of the Red Fox. illus. by Kate Garchinsky. 32p. further reading. glossary. Boyds Mills. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781629792606. Gr 1-4 –Beginning on a snowy afternoon in February and ending in early autumn, this book centers on a fox named Vixen as she explores her habitat, hunts, […]

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December 15, 2016

KIRKUS REVIEW OF ‘THE SECRET LIFE OF THE RED FOX’

Source: Kirkus.com  This yearlong chronicle explores the physical attributes, habits, and habitat of the red fox. While “her long, fluffy tail covers her body like a blanket,” Vixen, a red fox, is oblivious to the February snows. With her acute senses of smell and hearing, Vixen hunts in winter and forages plant foods the rest […]

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November 10, 2016

Making Sense of It All

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” —Stephen Hawking Things don’t always turn out the way we planned. And no matter how hard we worry, or try to prepare ourselves for the worst, worry is not control. Feeling out of control can be scary, or it can be liberating, depending […]

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August 17, 2016

Time Flies When You’re Illustrating Books

Earlier this year I completed the illustrations for The Secret Life of the Red Fox, written by my mentor and friend, Laurence Pringle. It’s something like his one hundred and seventeenth book. I have some catching up to do! Imagine my joy when I was offered the job to illustrate his next “Secret Life” book—The Secret Life […]

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January 13, 2016

2015 Was All That (and a Wedding)

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 […]

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June 27, 2015

Rain, Randomly

The rain sounds like crinkle paper as it overflows the gutters and forms pools around the house. The trees dance in the wind gusts. Water coats the surface of every sill. Every place has it’s own style of rain. Here in Philadelphia, an evening thunderstorm is summer to me. When the electricity in the air […]

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June 12, 2015

12 Days in Costa Rica

12 days in Costa Rica helped me prepare for this late spring heat wave. 12 days in Costa Rica taught me a lot about cloud forests, rainforests, and tropical birds. 12 days in Costa Rica cleared my mind of past ghosts and made room for new thoughts and experiences. 12 days in Costa Rica made […]

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February 4, 2015

Come to Nerd Nite tonight!

Tonight I’m giving a short presentation about Passenger Pigeons and their demise at Nerd Nite Philadelphia. It’s a great lineup, so if you’re not into dead pigeons, but like dogs or other food, there will be something for you! Plus beer, wine, and bratwurst. Get all the info at the event FACEBOOK PAGE. I go on first, […]

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Moyamensing means Pigeon Droppings

Tonight I’m giving a short presentation about Passenger Pigeons and their demise at Nerd Nite Philadelphia. It’s a great lineup, so if you’re not into dead pigeons, but like other food or dogs, there will be something for you! Plus beer, wine, and bratwurst. Get all the info at the event FACEBOOK PAGE. I go […]

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January 8, 2015

On the Drafting Table: Ospreys

Osprey sketches for a children’s illustrated chapter book. Sketches are done, color to come. All images ©2015 Kate Garchinsky. All rights reserved.

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January 6, 2015

2015: A New Year of Renewal

A new year. A blank slate. A chance to renew ourselves. To revisit our goals.  This time last year I revisited my goal to be a working nature writer and illustrator. I had had enough of just-scraping-by doing work that taxed me, rather than rewarding me—mentally, physically, monetarily, and emotionally. I admit, turning 40 had something […]

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September 19, 2014

That Martha’s Kept Me Busy

It’s bad form to go months without blogging. My only excuse is that I’ve been working hard on something greater. I knew that if I wandered off-course to talk about what I was doing, then I would no longer be doing it. I’d be digressing. As I am now. No time for that. No time! […]

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August 29, 2014

#RememberMartha

Use this image to #RememberMartha in your social media streams on 9/1/14. Full post to come on the subject.     

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August 20, 2014

SCBWI Logo Contest Winner

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – The Eastern Pennsylvania (EPA) chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has a new logo, designed and illustrated by Kate Garchinsky. Adrienne Wright, Regional Illustration Coordinator for EPA, announced a logo re-design contest for the chapter’s logo on June 26, 2014. The online Call For Entry asked […]

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August 19, 2014

Exhibit: “The Plight of the Passenger Pigeon” at the Audubon Mansion

AUDUBON, PA — Opening Reception on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 AM – NOON Live book readings by Kate Garchinsky (10:30 am) and Ponder Goembel, Artist(11:00 am) Show hangs through Saturday, November 15, 2014 This special exhibit, displayed in the historical childhood home of John James Audubon, will honor the life and loss of the Passenger Pigeon. Once the […]

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Exhibit: Kate Garchinsky’s Passenger Pigeons at the Woodson Art Museum

WAUSAU, WI —  From September 2, 2014 through July, 2015, the Woodson Art Museum presents Legacy Lost & Saved: Extinct and Endangered Birds of North America. The exhibition comprises artistic portrayals of extinct and endangered species, including the great auk, passenger pigeon, Carolina parakeet, heath hen, and Labrador duck, which are recent extinctions – designated as […]

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May 7, 2014

Passenger Pigeon, Adult Male honored at the John James Audubon Center

Audubon, PA—During the month of April 2014, two of Kate Garchinsky’s passenger pigeon paintings hung in the historic barn at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. The annual “Drawn From Nature” exhibit was juried by Lynne Horoschak, program manager of the MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations at Moore College of […]

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