Christian Educator | Author | Artist | Photographer | Speaker
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works”
NEW PICTURE BOOK WITH BEAMING BOOKS!
“Naomi Krueger at Beaming Books has bought Sparrow’s Prayer by Roger Hutchison, to be illustrated by Ag Jatkowska. This meditative picture book follows a faithful sparrow who wakes up one morning unable to pray. She flies about asking her friends for advice, helping them with their problems along the way and discovering that prayer can transcend words. Publication is planned for Spring 2023. The author represented himself and the illustrator was represented by Lucie Luddington at the Bright Agency in a deal for world rights.”
Ag Jatkowska grew up loving picture books and dreamed that one day she would become an illustrator. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk with a MA in Graphic Design and Illustration. With a passion for creating whimsical scenes full of cute animals, soft colours and textures, Ag has illustrated a broad range of children’s books and greeting cards and is known for illustrating for Usborne, Little Tiger Press, Lion Hudson, Campbell, Macmillan, Zonderkidz, Capstone, Simon & Shuster. She has also illustrated a Ziggy Marley book for the Grammy Award-winning song “ I love you too” and some stories for Nickelodeon’s “Bed Time Stories”.
I am excited to announce that I am now represented by Keely Boeving and WordServe Literary Group! I have been working towards this for years. Keely and I hit it off and I know we are going to make a great team.
Keely has been working in publishing since 2010. A graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., English) and the Denver Publishing Institute, she began her career in New York as an assistant editor at Oxford University Press, where she acquired books for the trade history list. In 2015, she joined WordServe Literary Group. As an agent, she represents writers across the industry in both the Christian and general markets. Keely lives in Denver with her husband and their boy/girl twins. When not reading, she loves to ski, bike, and spend time with family.
Roger is the #1 Bestselling author and illustrator of seven books including, The Painting Table, My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes., Faces: A Love Story, El Major Día, the Spanish translation of The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children, and Come in, Come in!
Following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Roger had the privilege of painting with children who witnessed this tragic event. The experience profoundly affected him and convinced him to serve those who grieve with his writing and art.
Roger received the Governor’s Order of the Silver Crescent Award in 2014. The Order of the Silver Crescent is South Carolina’s highest civilian honor for exemplary performance, contribution and achievement within the community.
There is prayerful poetry woven through Roger’s work, a gentle reverence in his tone and posture toward the heartbroken. It’s Roger’s ambition to use art, color, and poetic language to communicate love and promote healing and hope in today’s hurting world.
Roger serves as the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, and is a member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Roger lives with his wife and daughter just outside of Houston.
To learn more about Roger and follow his story, you can find him on Instagram @rogerhutchisonbooks - see Instagram feed below.