From an at home setting, author and illustrator, Rashin Kheiriyeh spoke to participants via a live webinar from the Virtual 2021 ALA Annual Conference about two of her books. It was a special treat to hear this author read us the first page of her Persian inspired picture book, “Bahar, the Lucky.” Kheiriyeh illustrated this story in bright red and blues, that she said are similar to the color of a Persian rug. The author and illustrator said that this story is about a funny adventure by the main character, Bahar, who wants to be a fortune teller. It was noted by Reycraft, the book publisher, that “Bahar, the Lucky” is starred review from Kirkus and for ages 3 – 7.
The second book discussed in the webinar was “Love on a Plate.” This soon to be published book is a days-of-the-week, lift-a-flap book. As a graphic designer, as well as author, Kheiriyeh, wanted to use real food as an additional art medium to the illustrations. Using marker, acrylics, and ink, first, Kheiriyeh then used real food quickly (before it went bad) and photographed it on top of the pen and ink drawing. This resulted in a picture book about a little fox’s mother arranging food on his plate. Webinar participants discussed that children that have difficulty eating, might also benefit from this story. The author revealed that she would like to try stones and wood as future art mediums.
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