PBJamz is on its way! What started as a dream a couple of years ago is slowly but surely manifesting itself in tangible and positive ways. But, with all dreams, it takes a lot of hard work and it takes other people believing in your dream! I am honored and so thankful to share today the logo illustration winner for the PBJamz multimedia Jamorama! It's designed to be a fun show/blog/social media explosion celebrating the connections between music and picture books in all its forms. My hope is to provide lots of content that will be beneficial to authors who wish to integrate musical themes into their picture books, to readers who are looking for excellent picture books with musical content, live performances of music relative to kidlit, tips for classroom teachers and music teachers to use these musical gems with their students. For parents, I hope it will be a place you can come to find great picture book recommendations with musical themes or elements. My dream is to build a connected community around these things that I love so very much: reading, writing, teaching, and music. However you fit into that collective, welcome to PBJamz! The fun starts on Feb. 24. So stay tuned, get your PBJ snacks ready to come jam with us! Each Thursday, a yummy PBJamz snack will hit this space -- book review, video, read aloud, interviews, teacher tips, and more!
So, without further ado, here is the winner for the PBJamz logo illustration contest:
The winning illustration is by Allison Strick! Congratulations to Allison! She is the winner of a $50.00 Amazon gift card!
I love how Allison's use of color and musical elements light up the screen! There is the joie de vive I was hoping for, and you absolutely cannot go wrong with Strawberry and Grape jamming with Mr. Peanut, center stage. And speaking of stage -- this stage, appropriately is made up of picture books! I'm honored to make Allison's beautiful fun jammin' artwork the official logo for PBJamz, and I hope you'll find some amazing ways to support her talent too!
Here's where you can find out more about her:
view her portfolio:
or commission her to do a beautiful piece of artwork for you!
You can also follow her on social media to see the amazing drawing (and writing) that she's participating in! PBJamz is not her first win, and I'm pretty sure it won't be her last!
Congratulations, Allison, and thanks for your beautiful work!
Y'all come back Thursday, Feb. 24 for my birthday jammin' celebration and the start in earnest of #PBJamz!
This page is the official space for PBJamz -- multimedia Jamorama celebrating all things PB (picture books) and Jamz (music), although we'll indulge in the other PBJ snacks where appropriate :-). Join us each Thursday for new content connecting picture books and music!