Recently, I helped the Sno-Isle Library System (north of Seattle) to redesign their Kids page. For the most part, this meant creating a mascot of sorts, and then lots and lots of otter drawings :) Check it out and let me know what you think. I'll be making a few coloring pages for their summer reading enjoyment as well.
Chérie Stihler, the author behind Polar Polka, has been sending me lots of publicity updates. Good news all around!
First, it appears that the book is on a tentative list for the 2009-2010 Alaska Battle of the Books. Subject to certain "verifications of supply" kids k-2 all across the great Alaskan frontier will get a chance to count some bears and look for lemmings :)
Second, the BP World Ice Art Championships Multi-Block Classic in Fairbanks featured a very Polar Polkaesque saxaphone playing bear. The carving's official name was: "50th Celebration by the Sourdough Band". It took 4th place in Realistic and was the Artists Choice Award winner in the Realistic Category. Congrats to the carvers. Extra cool: this sculpting team was from China!
Apparently, there is a time-lapse video of the carving here. I haven't seen it because my internet connection is far from adequate. Enjoy at your own risk!