Julie Hedlund and Daughter, Molly

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just in case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a sixth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along early in 2015. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays I host guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today it is my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Julie Hedlund and her daughter, Molly

Words from Julie about the collaboration: About the poem: A friend of mine named, you guessed it – David, once told me in great detail about a dream he had featuring a brilliantly colored bird. The dream, and his description, was so vivid, I started seeing this bird in my OWN dreams. I felt as if the bird was following me, yet never fully revealing itself. After a while it reminded me of human relationships. We can’t truly hold on to another person or bend them to our will. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just “be” with someone. Thus the inspiration for this poem.

Julie’s Poem

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More from Julie: When I sent Molly the poem, I asked her to create a picture based on what she saw. I confess when I got this back, it hit me straight in the heart. So much emotion here. When I asked her to tell me more about it, she said, “I think the bird was a temptation of the characters, so I tried to have them separated by fiction and reality so the bird cannot protect her yet.”

Molly’s Art

David's Bird copy

Art by Molly

We can’t truly hold on to another person or bend them to our will.” — Well said, Julie. I can feel this in your words and Molly’s art. Thanks to both of you for being a part of this series.


 

Molly and Me (1) copyMeet Molly: Molly has been an artist from birth. She’s always drawn freehand and never wanted or had much use for a coloring book. In addition to drawing and painting, Molly loves theater, singing in the choir, and putting together awesome, fashionable outfits for both herself and her mother. 🙂

Meet Julie: Julie Hedlund is an award-winning children’s book author, founder of the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, blogger, and a regular speaker at SCBWI and other industry events.

Her picture book, A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS, Little Bahalia Publishing, 2013, first published as an interactive storybook app, was the recipient of the 2014 Independent Book Publisher’s Association Benjamin Franklin Digital Gold Award. Her storybook app, A SHIVER OF SHARKS, Little Bahalia Publishing, 2013, was a 2014 Digital Book Award winner. Her most recent book, MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN, released in September 2014 also from Little Bahalia.

Julie is a monthly contributor on author/illustrator Katie Davis’ Brain Burps About Books children’s literature podcast, a PAL member of SCBWI, and a contributing editor on the subject of 21st Century Publishing for Children’s Book Insider.

Enjoy the trailer from Julie’s book, MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN.

Thanks to Sylvia at Poetry For Children for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button


 

Party Like An Animal!

Why are we partying like animals??? We are half way through the 12 x 12 Challenge hosted by the awesome Julie Hedlund. Our challenge is to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months. To learn more about the challenge, click HERE. Congratulations everyone for making it half way…but don’t party half way…party full out!

You know, as we celebrate the halfway mark, we have to know that we aren’t the only ones excited about 12 x 12! Think of all the picture book characters! I found out they were celebrating, too. They realize with this number of stories being written that they will have many more adventures. So, I asked a few of them to join me on my blog as we celebrate. Several animals from Old MacDonald’s Farm jumped at the chance. Since they were so eager to help out, I decided to use their theme song as I say thank you to all of you who are a part of 12 x 12. You have all meant so much to me over the last 6 months. There is such support and inspiration that it just oozes all over the Internet. Of course, I especially want to thank our main character, Julie Hedlund. So without further adieu or moo (ha) here is my tribute!

Julie Hedlund Had a Plan

Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!
And for that plan we had to join
12 x 12 in 12!
With a join-join here
And a join-join there
Here a join, there a join
Everywhere a  join-join
Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!

Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!
And in that plan are special guests
12 x 12 in 12!
With a guest-guest here
And a guest-guest there
Here a guest, there a guest
Everywhere a  guest-guest
Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!

Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!
And in that plan are lots of posts
12 x 12 in 12!
With a post-post here
And a post-post there
Here a post, there a post
Everywhere a  post-post
Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!

Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!
And in that plan are Facebook “likes”
12 x 12 in 12!
With a like-like here
And a like-like there
Here a like, there a like
Everywhere a  like-like
Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!

Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!
And in that plan are gobs of blogs
12 x 12 in 12!
With a blog-blog here
And a blog-blog there
Here a blog, there a blog
Everywhere a  blog-blog
Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!

Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!
And finally, there will be books
12 x 12 in 12!
With a book-book here
And a book-book there
Here a book, there a book
Everywhere a  book-book
Julie Hedlund had a plan—
12 x 12 in 12!

As of tonight, June 27, 2012, I have five completed drafts. I plan to have another completed by the 30th of June to bring my total to six. One of the manuscripts is out on submission. That is amazing to me. Even more amazing is the overwhelming number of “writer” friends I have made during 12 x 12 in 12. I am very grateful for this challenge! Thanks, Julie!