NANCY TILLMAN – AUTHOR OF THE WEEK
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 21st September 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
Many children’s picture books to me are mini pieces of superb art. Nancy Tillman along with Shirley Hughes rank as the world’s best, to me, in this genre. This week I am focussing on the beautiful books of Nancy Tillman.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1954, Nancy spent most of her growing up years in Columbus, Georgia. After graduating from Rollins College in 1976 with a degree in English Literature, Nancy co-founded an advertising agency in Dallas, Texas. She left the agency in the early 80s to start a family. As she often says, “I was very fortunate that my husband had a job that let me stay home and raise my children. It’s what I dearly wanted to do.”
Nancy self-published her first book, On the Night You Were Born, in 2005. Her goal with On the Night You Were Born, and subsequent books, has always been to give parents words to say what they feel about their children. Nancy’s illustrations are created digitally using dozens of layers of illustrative elements. These layers are eventually merged to form a composite, at which point texture and mixed media are applied.
Nancy’s books are published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. Thus far five of her books have been New York Times bestsellers. She has sold over 10 million books.
Nancy lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, a pug and a Swiss Mountain Dog. She’d have a giraffe if she could, but her husband won’t let her.
She is a very important author to me. I found the “On the Night You Were Born” picture book so very special that I bought a copy for each of my grandchildren when they were born. It is the perfect special book to mark any child’s birth.
1 On the Night You Were Born 2005
2 It’s Time to Sleep, My Love, by Eric Metaxas and illustrated by Nancy Tillman 2008
3 Tumford the Terrible 2008
4 The Wonder of You 2008
5 The Spirit of Christmas 2009
6 Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You 2010
7 The Crown on Your Head 2011
8 Tumford’s Rude Noises 2012
9 I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love 2013
10 The Heaven of Animals 2014
11 You’re Here for a Reason 2015
12 You and Me and the Wishing Tree 2016
13 You’re All Kinds of Wonderful 2017
14 You Are Loved 2018
15 You and Me and the Wishing Tree (Board Book due out 1st December 2018) 2018
2013 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD – Children’s Book W/Audio
Tillman, Nancy – On the Night You Were Born (Silver Medal Winner)
2013 AUDIES (AWARDED BY AUDIO PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION) – Package Design
Tillman, Nancy – On the Night You Were Born (Winner)
Follow the link below to read an article from Publishers Week published in 2016 on the 10th Anniversary of On the Night You Were Born being published.
ROALD DAHL INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.”
From: Danny, the Champion of the World
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” — Author Unknown
Happiness is…found in every Nancy Tillman book.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“A man went into a butchers shop and said: “Excuse me, do you have a sheep’s head?” The Butcher replied: “No, it’s just a very tight perm.”
Love is…come rain or shine
TRACK OF THE DAY
Glad All Over – Dave Clark Five
Highest Chart Position: No.1 16th January 1964
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