Even before I had children, I would sit in the children's section of the bookstore and read picture books. When my husband and I were dating, I even gifted him a couple. Now, that we have children, we fill our house with books. And my children love pouring over the Scholastic catalog just as much as I did at their age.
Many of the books in the Writing in Pictures Exhibition are family favorites - Weeds Find A Way is one of Claire's favorites while Luke enjoys Train Man, Bird & Squirrel and The Fartist.
At the exhibit, my children also discovered new books that they want to read. We've already requested Mummy Cat from our local library, for example. And both kids enjoyed identifying the celebrities in the non-fiction books illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt.
As a reader, I enjoyed seeing some of my favorite picture book art up close. There's something magical about the progression from rough sketch to final art. And being able to see the detail of the art and the brushstrokes up close? Magical!
As a writer, I appreciated getting a glimpse into the minds and hearts of some of the most talented people on this planet.
Whether you are an aspiring picture book writer who hopes to catch a glimpse into the process of creating a picture book, an art lover, or a reader looking for your next great read, you'll enjoy every minute of the Writing with Pictures Exhibition at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Open Thursday through Sunday, from July 11 until September 13, 2015.