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K is for Kindergarten #tbt Show and Tell –part 7

July 5, 2017

Author Jeanne Walker-Harvey


Welcome to Show and Tell, where your fan favorites and #kidlit authors & illustrators share their kindergarten pictures and a kinder memory each #tbt.

Illustrator Dow Phumiruk

These adorable Kinder kids grew up to be…..


the amazing author/illustrator team behind this gorgeous May 2017 release:


~a Christy Ottaviano Book / Henry Holt ~ 

“Phumiruk’s use of perspective is often striking. . . Harvey’s text makes thoughtful, relatable connections between Lin’s work and the themes of her life.”

The Horn Book, starred review

“Quietly inspiring . . . The simple yet lyrical narrative flows effortlessly . . . an ideal choice to pair with STEAM-related activities. The soft color palette of the digital illustrations provides a complementary backdrop to the words, and Phumiruk ably conveys Lin’s determination.”School Library Journal

Jeanne Walker-Harvey writes non-fiction picture books, including MY HANDS SING THE BLUES: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey and the recent HONEY GIRL (Arbordale Publishing).

Up next for Walker-Harvey is BOATS ON THE BAY (Cameron + Company/illus.by Grady McFerrin /Fall 2018). She attended kindergarten in Crystal Lake, Illinois, where she fondly remembers nap time:

“What I most remember about kindergarten was nap time. We would get our blankets out of our cubbies, and spread them out on the wooden floor. And then a warm cozy quietness would envelop us. And sometimes I would see soft snowflakes falling outside the windows. I moved in 1st grade to Southern California so these memories of snow are precious. I think we should still have nap time!”

MAYA LIN is illustrator Dow Phumiruk’s picture book debut!

Her next illustration project is COUNTING ON KATHERINE: The story of How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13, a Christy Ottaviano Book, written by Helaine Becker, to be released in 2018.

Dow admits:

I don’t remember much from way back then. I remember playing with my cat, Cutie. I remember loving arts and crafts: getting a new giant box of crayons with the built in sharpener, cutting construction paper into a headband with rabbit ears. I played with my older brother a lot. Once we found an old hubcap and made “soup” – water from the hose, dandelions, worms, grass, and leaves.

PARENTS: Sometimes it’s the quiet times we treasure the most: snow falling at nap time, cat cuddles, and arts & crafts. Moments when a child’s imagination is filled with wonder and “what ifs.” Does your child love times like these? Isn’t it fun to think you might have a budding author or illustrator in the house?  


Thank you, Jeanne and Dow for sharing your Kindergarten Show and Tell.

To learn more about these talented women, go to jeanneharvey.com and artbydow.blogspot.com 

Oh and speaking of kindergarten…

Have you heard about my BOOK GIVEAWAY on Goodreads?

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***I’m giving away a SIGNED COPY of K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN***

(To be released August 15th–39 days and counting!!!)

(Sleeping Bear Press/ illus. Joseph Cowman)

Check back next week to meet the kindergartner who would grow up to be

#kidlit author Sue Fliess, whose new book RACE! was just released July 4th!


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  1. Dow Phumiruk says:

    Thank you for having us here today! I love these!