Category Archives: blog

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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Take Care of Yourself

Kate/ January 20, 2017/ blog

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,

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★ STARRED REVIEW – SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Kate/ January 20, 2017/ blog, news

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

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Making Sense of It All

Kate/ November 10, 2016/ blog

“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

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Time Flies When You’re Illustrating Books

Kate/ August 17, 2016/ blog

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

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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

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Rain, Randomly

Kate/ June 27, 2015/ blog

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

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12 Days in Costa Rica

Kate/ June 12, 2015/ blog

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

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Come to Nerd Nite tonight!

Kate/ February 4, 2015/ blog, events, news

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

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