https://holidayhouse.com/book/my-day-with-mom/

MY DAY WITH MOM by Rae Crawford

Rae Crawford's early reader My Day With Mom just came out from Holiday House this month! It's a real-life tribute to her mom.

(Handy reminder: Mother's Day is on May 12, 2024!)

https://holidayhouse.com/book/my-day-with-mom/

Rae had this to say about the book:

"I conceived of My Day with Mom as a love letter to the days I would spend with my mom taking all the steps to prepare a meal for dinner. This was often an exercise in patience as we prepped all day: grocery shopping, farmers markets, and cooking.

But the story would highlight the success and relief when you get to enjoy that meal with the ones you love.

In fact, many scenes are pulled directly from things in my real life: people, places and memories. These experiences have fueled my artistic voice and shaped my life."

My Day With Mom Illustration by Rae Crawford

My Day With Mom Illustration by Rae Crawford

My Day With Mom Illustration by Rae Crawford

"You may think this book is more or less a sequel to My Day with Dad, but that's not exactly true. When I was pitching My Day with Dad, I started to notice the parallels between both the 'mom' story and the 'dad' story and thought they would make nice companion pieces, much like my parents in real life."

The My Day with series is for kids and parents alike to encourage bonding in your everyday lives. Take time to go to that park, visit the art fair, or listen to some jazz. These are the things we carry with us."

My Day With Mom Illustration by Rae Crawford

"I've been lucky to inherit my humor, my artistic skill, and my love of the humanities from my mother who is an incredible writer herself. I hope some of that love I have for her shines through in this book.

And even if not, I hope it encourages you to go out and have a day with your mom!"

Thanks, Rae! Will do. :)

Buy My Day With Mom here.

Connect with Rae on her website.

Connect with Rae on her Patreon.

 


Haru Spring by Joe Latham

HARU by Joe Latham

Joe Latham's gorgeous middle grade fantasy graphic novel Haru just came out from Andrews McMeel a few months ago:

Haru Spring by Joe Latham

In their review of Haru, Publishers Weekly said:

"Latham sets this dazzling work in a Tolkeinesque world, employing clever pen and ink drawings awash in luminous colors to deliver a cliffhanger ending that will have readers eagerly anticipating the next installment."

Below are some spreads that show what PW was talking about.

 

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

On his Substack, Joe explained why he creates comics like Haru:

"I started making comics out of my own impatience, many years ago. I did them for me, I shared them online and friends seemed to like them, so I did more, and realized it was a way to have a voice that felt like wearing a comfy jumper to me. It helped me to express and explore feelings and thoughts I couldn’t find the words for any other way. It’s always been for me, yet it’s connected me to people in ways I never expected."

Below are some process images that show how Joe builds his illustrations from pencils through inks, colors, and final art. He's an incredible artist (and available for freelance illustration work!).

Haru Ink Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Color Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Ink Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Ink Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Color Illustration by Joe Latham

 

Haru Sketch by Joe Latham

 

Haru Ink Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Joe has several upcoming events to celebrate the release of Haru:

Buy Haru here.

Connect with Joe on his website.

Connect with Joe on his Substack.