Black Lives Matter June 23, 2020 03:33

The events of the past few weeks have been weighing heavily on my heart and mind. I have hope that our generation, as parents, educators, and caregivers, will teach our children to love everyone so that future generations may live in a world that’s filled with love, kindness, compassion, and unity. In the words of the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings: “Our children are the living messages we send to a future we will never see." Change begins with us. The following are links to a few resources that may help you talk to your child about race, racism, and resistance. Sending a hug out to anyone who needs one. ♥️


Image credit: Franzi Paetzold

♥ Antiracist Children's Books via The Conscious Kid 

♥ 
Early Childhood Books for Talking About Racial Identity via Social Justice Books

♥ Curated Book Selections About Race and Racism via ADL

♥ Talking About Race, a free online portal developed by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.

♥ 
Talking Race With Young Children via NPR 


“You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ~C.S. Lewis


Home With the Kids March 15, 2020 01:23

With school, activities, and events cancelled to limit crowds and gatherings, a lot of you may be looking for things you can do with your kids while under self quarantine and social isolation.

To break up the madness and the boredom a little bit, starting Monday, March 16th, I will be sharing daily videos of me giving mini drawing tutorials, reading from some of my books, and talking about book and art stuff on Facebook and Instagram

Also, just a little reminder that a bunch of my picture books have free core curriculum aligned teacher's guides that you can download from my website that are filled with fun ideas, activities, and talking points related to the book. I also have free printable coloring pages!

Here are links to some of the book pages on my website that have corresponding teacher's guides. The guides are located on the left-hand side of each page under the picture of the book cover. Or, you can visit this page for all the guides, activity sheets, and coloring pages available for download in one place!

 DREAM BIG
PEEP AND EGG: I'M NOT HATCHING

WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL

THE BEAR IN MY BED
PUG MEETS PIG
SLEEPYHEADS


A bunch of fellow authors are also offering lots of fun stuff to check out on their websites and social media right now and in the coming days. Here are a few that I've seen:

♥ Author Kate Messner has compiled a ton of resources from fellow authors and illustrators including first-chapter and picture book read-alouds to drawing and writing mini-lessons on her website here.

♥ Author-Illustrator Debbie Ohi will be sharing a new series of YouTube videos featuring read-alouds, art demos, and book-related songs. Her first video can be found here.

♥ Author-Illustrator Grace Lin will be sharing a new series of videos of her talking about her latest book and giving drawing tutorials. The videos can be found on her website here or on YouTube here.

♥ Author-Illustrator Ben Clanton will be doing two Facebook Live drawing sessions on March 18th and 20th. More info here.

♥ Author-Illustrator Jarret Krosoczka will be hosting YouTube Live webcasts every weekday for the next two weeks. More info here.

♥ Author-Illustrator Oliver Jeffers will be offering daily read-alouds and discussions of his books. More info here.

I know these are challenging times for us all. No matter how bad things get, I know we all have it within ourselves to find the light and help those around us see it too. Be kind and support one another. Together, we will get through this. The human spirit always prevails. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

xo-Joyce


New Book: SLEEPY FARM by Joyce Wan January 9, 2020 15:27

I'm happy to announce the release of my latest book SLEEPY FARM, a sweet bedtime lift-the-flap board book. A follow-up to the bestseller PEEK-A-BOO FARM, babies and toddlers will love to help tuck snuggly critters into bed by lifting large flaps to reveal tucked-in snoozing farm animals like a sheep, chick, frog, and more! 


Yes! The actual cover IS sparkly!

SLEEPY FARM is available wherever books are sold.
Indiebound (I encourage you to support your local independent bookstore whenever you can. Most book stores should be able to order you a copy if it's not in stock.)
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository (free worldwide delivery)

Little peek inside the book:

Off to sleep, little sheep.

Thanks for supporting my work! Hope to see you at a book festival this year!

xo-Joyce


Happy New Year! January 1, 2020 00:43

A new decade filled with possibilities...

May all your dreams come true. Let's do this! Happy new year, everyone! XO


Merry Monday Sale 25% Off Entire Order December 2, 2019 15:16

In the spirit of the holidays, enjoy 25% off on your order in my shop today December 2nd on wanart.com plus free shipping for orders over $30 (free shipping applies to U.S. orders only). Goodies just added include new signed art prints for your little one's room or reading nook, sticker set featuring 15 female trailblazers, DREAM BIG enamel pin, and more.


