Valentine Bob…


Valentine Bob

Have fun making a Bob Valentine! Here’s a link to a downloadable image on my website.


Bob Valentine New

Valentine Bob Coloring Page


Written and Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2004
Softcover available Square Fish an imprint of Macmillan ISBN 978-0-374-40871-8

Parents’ Choice Silver Medal AwardNCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts
Parents’ Choice Silver Medal Award*School Library Journal, starred review
Parents’ Choice Silver Medal AwardArkansas Diamond Primary Book
Award Master List- Grades K-3
Parents’ Choice Silver Medal AwardOppenheim Gold Award

Visit my website to learn more about Bob. Get the inside story. Download more activities based on the book….enjoy!…Happy Valentine’s Day…tcp


Valentine Bob Winter


Valentine Bob Collage


TUCK-IN TIME…a new picture book…sneak peek!

Elephant and Gracie are checking out my author’s copy of my newest picture book.

I had lots of fun illustrating TUCK-IN TIME written by Carole Gerber.
Thank you, Carole…for writing such a sweet and delightful text!
Published by Margaret Ferguson Books-Farrar Straus Giroux
and available at your local bookstore on August 19, 2014.

Here’s a sneak peek…

When I tuck you in,
what do I see?
Two little eyes shining at me.
I see two little ears
that I want you to tweak
and a round little nose.
Can you push it? Beep! Beep!
So begins this naptime or bedtime romp that eventually has the child all tuckered out and ready for sleep—until Mama remembers she forgot one important thing. What could it be? A kiss, of course!


Early Praise for Tuck-in Time

“A stuffed bunny cavorting on the endpapers as well as a puppy, bunny in its mouth, standing guard by a bed in the following scene, usher children into this delightful bedtime ritual.” – School Library Journal
“A charming bedtime read-aloud.” – Kirkus Reviews
Full review:


Here’s a link to our websites


Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Margaret Ferguson Books
ISBN: 9780374378608
ISBN10: 0374378606
Picture Book
9 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 40 pages, full-color throughout
Age Range: 1 to 3
Grade Range: p to p



The Mazza bus tour visits Elephant in Vermont…

A tour bus from Mazza Museum of Picture Book Art in Findlay, Ohio arrived at my studio in Vermont in late June…with a picnic on the village green…a visit to the general store…and a visit to my studio…

42 children’s book enthusiasts and an elephant in my studio all at once. Tons of fun!

If you haven’t been to the Mazza Museum of Picture Book Art…absolutely worth a trip…and another…and another… they’ve a wonderful collection of original picture book art!

Thank you Mazza!!!


Elephant has a great school visit at Chamberlin School…

….I wasn’t the only author in the room!

Here’s ELEPHANT’S STORY made by the young authors and illustrators in Mrs. Meehan’s First Grade. It’s wonderful.


Here is a story quilt by Mrs. Charbonneau’s Kindergarteners….very cool.


photo copy

Drawing Elephant Letters for the classrooms!



…There was even Elephant Cake…yum!


photo copy

Mrs. Flickinger shares her library with a GIANT Bob…made a few years back…and still hanging out in the library…..a rooster that’s bigger than an Elephant!


photo copy 2

I thought I was cool because I found an Elephant scarf…But Cally Flickinger was wearing of the t-shirts I designed for Shelburne Farms….very cool.

Thanks to Cally, Traci and everyone at Champlain School for making author visits fun!…I had a wonderful day with the kindergarten and first grade classes at Chamberlin School in Vermont….tcp



Tomi Ungerer…Far out isn’t far enough…and Elephant’s Story.

Elephant and Gracie meet Tomi Ungerer

Elephant and Gracie meet Tomi Ungerer

It was my introduction to Ungerer’s work by Sendak…

that lit the spark…
that kindled the fire…
that changed my course…
and made me see…
a life and career that I could build.

Thirty years later…another spark from Ungerer became a book. (Link to The Story of ELEPHANT’S STORY below)

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

ELEPHANT’S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

Tomi is back…
in film…
in an e-mail from Brad…
in response to questions…
I answered for a blog….. 

Brad thought…with my connections to Sendak and Ungerer…I might be interested in his film: FAR OUT ISN’T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY


I saw it as soon as it was released. After reading about the film in the NYTimes last Spring….I planned my trip to Chicago for ALA around it’s screening at the GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER last June.

Tomi Film Ticket stub

Tomi Film Ticket stub

Loved it.

I’m thrilled to know that I can now download it on iTunes and/or see it on Netflix.

Now I can see it again….and again…
Thank you, Brad!!!…for making such a wonderful film…for capturing Tomi (and Maurice) and sharing them with the rest of us.

Links below…explore…enjoy…tcp

note that this is not a film for young children…but do read them Tomi’s books…and if you can find the early animations from Weston Woods…The Three Robbers is one of our favorites…delicious!

ps.…I found the ticket stub while I was cleaning my studio…just after I responded to Brad’s e-mail…hmmmm…

The Elephant in the Room: 3 questions with Tracey Campbell Pearson



Red Grooms Visits VT…sketches…and an interview……

Red Grooms in VT?…Really?

Yes. I was lucky enough to be at the Brattleboro Museum to hear him speak about his work in his interview with Stephen Hannock.

In the 1970’s, my teacher John Gundelfinger introduced me to Red Grooms’ work while I was studying at Parson’s School of Design. John, a generous teacher and wonderful artist, invited me to his studio…my first visit to a real artist’s loft in Soho…I’d been drawing on subways as well as making life size people out of pantyhose.

John gave me a wonderful silk screen by Red Grooms of a wild street drawing of Madison Ave…that Red had given him–“The Discount Store”. John said…”look at this…get out on the street…draw…”

John also apologized for giving me an unsigned print.

A turning point in my career as a young artist…I ended up letting go of my studies in “fashion illustration”….looking for a new direction…I went down the hall…and
stumbled into Maurice Sendak’s class.

Now 2013…I’m still drawing on the streets and subways…and making picture books. Thank you John. Thank you Red for signing my print last night.

This wonderful show is up through October 20th…it is worth the trip to Brattleboro…I’m going to see it again…tcp

Ps…and I have a show up at the Brooks Memorial Library through the end of October…serendipity?….hmmmm.


Elephant and Gracie go to Brattleboro, VT…

Brooks Memorial Library sign out of Elephant's Alphabet for Art Show.

Brooks Memorial Library sign out of Elephant’s Alphabet for Art Show.

Getting ready...Brooks Memorial Library Art Show...scattered Elephant art

Getting ready…Brooks Memorial Library Art Show…scattered Elephant art

Getting ready...Brooks Memorial Library Art Show...Elephant art on boards in studio-3

Getting ready…Brooks Memorial Library Art Show…Elephant art on boards in studio-3

Getting ready...Brooks Memorial Library Art Show...scattered Elephant art on boards in studio-2

Getting ready…Brooks Memorial Library Art Show…scattered Elephant art on boards in studio-2

Getting ready...Brooks Memorial Library Art Show...scattered Elephant art on boards in studio-1

Getting ready…Brooks Memorial Library Art Show…scattered Elephant art on boards in studio-1

The Brooks Memorial Library has a show of artwork from children’s book illustrators that changes every couple of months. It’s a great opportunity to see how different the process of making a picture book is for each illustrator.The show changes every couple of months.

The release date for my new book ELEPHANT’S STORY (Margaret Ferguson Books by Farrar Straus Giroux BYR) is October. 22nd. But you can get a sneak peek and see my process…if you can’t get to Brattleboro, VT….here’s a link to pictures from the show onElephant’s Blog:

Enjoy the show….visit your library…tcp