Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Big Snow-guessing Contest!

ALSO! I herewith announce the first annual Snow Guessing Contest. This is a game my family likes to play. Pick the date you think the first flurry of snow will fall and write it in the comments section below. If your guess falls nearest the anticipated day, you win a free Big Snow block print in addition to a signed book! See below for rules, bylaws and other contest minutia.

1.) The  day of "first flurry" shall be the day Jonathan Bean (hereafter, "author") spots flurries. The author cannot vouch for the claims and/or hallucination of contest players (hereafter, "you/your").

2.) The author shall stay in the general mid-atlanic region during the duration of the contest. Though tempting, the author will not make a trip to the arctic simply to make a laughing stock of your guesses.

3.) You may consult past meteorological data, particularly if not familiar with weather patterns of the mid-atlantic, so your guess is not a joke.

4.) If your guess is a duplicate of another's guess, it will not count. Please review prior guesses and choose wisely.

5.) All guesses must be made before October 15th.

Big Snow Commemorative Print

In continuation of a tradition that began with Building Our House, I am now offering a new linoleum block print featuring the hopeful hero of Big Snow. It's available for sale at my shop on Etsy or in person, if you should have the misfortune.


It's official. My latest picture book, Big Snow, is available for purchase!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Future House Builder?

I recently received this fantastic email from a friend whose nephew was prompted to ask more about his grandparent's house-building experience after reading Building Our House!

"Please tell him that we absolutely adore his book(s)! Because of Building Our House, Connor, tonight, figured out which walls of the house face which direction, why the earth moves, where the north star was and why it doesn’t move, the difference between a nail and a screw, and how a concrete mixer works and why concrete hardens. I stalled him when he started asking how snow plows work. Also, his other book, “At Night,” taught Connor to read his first word--AWAKE. His work is gorgeous and amazing and so adorably detailed, there’s so much to take in. I look forward to rereading this book for the next 4 weeks. I’m sure there’s depths even then to be parsed." 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 3rd in the Burg

Join me this Friday, September 20th, when The Steps Shown gallery features the beautiful work of Hyewon Yum. Winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Golden Kite Award, among many other well deserved accolades, it is a great honor to show the gorgeous illustrations from her most recent picture book, This Is Our House!

Due to a scheduling conflict, Hyewon will not be able to join us for the evening. We'll miss her, but her clever and cheerfully toned work will speak beautifully on her behalf!

I hope you'll stop by!

3rd in the Burg
Friday, September 20, 6-9pm.
1320 North 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17102

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hyewon Yum to Visit Bean Illustration!

This is so exciting that it deserves advance notice! On September 20th Hyewon Yum (and family), straight from the heart of Brooklyn, will visit Bean Illustration to share original work form her most recent picture book This Is Our House! Winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award and Golden Kite Award, among many other accolades, it is a great honor to play host to Hyewon and her beautiful work! Mark your calendars, because there's a good reason I used three exclamation points in this short paragraph (now four. . . )!

3rd in the Burg
Friday, September 20, 6-9pm.
1320 North 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17102