Use code: merrymonday25
Sale ends December 3rd at 3am EST

Also, if you have purchased any of my books for the holidays and would like them personalized I will be happy to send you bookplates (that you can stick on the book) with a personal inscription. Just email hello[at]wanart.com and I will be happy to help you with that.

In other news, was excited to see my latest book DREAM BIG on Today Show’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for babies. 



Wishing you warmth and wonder this holiday season and beyond! ~Joyce


New Book: DREAM BIG by Joyce Wan July 9, 2019 03:55

I'm happy to announce the release of my latest book, DREAM BIG, written and illustrated by me and published by Scholastic. This book is about all the ways one can dream, achieve, and succeed and it features 15 heartfelt tributes to female icons and trailblazers throughout history such as Rosa Parks, Jane Goodall, Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, and more. With an inspiring message of encouragement and hope, this book is a wonderful gift to be treasured and shared for years to come. 

I was inspired to write this book shortly after the 2016 elections, when listening to Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, I was struck by this line: “And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” I was also a new mom to a 6 month old baby girl at the time. I started thinking about dreams, the power of dreams, and how many of the world’s greatest accomplishments started with a dream and how I might want to convey that in book format. 

Book Trailer:








DREAM BIG is available wherever books are sold.
Indiebound (I encourage you to support your local independent bookstore whenever you can. Most book stores should be able to order you a copy if it's not in stock.)
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository (free worldwide delivery)

Teacher's Guides and Activity Kits for this book are available and free to download from my website here:  https://wanart.com/pages/dream-big

Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as I'll be offering giveaways in the days to come! I also post reminders of upcoming events where I will be doing readings and/or signings. I hope to see you at an event this coming year!

xo-Joyce


DREAM BIG Preorder Giveaway! June 11, 2019 15:47

This week marks the one month to publication of my next book DREAM BIG that will be out July 9th. If you've been following me on social media, I've been sharing sneak peeks (such as these here, here, and here ). I can’t believe that this book is so close to being in the world. I’m so excited to share this book with you all and I want to to do something fun this time by giving away goodies to everyone who preorders a copy. And yes, I mean EVERYONE. Well, at least while supplies last!

If you preorder DREAM BIG before or by July 8, 2019 (or have already preordered - thank you!), and provide proof of purchase, you will receive a signed/personalized book plate and a holographic 'Dream Big' sticker as shown below. See this fab (and weatherproof!) sticker in action here

dream big stickers

Preorder DREAM BIG from anywhere you want. Some suggestions:
♥ Your local indie bookstore. Find one near you on Indiebound.org. You can also order directly from Indiebound. Sales from Indiebound support the network of indie bookstores as well.
♥ Amazon
♥ Barnes & Noble
♥ Book Depository (International)
 Any library. Did you know that you can make a request at your local library to purchase a book? I'm always thrilled to see my books at the library where even more readers can find it, so if you prefer to make a library request, that also counts in the giveaway too.

To receive your goodies, send the following to joycewanbooks@gmail.com:
♥ full name
♥ mailing address
♥ proof of your preorder (can be a photo/scan/screenshot of your receipt or library request)
♥ the name for the inscription (if you'd like your bookplate personalized)

Each copy of DREAM BIG preordered qualifies for a bookplate and sticker (i.e. order two books, get two sets of goodies). This giveaway is open internationally.

Once the campaign is over…

THREE randomly selected preorder entries will ALSO receive one signed print of their favorite page from the book, one set of stickers featuring each trailblazer featured in the book and one DREAM BIG enamel pin (both pictured below)! 

trailerblazers stickers dream big


Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on July 8, 2019. 


Thank you!
Joyce

 


Happy 10 Year Book-iversary! January 29, 2019 14:42

{Note: Originally posted on Twitter here.}

The #10YearChallenge (where people have been posting pictures of themselves 10 years ago and today side-by-side) made me reflect not so much about the differences in the way I look, but about how much my life has changed since then and all that I’ve learned. 


(Headshot on the right: City Headshots

Ten years ago this week my first children's book "Greetings from Kiwi and Pear" was published. I was also drowning deep in credit card debt that was spiraling out of control. 

 

Most of it accumulated after launching a stationery and gift business in 2003 and quitting my day job shortly after. By 2009, my products were sold in hundreds of stores nationwide, I rented office space to house inventory and hire help, and I was doing trade shows all over the country.

But I was burning money faster than I was making it and I just couldn't figure out how to make it all work. It was one of the most stressful periods of my life and I was ready to give up completely. After my 1st book came out, I made a commitment to change my life and pivot my focus.

