In a cheery book for toddlers—one of four titles launching the My Little Planet series—three children welcome spring by planting a seed. “This small hole is all I need./ Now some water./ Now some sun./ Planting seeds is so much fun!” Every natural and inanimate object seems to come alive in Jatkowska’s joyful pictures, as the trio nurtures the little plant. The chipper verse and bright palette offer an enthusiastic endorsement of the joys and small miracles to be found outdoors. Simultaneously available: Pick Up the Park, Recycling Is Fun, and We Need Water. Ages 2–4. Illustrator’s agent: The Bright Agency. (Feb.)
Charles Ghigna, known as Father Goose, is the author of more than 50 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and other publishers. His books have been featured on ABC’s "Good Morning America," PBS, and NPR. He is a poet, children’s author, speaker, and nationally syndicated feature writer who promotes the love of poetry and children’s literature throughout the world and the author of more than 5000 poems for children and adults. His poems have appeared in hundreds of textbooks, anthologies, magazines from The New Yorker and Harper's to Cricket and Highlights.His poems also appear in the national SAT and ACT tests. He has served as poetry editor of The English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English and has presented poetry programs at the Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the International Schools of South America and at hundreds of other schools, colleges, conferences, libraries, book fairs, and literary events throughout the world.
Ag Jatkowska has been drawing and playing with color ever since she can remember. She loved to create as a child and dreamed of being an artist from a very young age. Ag now lives in Bath and works as a full-time illustrator and she has been dealing with illustration, graphic design, greeting cards, stationery and photography.
Ag graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk (Poland) with a MA in Graphic Design and Illustration.
She really enjoys illustrating children and animal characters, creating their personalities visually, and making them come alive on the page.
She has produced illustrations for various publishers.
In her spare time she loves to discover new places, spending time with her husband and her little son, she loves children books, film, yoga and chocolate.
More of her work can be seen via her blog: www.agjatkowska.blogspot.com and her website: www.agnieszkajatkowska.com