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Hi Y'all!
     Thanks so much for your continued interest in my books and this crazy career of mine. I have some good news to share as well as ideas for free things to do during these tough economic times, so read on!

     If you'll be in Nashville this weekend (October 11th), I'll be speaking on the children's stage at 9:30 am during the Southern Festival of Books. I'll also be on a panel discussion at 12:30 pm. (Click the banner for details.) There will be lots of great speakers, and the festival is FREE to the public, so I hope you'll stop by!
     Next weekend (October 18th) I'll be talking about "Self-Promotion for Illustrators" at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Southern Breeze (Southeast region) Fall Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. If you're interested in creating children's books yourself, the SCBWI is a great place to start - this is the organization that ties us all together.
     I'm having a great time in my new role as SCBWI Southern Breeze Illustrators' Coordinator. Read about our first ever Portfolio Workshop last weekend - it was a huge success. Meanwhile, planning for our Illustrators' Showcase which was picked up by the Southern Arts Federation to travel the South for two years is moving forward smoothly - more on that soon!

     Not all teachers teach the same way, and not all students learn the same way, so Paco and the Giant Chile Plant is now available in All-Spanish and All-English hardcover and paperback versions... (Click the covers to learn more and read the great new review from REFORMA!)

written by Keith Polette, illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba, Raven Tree Press

AWARDS! Ready for the Day! is winning awards!

Ready for the Day! named an Association of Booksellers for Children's (ABC) Top Title for Back to School in their 2008 ABC Toolbox!

Ready for the Day! has been selected as an iParenting Media Awards Outstanding Product for 2008!

     ParentSmart/KidHappy is a series of kid-friendly picture books that use stories about families dealing with common parent-child struggles - such as going to bed and getting ready in the morning - to model positive parenting techniques. Click the cover to learn more about the series, written by Stacey Kaye, illustrated by Yours Truly, published by Free Spirit Publshing. To download free ParentSmart/KidHappy activities go to

     The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has made it easier to find authors available to speak in your area through their new SIBA STARS site. I'm proud to be one of their beta testing authors, so check it out!
     An author or illustrator visit can be a profound experience for students, and grant money is often available, so if you would like to invite me to speak at your school or event, learn more at or email me at
     If your school still can't afford the whole-hog affair, I am now offering Virtual Visits using Skype! Let's make technology work for us in an interesting (and less expensive) new way!
     To view my current schedule of events, go to

   Lots of freebies! Every Tuesday I create a new coloring page which can be downloaded from my blog. Just go to Coloring Page Tuesdays and have fun!! Have your budding artist send their version back (less than 1mb) and I'll post it to my blog. I also offer free activities to accompany my picture books - those can be found at

     Again, I appreciate your continued interest in the milestones in this crazy career of mine and hope you'll invite your friends and family to learn more about my books and enjoy my free downloads by sending them to my newsletter sign-up link below. Of course, if you'd rather not hear about these things you can also unsubscribe, but I sure hope you'll stick around to share this wild ride!
Thanks Y'all!

All Artwork © Elizabeth O. Dulemba, 2008 - Y'all play nice, Okay?