Yesterday, at approximately 5:10 p.m., I witnessed something spectacular…

Philip and Erin Stead spoke about important things to know if you want to be a picture book author and/or illustrator-things like how to pace your stories and illustrations, that it’s okay to use difficult subjects, and that brevity is your friend (which was the title of their speech).  Philip and Erin Stead are a dynamic duo, to say the very least.  They are truly inspiring people, not just because of what they do but because of who they are, and I am so honored I got to meet them!

I was beyond excited to be there and I’m still in shock to know that I was.  I can’t wait for the next speaking engagement, no matter what they talk about!

To wrap up, here are a few books they have created…



Check out these awesome books, and maybe they’ll inspire you to try new and wonderful things (they certainly did for me)!