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You Are a Beautiful Beginning Hardcover – Picture Book, August 25, 2020
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Author and Illustrator Q&A
You are a Beautiful Beginning is a picture book about finding your own path and building community. What drew you to this story?
Nina: I started writing this book on my phone while taking a long, meditative beach walk. The heartfelt couplets I wrote were affirmations that I wanted to share with readers about crafting a beautiful life. I have worked hard to do that myself, here on this little island, and I wanted to share the peace it brought me. I wanted to be the antidote to the modern, hurried world, although when I wrote this, I had no idea the world would slow down due to the pandemic. Now I think this message is even more relevant.
Kelsey: I first read the lovely manuscript for this book while sitting on my couch nursing my 3 month old son and it brought tears to my eyes. It felt so fortuitous that here I was at the new beautiful beginning of my boy’s life and the beginning of my journey as a mother and was being given the opportunity to illustrate this story. The gentle, hopeful affirmations in the book were so many things I wanted to share with him and the world.
Do you have a favorite image or spread from the book and why?
Nina: The treehouse spread! The fireflies, fairies, critters, andwoodland people, and the beautiful blue forest world capture such wonder and enchantment.
Kelsey: The spread of the kids walking home was one of the first I painted and remains a favorite. They’re returning with the warmth of their new friendships and an afternoon spent lost in their imaginations, all of them tired but content.
What do you hope readers take away from this story?
Nina: I hope this book brings readers love, peace, self-esteem, and a reminder that everything they need is there inside of them—and creativity, community, adventure, and hidden beauty is right outside their doors.
Kelsey: I hope people see the art as a celebration of children’s imaginations. There is so much joy in discovering the wonderful outdoors, new friendships and unhampered creativity.
About the Author
Kelsey Garrity-Riley is an illustrator living and working in eastern PA. She grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the US to pursue her love of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Kelsey's picture books include Goldie Takes a Stand, Other Wordly, Born to Ride, and Frankie's Favorite Foods.
- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press; Illustrated edition (August 25, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250311837
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250311832
- Reading age : 3 - 6 years
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.75 x 0.4 x 11.35 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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