Please join host Gerry Dawes and his guest for the evening, award-winning local author Michael Garland, who lives in Patterson, New York and will be joining me to talk about his work as a children’s book author and illustrator. Kay, my fiancée-production assistant and I had dinner with Michael and his wife Peggy at Ibiza Tapas Danbury by Ignacio Blanco on Friday night and we had an engaging conversation, parts of which will be be continued.
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From the Barnes & Noble (BN.com) website: “The New York Time's best-selling author and illustrator, Michael Garland, greatest success has been in writing and illustrating children’s picture books. Garland’s Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook won the California and Delaware State Reading Awards. He is author and illustrator of 37 children’s picture books and illustrator for more than 40 books by other authors.
Michael Garland has illustrated for celebrity authors like James Patterson and Gloria Estefan on best-selling picture books. Michael Garland’s illustrations for Patterson’s SantaKid were the inspiration for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Christmas holiday window display in New York City.
His work has won many honors and is frequently included in the Society of Illustrators and the Original Art of Children’s book show. Garland is frequently asked to speak at schools, literary conferences and festivals across the country.”
Garland’s Birds Make Nests was just given the Correll Book Award for Excellence and was selected as one of the best children’s books of the year for 2018.