Conversation with Matt Tavares

Monday, January 26, 2009.

Natural talent and dedication still need good role models, mentors and a few lucky breaks. In the context of today’s conversation, that applies equally to baseball and being a creator of children’s books.

To continue with the baseball motif, author/illustrator Matt Tavares has all the tools. He’s also a huge fan of baseball, as evidenced by many of his books, and he even has a baseball sounding name. It makes you wonder if his business card features his photo, position and career stats.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Matt Tavares about turning his senior thesis into his first published book, the ageless appeal of baseball stories and a kindergarten teacher who fostered his passion for art.

Lady Liberty

Thanks to Daniele Rossi and RuthDFW for submitting questions to ask Matt.

Books mentioned:

Music: Excerpt of Take Me Out to the Ballgame used as the conversation’s seventh-inning stretch.

Photos for the collage courtesy of Matt Tavares.

Orchestrating Inspiration: Lady Liberty – A Biography

Wednesday, May 28, 2008.

Lady Liberty: A BiographyAuthor: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator: Matt Tavares
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763625302

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Stunningly warm, intimate illustrations and eleven candid first person accounts capture the crescendo of Lady Liberty’s creation, from idea to unveiling, and give us an enduring appreciation for the landmark, her creators and the many lives she has touched.

Other books mentioned:

You can learn more about the process of illustrating this book here.

Robert’s Snow Art Auction for Cancer’s Cure: Auction #2 Begins!

Sunday, November 25, 2007.

Diane Greenseid's Spunky 2007 SnowflakeAuction 2 will begin accepting bids on Monday, November 26th, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. with a starting bid of $50 for each snowflake. All bids must be placed before the close of Auction 2 on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5:00 pm. Remember that 100% of the proceeds from this online auction will benefit sarcoma research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and that all but $25 of the winning bid is tax deductible.

Read about all the illustrators who contributed to this auction at the sites linked below. (The order presented is the same as on the auction page.)

Happy Bidding!!

A big Thanks! to Tricia Stohr-Hunt for making this list of links available, and to Jules and Eisha for organizing the Bloggers’ Brigade to promote the Robert’s Snow Online Auction for Cancer’s Cure.

Robert’s Snow Snowflake Bloggers for Cancer’s Cure: Week 4

Sunday, November 4, 2007.

Robert's SnowWe will soon have a chance to purchase the artwork of a favourite children’s book illustrator while helping to fight cancer — by participating in a unique fundraiser for cancer research: Robert’s Snow: for Cancer’s Cure. Since 2004, this online auction has raised over $200,000 for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and, with your help, the holiday tradition will thrive in 2007.

In order to raise awareness of and participation in this fabulous fundraiser, we in the kidlitosphere community will be highlighting ~160 of the 200 or so individual illustrators who have created snowflakes for the upcoming ’07 auctions — and giving you a peek at the unique snowflakes they have made.

Here is this week’s line up of illustrator showcases and snowflake sneak peeks:

Monday, November 5

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