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!

Cover Reveal: TU YOUYOU’S DISCOVERY: Finding a Cure for Malaria

My sister used to call me Pollyanna because I always found something to be glad about. Our recent health crisis has negatively impacted so many people – and perhaps you might feel that there couldn’t be anything positive. But just about a year ago, I got to connect with two amazing kid-lit people, author and editor Helen Wu and author/illustrator Songju Daemicke when I hosted them for a Will Write for Cookies post to share about their book on Covid-19. So, when I discovered that Songju has an amazing nonfiction picture book launching later this year, I knew I’d want to tell the world about it. And guess what?



Written by Songju Ma Daemicke – Illustrated by Lin – Published by Albert Whitman – Launching October 1, 2021
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Cover Reveal: POET, PILGRIM, REBEL: The Story of Anne Bradstreet, America’s First Published Poet PLUS Giveaway

WOW! When author Katie Williams told me about her upcoming book, I was thrilled! What a perfect book for Women’s History Month – a story about America’s first published poet…who was a WOMAN!!! It’s an honor to reveal the cover of POET, PILGRIM, REBEL


Written by Katie Munday Williams – Illustrated by Tania Rex – Published by Beaming Books
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