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🙏🏾 YOU Virgin Radio for inviting me in this morning! . . . Had a GREAT time reading the new children’s story with @krisfade @pritimalik & @bigrossiradio ! . . . Will be sharing video footage when it’s ready!
🔊 THIS IS HAPPENING! The Chuy Gomez/Wild Wayne/Big Tigger of Dubai invited me to create an original Christmas children’s mini-story for us to read live on Virgin Radio TONIGHT (US-Time)! . . . 7pm PST | 9pm CST | 10 pm EST! . . . I’ve been bustin’ my tooshie these last 72 hours to create and refine a brand new mini-story. . . . . . You can listen live, free, from anywhere HERE: http://www.virginradiodubai.com/listen/ . . . I hope you enjoy this story! @virginradiodxb @krisfade 🙏🏾 you for the chance!
🙌🏾🙌🏾 Thank you @mzbiancarenee for including Sunny Days in your review of children’s books that feature characters of color w/curly hair! . . . ✊🏾 Sunny Days: Only 20 copies left via Amazon! Holiday 🎁!
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🙌🏾 Real Jungle Tales received 5-STARS on its first editorial review!! 🌟 This story has now been entered to win Picture Book of the Year. 🏆 Here's a bit of the kind words our official reviewer shared: "I enjoy clever books; and this is clever. Like the Gruffalo, the hero is ‘smart’, and the plot is driven by how smart our main character is. Jesse excels not just in the fun words he picks and the rhyming, but also in the rhythm of the story. And the colourful, even delightful, drawings by @andressameissner will keep kids enthralled all evening. I would think any parent who is looking for a lightly written, fun-filled story for children aged 6 – 8 would find this fits the bill perfectly. Jesse has plotted a fun and, often, very exciting children’s story. But not only that, he’s given the reader an array of interesting characters to follow, and framed everything in an accessible style of writing." - The prestigious Wishing Shelf Book Review of London. If you care to take a look at this story for yourself, you can find it via the link in the bio 📚
Signing Books for Greenleaf Elementary . . . Thanks @elijahflowerscomedy for setting up this sit down. . : . Had an AMAZING chat about the need for Diversity & Inclusion in Children’s Lit w/ the school’s (extra cool) librarian. . . . #picturebooks #diversity #storytellers #library
🙏🏾 @bishopodowd & @odowdalumni for thinking of me for the FW ‘18 release! I KNOW there are plenty of ridiculously deserving alumns doing things I honestly didn’t even know was possible, so thanks for the consideration and using any amount of ink and paper to share my passion & dreams. . . . Thank you to @foreveryounglan ‘s mama for bringing this to my attention.
✌🏾 Blessed to chat w/Warriors’ legend Baron Davis (@iambarondavis) last night about increasing diversity in children’s content! 👩🏾🦱👶🏾 . . . What BD and his team is doing with @iamblacksanta is crazy amazing and if you’re in the bay you should stop by the events and see the moves he’s making for the youth. . . . 🙌🏾 Thank you Ray & Lou for connecting us so we could vibe out on our shared passions! . . . Great meeting you Chelsea, Anjali, Josh & Ariel - look forward to partnering on things in the future.
HELP: I've asked random people in coffee shops, professional illustrators and a magazine layout design specialist WHICH COVER IS BEST and the responses have been varied (making it even harder for me to tell which one people like/connect with more) . . . I don't know why I hadn't thought to run this by all of you, as your opinions have helped me decide between close calls in the past. . . . Which color (Orange or Green) do you think is best for the cover of Episode #2 of our digital children's series "Monsters Are Real" going live Tuesday? . . . To give some context of what this cover is for, Monsters Are Real is an illustrated mini-series for kids 9+. Imagine if Goosebumps was broken into smaller stories with illustrations. Each episode is a stand-alone story. 15-20 pages of script paired with 7-10 illustrations laid out in a magazine-style format. . . . With that info in mind...(audience, theme, approach, series concept) which cover do you prefer? 🤷🏾♂️
Hey! I could use your creative opinion. 😁 Which of these 3 gift boxes for Real Jungle Tales do you like the most? Also open to off the wall suggestions about any other ideas on concepts. . . . #realjungletales #giftboxconcept #art & #illustration #andressameissner
🙌🏾 Had a GREAT time chatting w/Traci about our shared BOOK love on @thestackspod! . . . Thank you for the interview & taking the time to just catch up! . . . This episode should be out next month! . . . #thestackspodcast #jessebcreative #dragonpride
🥺 Only 11% of children’s books featured diverse leads in the last 23 Years. I couldn’t be more excited about changing this as a part of my life’s mission. . . . 🙏🏾 @ispeakpr for sharing this great visual that helps illustrate the need so clearly! . . . Thank You @leeandlow books for sharing these powerful statistics
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