Thursday, July 03, 2008

I'm Reading Now! Series

I'm so excited to show these books after working on them for over a year. They are a series for Scholastic called I'm Reading Now! There are 4 sets to be published throughout the year, with the first set (shown here) coming out in September. Available through Scholastic Book Clubs.
Each set comes with 8 books, about the adventures of a 5 and 4 year old named Ben and Ruby.

I just recently finished the last set; it was sad to see Ben and Ruby go. But it was very rewarding to see the printed books for these- I'm happy with the way it turned out.

Happy July 4th to the folks in the US!

31 comments:

crystal driedger said...

These books look so wonderful! Yahoo for you, I'll have to look through them in my bookstore if that's where they are headed (who knows, it's Canada... ha ha)

nina seven said...

Jannie - The books look fantastic! Way to go, girl!

Allan said...

I want to eat the turkey and cheese sandwich that Ben is making! These books look super-cool!

Gina Perry said...

Wow - congratulations! Ben and Ruby look adorable. That's an enormous project, 32 books?? Good for you.

Sandra Evertson said...

These are Wonderful!
And love the teeny little miniatures below!
I'm just starting to collect mini's too!
Sandra Evertson

Diana Evans said...

oh wow Jannie!!! Congrats...these look amazing and what fun! I can't wait to get my own copies for Cole...

Tom Barrett said...

Wow, how exciting! And what a huge job. Congrats!

Tracy said...

Oh, wow, Jannie! I'll definitely have to buy this series of books for my guided reading groups! They look adorable! :) HAPPY for you :) :) :)

Alicia Padrón said...

Wooohoooo Jannie!!! These are so cute!! How exciting.. they look awesome! I'll be looking to buy them in the bookstores soon when I travel to the US.

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! :o)

pati @-;-- said...

They are absolutely gorgeous, Jannie! It must be awesome to be part of such a big and beautiful project. Can you imagine how many kids are going to discover the joy of reading thanks to your wonderful job?

Congratulations!

Sherry Rogers said...

Excellent! How exciting! Congratulations and much success!

andi butler said...

Congrats, these are so awesomely wonderful!! I love having my name on a Scholastic Book (through Klutz), I've read them as a child, and now read them to my kids, they're just wonderful, hope to see your books in my sons' classes! A whole year...whew! Good for you!

a : )

Frank Daenen said...

Very Nice! Must be a lot of work. How do you keep up with such an amount of drawings?

Danielle McDonald said...

These are stunning! Congratulations. How rewarding for you after all of that hard work! Love the "Tree" illo too.

sketched out said...

Congratulations! These are great. Love Ben and Ruby! I can't wait to get my hands on these books myself.

Raven said...

I'd buy them just for the illustrations...you are so talented!

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm off to see where I might purchase them. :)

xxx
Raven

travis king said...

beautiful books and nice work as usual!

TattingChic said...

How exciting. They are cute. You must be so proud. Learning to read is such an important thing you are doing such a great service for all.

paula said...

Neat-o, Jannie! Thanks for sharing these! I'd love to see some of the inside art, if you get a chance.

MayY . C 五月媽媽 said...

Congratulations! Jannie.
I probarbly get to see them in my boy Scholastic book orders when school start! I will be looking for it! Good JOb!

ellencrimitrent said...

she shoots she scores!!!! yes, again Miss Fantastic you did it again!! Love it, and what a great project!

Alina Chau said...

Wonderful!! Congrat!!

Lisa M Griffin said...

these look incredible! what a thrill to have such a nice series of books. Lovely work.

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natascha said...

Congratulations. They look great! It's always so exciting o see your own work published.

Eric Barclay said...

These are beautiful - congratulations! Love your 'Trees' concept as well.

mike r baker said...

That is just so awesome, my dear friend. Not just for you but for all of us and the lucky children that will enjoy your incredible art!

Kay Aker said...

Wow, what an accomplishment! So terrific!

Bearuh said...

ChickenGirl... you are living the dream!! :)
How long does it take you tomake one illustration in these books.. like how long did it take you to make the cover?

Chickengirl said...

A BIG Thank you, everyone! :-)

Bearuh: Its hard to say. Some are quicker than others. It can range from 3 to 5 to 7 hours. Also, working on a series like this, I've already solved alot of color decisions previously, so doing the final art doesn't take too long.

Anonymous said...

Funny, I'm sitting here filling out my child's Scholastic book order and I keep coming back to these wondering if we really do need another emergent reader set. So what do I do? I google it, of course. Seeing all the positive feedback is making me think it's worth a shot. I just hope the content is as favourably reviewed as the illustrations!

Congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment!