Ready Set Draw! How to draw TRIM the cat
Join illustrator Kristy Caldwell and author Deborah Hopkinson, creators of the new historical fiction series inspired by the real adventures of TRIM the cat, for Ready Set Draw! Watch to learn more from Deborah about Trim, an adventurous ship’s cat who sailed with Captain Matthew Flinders around mainland Australia in the early 1800s AND join Kristy for a lesson in drawing TRIM as seen in TRIM SETS SAIL and TRIM HELPS OUT!
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About the Books
Trim Sets Sail and Trim Helps Out are Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections!
TRIM SETS SAIL
When Trim trips over a napping dog, little does he know that he’ll soon set sail and begin learning how to be a ship’s cat. Inspired by the real adventures of Trim the cat, who sailed with Captain Matthew Flinders in the early 1800s.
TRIM HELPS OUT
Trim is eager to do a good job on his first day as ship’s cat—but what is his job? Inspired by the real adventures of Trim the cat, who sailed with Captain Matthew Flinders in the early 1800s.
About Kristy Caldwell
Kristy Caldwell is an illustrator and educator in New York. She helped launch the literary journal Carrier Pigeon: Illustrated Fiction and Fine Art and worked as the Director of Archives and Publications for Castelli Gallery.
She’s currently illustrating the fourth book in the new Trim chapter book series by Deborah Hopkinson. When she sneezes, ink comes out.
Since 2021 she’s been researching how creatives can use active imagination to engage with new perspectives in their work. She’s currently a faculty thesis adviser for SVA’s MFA in Visual Narrative program and an Assistant Professor of Illustration and Design at Queens College CUNY.
About Deborah Hopkinson
A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of seventy books for young readers including picture books, middle grade historical fiction, Little Golden Book biographies, and long form nonfiction. Her titles have won the Oregon Book Award, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Green Earth Environmental Award. Other awards include a Sibert honor, a Carter G. Woodson honor, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor, and Boston Globe/Horn Book honor.
Deborah’s new and forthcoming books include Only One, The Deadliest Fires Then and Now, Race Against Death: The Greatest POW Rescue of WWWII, Cinderella and a Mouse Called Fred, and Happy Earth Day! Deborah received a B.A. and a master’s degree from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and worked in academic advancement prior to writing full time. She lives in Oregon and speaks to students and educators in person and virtually.
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