Indie Author/Illustrator profile on Megan Padalecki. @BigMoBook #BigMo #LittleMoon
My name is Tracy Miller. I founded Arlene Miller Creative Writing in memory of my mother, Arlene Miller (August 24, 1924-May 10, 2005). The goal of Arlene Miller Creative Writing is to recognize & support all forms of creative expression. To achieve this goal, Arlene Miller Creative Writing will profile actors, artists, authors and musicians with articles acknowledging their work.
Former architect turned children’s book author Megan Padalecki teaches the beauty of conservation and believing in our unique gifts.
For the little girl with a heart and imagination as big as Texas, Padalecki clearly absorbed the lessons of her teacher mother as well as the genius of inspirational predecessors like Dr. Seuss and combined these lessons with her own talent to give the literary world something special.
San Antonio native Megan Padalecki secured her place in the children’s book world in 2015 with the release of her debut effort, Big Mo. The former architect also served as its illustrator, a dual blessing for a slew of grateful readers who devoured both the story and the exquisite images that honored the story. From Big Mo, we were taught to reconcile a need for overconsumption when that need jeopardizes the natural landscape. Padalecki became a sensation on the book touring circuit and in classrooms where she visited. In addition, she amassed critical acclaim and industry accolades. Big Mo was a National Indie Excellence Award winner for Best Picture Book.
I have had the pleasure of interviewing Megan Padalecki for The Nerdy Girl Express about her writing journey. What I discovered is that she is an extremely creative, extremely intelligent and extremely sensitive author and illustrator. She is aware of the power of children’s books and is grateful to be able to contribute to this genre.
Her second book, Little Moon, published in 2016, continued Padalecki’s tradition of excellence. Rather than provide a sequel to Big Mo’s story, Padalecki introduced readers to a new character and message. With Big Mo, we saw a lovable pet iguana burdened by an insatiable appetite. One of the positive messages conveyed by Big Mo was preservation of natural resources and to try to curb a desire for excess. In Little Moon, we meet a lovable squid who must navigate the vast and mysterious ocean creatures she faces. Little Moon is that representation of life as a mystery and that recognition of our uniqueness and courage as we carve out positions in this world. The social creature thrust amongst the uncertainties of the ocean floor might crave validation and acceptance, yet she must begin by learning to love herself first. That is, perhaps, life’s pledge to all of us. Acceptance by others is that secondary reward. Accepting ourselves is paramount.
Megan Padalecki has an author’s voice that is authentic and embracing. Her prose reveals that she respects a child’s curiosity for discovery.
Little Moon inherited the largesse of its predecessor, Big Mo, as an engaging and informative literary treasure. As important, Padalecki skillfully succeeded in introducing a new character to be welcomed into readers’ hearts.
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Megan Padalecki, who is also a passionate advocate for conservation & environmental causes, will be volunteering this summer with Volunteer Southern Africa (VSA) working for two programs, Hearts for Orphans & Living with Orphaned Rhinos:
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Interview with Author Megan Padalecki @BigMoBook via @tdmiller820917
@BigMoBook Why I will be reading Megan Padalecki’s book Little Moon by Tracy Diane Miller
@BigMoBook Megan Padalecki to release her second book, Little Moon via @tdmiller820917