Meet Illustrator Rachel Backshall at the Brooklyn Book Festival! September 16 & 17

At Garn Press we are so excited for the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival. Forty thousand readers and we are going to meet them! It is going to be such a great celebration! Garn will be at the BBF for the Children’s Day and we will have lots of books and goods for children and young adults at discount prices.

Garn children’s authors and illustrators including Rachel Backshall will be there. We will be reading books with children and giving them beautiful pictures to color from the book Toodle-oo Ruby Blue! Better still, Rachel Backshall will there to talk with young artists about her brilliant work as an illustrator.

About Rachel Backshall

Rachel Backshall, BA Oxon, is a UK artist and illustrator recently graduated from Oxford University. She has exhibited her highly acclaimed silk paintings in London, Oxford and Liverpool – many of which are inspired by her research into specific archaeological sites during her degree.

Her illustrations are inspired by the natural world and focus in particular on the wild and wonderful animals that appear both in reality, and in children’s imaginations. She is particularly interested in the concept of imaginative play, looking at the way children visualize and develop games and stories. Acknowledging that human imagination plays such a vital part to all stages of our lives, Rachel hopes to capture some of these moments within her illustrations, and in particular to relate to the magical way that children bring their toys and games to life.

Rachel has recently illustrated the prize winning Pearl of the Seas and Kris and Kate Build a Boat – The Magical Adventure for Garn Press author Ruth Finnegan, and has since been honored to work with Denny Taylor on Toodle-oo Ruby Blue as part of the Ruby Blue Series. She is currently working with both authors on future projects.

Connect with Rachel

Instagram @rachelbackshallsilkartist

Featured Illustrations from the Book: Toodle-oo Ruby Blue!


Toodle-oo Ruby Blue!

Book: Toodle-oo Ruby Blue!
Garn Press (36 pp.)
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-61-2 | Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-62-9
Paperback: $12.95 | Hardcover $18.95
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Indigo Books 

About the Brooklyn Book Festival

The Brooklyn Book Festival is one of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City. Presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, it includes a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors and 200 booksellers in a vibrant Literary Marketplace. This hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages.

This year’s Festival runs September 11-17, 2017. The heart of the Festival is at Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza; Children’s Day takes place at MetroTech Commons in downtown Brooklyn. There are also Bookend Events stretching citywide. For more information on our venues, click here.

Brooklyn Book Festival – Children’s Day

Saturday, September 16 at 10 AM – 4 PM
MetroTech Center
1 Metrotech Ctr, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Brooklyn Book Festival – Festival Day

Sunday, September 17 at 10 AM – 6:30 PM
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon St, New York, New York 11201

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