What have I been up to?

Hello everyone! I finally wrapped up all the illustrations for my upcoming picture book Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine written by Laurie Wallmark and published by Creston Books. The book will be released on Ada Lovelace Day (October 13, 2015), which is an international celebration of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM). Ada Bryon Lovelace was an English mathematician who lived in the 1800s and is considered to be the world's first computer programmer. This year also marks the 200th anniversary of Ada's birth year. I'm very excited to bring attention to such an amazing historical figure.

While I was diligently trying to finish my deadline for the Ada book, I also attended many book events for In a Village by the Sea. Yes, I had a busy summer so far...and it's about to get busier. Here are some photo highlights from the events.

David Schwartz, Georgia Lyon, Muon Van, me and Julie Downing holding copies of our books in front of Folio Books after our Artistry of Children's Storytelling Panel.

David Schwartz, Georgia Lyon, Muon Van, me and Julie Downing holding copies of our books in front of Folio Books after our Artistry of Children's Storytelling Panel.

Muon Van and me signing copies of our book at the ALA Conference in San Francisco.

Muon Van and me signing copies of our book at the ALA Conference in San Francisco.

The Creston Books Crew at the ALA Conference in San Francisco. From L to R, Muon Van, Darlene Beck Jacobson, Julie Downing, me, and Robin Newman.

The Creston Books Crew at the ALA Conference in San Francisco. From L to R, Muon Van, Darlene Beck Jacobson, Julie Downing, me, and Robin Newman.

Me and Emily Jiang signing copies of our books at the Lee & Low Books Booth.

Me and Emily Jiang signing copies of our books at the Lee & Low Books Booth.

Goodie bags at the Creston Books after party.

Goodie bags at the Creston Books after party.

Window display at the new Laurel Book Store location in Downtown Oakland. Our event was on one of the hottest summer days in the Bay Area.

Window display at the new Laurel Book Store location in Downtown Oakland. Our event was on one of the hottest summer days in the Bay Area.

Story time at Books Inc. in Berkeley.

Story time at Books Inc. in Berkeley.