Each Tuesday I’ll bring two items or people into focus. They may be books, authors, lists, whatever turned my head, landing on my radar.
This week’s top recognition goes to one children’s book: You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, visual art by Soyeon Kim, releasing September 11, 2012 (Owlkids books). Both deserve equal props for a superb product. “We are all connected. We are all nature. We are all stardust.” That elegant, that simple.
Writer Elin Kelsey uses text grounded in data, sprinkling humor with touches of quirkiness, then adding a dab of caprice to maintain young minds vigilance as each page unfolds. A proven formula for educational materials, Kelsey’s style has led to international distinction: a “leader in the field of environmental science and education,” she is racking up the awards. Read her bio, discover other works, and hear why she is hopeful about the environment’s future.
While Soyeon Kim’s (also known as So Yeon Michelle Kim) pen and ink, pencil crayon, watercolor, dried flowers and origami-like images create a community playground, the images breathe animation into this book, complimenting the thought-provoking text. A new graduate and upcoming artist to watch, she aspires to “…achieve illustration qualities in various media to bring two dimensional drawing into three dimensional space.” Bet on it! Check out her upcoming gallery crawl here… Visit her site to read her complete bio.