Meet Judy Young, the Author

Judy Young writes columns for the Gettysburg Times and is a member of Gettysburg’s First Friday poetry reading at the Ragged Edge, whose members encouraged her to publish You Belong as a children’s book.  Judy was first inspired to write the book by seeing the fun young children have exploring from room to house to neighborhood. In You Belong the adventure continues, exploring the country, world, solar system, and back.

As a foreign service spouse, Judy and her family lived a bicultural experience in Latin America, and she has been particularly delighted that collaboration with Sally Becker gave both of us the opportunity to envision the bicultural family of You Belong.  Following her family’s return to the States, Judy served as a United Methodist pastor, ministering with families of all cultures and ages in Maryland. Meanwhile, Judy’s sons grew from the toddlers who inspired You Belong to the adults who have provided tech support for self-publishing the book.  Their parents love being retired in Gettysburg, where support from the ACAC and other local groups also contributed to bring You Belong to publication.

Visualizing Words, An Author and Illustrator Create a Children’s Book

Join writer Judy S. Young and artist Sally Becker for a presentation of their collaboration in creating the children’s picture book, You Belong. After being encouraged by a local poetry group to turn a poem about her young son into an illustrated book, the creation of a “stereo vision” between Judy and artist Sally made this possible. Hear about the evolution of their process from a drawing class here at ACAC to concept drawings, software edits, and the world of publishing children’s literature. The ins and outs of the self-publishing world combined with the serendipity of help from friends made the journey an adventure! A discussion will follow to answer questions for those interested in publishing their own work.

You Belong is a rhyming bedtime book that takes sleepy children on a journey to all the places they belong. From rocking chair to room, from room to house, neighborhood, country, world, solar system—and back, the story satisfies the explorer in every child, introducing a universe of wonder where all belong…”

Meet Sally Becker, the Illustrator

Sally Becker is a dual artist and art educator from Adams County Pennsylvania who works with drawing and painting media including encaustic, but has always had a love of clay. Her studio, the Iron Blue Gully Studio, is located by the small clay deposits she and her sister dug up to make “jewelry” when she was five years old. Her background in drawing developed while in high school under William D Davis. Her skills in ceramics developed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received, with honors, a BFA in Art Education.

Sally’s art teaching experiences include teaching pre-school students through high school students in North Carolina and in Pennsylvania. She taught art for over 20 years for the Littlestown Area School District at the elementary level and at the high school level. She received an MEd.  in Teaching and Curriculum from Penn State University. She was awarded the Pennsylvania Elementary Art Educator of the Year from the PA Art Education Association and has created numerous art lessons and curricula throughout her years of teaching.

Now retired from full time teaching, Sally works in her own studio focusing on developing art inspired by the family farm where she still lives. The landscapes, wildlife, feathered or four-legged friends and the farm buildings that date back to the early 1800’s are embedded in her work. Her clay work is influenced by her drawing background and shows attention to detail, textural characteristics, and drawn images.

Sally has experience as a juror for art exhibits and has illustrated the children’s book, You Belong by Judy S. Young. Her exhibition record shows a mixture of drawing, painting, encaustic, and clay. Sally’s work has been exhibited in North Carolina and in Pennsylvania, including the Art of the State at the State Museum in Harrisburg, and in on-line exhibitions including the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society Fine Arts Gallery. She has participated in numerous members’ exhibits at the Adams County Arts Council and annually donates thrown stoneware bowls for South Central Pennsylvania’s Gleaning Project’s Empty Bowls soup dinner.