Happy Book Birthday: LET’S DANCE! Plus Giveaway

I know we are in the middle of the #50PreciousWords Contest…but I just had to kick up my heels and do a shimmy-shimmy for a brand-new book – so…LET’S DANCE!!!

Yes…it is a HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY for Valerie Bolling’s new book, illustrated by Maine Diaz and published by Boyds Mills & Kane – CONGRATULATIONS to all! Continue reading

Happy Book Birthday: LITTLE HIPPO, & LITTLE MONKEY Plus Giveaway

Book birthdays are always special…even more so when they are for author friends. And guess what? This author has more than one book launching today!!!

So please clear your throats and get ready to sing out for these beautiful books!

 

little hippo

little monkey

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Launch of an Imprint & Launch of a Book – Good News for Kidlitland

Hello everyone! Today’s post is filled with GOOD NEWS!

First of all, a dear friend of our kidlit community, the incredible Callie Metler-Smith of Clear Fork Publishing, is announcing the launch of a new imprint and a limited-time ABOVE THE SLUSH opportunity for readers of this blog.

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TAKE IT AWAY, CALLIE!

We are accepting submissions for our Spork Children’s Imprint and for our new imprint &MG.
&MG will feature Middle Grade books and we are asking for submissions right now that deal with some of the tough issues that kids ages 9-14 are dealing with. 
Submissions can be made by going to http://bit.ly/2NZN7pp or by emailing the submissions directly to callie@clearfork.media. Please put Above the Slush somewhere in the header of the query letter.

Oh my gosh…what an opportunity! If you’ve got a polished manuscript you think would fit the Spork vision or you’ve been holding on to that MG work, wondering who you should send it to…here is your chance!

A big thank you to Callie for this generous offer!

So, the title of this post was Launch of an Imprint and Launch of a Book. We’ve revealed the Imprint launch…and now for the Book Launch.

Are you ready to sing a big Happy Book Birthday to…

MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF
ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE
ella and marilyn

Launching January 28, 2020

Illustrated by Alleanna Harris
Published by Little Bee Books

Here’s what the reviewers are saying:


Kirkus Reviews:
This warm story emphasizes Ella’s role in her  (Marilyn’s) success, thus avoiding the trap of the white-savior narrative. Many white artists have benefited from imitating black ones; this is the rare narrative to acknowledge that.
Harris’ illustrations capture the iconic looks of the two stars.
A good volume to include in a larger conversation about friendship, allyship, and social justice.(author’s note, sources) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)

School Library Journal:

The relatively simple text is supported by an author’s note and extensive sources, both primary (videos and interviews) and secondary (books and online resources). Kirkfield makes clear that both women brought deep personal feelings to their performances. Harris’s digital illustrations are varied, from vignettes to full and double-page spreads.

VERDICT An inspiring story about 20th-century icons that will be unfamiliar to most young readers. Recommended for schools and public libraries. 


Booklist:
Sometimes even stars need a little help to shine.” Focusing on the friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe, this picture book highlights the similarities between the two women and the ways in which they helped each other succeed.
Back matter includes an author’s note and primary and secondary sources. A solid purchase for larger collections.

I’m excited for all of the upcoming book events that will help spread the word:

Jan 29 at 7PM: Andersons Bookstore in Naperville, IL
Jan 30: School visits to Naperville and Aurora, IL
Feb 4: School visits to Skokie and Evanston, IL
March 10: Kids’ writer workshop at Amherst Town Library, Amherst NH
March ?: Author Event at Books of Wonder in NYC
March 21 at 10am: Story time at Silver Unicorn Bookshop in Acton, MA
April 4 at 11am: Story time at Toadstool Bookstore in Nashua, NH
April 18: Sustainability Fair in Wilton, NH
April 25: Children’s Festival of Stories in Denver, CO
May 18: Wilkins Elementary in Amherst, NH
June 25-30: Annual ALA in Chicago, IL
July24-27: LASCBWI Conference

Thank you, dear friends…having your support and encouragement means the world to me.

And thank you, dear Callie, for providing this fabulous submission opportunity to my blog followers.

Happy Book Birthday: NUMENIA AND THE HURRICANE Plus Giveaway

Written and illustrated by one of my Storm Literary Agency sisters, Fiona Halliday, this is a book to be treasured by adults and children alike.

Stay tuned for a Perfect Picture Book Friday review of the book and a Will Write for Cookies Q&A with Fiona later this week.

The book launches today and is available on Amazon and in bookstores everywhere!

And, if you leave a comment, you will be entered into the giveaway to win a copy of NUMENIA AND THE HURRICANE! Also, don’t forget to come back on Friday and Saturday and you can comment on those posts and get another entry ticket in the giveaway hat!!!! Also, please share on social media for extra chances to win. When you share on social media, you extend the circle of people who will discover this beautiful book!

Enjoy the week, my friends. I’m in Chicago at the moment, getting read to do an Author Night presentation for my granddaughter’s school, the Lycee Francais…sharing my new picture book, MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe, illustrated by Alleanna Harris and published by Little Bee Books.

Happy Book Birthday: PATRICIA’S VISION Plus Giveaway

I hope you’ve been exercising your vocal chords becasue we are going to have quite a few books that will need the Happy Birthday song this year! And this one is the first for 2020…and for me, a very important one. That’s because I’ve had quite a few eye surgeries over the past 20 years…and if it weren’t for Dr. Patricia Bath, I might not be able to read or write picture book stories. So, I’m thrilled to join the chorus for Michelle Lord’s newest picture book. AND, it’s illustrated by one of my favorite artists, Alleanna Harris. Author Michelle is generously donating a copy of this beautiful book as a giveaway, so, don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered.

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Happy Book Birthday: THE SYLVIE SERIES Plus Giveaway

Put your hands together, my friends…and get ready to sing a rousing Happy Book Birthday for not one, not two, not three, but FOUR books by author Ali Bovis that are launching today! It’s a fabulous series for kids ages 7-11.

We all know how important it is to encourage kids to cherish the planet…and we also know how important it is for books to showcase diverse heroes. Plus we’re all fans of #amightygirl books, right? Well, hold on to your hats, because Continue reading

Happy Book Birthday: GOODNIGHT BUBBALA Plus GIVEAWAY

Put on your party hat! And join the fun! It’s time to celebrate and sing Happy Birthday to a brand new book!

Goodnight bubbala coverGOODNIGHT BUBBALA

Written by Sheryl Haft

Illustrated by Jill Weber

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers (October 15, 2019)

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