I submitted an idea that had been sitting untouched for a whole year (later to be YOU ARE MY CUPCAKE) to a bunch of publishers. Got a bunch of rejections but one editor at Scholastic was interested. And it only takes one. The rest is history.

Today, I have published over 24 children’s books, that I’ve authored and/or illustrated, and those books have sold a combined total of over one million copies worldwide. I have been debt-free for over 5 years now.

Here are 10 life and work lessons I’ve learned in the past 10 years:

  1. I’m currently working on my 27th book yet I still feel like an imposter at times. I don’t think that feeling ever goes away. It keeps me on my toes and makes me want to keep doing better. #JustKeepSwimming

  2. Don’t pay attention to what other people are doing or what the “trends” are. Find your niche, keep doing what you do best, and do it well. If your heart is in it, you can never go wrong. #YouDoYou

  3. Focus on less in order to accomplish more. Try to devote your time and best efforts to your most important goals. Say no to opportunities that don’t align with those goals.

  4. Most people do just enough, don’t be like most people. Go the extra mile in everything you do. Combined with a little ingenuity, it can help you really stand out.

  5. Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself and never stop learning. Adopt a student-for-life mentality and develop a growth mindset where you’re always working on becoming better at your craft.

  6. Find ways to enjoy the journey toward your goals. It will make it easier to show up everyday. #HaveFun

  7. Surround yourself with people who support your ambitions, believe in your dreams, and inspire you. **Special shout-out to my family & friends for always believing in me and cheering me on and to my hardworking friends in the industry who inspire me every day with their amazing work. ❤️

  8. Find meaning in your work. It will keep you motivated to press on when things are tough or you feel discouraged. For me, adding joy to this world and inspiring kids to read, write, and draw gets me out of bed in the morning and has been one of the greatest rewards.

  9. Never be afraid to fail or make mistakes. You will learn something new and that knowledge will lead you closer to your goals.

  10. Never give up. Rest when you need to. Pivot if you must. Just keep going. #YouCanDoIt

Huge thanks to my agent Teresa Kietlinski of Bookmark Literary for her help and support all these years, my first editor at Scholastic, Cecily Kaiser, for acquiring my breakout book YOU ARE MY CUPCAKE, and most of all to my beloved readers for helping me make my dreams come true. Now onward to the next 10 years!

For those looking for specific information on how to get started in children’s books, I put together some tips and resources on my website here.

Now your turn, if you're willing to share! What were you doing 10 years ago and how did it all turn out?


New Book: You Are My Magical Unicorn by Joyce Wan December 26, 2018 00:36

The magic of the holidays continues as I am delighted to announce the publication of my latest board book, You Are My Magical Unicorn, which is officially out today! A sparkly ode to believing in yourself and perseverance—with a unicorn twist. Not only is this book great for all the little unicorn lovers in your life but also for anyone who might need a loving message of hope, persistence, and encouragement. 






Where to purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Indiebound (I encourage you to support your local independent bookstore whenever you can. 
Most book stores should be able to order you a copy if it's not in stock.)
Book Depository (free worldwide delivery)

Hope your holiday season has been joyous and best wishes for a New Year filled with magic and wonder!

xo-Joyce


New Book: You Are My Sweetheart by Joyce Wan October 30, 2018 15:04

I'm happy to welcome my newest board book, You Are My Sweetheart, into the world today! With this latest cutest creation, every day is a chance to say “I love you” to your dearest...and sweetest. Of course, no book of mine is complete without a cast of chubby, lovable characters, such as candy hearts, a sweetie pie, and a honey bun. At the end of the book, you can’t help but snuggle up with your own little sweetheart with “kisses and hugs” to remind them that you love them. Available now where books are sold!

you are my sweetheart coveryou are my sweetheart apple of my eyeyou are my sweetheart sticky honeybunyou are my sweetheart sweetie pie


New Book: The Bear In My Bed by Joyce Wan June 17, 2018 03:05

I’m excited to announce the launch of The Bear In My Bed, written and illustrated by me and published by FSG/Macmillan.

Our little friend from The Whale In My Swimming Pool is back, but this time with a bear (who’s not his teddy bear) in his bed! The bear makes a mess with toys, splashes water around the bathtub, and eats books instead of reading them. Not to mention that he doesn’t know how to brush his teeth or wear pajamas! And how is anyone supposed to get any sleep with a bear taking up the whole bed? A silly take on the struggles of bedtime routines.

