Now represented by Storm Literary

I’m so excited to announce I’ve just joined forces with Essie White at Storm Literary. Essie is an amazing kind and hard-working woman and I count myself lucky to have her as my new Agent. I look forward to a wonderful relationship and hope we accomplish many great things together!

For all work inquiries please contact Essie White at Storm Literary

Free Webinars!

Check out these two FREE webinars on January 4, 2018. The MD/DE/WV Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is hosting these webinars, which are open to everyone, as part of the Read Local Challenge, which gives you the chance to win prizes by reading books by featured authors from Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Join us as these authors discuss their inspirations and challenges and answer your questions! A recording of each webinar will be available after the event. Please register at the links below to receive access information for the live event or recording.

Thursday, January 4 at 7 PM: A Conversation with Middle Grade Fiction Authors Laura Shovan, Leah Henderson, and Barbara Carney-Coston.

Register at

Thursday, January 4 at 7:45 PM: A Conversation with Picture Book Authors J.H. Diehl, Amy S. Hansen, and Rebecca Evans.

Register at

Be on the lookout for more exciting FREE webinars with Read Local authors in upcoming months!

Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Ellicott City

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Region is hosting a Bookfair at Barnes & Noble this December!

Shop at Barnes & Noble, either in-store or online, between December 13 and December 20, and present them with our flyer or Bookfair ID number (12278941), and SCBWI MD/DE/WV will receive a portion of the sales.

Join us for our Bookfair Kickoff event at Barnes & Noble Ellicott City on December 13 from 5-8 p.m.

Workshops and events for kids and families:

5-5:45 PM: Writing workshop for children and teens with Meg Eden, author (Post-High School Reality Quest)

5:45-6:30 PM: Illustration workshop for children and teens with Rebecca Evans, author/illustrator (Someday I’ll Fly, Friends in Fur Coats, The Shopkeeper’s Bear, The Good Things)

6:30-8 PM: Games with Authors: Play book bingo, pin the book on the shelf, crazy guessing games, and more with local authors:

Veronica Bartles (The Princess and the Frogs, Twelve Steps)

Barbara Carney-Coston (To the Copper Country)

Lulu Delacre (Olinguito from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest, Us, in Progress)

Leigh Goff (Bewitching Hannah, Disenchanted)

Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse, Little Hands and Big Hands)

Liz Reed (Sweet Competition)

Laura Shovan (The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary)



The Process of Making an Illustration (in fast-forward)

I thought you all might like to see some of my art process in fast-forward. Enjoy, and watch out for the sharks!

READ LOCAL Party for my book, SOMEDAY I’LL FLY

It’s a READ LOCAL Party for my book, SOMEDAY I’LL FLY (Red Engine Press)—come out and play! 

Celebrate the start of the Read Local Challenge, a reading incentive program for children featuring local authors and illustrators. Join us for crafts, snacks, and a presentation by Rebecca Evans, author of Someday I’ll Fly. View our event page for more details:

Event Location: Eastport-Annapolis Neck
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – 3:30pm
Check out the information online.
If you can’t make the event, but still want to support the READ LOCAL kickoff party, you can email me (Rebecca Evans) and I’ll sign books for you to pick up later.  Email by Oct. 29th.
Share as you like! Hope to see you there.  Kids encouraged. 🙂
Thank you,
Rebecca Evans



Pictures of Me!

A special thanks to my fabulous photographer Teresa Robertson at  for my amazing new headshots! I had so much fun posing for the camera and pretending to be a model, maybe I’ll have to do this every year!

Owl Friends

These little guys have been rattling around in my brain for awhile begging to come out on paper. I’m so glad I listened to them because they make me laugh every time I see them!

Read Local Challenge

Art is being created all around you. The person you meet at your local pool or pizzeria may have created your favorite book! 

We invite all schools, libraries, homeschool groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many of these books from local authors/illustrators as you can, for a chance to win fabulous prizes, such as signed books and free Skype visits with one of our Read Local authors or illustrators. Then visit our websites to find our already-scheduled book signings and events, or to schedule a visit to your school or library.


All of our Read Local authors and illustrators have agreed to offer a 10% discount on their speaking fees for any school or library participating in the Read Local Challenge. Now is the perfect time to schedule a visit. We’d love to get to know you! Joint visits at special rates are also available. If you’d like to set up a special panel for your school or library, please email Veronica Bartles, Published and Listed Coordinator for the MD/DE/WV chapter of SCBWI at mddewv (at) scbwi (dot) org.

For more information and graphics please visit:


The Evolution of an Illustration

Most people I encounter don’t understand the hours of work that go into each Illustration. For some strange reason, they have the impression that illustrators simply sit down and about twenty minutes later—out pops a completed painting. Unfortunately, this is far from realistic. When I speak in schools I liken the illustration process to that of the writing process. I always begin with research. I’ll use my newest painting as an example: The Frog Catcher.

I began with frog research. What do these slimy creatures look like? What is their proper anatomy? Which way do their legs bend? Only by understanding the true anatomy and what makes a frog…well a frog, can I then stylize and warp it to my own unique ends. Then I move to sketches, a basic rough draft that I know will change as it becomes more and more finished.


Since this particular character did not yet have a story in which he belonged I moved to a color comp next to try to get a feel for who he was, and what in the world he was doing with all these frogs.

I loved his little determined expression and all the crazy frogs, but I wasn’t sure where this character was going yet so I showed him to my mentor EB Lewis. EB liked him too and suggested I find a home for him. Where is he now? Where is he going? What is he doing with all those frogs? So, I went to work again. I liken this to the editing process when writing. More research, more sketches, and quite a few hours later I discovered my frog catcher lived in the bayou and was planning to have frog legs for dinner! I worked up the sketch for a background and created another color painting.


I liked the depth in the background and the additions of the dog and bucket but I felt that something was still missing. If this little guy was hunting around in the Bayou all day there’s no way he’d be so clean! EB also suggested that I bring the boat into the foreground more, give the ground more interest, and add some more dramatic lighting. Back to the drawing board for more research, more sketches, some trial color comps (more editing) until I arrived here:


I knew I was close, but still no banana, everything had turned muddy—my colors, my background vs foreground, my water. Yuck, bad painting day, everyone is allowed one once in a while. Back to the drawing board for the fourth time—or painting table in this case! Until I finally ended here…


muddy child catching frogs

Mud only where it belongs, a definite foreground, middle ground and background, emotion, narrative and interaction. In short, a story for my crazy character. And all told it only took about forty hours of work!

Frog legs anyone?


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