Hello dear readers. It’s pretty unbelievable that you are going to see me very often in the next two months. So many books are launching (which is a good thing) written and/or illustrated by my friends (which is a very good thing) that I just have to join in the celebrations!
And what a special celebration this is! Please join me in singing a glorious Happy Book Birthday to THE BELONGING TREE written by one of my dearest critique buddies, Maryann Cocca-Leffler and illustrated by Kristine A. Lombardi and published by Christy Ottaviano Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company.
Here’s a little snippet from Amazon:
The Belonging Tree is a thoughtful picture book about respect, inclusion, and acceptance in a woodland community of animals from writer Maryann Cocca-Leffler and illustrator Kristine A. Lombardi.
Life was ordinary in the big oak tree on Forest Lane. Squirrels lived in every part of the tree, and the Gray squirrel family inhabited the knot in the middle. But the neighborhood starts to change as the big oak tree welcomes families of chipmunks, beavers, and birds. And with each new arrival, the Grays become increasingly unhappy. Can’t everything remain just as it was?
It will take an unexpected moment of heroism from a thoughtful inhabitant to finally open hearts and bind together this diverse animal community.
Dear friends…this is totally the kind of book we need to be putting into the hands of children right now! And guess what? There’s going to be a virtual book launch tonight…and you can pre-order a signed copy of the book.
It’s a free event hosted by Maryann’s local Portland, Maine bookstore, PRINT, but you should register right at this link in order to get the Zoom link that will give you access to the event: https://www.printbookstore.com/event/leffler820
And before I close, let me share another little snippet with you. Dedications are a really special part of every book…and a lot of thought goes in to writing them. When I received my copy, I saw that Maryann had personally inscribed it to me…and that was lovely. But then I read the dedication that was printed in the book: To my former neighbors, forever friends, and talented critique buddies, Jill and Vivian.
Oh my gosh! To see your name in a dedication…that’s a pretty special thing.
I hope you will all tune in to the Zoom launch for THE BELONGING TREE. And I hope you order a copy of THE BELONGING TREE. And review the book. And leave a comment below to be entered in the DOUBLE giveaway – Maryann’s publisher is offering TWO copies of the book…so we will have TWO WINNERS! Why not share a time when you felt people went out of their way to make you feel like you belonged.
I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week.