It's not easy to write a picture book but I found it even harder to write a sequel. I actually had a whole other version of this book (completely sketched out!) that I had to shelve because my amazing editor, Janine O'Malley, felt that we needed to go in a different direction with this book and she was absolutely correct. I hope you have as much fun reading this book as I had creating it!

bear in my bed

I will be joining the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip this summer where I will be meeting readers and signing books at two awesome bookstores in my home state of New Jersey (Watchung Booksellers in Montclair and WORD Bookstore in Jersey City) to help cheer on a summer-long celebration of reading. If you are in the area, I hope to see you there! Please visit my Events page for more detail and also information about where I will be this Fall. HAPPY SUMMER!

xo-Joyce


New Book: Count My Cupcakes 123 by Joyce Wan April 24, 2018 15:13

I’m excited to announce the launch of Count My Cupcakes 123, the latest board book that I wrote and illustrated published by Cartwheel/Scholastic. Little ones will have fun learning to count from one to five in this rhyming board book featuring colorful disappearing touch-and-feel cupcakes! Filled with a bunch of irresistibly, chubby yummy characters including a sliding milkshake, a rolling donut, a twirling ice cream cone, and lots and lots of cupcakes. A scrumptious, interactive first counting story to share with the littlest cupcake in your life!

I really had fun with this one and I hope you enjoy it too! I'm running giveaways on both Twitter and Facebook. Click on those links for details. As always, thanks for supporting my work! 

XO-Joyce

"Wan’s distinctively cute artwork and the irresistible tactile element hit a sweet spot." –Publisher's Weekly

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count my cupcakes 123 joyce wan

count my cupcakes 123 joyce wan

count my cupcakes 123 joyce wan

count my cupcakes 123 joyce wan


The Joyce Wan Board Book Boxed Set is Here! March 18, 2018 14:21

Hi Everyone! I wanted you all to get a first look at the Joyce Wan You Are the Sweetest 8 Board Book Collection Box Set that will be available exclusively at Costco really soon, if not already. I had known about this since last year but did not believe it (or maybe I didn't want to jinx it!) so I didn't say say a word. The samples just arrived on my doorstep over the weekend and even holding the box set in my hand, a collection of board books that I've published over the last 7 years, it still feels surreal. BUT IT'S HERE! 

The box set contains my last 8 non-seasonal board books I did with Cartwheel/Scholastic: You Are My Cupcake, We Belong Together, Hug You Kiss You Love You, My Lucky Little Dragon, Peek-a-Boo Farm, Peek-a-Boo Zoo, Are You My Mommy?, and Good Night Sweetie. All bundled together in this cute, glittery, sturdy package, perfect for gift-giving or a special keepsake for your little one!

I've been keeping an eye out for them but I have not spotted these in the wild yet. Let me know if you see any at your Costco and share a pic with me @joycewanbooks on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and I will randomly pick one winner* to receive one of these boxed sets! HAPPY SPRING!

xo-Joyce

* US addresses only, please.


Happy Year of the Dog February 16, 2018 16:01

Happy Lunar New Year! February 16th marks the start of the Lunar New Year as well as the Year of the Dog. For the Chinese in particular, the Lunar New Year is celebrated with big family dinners, the exchange of "lucky money" contained in red envelopes, and vibrant, lively festivals with lion dancing and firecrackers. The lunar calendar is based upon the cycles of the moon and has 12 animals signs, one to represent each year of the cycle. The Dog is the 11th sign of the Chinese Zodiac with the others being the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, and Pig. 



According to Chinese tradition, a person’s birth sign has a profound influence on personality and destiny. People born in the Year of the Dog are brave, independent, loyal, and decisive. Once they decide on something, no one can persuade them against it. On the negative side, Dogs can be overly critical, self-righteous, and stubborn.

Notable people born in the Year of the Dog include Prince William, Kate Middleton, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Prince, Elvis Presley, Donald Trump, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Angela Bassett, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Kevin Bacon, Stephen Shaskan, Liza Minelli, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Susan Sarandon, Giorgio Armani, and Tommy Lee Jones.

