Wildberry Ink is excited to introduce our newest partnership for a new book project in the works, focused on creating a picture book for children modeling healthy emotion regulation. We'll be sharing a series of informative articles that we hope you will find helpful, especially as we persist through the challenges we currently face from day to day. First, let's get to know Author Nancy Liu & Illustrator Kayla Ladeinde.
Nancy Liu at SFMOMA, Photo by Jojo Cayetano
Nancy is an expert in healthy thoughts, actions, and feelings. She teaches at a school called UC Berkeley. She is a big kid at heart who loves turning interesting emotion research into stories that come to life where they matter the most--at home! She loves to read, voraciously, and would swallow books whole if she could. She enjoys drawing and painting, especially when they involve her nephews, Ethan & Lucas. She is often scribbling down thoughts and you can always find in her pocket a notebook and fine-tip pen.
Nancy received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2012. She has been a consultant with the World Health Organization and is a former Fulbright Scholar. She is currently an Assistant Clinical professor at UC Berkeley and Director of the UC Berkeley Psychology Clinic & Center for Assessment where she trains others how to be effective clinicians for children and adults. Managing emotions can be hard but they don't have to be! Her love of stories comes from wanting to share in a wider way with children and parents how to effectively manage emotions, specifically through the skills of Label, Link, and Luminate.
Kayla Ladeinde fell in love with storybooks at a young age. When she was six years old and her grandpa asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, her response was instant and enthusiastic: “an author!” Later she pulled him aside to add “artist” to that future. Not much has changed over the years. With a major in Fine Art and minor in Creative Writing from Western Washington University, she has continued to pursue her dream of writing and illustrating kids’ books. In 2015, she co-founded a small business called Thingamatink, a Kickstarter-based project that paired storytelling with play, and in 2016 she self-published her first picture book of the same name, The Thingamatink.
Kayla’s passion is exploring the way written and visual communication intersect to create something new, similar to an instrumental harmony. She is particularly interested in stories that speak to kids’ emotional and social development. She lives in Pittsburg, CA with her husband and son, and whenever she isn’t painting or working, she can usually be found on a ladder with tools in hand, busting out a new home DIY remodel project.
Stay tuned for our series of articles, a sneak peek into our upcoming book to be released in 2022.