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July 11, 2014



One never knows how a second shot will go. Luckily, when I finished the artwork for QUEST (out next month Aug. 26th), JOURNEY was yet to be released. No buzz, no pressure. To say that things have changed since last spring would be an understatement. So with the children’s book industry watching, I prepared myself for the worst as the reviews for this second book in the trilogy started to trickle in. Then I read these:


https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/aaron-becker/quest/
(starred review)
http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7636-6595-1
(starred review)
http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=2292#m24881



and for booklist subscribers, another starred review:
http://www.booklistonline.com/ProductInfo.aspx?pid=6775671&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1


For those interested, signed copies of QUEST are available for pre-order from my local indie, The Odyssey Bookshop, or you can pretend no one is watching and pre-order from the South American River behemoth.


http://www.odysseybks.com/aaron-becker-books
http://www.amazon.com/Quest-Aaron-Becker/dp/0763665959

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Published on July 11, 2014 07:13 • 6 views

July 1, 2014



This past Friday, a couple of days before the ALSC Caldecott/Newbery banquet in Las Vegas, I had the opportunity to address the entire Caldecott Committee, the very people that had picked Journey as one of this year’s honor books. This is what I told them. That four years ago, when I started work on Journey, I was a recent father. A recent homeowner. We’d just gotten back from the car dealership, having put our deposit down on a new car to help cart our infant around town. And a friend called from California to say that the film studio I worked for was suddenly closing its doors. Having just moved back east, I was three thousand miles away from the industry that supported me. So I did what any sane, normal person would do. Over the next two years, I worked on a children’s book.  


In retrospect, it’s easy to see that things worked out just fine. But at the time I had no idea. All I had was faith that it was the right thing to do. And in awarding Journey a Caldecott Honor, the committee has placed their faith now in me; the award gives me a foundation to stand on as I continue to pursue this dream of making stories. Thank you - to the committee, to my fans, and to my family for this amazing gift.

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Published on July 01, 2014 06:29 • 3 views

May 1, 2014







Something new arrived in the mail today.  Available for pre-order here.

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Published on May 01, 2014 05:01 • 16 views

April 30, 2014









My intern Josephine helping out as I start building a model of a cave. I’ll use it for lighting and compositional reference for Journey Book #3!  She doesn’t get to use the utility knife or hot glue gun until she becomes a studio assistant, one level up from intern.

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Published on April 30, 2014 11:12 • 4 views

March 21, 2014









Signed prints from Journey are still available, but they won’t be for long!  In September, we’ll be traveling abroad for the school year and unless things change, I’m planning on putting my print store on hold until we return.  So if you’ve been holding off grabbing one of these limited edition gicleés, now would be the time!  And if you’d like a personal message on the print, let me know when you order, as I package these right here in the studio.

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Published on March 21, 2014 11:19 • 25 views


It finally arrived - the silver seal of approval.  Thank you ALA!

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Published on March 21, 2014 11:13 • 12 views

March 18, 2014



The American Library Association, which awards the Caldecott each year asked each of this year’s winners to make a video explaining what it was like to win the prize. Of course, I had to do a wordless version. 

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Published on March 18, 2014 11:42 • 7 views

February 14, 2014



I’m guessing this is probably as high as it’s ever going to get, so I’m posting for posterity’s sake.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine even getting on this list to begin with.

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Published on February 14, 2014 18:53 • 29 views

February 10, 2014



As a special valentines thanks to all of my fans - between now and Friday I’m offering $50 off at my print shop.  Enter promocode JOURNEYFANS at checkout!

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Published on February 10, 2014 13:21 • 14 views

February 7, 2014



It’s giveaway time!!! What better way to celebrate the big Caldecott Honor than to give away copies of Journey! Or as they say in Japan, Jya-ni-. Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of the Japanese edition of the book. I’ll also be giving a copy away over on my twitter feed https://twitter.com/storybreathing and on my facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/aaronbeckerillustration Winners will be picked on Monday, 2/10! Good luck!

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Published on February 07, 2014 08:03 • 16 views

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