Hip, hip, hurray! It’s a COVER REVEAL for an upcoming book from one of my dearest friends and critique partners, Carrie Finison!

And we are in luck because the lovely and talented Carrie was kind enough to stop by to chat with us about the path to publication for this book.


I’m so pleased to share the cover of Hurry, Little Tortoise, Time for School! illustrated by Erin Kraan, and designed by Nicole Gastonguay. The book comes out July 19, 2022 and I only wish it could hurry just a little faster!
As the parent of a couple of little tortoises, I often felt my stress level rising as the time to leave the house approached. We’re going to be late! Now is not the moment to decide that you need to go to the bathroom, that you want to tie your shoes independently for the first time, or that a complete wardrobe change is necessary before we go! Will we EVER get out the door?

With this book, I wanted to show my kids the understanding and grace that I often couldn’t in the moment of gathering our things and trying to be on time for school. Because the truth is, we all have struggled at some point with being late no matter how hard we tried to hurry up and go faster. And when you are NOT built for speed, that struggle is all the more difficult. In the story, Little Tortoise finds a moment of connection between herself and her new teacher. As it turns out, Mr. Sloth completely understands her struggle to be on time! My hope is that adults and kids who read this book together will find a similar moment of understanding and connection.

To learn more about Carrie and her books:

Carrie Finison writes picture books with humor and heart, including Dozens of Doughnuts (2020), Don’t Hug Doug (2021), and the forthcoming Lulu & Zoey: A Sister Story, and Hurry, Little Tortoise, Time for School! (2022). She lives outside of Boston with her husband, son, and daughter, and two cats who permit her to work in their cozy attic office. For updates and giveaways, subscribe to her newsletter, check out her website, or follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Doesn’t this sound like a story young kids would love to hear? I totally remember those early morning meltdown moments and my attempts to get the kids moving just a little bit faster. And what do you think of the cover? Adorable, right?

Please remember, dear friends, that the best way to thank an author for her book is to buy it (you can preorder this one), review it, tell friends about it, add it to your Goodreads Want-To-Read list, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

I hope you all have a beautiful week. Wednesday I’ll be presenting a webinar for SCBWI Israel, Crafting Nonfiction That Grabs Kids’ Imagination. The organizer told me that over 100 people signed up…I’m excited!

19 thoughts on “Cover Reveal: HURRY, LITTLE TORTOISE, TIME FOR SCHOOL!

  1. Oh my goodness – I LOVE this cover! How cute is her lunchbox stuffed with greens? And that pink worm – fantastic! Cannot wait for July to arrive with this tortoise in tow!

    Congrats Carrie!

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  2. Yes, the cover is adorable! It sounds like a wonderful book, too! Congratulations on another book, Carrie! Looking forward to hearing your wisdom and insight on Wednesday, Vivian!

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  3. Adorable! I love that the turtle is the main character, because, well, turtles are always slow. We struggled with this when our daughter was young. We would all be in the car, ready to go, and “where’s Chelsie?” Inside, not ready…Congratulations, Carrie!

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  4. The cover is adorable! This brought back memories of the days when I tried to get my kids moving in the mornings. Since I taught at the school my children attended, I needed to get there early to make sure I was ready for the day. I certainly didn’t want to leave them alone to wait for the bus. Children and parents will be able to relate to the problem in your new picture book, Carrie. It sounds delightful. Congratulations!

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  5. OMG! Carrie, this sounds like an adorable, fun, book! The characters are great – the tortoise and the sloth – hysterical! And since it comes out on my husband’s birthday, I must buy it for him (wink, wink)!

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  6. CARRIE: CONGRATS! This book is ADORABLE! I LOVE Erin’s cover art SO MUCH! I WISH I had this book as a kid who struggled to get to school on time EVERY SINGLE DAY (MUCH to my mom’s chagrin–and my teachers!!!). I CAN’T WAIT to read this one! THANK YOU for the INSPIRATION!!!
    VIVIAN: GOOD LUCK with SCBWI Israel tomorrow! THAT’S SO THRILLING! Your students will be getting THE BEST teacher! 😉

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