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July 1, 2017

Reading Tree Press is a small vanity house specializing in publishing quality children's picture books. It was founded in September of 2013.  Our award winning title, "A Little Goes a Long Way," written by Ashley Mills Monaghan and illustrated by Vivian Nguyen, is now...

July 1, 2017

Well, things change in the land of writing and publishing. They say a writer's work is never done and it certainly isn't done until you have that beautiful published copy of your work in your hand. I may have jumped the gun a bit; realizing the dream too soon. Things h...

July 1, 2017

Meeting Notes with Kevin and Vivian

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, Kevin, Vivian and I sat down to review the penciled storyboards. We went through page by page and discussed every single detail from the placement of the text on the page right down to the reaction and expre...

PHASE 6 - Clean up and Cover Concept

November 2013

Vivian is now cleaning up pencil marks and sharpening all images as well as finalizing color. She has also mocked up a cover design. At this point, we have all images done but we will be fine tuning every last detail. Co...

July 1, 2017

Dirty Bertie,  David Roberts

I love the structure Roberts uses in his writing to tell this funny story about a boy who learns to improve his bad habits. I also like the predictability of the text that the child is able to participate in and the fact that the story becom...

July 1, 2017

The journey of "A Little Goes a Long Way" began over six years ago. I had just graduated from Chapman University and moved to Ireland to travel and to be with my boyfriend (who is now my husband). As an American living in Ireland, I was limited to work on an extended h...

July 1, 2017

There have been well over 50 working drafts of this piece over the years. I will share 6 of these. You will see how this story has developed and changed over the course of these drafts. It took many rewrites to find the right formula to tell the story. It took this man...

July 1, 2017

Anyone who has tried publishing a picture book knows it's very challenging. Breaking into the industry as a first time author is extremely trying. You think you have the next 'Pete the Cat' craze and you start to dream about your book signings and selling out at Barnes...

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