A bristling book birthday

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in A Porcupine's Promenade, Children's Book Illustration, drawing, Illustration, pastels | 2 comments


photo by Peter Moxhay

A Porcupine’s Promenade by Lyn Smith has been getting about! My neighbor sent a photo of the book spotted at the Common Ground Fair, at the Maine Authors Publishing booth last weekend.

I had the honor of joining Lyn at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Library on Sunday as guests of their Pasco Lecture Series. I have a fond spot for the Graves Library, where I gave my first library presentation with Mitali Perkins years ago.


photo by Brian Smith

Library Director Mary-Lou Boucouvalas gave us such warm introductions! She’s a passionate advocate for book creators, and I’m proud to know her.


Lyn Smith is a reading specialist at Kennebunk Elementary School, and thoroughly in her element reading aloud, with sound effects, too!


I shared a visual presentation of my illustration journey for the book. I learned so much about these curious critters. It’s important for young readers to get outside, and be observant of the wildlife we share the world with.

What a pleasure to sign books side by side with Lyn!

photo by Brian Smith

photo by Brian Smith

I’m grateful for the surrounding support here: author Mary Atkinson, Library Director Mary-Lou Boucouvalas, Curious City’s Kirsten Cappy, and Early Childhood Consultant, Gretchen Greenberg.

photo by Brian Smith

photo by Brian Smith

Many thanks to the Graves Library for hosting us!

Lyn will be on the road signing books at the Fall Foliage Festival in Boothbay on October 8, with other events to follow. She and I were interviewed by Donna Buttarazzi, for the York County Coast Star. You can hear Lyn read a bit of the story HERE.

Congratulations to Lyn, and to Priscilla the porcupine. Drawing her and her habitat was a worthy challenge!



  1. You are my hero!
    Your Blog postings are something to aspire to.
    Just lovely.
    Many thanks, Jamie.

  2. Hey, if you don’t know what a “prickle” is, you have to get this book about Prescilla the Porcupine. I fell in love with her right away–both the story and Jamie’s priceless porcupine illustrations.

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