My new book, Hello Baby Animals, is finally out in bookstores! (June 5th) Available by clicking the link below:
I made a batch of these adorable animal pancakes from molds I purchased from William Sonoma to celebrate!
Most of my instagram followers know me as LorindaBreeze, someone who makes healthy, colorful food and then instagrams it! They don’t know that this is a hobby for me and that illustrating and writing children’s books has been my career.
I went to the Rhode Island School of Design many years ago, and studied painting and illustration. By the time I graduated I was passionate about children’s books and decided that was what I wanted to pursue. I was lucky to start getting book assignments right away, and I went on to illustrate more than fifty books over the course of the next twenty years. Many of them were fairy tales that I retold. Some were original stories I wrote and others were stories written by other authors that I illustrated.
During that time I also had four children, which as you might imagine, took a lot of my time and energy!! I began to turn my time and interests to my family and other pursuits and the books tapered off over the years. But I did continue to paint with oils and watercolors and to keep my hand in the art field because making art is what I love to do.
Now my children are grown and are having their own children. I have three grandchildren now (and one more on the way!) Two years ago when my daughter Sean was expecting, we wanted to decorate her nursery in a cute way. I thought a set of soft watercolors would look nice on the wall in her nursery. I began to paint a group of watercolor portraits of baby animals. I have a realistic style, but I also wanted to give the animals personality because that is something I am known for. I dressed them in fun clothing and hats that would add to their unique personalities. They turned out quite cute and I had eight of them framed for the nursery which I gave my daughter for her baby shower gift. She loved them!
The paintings got a lot of positive response from everyone who saw them as well. On a whim I decided to bring them to the editor I had worked with many years ago at Penguin Random House. Fortunately I received the same good response from them and I was offered a contract for a book which we decided to call, “Hello Baby Animals”. It is an introduction for toddlers to Animals (in baby form!) I added a guessing game with body parts to make it fun and an interactive learning experience too.
I am so excited to announce that my new book will be available in bookstores June 5th! If you are pregnant or happen to have a friend or daughter who is expecting, it would make an adorable baby gift!
Here is a link below as to where it can be ordered: