Thursday, December 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday

This is one of the very first maps I ever did, back when I was starting out as an illustrator. It was inspired by a TOO long ago trip to Ireland. Time to go back!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


It still boggles my mind that in this country women only gained the right to vote less than 100 years ago. (August 18, 1920.) Guess what I'll be doing today?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Book Birthday, Little Author

LITTLE AUTHOR IN THE BIG WOODS is officially out in the world today!

Working on this book brought back so many good memories from childhood. (Yes, I wanted to be Laura.**) I was a huge fan of the Little House books and the TV show, of course. (Who wasn't, growing up in the 70's?!)

Here are some very early rough sketches, and a few pieces from the book. Also, there's still time to enter the Goodreads giveaway here.) Enjoy!

(**Me, circa 1976, in a skirt and bonnet made especially for our annual street picnic by my grandmother.)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I'm so thrilled to finally be able to share this news!

"Tamar Brazis at Abrams has bought author-illustrator Jennifer Thermes's Charles Around the World in a preempt. The picture book biography tells of Charles Darwin's adventures on the HMS Beagle, featuring maps illustrating the route of his travels and his discoveries in each location. It is scheduled for fall 2016. Marietta B. Zacker of Nancy Gallt Literary Agency brokered the deal, which includes a second book, for world English rights."
– from Publishers Weekly Rights Report: Week of September 8, 2014


(Charles Darwin is one cool dude!)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Little Author ~ Book Giveaway


    Goodreads Book Giveaway


        Little Author in the Big Woods by Yona Zeldis McDonough



          Little Author in the Big Woods


          by Yona Zeldis McDonough


            Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.

            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.




      Enter to win

Monday, August 25, 2014

Reason #2,539 Why I Love My UPS Guy (Hint: Book!)

This arrived last week!

There's a map inside...

And loads of illustrations big and small...

On almost every page...

Including drama! (Grasshopper plague!)...

And in the back there are recipes, games, and instructions for making a corn-husk doll. Fun!...

And under the dust jacket, one of my favorite things– a sweet silhouetted surprise that just about made me swoon. (I LOVE this special detail!)...

The actual book birthday is about three weeks away (September 16th), but you can pre-order a copy now if you'd like. (May I suggest your local independent bookstore?)

Yay! (Also, please excuse the phone-quality pictures!)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014