Illustoria: For Creative Kids and Their Grownups
Issue #11: Creatures: Stories, Comics, DIY
Mcsweeney's Literary Arts Fund
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Creatures are weird.
In Illustoria #11, you'll find a parade of real, imaginary, and ugly animals, including zooplankton -- the tiniest creatures. You'll meet wildlife specialists and medieval-era pets. Trace your pencil along the 3-D Monstermaze and create textured creature rubbings with us. Meet Dog-Chef, who will help you whip up a snack station for your bird pals. Plus, find short stories and poetry by young writers (as part of Illustoria's partnership with the International Alliance of Youth Writing Centers) throughout this issue. Enjoy these beastly and beautiful creatures and then try drawing or writing about your own creatures!
Illustoria is the official publication of the International Alliance of Youth Writing Centers, publishing writing and art by young people alongside accomplished professionals.
Praise for Illustoria magazine:
".(a) beautifully produced print magazine that invites young readers to revisit arresting pages again and again.Illustoria is a visual feast, with a focus on storytelling through art and literature. In addition to crafts and art projects, Illustoria presents stories through comics, and profiles illustrators, artists, and makers.(with) messages of compassion and inclusivity.bursting with creative ideas and inspiration."
-"Our Favorite Gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds," Wirecutter.com, New York Times
"This is the kind of magazine you keep on your bookshelves with your favorite books."
- Cece Bell, author of El Deafo
"It's a rewarding offering that I hope sticks around for many years down the line."
- Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews, blogger of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
"(A) visually exciting magazine with a DIY attitude . . . offer(s) plentiful opportunities for engagement, while the quality artwork and inventive layouts are sure to inspire imaginative responses."
-School Library Journal
"Cover to cover, its content and aesthetics are smart, modern and engaging. Illustoria is a magazine I would've loved to have growing up."
- Michelle Sterling, Avery & Augustine
Issue 11 includes....
Lily Born of Imaginiroo
and youth activist Matilde Bondo Dydensborg
Plus:Ask a Wildlife Specialist
Bird Snack Stop by Tom Bingham
Dog Show Comic by Ricardo Hernandez
Galactic Alienology by Carson Ellis & Hank Meloy
Zooplankton by Jamyelese Ryer, art by Lan Truong
An Ode to Ugly Animals by Amanda Willemse
Lexigraphique by Michael Buchino
Medieval Era by Vaughn Parish
Mooncatcher Comic by Grant Snider
True! Animal! Stories! by Penelope Q Breckenridge, art by Ricardo Hernandez
Draw & Write:
Miscellaneous Revelry by Jason Sturgill
Coloring Pages by Eleri Harris
Sketchbook as Travelogues with Peter Kuper
Draw This: Creature by Megan Dailey
Bus Poems by students at Little Green Pig
The Stand-Up Tree, Literally! by Saharla Farah
Austin's Jungle Birthday by Sydney Osagie Imariabe
Small Talk with Sophie Donohue-Liston, art by Gabriel Liston
DIY Visual Journaling, art by Charlotte Ager
DIY Creature Rubbings by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
3D Monster Maze by Jesse Jacobs
Collectible Cards: Story Builders by Amy Sumerton