Author and Illustrator Will Hillenbrand

This morning, was a real adventure on my son’s preschool field trip to the library.  As a great lover of books, writer, and mother I’m always intrigued with the methods of which children’s books are created and the ideas that come behind them.

Today, our local library hosted Will Hillenbrand, author and illustrator of over 50 books combine.

Having sat through simiular presentations at the library in the past, what intriguied me most about Mr. Hillenbrand was his manner with the children. He understood, being a father, that the attention spand of children is very low. However, I was most impressed with the way he was able to capture  the attention of his young audience without any song and dance routines. 🙂

My two year old daughter (almost three) sat through the entire presentation, and my son never once complained or asked to leave.  It was a joy listening and watching the stories be told and learning about how Mr. Hillenbrand creates the illustrations for children’s books. Starting with a small little mole inspired by his son, who liked to dig holes.

After the presentation I had a chance to speak with Mr. Hillenbrand. He will be touring Pennsylvania this month and part of next month speaking to children about how he makes his books. For anyone who is interested in learning more about Mr. Hillenbrand, you can visit his site at

The book you see in the picture above is called “What a Treasure.”  In this book, find out what one little mole finds when he goes digging for treasure!

What A Treasure!


Daughter of a dairy farmer, this crafty mom has a heart for all things handmade. When she's not writing or crafting, you can find her creating memories with her family.

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