Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Mr. Pig Visits. . . LINDSAY WARD!

Well, hello!

It's me, Mr. Pig, en route to the Lakewood, Ohio studio of critically acclaimed author-illustrator, Lindsay Ward. We have all her books on our bookshelf in the Little Crooked Cottage: When Blue Met Egg, Please Bring Balloons, Henry Finds His Word and her latest, The Importance of Being 3. 

I brought along my copy to get it signed for cottager, Kara LaReau's little boy who will be turning three soon. (He calls me Uncle Pig.)

Here we are!

<<knock, knock>>

Hi, Lindsay!

Hey, Mr. Pig! Come on up, it's this way...

This is where I work on all of my books. My studio is on the third floor of our hundred-year-old house. I used to keep all of my picture books up here too...but unfortunately they just don't fit anymore (my name is Lindsay and I'm a picture-book-aholic). Now I keep them in my son's room, which he doesn't seem to mind.

I see you've got some sketches on your drafting table! New book?

Yes! Currently I'm working on a new picture book with Two Lions, titled BRO-BARIANS, which will come out in Spring 2017. It's about two brothers (Iggy and Otto) who go head to head in a battle for the ages in their back yard...all over a juice bah-bah of course!

Of course! One can never be too protective of a juice bah-bah. Ooo, look at all that pretty paper.

Most of my illustrations are created using cut paper and mixed media. I have lots of drawers full of paper (like these ones) that I have collected, found, or purchased over the years. The paper is mostly vintage, including old maps, letters, newspaper scraps, old sheet music, or anything with an interesting pattern on it.

I keep a lot of other patterned paper and stationery supplies in my studio too. In addition to writing and illustrating picture books for kids, I run a small stationery business designing and printing social and wedding invitations for local clients and on Etsy.

I usually have at least one buddy with me when I'm working. This is my son Jackson, he's 7 months old.

Well, I must say, he is one adorable studio buddy.

Thank you! And this is Sally. Jackson and Sally hang out together a lot.

I don't blame them, I'd want to hang out in your studio a lot, too. It's delightful! Just like you.

Aww, thanks Mr. Pig. Come back anytime!


Born and raised in California, Lindsay M. Ward received her BFA from Syracuse University. She is now a cut-paper artist living and working in Lakewood, Ohio. Her previous picture books include When Blue Met Egg, Please Bring Balloons, and most recently Henry Finds His Word. Visit her online at
The Importance of Being 3 
by Lindsay Ward
Dial Books for Young Readers
February 16, 2016 / $16.99 / Ages 1 – 3
ISBN: 9780525428695

“Ward’s guileless rhymes and trio of round-headed, rosy-cheeked cherubs are worthy of at least three cheers.” – Publishers Weekly

“[A] winning a picture book.” – School Library Journal

“Good for sharing one-on-one or in a group storytime celebrating that special age. Three cheers for being three!” – Booklist

Other titles by Lindsay


  1. Thanks for introducing me to a new author-illustrator, Mr. Pig! How did I not know your books, Lindsay?! Congratulations! I look forward to reading them. I especially love the cover of When Blue Met Egg! Very sweet!

  2. We love Lindsay's books! And yes, When Blue Met Egg is a particular favorite. Thanks for reading and commenting, Maria!