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10 Jul '20

Stories Behind the Stories with Christina Rodriguez, illustrator of The Wishing Tree

Stories Behind the Stories with Christina Rodriguez, illustrator of The Wishing TreeArtist Christina Rodriguez introduces Yelena Burns-Nazaroff, a lifelong friend who was the inspiration for Christina’s paintings of Amanda, the main character in The Wishing Tree by Mary Redman.

In this Stories Behind the Stories video, Christina and Yelena talk about some of their shared experiences, memories, and feelings as military kids. Christina also shares some of her early sketches that were based on photos of Yelena’s family.

03 Jul '20

Stories Behind the Stories: Our Military Family Books Story

Military Family Books is a creative marketplaceMilitaryFamilyBooks.com started out as a simple online store for Elva Resa Publishing. Today the Military Family Books program is a creative marketplace specializing in case and bulk orders, matching the needs of the military community and the organizations that support military families with quality resources from a variety of publishers.

We’re so honored to be able to elevate the voices of military family writers and bring encouragement to military families through books.

Thank you to all the organizations who have partnered with us for 23 years to support military families and for participating in our marketplace for 15 years. We appreciate all you do!

26 Jun '20

Stories Behind the Stories with Nina Crittenden, illustrator of Cedric and the Dragon

Nina Crittenden, illustrator of Cedric and the DragonArtist Nina Crittenden’s love of animals inspires her drawings in her picture books. When she illustrated Cedric and the Dragon by Elizabeth Raum, Nina decided to give the young prince pets to grow up with him!

Nina takes us into her studio and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at a few illustration decisions that made the friendship between young prince Cedric and the dragon extra special.

Bonus: Nina paints a dragon and introduces Gus Gus, the real cat who was drawn into the book!