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Patrice Barton releases new picture book and is featured at Eric Carle Museum

Cover of "I See You See," featuring a boy in a wheelchair, a girl standing bent over next to him, and a dog on hind legs on a grassy hill looking together at a bouquet of orange flowers the boy holds that dissipate in the wind and form the shapes of goldfishCongratulations to Austin SCBWI member Patrice Barton—not only has she just released her latest picture book, but she now has some of her art featured at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts!

I See You See, the new book she has illustrated, was written by Richard Jackson and launched from Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books on February 16.  This story of how two siblings use their imagination to re-envision the landscape around them has received a starred review from Kirkus, who called it “a warm, quiet ode to imagination.”
Black-and-white close-up author photo of Patrice Barton
 
“This picture book was a joy to illustrate,” Patrice says. “Richard Jackson had an amazing imagination himself. His manuscript was an invitation for me to use mine. I was given the freedom to explore, reflect, and play. Thank you to my team at Caitlyn Dlouhy Books!! Illustrating this book was a sublime journey I will forever hold clCover of "The Invisible Boy," featuring a slightly smiling boy with glasses and little hair hunched over the ground drawing with his left hand a circle in chalk; the color scheme is mostly gray and whiteose in my heart.”
 
Patrice’s artwork from an earlier picture book, The Invisible Boy (written by Trudy Ludwig and published by Knopf in 2013) is now being featured in an exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum! The feature is called “Little Books, Big Feelings.”
 
“Since its publication in 2013, The Invisible Boy has truly taken on a life of its own,” Patrice says. “It’s been printed in 14 languages and been made into a musical by the wonderful Children’s Theater of Charlotte, North Carolina. And now, with it being featured in an exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum, I feel like we’ve made it to Carnegie Hall! :)”
 
Congratulations, Patrice!