Don't know what zodiac sign you are? Look it up on this guide I created here: 

Please note that if you were born in the month of January or February you may actually be the previous year's sign as the start of the Lunar New Year falls on a different day every year. Refer to the chart at this link to confirm which sign you are if you are a January birthday: http://bit.ly/2BxnDug

For the wee ones, download a printable zodiac coloring sheet/placemat that I created here.  Another fun and simple way to introduce young children to the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac is with my board book, My Lucky Little Dragon.

my lucky little dragon

Just some quick updates:

Peep and Egg: I’m Not Using the Potty, the fourth book in the Peep and Egg series is now available! In this book, Egg does not want to use the potty, however, when things start to get a little uncomfortable, Egg realizes that when nature calls, sometimes you can't say no. The perfect book for all your potty-goers in training. Be sure to check out the other books in the Peep and Egg series if you haven't already.

peep and egg potty    

Count My Cupcakes 123 will be out April 24th. Featuring touch-and-feel cupcakes and a host of other yummy characters like a twirling ice cream cone and a rolling donut, readers learn to count from one to five!
count my cupcakes

The Bear In My Bed will be out in June 5th and it picks right up where The Whale In My Swimming Pool left off. This story follows a young boy as he tackles his bedtime routine with an unexpected visitor. 
bear in my bed

Wishing you happiness, prosperity, and good fortune! CHEERS! 

xo-Joyce

 


Personalized Picture Books Now Available December 6, 2017 22:57

Children's books can be enjoyed again and again making them the perfect gift! Even better when the books are personalized. I'm now working with my wonderful local indie bookstore The Curious Reader to offer you personalized copies of Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching, Peep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a Bath, The Whale In My Swimming Pool, and Pug Meets Pig. Simply provide the name of the person you want the book signed to in the space provided when you place your order. The really nice folks at The Curious Reader will let me know when they have your order, I will inscribe and sign the books, and they will ship them right to you. Find these books along with a bunch of other really great books on their website here: https://www.thecuriousreaderbooks.com/shop

 

Not only will you be supporting an amazing indie children's book store but a signed edition makes a special keepsake for the little book lovers in your life.

May your holiday season be filled with good cheer!

xo-Joyce


Good Night, Sweetie **Giveaway** {now closed} August 29, 2017 02:51 166 Comments

good night sweetie
Wish your little sweetie "sweet dreams on moonbeams" with my latest board book, Good Night, Sweetie, which is out today!

wishing star
This book features an adorable cast of chubby, sleepy characters, such as a wishing star, a lovable snuggly, a bedtime book, and more. A wonderful first bedtime story to share with little ones again and again. 

good night sweetie giveaway
To celebrate the release, I'm giving away a signed copy of the book along with a cute, smiling star plushie to THREE lucky readers! 

To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite bedtime rituals. 

Want additional entries? Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and leave a separate comment (one for each share) to let me know that you did. 

Entries close next Friday, September 8th at 12pm EST and three winners will be chosen at random. Good luck! 

**UPDATE**
I read every single comment and loved all your replies! I seriously just wanted to snuggle up in bed with my little girl. Because this was so much fun, I've decided to select 3 more additional winners at random. Congrats to the following 6 winners: Tessa Hilliard, Jennifer Jeng, Kimberly Layton, Aki Leighton, Tanya Miranda, and CJ Rooney!

*This giveaway is open to readers with U.S. addresses only. Winners will be contacted via email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. 





New Books July 26, 2017 11:38

Hi Everyone! Just a quick update on new and upcoming books. It's been quite a year as I've been juggling a bunch of book projects and book events/conferences in addition to my new role as a mom to a feisty little girl who just celebrated her first birthday last month!

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Author Sue Lowell Gallion and I are thrilled to welcome the release of PUG & PIG TRICK-OR-TREAT yesterday! Pug and Pig are back, this time in a heartwarming Halloween adventure involving a costume kerfuffle. The book has already received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly - a first for me! A free Teacher's Guide filled with Common Core discussion points and activities available for download on my website.

pug and pig trick or treat
Coming August 29th is my latest board book with Scholastic, GOOD NIGHT, SWEETIE,  featuring an irresistible cast of chubby, sleepy characters, such as a wishing star, a lovable snuggly, a bedtime book, and more. A wonderful first bedtime story to share with little ones again and again!

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On October 24th, author Laure Gehl and I will welcome the latest installment to the funny Peep and Egg picture book series for toddlers, PEEP & EGG: I'M NOT TAKING A BATH. In this new story, a reluctant chick named Egg overcomes her aversion to taking a bath.

peep and egg bath
That's it for now! When I can, I have more exciting projects to share with you including a counting book featuring our favorite little Cupcake. Hope you're having a fab summer! 

xo-Joyce

ps. You can also connect with me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter for all the latest.

