Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 1, 2019

Book Giveaway: ALL COLORS by Amalia Hoffman

Amalia Hoffman has written and illustrated a new board book titled, ALL COLORS. She was featured on Illustrator Saturday in 2010. ALL COLORS is hitting book shelves on October 28th. Amalia has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Amalia!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

This board book introduces children to colors, textures, and parts of the body while conveying a message about friendship, celebrating diversity, and inclusion. As the reader turns the pages, colors are added one by one, creating the image of a boy. Different strokes and textures make up each body part, and at the end the boy joins his friends, all made of different combinations. All Colors shows that all people are made up of the same pieces, yet are all unique and full of color!

BOOK JOURNEY:

In 2017, I started experimenting with pastel pencils.

I loved the textures that I could achieve and the vibrant lush colors.

After working for a while on a white background I wondered what the colors would look like on black.

I ordered a fine black art sand paper and started playing with colors on top.

I discovered that there were so many interesting textures that I could achieve by rubbing the pastel pencils and chalk on the paper. Also, I liked how spattering with a toothbrush, sponging with bubble wrap and combing paints appeared on the black background.

After two months, I had a whole collection of pieces of papers with different colors and textures. I gathered them all in a shoe box and every once in a while, I just played with them, making different arrangements by assembling pieces together on my art table.

Then, the idea came to me. What if the different colors, textures and shapes could actually make the main character in the book?

So began my book journey for All Colors. My agent, Anna Olswanger, liked the idea of creating a board book where kids would be introduced to colors as they turned the pages. It ended up being a concept book with a message about friendship and diversity.

Anna sold the book to Schiffer Publishing and it will be making its way into the world October 28, 2019.

Below is a book trailer where Amalia performed All Colors with a very colorful puppet:

AMALIA’S BIO:

Amalia Hoffman is an author, illustrator and storyteller.

Her board book, Dreidel Day (Lerner/Kar Ben Publishing, 2018) is a PJ Library book and received the PJ Library Author Incentive Award.

She is the author/illustrator of two other board books, Astro Pea and All Colors (Schiffer Publishing, 2019.)

Amalia is the author of The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero (Capstone Publishing, 2019, illustrated by Chiara Fedele.)

Her article, Queen Esther and I was published in Highlights Magazine for Children, March, 2016.

Amalia designed and illustrated an oversized book with pop-up elements for the production of Rose Bud at Israel’s children’s theater, The Train. Other books include, The Klezmer Bunch  and, Purim Goodies (Gefen Publishing House, 2007 and 2009.) The Klezmer Bunch was featured in a play, Jewish Books Cooking by the celebrated choreographer and producer, Elizabeth Swados.

Amalia illustrated Friday Night with the Pope, written by Jacques J.M. Shore (Gefen Publishing House, 2006.)

She received the SCBWI 2005 award for illustration in the category of Fantasy. Her portfolio was selected as the winning portfolio in the 2014 21st Century Non Fiction Conference.

Amalia performs her stories in schools, libraries and bookstores dressed up in costumes with puppets and props.

She created innovative window displays for New York City’s prestigious stores including Tiffany, Fortunoff, Bloomingdales and Macy’s.

Amalia is a participating artist at ArtsWestchester, a cultural organization that pairs artists and writers with schools and community centers.

She holds a Masters degree in art and art education from New York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honor from Pratt Institute.

Visit Amalia at http://www.amaliahoffman.com

Amalia, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. This is a very cute board book – one that not only will help young children with their colors, but also help them relate to all different people in the world.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. So impressed by your story and talents! Good luck to you!

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  2. What a fun book! Color is my passion. Congrats!

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  3. I enjoyed reading about how this book came to be. I also love that you dress in bright colors that complement this book. The bright gold socks are darling!

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  4. This book looks like a lot of fun. The colors remind me of fireworks. (Also, I follow this blog.)

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  5. This looks beautiful! I’m a follower and a fan of this blog!

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    • Thanks for being a follower. Much appreciated.

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  6. My granddaughter would love that! She’s 19 months, and currently obsessed with learning all the color names.

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  7. Looks like a fun book for toddlers. I love how the colors pop on the black pages!

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  8. Wow! That’s a fun way to explore colors! Well done!

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  9. I love the exuberance of the illustrations!

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  10. Love how the colors stand out against the black. What a fun concept!

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