Emma Lea Stories
The Emma Lea picture books have been created in a partnership of three women; author, Babette Donaldson, illustrator, Jerianne Van Dijk and designer Patty Arnold. They are fiction, created by the author, Babette Donaldson. The stories have been brought to life with the illustrations of watercolorist, Jerianne Van Dijk. And the quality of the production has been directed by graphic designer, Patty Arnold.
Babette Donaldson is the creator and author of the Emma Lea Books. She is currently working on the next part of the series in which Emma Lea is older and will be traveling around the world to enjoy other cultures’ celebrations of tea.
“I particularly enjoy visiting schools, reading from my books and then leading young children in some writing exercises. They all have wonderful stories to tell. And I think we learn more about what kind of books they want to read when we listen to their creative ideas.”
Jerianne Van Dijk, Illustrator
Working in watercolor, gouache, ink and crayon, with attention to mood and light, Jerianne Van Dijk’s painting style is realistic and impressionistic. When it comes to illustration, her medium use entails a grand variety of techniques and materials and ranges from whimsical to detailed and classic.
Her designs include the label art for Indian Springs Vineyards, Lost Coast Brewery, Tomaso’s Dressings, and the Zap wine organization, as well as pieces for calendars, books, children books, puzzles, CD covers, posters, and a variety of products available nationally and internationally.
Patty Arnold, Graphic Designer
We are delighted that the books we have worked on have garnered these awards: ABA Book Sense Selection, ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award, Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year Selection, Benjamin Franklin Gold Award, Benjamin Franklin Silver Award, CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, ForeWord Best Children’s Picture Book, iParenting Media Awards, IRA Children’s Book Award, IRA Teachers’ Choice Award, Izaak Walton League Book of the Year, KIND Children’s Honor Book, Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award, Marion Vannett Ridgway Memorial Honor Book Award, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Mom’s Choice Awards, NAPRA Nautilus Award, National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA), Newton Marasco Foundation Green Earth Book Award, NY Public Library-100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, Parent Council Ltd. Outstanding Selection, Skipping Stones Honor Award. . . . more→
Although my projects vary in location, the work is united by a dedp desire to study the effects of intervention in the landscape. My largest project to date, Season of Rice, looks at an important agricultural landscape and its role as a created wetland.