If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano and Loren Long

Hello, Julie Fogliano!

Hi, Mr. Schu!

Hello, Loren Long!


Thank you for dropping by to share the BEAUTIFUL cover for If I Was the Sunshine

I wrote the words in purple, and Julie wrote the words in black. Thank you, Julie! 

Loren Long's cover illustration for If I Was the Sunshine just glows. I’m convinced he somehow infused his art with actual sunshine. You can almost feel the warmth coming off of it.

I think If I Was the Sunshine is my most difficult book to articulate (and if you ask Loren, probably the most difficult to illustrate). 

Story is not necessarily a great big remarkable thing. Stories can be quiet. Stories can be small. Sometimes, the best stories are the ones you find while you’re waiting for a great big remarkable thing to happen. 

I wrote the words in purple, and Loren wrote the words in green. Thank you, Loren! 

Julie Fogliano’s text is playful and profoundly warm. It was a beautiful challenging puzzle for me, the illustrator, to solve.

For If I Was the Sunshine's cover, I mostly wanted to invoke the uplifting feeling of connection in Julie’s eloquent poem.

I tried to convey the connection of parent and child to others and to the world around them.

Story is something that starts with a writer at a desk and an illustrator at a table. But it becomes a thing that really LIVES when it finds itself in the hands of a child and someone who loves that child. 

Look for If I Was the Sunshine on May 7, 2019. 

A breathtaking picture book about the relationships we share from New York Times bestselling storytellers Julie Fogliano and Loren Long in the tradition of The Runaway Bunny and Guess How Much I Love You.

Through clever, thought-provoking verse and warmly evocative art, New York Times bestsellers Julie Fogliano and Loren Long explore the awe-inspiring nature of relationships, love, and connection.


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