 


Happy Year of the Rooster January 28, 2017 00:30

Happy Lunar New Year! January 28th marks the start of the Lunar New Year as well as the Year of the Rooster. Although the holiday is also known as Chinese New Year, the Chinese aren't the only ones who observe it. The holiday is also celebrated in other Asian countries including Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, and Taiwan. The Lunar New Year lasts for 15 days and is like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years rolled up into one giant celebration! For the Chinese in particular, the Lunar New Year is celebrated with big family dinners, the exchange of "lucky money" contained in red envelopes, and vibrant, lively festivals with lion dancing and firecrackers.

zodiac rooster

The lunar calendar is based upon the cycles of the moon and has 12 animals signs, one to represent each year of the cycle. The Rooster is the tenth sign of the Chinese Zodiac with the others being the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey Dog, and Pig. Don't know what zodiac sign you are? Look it up on this guide I created here: 
zodiac wheelAccording to Chinese tradition, a person’s birth sign has a profound influence on personality and destiny. People born in the Year of the Rooster are outspoken, quick-witted, keenly observant, resourceful and have a strong independent spirit. Though abundantly practical, Roosters are also big dreamers. Overly blunt at times, which may offend some, Roosters are open and honest. Constantly seeking wisdom and truth, Roosters have a pioneering spirit. Notable people born in the Year of the Rooster include Confucius, Henry Ford, Cate Blanchett, Benjamin Franklin, Michael Caine, Katherine Hepburn, Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Martin, Beyoncé Knowles, Van Morrison, Yoko Ono, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Rudyard Kipling, and Serena Williams.

For the wee ones, download a printable zodiac coloring sheet/placemat that I created here.  Also, please take a look at a board book I created a few years ago, My Lucky Little Dragon, which offers a fun, simple introduction to the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

Wishing you all happiness, prosperity, and good fortune! CHEERS!

xo-Joyce


New Books, New Baby! July 30, 2016 17:23 6 Comments

It's been a long time since I last added to this blog and so much has happened!

A foreign edition of Sleepyheads in Chinese was released! Although I think it's only readily available in China, you can find it online at the specialty retailer, Chinasprout, here. A new board book edition of Sleepyheads will be available in the US on August 2nd and you can find it on Amazon, here!

A new board book edition of The Whale in My Swimming Pool was released! It's an adorable, chunky little size perfect for the wee-est of readers! Find it on Amazon, here.


My latest new board book, You Are My Pumpkin, was also released! This sweetly spooky board book with a glittery cover is filled with an irresistible cast of chubby, happy Halloween-themed characters. Halloween may be far from your mind at the moment but it's never a bad time to tell your little one how much you love them. Find it on Amazon, here!
you are my pumpkin

Four upcoming books that are soon to be released:

Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating, will be released on August 9th! This follow-up to Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching, written by Lauren Gehl, is a light-hearted story about opening oneself up to new experiences! Find it on Amazon, here!
peep and egg im not hatching

My best-selling You Are My Cupcake will be available in a touchable, huggable, squeezable cloth book format perfect for the wee-est of the wee-est of readers August 30th! Find it on Amazon, here!


Pug Meets Pig, written by debut author Sue Lowell Gallion, will be released on September 27th! A sweet and silly story about a darling duo that celebrates the timeless themes of embracing change, being kind to others, and finding friends in unlikely places. Find it on Amazon, here!
pug meets pig

You Are My Merry Little Christmas, my next glittery board book featuring an adorable cast of chubby, happy Christmas-themed characters will also be out September 27th! Find it on Amazon, here!
you are my merry little christmas

And last, but certainly not least, my latest, greatest, and cutest creation of them all, my husband Steve and I welcomed our precious baby girl, Dylan Rose, into the world in June. Those of you who have been following me for a while know that we suffered a devastating loss of our sweet baby girl Evie in 2014 so I had been a little quiet about this pregnancy. I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime in the past few years, experiencing the absolute best and worst life has to offer. Dylan has brought joy and healing into a place of deep sorrow. We are overjoyed to finally hold her in our arms and feel blessed to be surrounded by so much love and support.new baby joyce wan
Needless to say, life has been a little hectic since Baby D's arrival but we are enjoying every minute and laughing a lot, or maybe we're just delirious from the lack of sleep. 

Right now I'm slowly working on getting back into the swing of things and look forward to diving into and sharing with you some exciting new projects!

xo-J 

p.s. If you would like to connect with me on social media, you can find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!


