I’m sure all of you have favorite authors and illustrators. And when they have a new book coming out, you can’t wait to read it, right? Well, one of my favorite illustrators is Molly Ruttan – and when I found out that her author/illustrator debut picture book was launching in February of 2023, I couldn’t wait to share it with you all. [Correction: not sure how I missed Molly’s 2020 book, THE STRAY. That was her author/illustrator debut – but all that means is there is more Molly Ruttan goodness in the world!)


Written and illustrated by Molly Ruttan – Published by Nancy Paulsen Books – February 2023
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COVER REVEAL: The Yellow Áo Dài

Growing up, I shared a small bedroom with my older sister. Most of the time, everything was arranged the way she wanted it. But the day after she got married, I bought a can of yellow paint at the hardware store and covered the walls of MY room with the color of sunshine and happiness. When I first saw Hanh Bui’s manuscript, The Yellow Áo Dài, it took me back to that moment. What a joy it has been to be a small part of the path to publication of this beautiful story and what an honor to participate in the cover reveal.

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Cover Reveal: BRAINSTORM! Plus Giveaway

Revealing the cover of a picture book is like when the curtain is lifted off an important piece of art at a museum. We get a peek at the creative process that has been ongoing for a year or more with input from editor, art director, and perhaps even the author. We gaze at the brilliance that teamwork generates.

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