Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! I’m really excited about today’s featured book, PATTERNS EVERYWHERE. Do you want to know why?
1. I’ve met the author in person!
2. This is a book that parents and teachers will love reading with kids…actually, they will love reading it even without their kids…it’s glorious and inspiring and so informative!
3. Lisa participated in the 2020 #PBChat Mentorship Program – I got to read this manuscript and I loved it so much, she received an Honorable Mention and a critique from me. This is a little bit of the feedback I sent her:
Actually, all I can say is that this definitely needs to be a book! In my opinion, it is darn near perfect! I love everything about it…the topic, the rhythm and rhyme (spot on!), the sidebars (teachers will LOVE this), and you’ve found a way to create an arc of sorts…using the seasons as your structure.
Lisa…I love how your refrain always ends with ‘patterns, patterns’…it’s soothing and satisfying!
And I love how you invite the reader both in the beginning ‘let’s find designs’…and at the end ‘what might you discover there’.
That was in 2020…and now PATTERNS EVERYWHERE is launching as a real book on April 4th, 2023.
Written by Lisa Vachol Perron
Publisher: Milbrook Press
Themes: Patterns, STEM, Nature
Synopsis: From Amazon:
Step outside. Let’s find designs― / branching, cracking, spirals, lines. / Search the earth, the seas, the air. / Patterns, patterns everywhere.
Look around and discover patterns in the natural world! You might see them in leaf veins, in coral reefs, in sand dunes, and in many other places. Rhyming verse is accompanied by stunning photographs and brief sidebars that explain how these different patterns form.
“Intriguing encouragement to consider the intersection of mathematics and nature.”―Kirkus Reviews
ME: Lisa was kind enough to chat about the path to publication for this book. I’ve already hinted a bit about that in the beginning of this post. Welcome to Picture Books Help Kids Soar, my friend. I’m so glad you stopped by.
Thanks for having me, Vivian! The idea for PATTERNS EVERYWHERE sparked during a family hike, when my husband was pointing out patterns in the landscape to our daughters. (He is a geomorphologist, which means he studies the surface of Earth and other planets/moons.) The phrase, “Patterns, patterns everywhere,” popped into my head, and I thought about how poetry is full of patterns, just like nature. Once I sat down to write, I was immediately drawn to repeated phrasing and metered rhyme. I really wanted the text to be uncluttered and poetic, like nature itself, but I also wanted to share more information about each pattern, which is why I decided to add a sidebar (in prose) on each spread.
One of the biggest challenges in writing nonfiction is deciding the scope of the project. I came across other picture books about specific patterns in nature (such as spirals or branching), but none that emphasized the breadth of patterns in our natural world. For me, that variety is awe-inspiring! So I knew I wanted PATTERNS EVERYWHERE to include a wide range of patterns, but where would I stop? Would I include tiger stripes? Human-designed mosaics? Spiral galaxies? I decided that I would limit myself to patterns on our planet that are part of the naturally occurring landscape. When the acquiring editor asked if I would be open to photo illustrations, I was thrilled. I think photographs highlight the beauty of these patterns in our natural world and will hopefully encourage young readers to go outside and explore!
ME: Yes, I remember when you told me that Carol Hinz was one of the editors for the regional SCBWI Agent and Editor Day – I think I mentioned that she had been looking for manuscripts that would work well with photographs instead of illustrations and I knew this manuscript would be perfect for that type of art.
Here’s a little bit about Lisa and how to connect with her and find out more about her books:
Lisa’s poetry has been featured in numerous anthologies, journals, and magazines. Her debut picture book, PATTERNS EVERYWHERE, will be followed by a rhyming board book, MY LOVE FOR YOU, illustrated by Sheryl Murray, and two nonfiction board books, TELL ME ABOUT SPACE and TELL ME ABOUT OCEANS, illustrated by Jennifer Falkner. Lisa has additional picture books releasing in 2024 and 2025. She lives with her family outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
To be entered in the double giveaway, please make sure you leave a comment (maybe you can tell us what your favorite pattern in nature is) for a chance to win a copy of PATTERNS EVERYWHERE (it launches April 4th, so you will have to wait a bit to get it) & a 20-minute author Zoom chat with Lisa.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Maybe you can get out and observe the patterns of nature in your neighborhood! Whatever you do, be safe and find joy and come back tomorrow for a special Will Write and Illustrate for Cookies with my dear friend, Hanh Bui, whose debut picture book, The Yellow Áo Dài launches April 25. And she’ll be joined by her wonderful illustrator, Minnie Phan. Did someone say cookies?
Congratulations Lisa! Looking forward to reading your book.
Patterns are such a wonder of nature — of life. I view this book through a spiritual lens. Such an inspiring and beautiful book! Enjoyed the interview.Thanks for sharing today!
Lisa, so excited your work is getting out all over the world! I love lava patterns.
I can’t wait to read this to my daughter and see what her favorite pattern is!
Great topic! I love seeing patterns in nature. And as a former engineer, Fibonacci is my friend, LOL. Congrats, Lisa!
PATTERNS will be so popular w preschool teachers in my library! It is a great topic and the photos will be a hit. Thx for the post!
LOVE this book so much! My copy is already ordered to no need to enter me in the giveaway, but just wanted to say the Lisa is amazing and I can’t wait to hold this book in my hands!!
Lisa has captured my heart with this book! I step outside after a winter snowstorm and gaze at snow-encrusted tree branches and I see them covered in white BELLS that ring a silent song. I love that PATTERNS is done in rhyme! Thank you for spotlighting this book, Vivian.
What a great addition this will be as a teacher resource when reaching patterns. Any type of spiral pattern fascinates me! Continued luck with your success!
Thanks, everyone! I love reading about your favorite patterns and hearing about ways that you plan to enjoy and share the book. I’ll have an educator guide available on my website soon in case anyone is interested in using it with their students.
And thanks again for having me, Vivian!
This is my favorite kind of book. I can’t wait to see it and get a copy for myself! Nature is so amazing and intriguing. I love encouraging kids to get outside and see all of her wonders.
What a great idea for a book. I’m looking forward to sharing it with my grandchildren, who also love patterns!
Lisa, this is wonderful! I love nature and finding patterns and seeing the wide variety of plants, animals, and rocks! I can’t wait to read it. Congratulations!
This book looks stunning! I have huge respect for writers who can present a scientific topic in a poetic manner. I’ve never picked a favorite pattern in nature, but I love the markings on colorful fish.
Such a fabulous idea! My 5 yo is obsessed with nature and shapes, and I can’t wait to share this one with him soon.
I love this book!! My favorite patterns in nature? Hmm. Maybe diatoms. Or spider webs.
Deciding where to stop is the part I’m struggling with on my nonfiction. It was cool to read about how this book came about. I can’t wait to check it out. I think my daughter will really like it too!
I am a third grade teacher and am always looking for companion texts to pair with lessons. This looks striking and beautiful!
My favorite pattern in nature is a spiderweb fresh with dew.