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Upcoming Events
4/28 Philadelphia Science Festival Book Reading
  • What: Star Party Storytime at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
  • When: Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:30pm
  • Where: Visitor Center, USFWS John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
    8601 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, 19153 MAP
  • Why: Come to storytime for a special nighttime reading of The Secret Life of the Red Fox by illustrator Kate Garchinsky. Join the biggest stargazing party in the region as area astronomers provide tours of the night sky that will unlock the wonders of the universe.
  • How much? FREE
  • Bring: Flashlights, bug spray, walking shoes, and kids… wear your PJs!
4/29 Book Reading and Nature Walk
  • What: Storytime and Local Nature Walk
  • When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 10am-12pm
  • Where: Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 MAP
  • Why: Join local children’s author Anna Forrester (Bat Count) and illustrator Kate Garchinsky (The Secret Life of the Red Fox) for a special Earth Week storytime featuring local wildlife stories, followed by a nature walk in Carpenter’s Woods a few blocks away.
  • How much? FREE
  • Bring: walking shoes, and binoculars if you have them
5/12 Willistown Junior Birding Club Book Event
  • What: The Secret Life of the Red Fox Book Signing and Art Workshop
  • When: Friday, May 12, 2017 4:30-6:30pm
  • Where: Rushton Woods Preserve, 911 Rushton Woods Preserve, Delchester Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19355 MAP
  • Why: This charming children’s book gives a beautifully illustrated look into the lives of foxes. Illustrator, Kate Garchinsky, will give a drawing lesson at RWP, all kids will receive a signed copy of the book (to be included in registration fee). Must pre-register by April 28th with Blake Goll 610-353-2562, ext.20 or bhg@wctrust.org. Or use the SignUp Genius website
  • How Much? FEE (info coming soon)
  • What’s the Junior Birding Club? Club Membership is $25/family for the year. Non-members pay on a per-program basis ($5 per child).

Tag: the secret life of the red fox

My first copy!

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 center for such a shindig, please email me: KateGarchinsky @ gmail.com.

And please, pass it on!

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Sharing my nature journal at the bird banding station at Rushton Woods, PA

Tag: the secret life of the red fox

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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, signed copies are available in my Etsy shop. These copies come with a secret surprise while supplies last. From now until April 22 (Earth Day) use coupon code WUKWUKWUK2017 and receive 15% off orders of $20 or more.

Here’s a little background on how I got to illustrate this bushy-tailed book:

I’ve been working toward this accomplishment most of my adult life—to illustrate and publish my first children’s book. After years of studying the craft, following the industry, and attending SCBWI conferences, I was ready when serendipity called.

I met the author, Laurence “Larry” Pringle, at a nature writers’ retreat at the Highlights Foundation. He told me about his soon-to-be 116th children’s book, a narrative non-fiction book about foxes. He shared his frustration with me that the right illustrator had not yet been found after months of searching. I told Larry, “I can draw a fox.” I drew a little sketch in my nature journal to prove it. He liked it enough to refer me to his editor at Boyds Mills Press, a division of Highlights. I was encouraged to produce some sample illustrations to show how I imagined the story. The editor liked my samples so much, she hung them on the wall in her office. Soon after, I signed my first children’s book contract to illustrate The Secret Life of the Red Fox. My dream had finally come true.

 

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RED FOX COVER A rich reading experience awaits those who pick up this title.”— School Library Journal, starred review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2017 Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, is pleased to announce the March publication of THE SECRET LIFE OF THE RED FOX, written by renowned science author Laurence Pringle and illustrated by Kate Garchinsky. This non-fiction picture book, perfectly suited to young animal lovers, invites readers on a yearlong journey with a red fox named Vixen.

Delightful descriptions draw the reader into Vixen’s daily routine, as she finds food, hunts, escapes threats, finds a mate, and raises her kits—until the day that she and her mate watch the kits head off to lead their own secret lives. Stunning, realistic artwork by debut illustrator Kate Garchinsky celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures, while readers learn important facts about the animal through an engaging and fascinating story.

Children will be captivated by the intimate scenes and entertaining text as they explore this visually enchanting introduction to the red fox’s secret life.  The story is further enhanced with specialized vocabulary, identified by italics in the narrative and defined in a glossary in the back.

School Library Journal says in a starred review, “This intimate and personal view…is chronicled through a beautifully cohesive relationship between text and illustration. Facts and definitions are seamlessly woven into the narrative. …The art…convey(s) intensity and precision… (and) fuels the foxlike moments with emotion.”

–THE SECRET LIFE OF THE RED FOX

Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Highlights
Written by Laurence Pringle • Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky
March 2017 • 978-1-62979-260-6 • $16.95 U.S. • $21.99 CAN • Ages 6-9 • Grades 1-4

Source: https://www.boydsmillspress.com/bmp/news/2017/01/gorgeous-and-lyrical-picture-book-secret-life-red-fox