Mark Your Calendars...
Will is happy to announce the publication of two picture books:
All for a Dime!: A Bear and Mole Story [Holiday House] is the fourth story in the series. The book was released in July 2015.
Bear and Bunny [Candlewick] is a companion book to Bear in Love which was published in 2012. Published in December 2015, the book features the original duo and introduces a new character with a lot of charm.
Will has recently finished the artwork for Me and Annie McPhee [Philomel] written by Olivier Dunrea. This picture book is tentatively slated for release on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
Contact your favorite bookseller today to place your orders and pre-orders. Autographed copies will be available via this site upon publication!
Down on the Farm Has Returned in Board Book Format!
Merrily Kutner's story, Down on the Farm, has returned to board book format! Originally due to be released on Monday, February 15, 2016, it is now available and retails for $7.99. Many thanks to the publisher, Holiday House, for bringing back the story in this format. The rhythm of the story, bold illustrations and sturdiness of the book make it a perfect choice for very young children.
Artist Interviews with Will
Over the past couple of years, Will has been working in conjunction with The Artist's Magazine and has been conducting interviews with beloved children's illustrators. The first six interviews have now been published and are available for purchase in print and/or digital formats:
Additional interviews have been completed and more are planned. Who will be next? Stay tuned...
DOWN BY THE BARN Selected as Recommended Book by Parents' Choice Panel
REVIEW: Will Hillenbrand's farm-themed companion to his Down by the Station picture book is a read-aloud treat, with a cumulative pattern a la "The House That Jack Built," and sound effects galore guaranteeing requests for repeat readings: "Down by the cows,/early in the morning,/see the little calf/waiting to go!/See the tractor driver pull his little lever…/Puff, Puff,/click, clank,/moo, moo,/OFF WE GO!" In Hillenbrand's charming illustrations, a big-nosed pup in overalls drives the bouncy tractor; a natty scarecrow is his first passenger and soon all "the baby animals" are going along for the ride. When the happy travelers reach their surprise destination, readers will feel part of the mix, too.
-Lynne Hefley ©2015 Parents' Choice. A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.