Deborah Marcero – In A Jar

picturebooking 135  |  author-illustrators episode  |  hosted by Nick Patton  |  Jan. 22, 2020


You can’t separate today’s book IN A JAR with the life experiences of its author-illustrator, Deborah Marcero. It’s fascinating to see art that comes from finding a universal experience in the specific personal stories of its creator.

Deborah Marcero

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Excerpt from Deborah’s faculty bio at VCFA MFA in Writing for Children and Young adults: Deborah Marcero is an author-illustrator with a passion for storytelling in many media. Her books have been chosen as a Library Guild Selection and translated into four languages.

During her tenure as a Literacy Specialist in Chicago Public Schools, Deborah was teaching a Young Authors unit to her fifth graders and realized that making books for children was what she wanted to do with her life.

Featured Book: In A Jar

by Deborah Marcero; illustrated by Deborah Marcero
Children’s Picture Book • G. P. Putnam’s Sons • Published Jan. 21, 2020

Excerpt from Penguin Random House: Here’s a marvelous picture book, charmingly written and beautifully illustrated, about the power of memory and the magic of friendship.

Llewellyn, a little rabbit, is a collector. He gathers things in jars–ordinary things like buttercups, feathers, and heart-shaped stones. Then he meets another rabbit, Evelyn, and together they begin to collect extraordinary things–like rainbows, the sound of the ocean, and the wind just before snow falls.

Thank You

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Nick Patton
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