PEEP AND EGG: I'M NOT HATCHING is Here and Giveaway! February 9, 2016 16:58 22 Comments

I am very egg-cited to announce the official release of my latest book, PEEP AND EGG: I'M NOT HATCHING, a picture book I illustrated that was written by Laura Gehl and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan. This is the first book in a funny new character-driven series for toddlers in which a reluctant chick named Egg overcomes her fears. It's the perfect book for any child who's feeling nervous or reluctant about trying something new.


I always think it's interesting to hear from both sides of an author/illustrator collaboration so I had Laura give us a little background on how she came up with the idea for this story:

"As the mom of four young kids, I have spent about ten years in the land of "I'm not."  From "I'm not putting on my shoes" to "I'm not blowing my nose" to "I'm not going to sleep," I've heard them all!  Sometimes, toddlers are just being stubborn when they go into "I'm not" mode.  But many times, the "I'm not" comes less from a determination to rule the world than from a place of fear.  Everything is new when you're two!  And new can be scary. 

When our fabulous editor Janine O'Malley first read I'M NOT HATCHING, she immediately identified with the story because her life--like mine--was filled with kids saying "I'm not."  I remember that Janine's son had recently declared, "I'm not going to the dentist!"  I hope other parents and kids feel that same immediate sense of kinship with Peep and Egg."  

When I first received the manuscript for this adorable book back in 2014 from Janine, the voices in the manuscript are so strong that I could see the characters in my mind right away. Whenever I first start working on a new book, I like to storyboard in thumbnail size first which helps me plan the general layout of each page and text placement without having to worry too much about the details at this point.

peep and egg storyboard

Many times, the images in the final book can change significantly from my initial ideas in the storyboard stage and this book was no different.

In the next stage, I draw larger versions of each spread with more details in pencil. For this book, I also fine-tuned the look of the characters in this stage too. Here are some sketches from the initial drafts of the book:

peep and egg not hatching

peep and egg duck pond

peep and egg sheep

The final art for this book is done in Adobe Illustrator. For a sneak peek of some final interior illustrations from the book checkout the trailer created by writer, illustrator and KidLit TV host, producer, and writer Katya Szewzuk here:

Special thanks to Laura Gehl for writing this adorable and funny story and editor Janine O'Malley and art director designer Anne Diebel at FSG for helping me bring this book to life. Huge thanks always to my agent and friend Teresa Kietlinski of Prospect Agency for her help and support.

This book is available where ever books are sold. Here are some links where you can find the book online:
http://tinyurl.com/je9kc8j (Amazon)
http://tinyurl.com/hr9mv6l (Indie Bound)
http://tinyurl.com/hkvqjso (Barnes and Noble)

Since it's book launch day, you know what that means...it's GIVEAWAY TIME! I'm giving a signed copy of the book, a signed READ poster, and a set of Peep and Egg stickers to three lucky winners! Just leave a comment below and I'll pick three winners at random!


peep and egg giveaway

The giveaway ends Tuesday, February 23rd at 8pm EST. Three (3) winners will be selected in a random drawing from among all entries received.
Open to residents of U.S. only, please. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winners must provide me with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. 

I am truly thankful for all of you out there for supporting me on this incredible journey and allowing me to share this journey with you.

xo-
Joyce

**UPDATE** The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all of you who entered! It's always nice to connect with you! The following winners, who were selected randomly, will be notified via email:

 




Happy Lunar New Year! February 8, 2016 17:31

Happy New Year...again! February 8th marks the start of the Lunar New Year as well as the Year of the Monkey. Although the holiday is also known as Chinese New Year, the Chinese aren't the only ones who observe it. The holiday is also celebrated in other Asian countries including Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, and Taiwan. The Lunar New Year lasts for 15 days and is like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years rolled up into one giant celebration! For the Chinese in particular, the Lunar New Year is celebrated with big family dinners, the exchange of "lucky money" contained in red envelopes, and vibrant, lively festivals with lion dancing and firecrackers.

The lunar calendar is based upon the cycles of the moon and has 12 animals signs, one to represent each year of the cycle. The Monkey is the ninth sign of the Chinese Zodiac with the others being the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Don't know what zodiac sign you are? Look it up on this guide I created here: 

zodiac zoo guide

According to Chinese tradition, a person’s birth sign has a profound influence on personality and destiny. People born in the Year of the Monkey are charming, clever, inventive, witty, and restless. They are great strategists and problem solvers and can spot an opportunity in any form. Monkeys are usually successful in any field they choose. However, because of their restless nature, Monkeys can be impatient. When things develop in unexpected ways, they can become irritable and upset. They can also be stubborn and unwilling to listen to other people's advice or ideas. Notable people born in the Year of the Monkey include Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Julius Caesar, Bette Davis, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Betsy Ross. 

