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small graces september auction!

          Lightwing McFrog, Manager of the New York Echoes

It’s Small Graces time again, and look at the beauty that’s up for bidding this week, September 13-17th: an original acrylic painting by author/illustrator Brian Lies, based on his latest picture book, Bats at the Ballgame (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010)!

This is the third book in the New York Times Bestselling Bats
series — official pub date was September 6th, and this week it’s listed at #7! The 4" x 6 " painting is one of several baseball card profiles; I must say I’m quite fond of McFrog’s long whiskers and that NY cap (shhh . . . don’t tell my NH Red Sox relatives)!

As before, 100% of the proceeds of this FCB auction will provide support for author/illustrator visits and residencies in under-served urban schools. Don’t miss your chance to own this one-of-a-kind, signed, unpublished piece of art at an affordable price, while helping a good cause. Just click through to Ebay to place your bid!

Check out the Bats at the Ballgame trailer:

♥ To find out more about Small Graces, click here.

♥ The Foundation for Children’s Books is here.

♥ Visit Brian Lies’s official website.

Copyright © 2010 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan’s alphabet soup. All rights reserved.

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june small graces auction


Alrighty then. It’s time for Small Graces, and this week you can bid on this soothing blue beauty by author/illustrator Leo Landry!

The quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is new to me: "The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us." Quite perfect for the Foundation for Children’s Books (FCB) benefit auction, which offers an original, unpublished, signed painting by a different children’s author/illustrator each month. Pretty cool that Leo, a native of Massachusetts, selected a quote from Boston-born Emerson, in support of author/illustrator visits and residencies in Boston-area urban schools.


In case you don’t recognize that lucky fellow floating about in all that gorgeous blueness, he’s from Leo’s most recent self-illustrated picture book, Space Boy (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). It’s a sweet story of a little boy who’s trying to sleep, but finds it much too noisy in his house, so he decides to take a little trip to the moon (naturally he has the foresight to pack lunch). After a lovely picnic up there, he returns home to find all is peaceful once again, and he’s ready for bed.

Leo’s painting, rendered in watercolor, is approximately 5" x 5", with an estimated value of $450. As before, 100% of the proceeds will benefit the FCB, and you can place your bid at Ebay all this week, June 7 – 11, 2010. Don’t miss this chance to own an original piece of art while supporting a good cause! 

To find out more about Small Graces, click here. And click here to bid on Ebay!

Have a lovely week!

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     Approximately 5" x 5", original, unpublished, signed watercolor.

It’s Small Graces time again!

And look, it’s Gilbert!

In case you don’t recognize him, he’s the star of Diane deGroat’s highly popular picture book series. This endearing opossum first captured our hearts in Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink (William and Morrow, 1996), and eleven books later, he’s still going strong with his most recent adventure, April Fool! Watch Out at School! (HarperCollins, 2009). Gilbert even has his own I Can Read books now — have you seen Gilbert, the Surfer Dude (HarperCollins, 2009)? Let’s just say, interesting things happen when you go to the beach and forget your bathing suit. ☺


Looks like Gilbert is in a bit of a funk with that rain coming down. I’m sure he’ll feel much better if you place a bid! All proceeds from the Small Graces auctions benefit The Foundation for Children’s Books, a small non-profit that sponsors author and illustrator visits and residencies for under-served schools in the greater Boston area. Quite a win-win situation — your money goes to a good cause, and you have a chance to own some original art by one of the country’s premier, award-winning children’s book author/illustrators!

Besides creating the Gilbert series, Diane has illustrated well over a hundred books in her long, illustrious career. She was the very first person I ever interviewed for alphabet soup, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone warmer or more generous. We love you, Diane!

The auction runs all this week — so click on over to Ebay and place your bid! Gilbert told me he wants to go home with you! ♥

P.S. Here’s the perfect book to read this week for Mother’s Day:


Hope you’re having a good week!!

Copyright © 2010 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan’s alphabet soup. All rights reserved.

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