Summer is almost over and the truth is I was only able to read two books since June, well, maybe six coutning picture books too. On the other hand, since my September wishlist I found a lot of new series and got completely hooked on pretty much all of Jenny Colgan’s series. I’m currently devouring “Meet me at the cupcake café” and I already got the second one to read during the Holidays (the story happens during Christmas so it is going to be the perfect time to start it). As for picture books, this year has been full of amazing debuts and the amount of stunning picture books that have been coming out is making my little working shelf turn into a tiny library corner – they even are organised by color!!
Have you read anything interesting this Summer? I would love to get new suggestions, so feel free to share your current favorites down below too.
On 15th of June I was finally able to reveal a project that I have been working on since last year with the lovely Jayneen Sanders – You, Me and Empathy. Jayneen is an experienced author, publisher, elementary school teacher, mother of three and an active advocate for body safety, gender equality and respectful relationship education both in homes and in schools. Her books aim to educate and empower children, as well as, the adults who care for them, while focusing on themes like body safety, gender equality and consent.
This charming story uses verse, beautiful illustrations and a little person called Quinn to model the meaning of empathy. Throughout the story, Quinn shows an abundance of understanding, compassion and kindness towards others. Showing empathy towards others is a learnt trait, and one to nurture and cherish with the children in our care. The book includes a section with discussion questions and activities for parents, caregivers and educators to promote empathy and kindness.
I feel very grateful to have illustrated this lovely project – it was wonderful working on such an inspiring and engaging book and I really enjoyed helping little Quinn come to life. Below is a one of my favorite pages from the book: I loved working on this community garden scene, it reminded me of my kindergarten/early school days – we didn’t have a garden like this, but it made me think on the sand playground where we used to play and our little field trips where we planted trees and learned more about the forest and the bird species that lived there from a forest ranger.
If you have enjoyed this book, be sure to tag me and Jayneen on either Instagram or Twitter – we would love to hear from you!
If you are headed to Surtex, in New York, from 21 to 23 of May, my lovely agency’s Art Licensing Department will be there with lots of new and exciting work from me and fellow artists. Stop by BOOTH #2933 to take a look and say hello!!
Art Directors feel free to make an appointment and also follow along through twitter: @sofiagcardosoo | @BrightLicensing.
Hello everyone, it’s been a while since my last blog post. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been busy with lots of exciting new projects that I can’t wait to share with the world. Lately, I’ve been more active on both my Instagram and Twitter, so if you want to see sneak peeks, you can follow me there.
Since joining Bright last year, I’ve been more than grateful to my agents – from lovely words of encouragement and positive feedback to new work opportunities, the journey so far has been very rewarding and I’ve learnt so much already that I can’t wait to see what the future will bring.
Thank you for following my adventures throughout 2016 and I hope to see you again next year.
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season, a sweet and magical Christmas and all the best for the new year. Happy Holidays, everyone!