If you're looking for a fun way for the kids to celebrate, download a printable zodiac coloring sheet and placemat that I created here!

Here's to a New Year full of Happiness and Prosperity! CHEERS!

xo-Joyce

monkey wood card

 


New Year's Wishes January 4, 2016 21:36



Well here we are again – the start of a new year! I hope your holidays were joy-filled and restful and that your new year is off to a great, if not slow, (that first Monday is always the hardest, isn't it?) start!

I wanted to take a moment in the new year to wish you Strength to endure life's trials, Courage to pursue new endeavors, Focus to realize your goals, Love because that's all that really matters, and, of course, many, many Sparkles. 

Happy New Year! 

xo-Joyce

P.S. If you want to see more of what I've been up to lately, visit me on Instagram here: @wanartstudio!


PEEK-A-BOO FARM and Giveaway Time! August 25, 2015 17:54 56 Comments

**UPDATE** The giveaway is now closed.

My heart is so full after reading all the messages for the Peek-A-Boo book giveaway. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for entering the giveaway, for your support and your kind words. Every single entry was incredible and I was sad to pick only 3 so I decided to add 3 more bonus winners! YAY!

The 6 winners selected randomly from the 55 entries I received are:






Thanks again everyone for entering! I'll be contacting winners soon for their mailing address.

XOXO

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My latest board book PEEK-A-BOO FARM, a follow-up to PEEK-A-BOO ZOO, is out today! 

Lift the flaps and play peek-a-boo with animals at the farm! Join in on the classic game of peek-a-boo with a rooster, a cow, and more farm animals by lifting the flaps to reveal each cute creature's joyful face. A perfect board book read aloud with a simple interactive component babies and toddlers will love.


In case you missed the last post, the idea for this book came to me in 2013. I've always loved books with fun interactive elements which add an element of playfulness and surprise so I'm always thinking about books in that way. Here is the concept sketch that I submitted to my editor back in 2013.



Huge thanks to editors Jeffrey Salane (now at Simon & Schuster) and Celia Lee and designer Leslie Mechanic at Scholastic for helping me bring these books to life. Many thanks to my agent and friend Teresa Kietlinski of Prospect Agency for her unwavering help and support.

Here's a peek at two interior spreads from the book:
  

Where you can purchase:
Amazon: http://amzn.com/0545750458
Barnes & Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1121103295
Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780545750455


To celebrate the release of PEEK-A-BOO FARM I'm giving both books to three lucky winners! Leave a comment below and I'll pick three winners at random to receive a set of my PEEK-A-BOO books!

The giveaway ends Tuesday, September 8th at 8pm EST. Three (3) winners will be selected in a random drawing from among all entries received. Open to residents of U.S. only, please. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winners must provide me with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing.

GOOD LUCK!
xo-Joyce


Peek-A-Boo Zoo is Here! June 30, 2015 16:03

HOORAY! My latest board book from Cartwheel Scholastic Peek-a-Boo Zoo is finally OUT TODAY (yes, there's glitter on the cover!). Lift the flaps and play peek-a-boo with animals at the zoo! Join in on the classic game of peek-a-boo with a lion, a bear, and more zoo animals by lifting the flaps to reveal each cute critter's joyful face. A perfect board book read aloud with a simple interactive component babies and toddlers will love.



The idea for this book came to me in 2013. I've always loved books with fun interactive elements and textures which add an element of playfulness and surprise so I'm always thinking about books in that way. Here is the concept sketch that I submitted to my editor back in 2013. It was too hard to choose which animals would be in the book so there will be a follow-up book out in August called, you guessed it, Peek-A-Boo Farm!



Here are two interior spreads from the book:
  

Here are a couple reviews (so far so good!):

From Publisher's Weekly: "Working in her characteristic aesthetic of rounded, chunky shapes, Wan assembles a cute-as-can-be cast that includes a penguin, hippo, and more. A fun addition to the book-as-game category."

From Kirkus: "The warm, round illustrations provide a soothing tone, making this a perfect late-afternoon read right before naptime."

I'm so excited to be sharing another book with you and I look forward to seeing where these little peek-a-boo critters go. Drop me a message if you have any stories about what your little ones think of any of my books - I love hearing from you all!

xo-Joyce

ps. Keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway soon!