Julie Fortenberry

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Julie has an MFA from Hunter College. Her abstract paintings have been in the Whitney Museum of American Art. But for the last 16 years she's been painting for preschoolers and kindergarteners. She illustrated Eve Bunting’s Pirate Boy, and a series of books by Rabbi Jamie Korngold, three of which are Sydney Taylor Notable Books.

She both illustrated and authored The Artist and the King, published in 2014 by Alazar Press, and Lily's Cat Mask, published in 2017 by Viking. Lily’s Cat Mask received a Kirkus starred review and was added to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Her next book, Pearl Goes to Preschool, will be published in June of 2020 by Candlewick Press, and in 2021 Darcy's First Sleepover will be published by Macmillan/
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Julie Fortenberry I have to spend time with a project, or an idea, to grow attached to it. A lot of my half-baked stories fall by the wayside. Right now I'm looking to…moreI have to spend time with a project, or an idea, to grow attached to it. A lot of my half-baked stories fall by the wayside. Right now I'm looking to Pinterest for inspiration. And I'm sketching, because often the pictures come before the words. (https://www.pinterest.com/childrensbook/) (less)
Julie Fortenberry I identify with my character, Lily. I am, like many people, a combination of introvert and extrovert. (Even halfway through a sentence I can switch…moreI identify with my character, Lily. I am, like many people, a combination of introvert and extrovert. (Even halfway through a sentence I can switch from one to the other!) Lily wears her mask both when she wants to be invisible and when she wants to be noticed. So the idea for the book comes from personal experience.(less)
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The Artist and the King

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Darcy's First Sleepover

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Pippa at the Parade

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Julie Bowe
“There are some things you rely on, like a sure bet. And when they let you down, shifting from where you've carefully placed them, it shakes your faith, right where you stand.”
Julie Bowe, My Last Best Friend

Oscar Wilde
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
Oscar Wilde

Philip Roth
“The only obsession everyone wants: 'love.' People think that in falling in love they make themselves whole? The Platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you're whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You're whole, and then you're cracked open. ”
Philip Roth, The Dying Animal
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“You fight your superficiality, your shallowness, so as to try to come at people without unreal expectations, without an overload of bias or hope or arrogance, as untanklike as you can be, sans cannon and machine guns and steel plating half a foot thick; you come at them unmenacingly on your own ten toes instead of tearing up the turf with your caterpillar treads, take them on with an open mind, as equals, man to man, as we used to say, and yet you never fail to get them wrong. You might as well have the brain of a tank. You get them wrong before you meet them, while you're anticipating meeting them; you get them wrong while you're with them; and then you go home to tell somebody else about the meeting and you get them all wrong again. Since the same generally goes for them with you, the whole thing is really a dazzling illusion. ... The fact remains that getting people right is not what living is all about anyway. It's getting them wrong that is living, getting them wrong and wrong and wrong and then, on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again. That's how we know we're alive: we're wrong. Maybe the best thing would be to forget being right or wrong about people and just go along for the ride. But if you can do that -- well, lucky you.”
Philip Roth, American Pastoral




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