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Denise Fleming

Denise Fleming
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Denise Fleming won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. She is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen picture books, including Buster. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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Denise Fleming demonstrates her paper pulp illustrations

Watch this video to see renowned children's book author and illustrator Denise Fleming create a picture book for children. In this author interview, Fleming talks her unique process of creating illustrations for picture books, and then demonstrates how she creates her beautiful illustrations using colorful paper pulp and stencils.

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    Where did you grow up? I grew up in Toledo,Ohio, where I live still. I am a midwestern girl.


    What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
    It seems like I was always writing and drawing. I wanted to share my ideas from the beginning. A bit bossy am I.


    What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
    I started collecting picture books in art school. I was crazy about the whole picture book format. I realized, as I was sharing books with my daughter, that making books is what I needed to do.


    Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
    I have always been interested in nature and the outdoors which is the subject of many of my books.


    What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
    The Giant Golden Book Of Cat Stories is the book I remember most. It is full of great illustrations. I can't think of any specific adult titles. I do read a lot of poetry. Mary Oliver and Maya Angelou are favorite poets .


    What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
    I work in clay, create art from tin cans, and make art dolls. Right now I am working on combining all three media. I also dye and paint fabric for the dolls.
    Planting flowers and painting the outside of my house and studio is what I am busy doing right now.

    Who are a couple of your favorite author/illustrators? What is it about their work that inspires and interests you?
    Chris Raschka is a big favorite. He has the most spontaneous, expressive line.
    Vera Williams work is full of soul. I have always loved her work.


    What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
    Experiment with different styles and media.

    Maggie and Michael Get Dressed

    Denise Fleming
    Holt Books for Young Readers
    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    It's time for Michael to get dressed! Maggie will help.
    Michael knows where each piece of colorful clothing should go. Yellow socks on feet, brown hat on head. But who will end up wearing the...

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    Shout! Shout It Out!

    Shout! Shout It Out!

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Holt Books for Young Readers
    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    Kids are often told to sit still and be quiet. But Denise Fleming encourages them to shout, shout it out! By taking basic learning concepts like numbers, letters, and colors and putting them on display,...

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    The First Day of Winter

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    From renown picture book author Denise Fleming, a cozy, cumulative book to warm a cold winter day

    Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter...

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    Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Holt Books for Young Readers
    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    Baby animals are going to sleep one by one, but the tiny human baby is the most special of all. Denise Fleming's knack for understanding the preschool set shines through in this gentle good-night...

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    Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Holt Books for Young Readers
    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    Brown Shoes is going on vacation. Betty is staying with Mrs. Pink Slippers, but Mrs. Pink Slippers does not like dogs. So Buster will be going to . . . Cowboy Camp!

    Buster is nervous at first,...

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    The Cow Who Clucked

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Holt Books for Young Readers
    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    Cow has lost her moo—can she find it again?

    Having lost her moo, Cow is stuck clucking. The only thing to do is go out and find that moo! Join Cow and her friends as they conduct their...

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    Alphabet Under Construction

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    An artist's approach to introducing the alphabet

    Mouse airbrushes the A,
    buttons the B,
    carves the C . . .

    Mouse is hard at work constructing each...

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    Pumpkin Eye

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    A Halloween story with just the right amount of spookiness for preschoolers

    It's Halloween night! The rising moon lights the way for trick-or-treaters and sets the mood for a spooky...

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    The Everything Book

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Holt Books for Young Readers
    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    "Fleming's vibrant picture-book hodgepodge surely lives up to its title."-Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Fleming makes learning a fun, colorful experience . . . This unique...

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    Mama Cat Has Three Kittens

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    Some kittens march to the beat of a different drummer.

    Mama Cat has three kittens, Fluffy, Skinny, and Boris. Where Mama Cat leads, Fluffy and Skinny follow. But what about Boris-- will...

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    Time to Sleep

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    A warm, inviting bedtime book from a Caldecott winning illustrator.

    "Bear sniffed once.
    She sniffed twice.
    'I smell winter in the air. . . .'"

    A chill is in the air and...

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    Barnyard Banter

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Holt Books for Young Readers
    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    This farm favorite is now a board book, perfect for preschoolers.

    "Cows in the pasture, moo, moo, moo. Roosters in the barnyard, cock-a-doodle-doo . . ."

    It's another noisy...

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    Where Once There Was a Wood

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    A powerful poem and stunning, handmade-paper art encourage children to protect nature.

    "Where once there was a wood,
    A meadow and a creek . . . "

    Inspired by events...

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    In the Small, Small Pond

    Holt Books for Young Readers
    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    In the Small, Small Pond is a 1994 Caldecott Honor Book.

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    Lunch

    Denise Fleming; illlustrations by Denise Flerming
    Holt Books for Young Readers
    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    One hungry mouse peeks out of his hole and sniffs ... LUNCH! Children can guess what fruit or vegetable comes next as the voracious rodent munches his way through yellow corn, green peas, orange carrots, and the rest of the colors vibrantly represented by Denise Fleming's unique, eye-catching style.

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    Count!

    Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming
    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    Count! by the author and illustrator of the 1994 Caldecott Honor Book In the Small, Small Pond.

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    In the Tall, Tall Grass

    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    In the Tall, Tall Grass is a 1992 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Picture Books.

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