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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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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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The Secret Fox is Hot to Trot!

Kate/ March 1, 2017/ blog

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

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