Friday, May 9, 2008

Georgia Books--Illustrators Laura Knorr and Mark Braught

In case you missed these two talented Georgia illustrators at this week’s annual meeting of the International Reading Association in Atlanta (, be certain to visit their respective web sites at left for information about their work, book titles, and appearances. These two gifted folks are great, especially when they appear together.

Laura Knorr’s most recent book of illustrations is A Isn’t for Fox—An Isn’t Alphabet, written by Wendy Ulmer and published by Sleeping Bear Press in November of 2007.

A Isn’t For Fox gets a big thumbs up from my own in-house staff of book reviewers (daughter, age 5 and son, age 3).

Laura also illustrated The Legend of Papa Noel—A Cajun Christmas Story by Terri Hoover Dunham and P is for Pelican—A Louisiana Alphabet by Anita Pietro. Laura was a big hit across Louisiana last year when her publisher toured her in that state following the release of Papa Noel.

Other titles that Laura has illustrated include:

K is for Keystone—A Pennsylvania Alphabet by Kristen Kane. Some really good people come from Pennsylvania.

The 12 Days of Christmas by Helen Haidle, Virginia Kroll, and Kathleen Long Boston.

If you, your kids, or your school or local library has a chance to visit with Laura, don’t miss it. In addition to being a gifted artist, she’s great with kids and gives a terrific and hands-on presentation about illustration. She also has some pretty hysterical stories about having worked for a large amusement park.

Illustrator Mark Braught’s latest work appears in A Peck of Peaches—A Georgia Number Book written by Carol Crane and published by Sleeping Bear Press in 2007.

If you are not familiar with Sleeping Bear Press’ Alphabet and Number books, you ought to have a look, especially if you have little ones. Of course, they are interesting for adults, as well. Take Mark’s latest book, for instance. I didn’t know that the largest breeding area for sharks in the southeast was in the waters off of Cumberland Island, Georgia. I love Cumberland Island. I will, however, limit my beach activities to looking for shells from now on. Also, I didn’t know that the Foxfire campus in North Georgia has on display the only remaining wagon that is known to have taken part in the deportation of Cherokee during the infamous and utterly shameful Trail of Tears.

Mark Braught’s other books include:

P is for Peach--A Georgia Alphabet Book by Carol Crane.

J is for Jumpshot—A Basketball Alphabet Book by Michael Ulmer.

T is for Touchdown—A Football Alphabet Book by Brad Herzog.

Cosmo’s Moon by Carol Crane.

No Pay, No Way by Holly Huppert.

Mark has quite a list of artistic accomplishments, including having created the Official Poster for the Kentucky Derby, and some of the early Harry Potter artwork used by Warner Communications. He also provided the caricature of your humble blogger up in the right-hand corner of this blog’s main page. I am the taller one with the coffee cup.

Mark Braught also gives a terrific presentation on the art of illustration, and is particularly good with kids. Again, be sure to visit Laura and Mark’s websites for a better look at their work.

Mark Braught and Laura Knorr are married and live just outside of Atlanta.



Jackie K Cooper said...

Mark and Laura are two of the nicest and most talented people you will ever want to meet. Having one of them live in our state is a blessing; having both of them live here is over the top.

Jackie K Cooper said...

Mark and Laura are two of the nicest and most talented people you will ever meet. To have one of them live in our state is a blessing, to have both of them here is over the top.

georgiabookman said...

Hello, Mr. Cooper, and thanks for dropping by my blog. I enjoyed meeting and chatting with you in person last year at the inagural Gwinnett Reading Festival. Thanks, too, for your continued support of Georgia authors, and for your own contribution to the Georgia literary catalogue.