Tutus & Trucks

A weekend of Love

Illustrator Sara Gillingham (left) and author Amy Novesky (right)

This past weekend we had not one, not two, but three celebrations for our Love Is series. The books are written by award-winning children’s author Amy Novesky and illustrated by award-winning art director and designer Sara Gillingham.

From left to right: Emma Kallok, Cameron + Co marketing & publicity manager; Amy Novesky, author and our Cameron Kids editor; Sara Gillingham, illustrator; Nina Gruener, Cameron Kids publisher (and daughter Imogen); Clare Doornbos, awesome independent bookseller at Diesel.

Love is a Tutu, the first book in the series, is a beautifully designed and playfully illustrated novelty board book that captures the love of all things ballet. It’s the perfect starting point for tiny ballerinas and parents alike, featuring sweet and spare rhymes that prance across the pages. Love is a Truck, the second in the series, captures the love of trucks of all kinds — from fire trucks to the sweetest trucks of all, ice cream trucks — and the child who loves them. Both books are made in a small, square format with thick, sturdy pages, perfect for young readers.

Photo by Kellie Diguangco of Collage Collage

Sara Gillingham, a resident of Canada, made the journey all the way to the Bay Area to celebrate, and we headed to Larkspur Landing on Saturday to begin the fun. The first stop was Diesel Bookstore, a beautiful independent shop located in the Marin Country Mart, for Love is a Truck. Children created their own trucks with paper, glue, and crayons, and were able to ask Amy and Sara questions about the creation of the book.

Next we went just down the way to the Tutu School, a quaint boutique ballet school for children aged eighteen months to eight years. The school’s team really outdid themselves, providing guests with sweet treats, pink lemonade, and even fairy-wand decorating. Not to mention there were real live ballerinas on hand to enact the dance positions from the book! Brava!

On Sunday Amy and Sara were hosted at Mapamundi Kids, an independent children’s lifestyle store in San Francisco. The folks at Mapamundi even decorated their storefront with the ballerina from Love is a Tutu! And then, in honor of Love is a Truck, the fire department paid a visit, showing fans their bright red truck. It was a weekend full of fun and, most importantly, love.

Sara Gillingham and San Francisco’s finest

What does love mean to you? Have an idea for what the next book in the Love Is series should be? Or perhaps you know of a perfect location to continue celebrating the love? Let us know! Drop us a line at: info@cameronbooks.com.

Amy Novesky is an award-winning children’s book author. Her picture books include Imogen; Elephant Prince; Me, Frida; and Georgia in Hawaii. She lives with her family near San Francisco.

Sara Gillingham is an award-winning art director and designer. She was a design director for Chronicle Books and taught at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts. She created the In My Nest series for Chronicle and illustrates the Empowerment series for Abrams. Gillingham lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Emma Kallok is the Marketing & Publicity Manager at Cameron + Company. She believes in the power of language and art to inspire and cultivate change.

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