Cover Reveal: OUR WORLD: CHINA

I’ve always loved board books. As a kindergarten teacher and then later as a parent, I learned to appreciate those sturdy laminated cardboard pages that could hold up to the rough handling of our youngest lovers of stories. And recently, publishers are waking up to the realization that introducing wee ones to people of various cultures and abilities early on is one way to help children embrace differences and practice kindness, That’s why when Songju Ma Daemicke, one of the members my Picture Book Gold group, told me she had a board book launching from Barefoot Books later this year, I was excited to host her COVER REVEAL for OUR WORLD CHINA.

Written by Songju Ma Daemicke – Illustrated by Jam Dong – Launching from Barefoot Books 10/3/23

Illustrator Jam Dong has done an amazing job with the cover! The colors are bold and vibrant and the art is so kid-friendly! With a few simple objects and designs, we are invited into a home in China! How fabulous!

Here’s a little bit about the book from the Amazon sales page:
Nǐ hǎo! Let’s spend a day in China! Fly kites in the square, buy sweet lychee at the market and go paddle boating at the lake. Author Songju Ma Daemicke and illustrator Jam Dong draw on their personal experiences growing up in China to create this appealing board book as part of the Our World Series for very young readers.

And here’s a little bit about the author:
SONGJU MA DAEMICKE, a former software engineer with Motorola, grew up in Jilin, China. Her latest book, Tu Youyou’s Discovery – Finding a Cure for Malaria, is a 2023 SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books finalist. Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant was a Best STEM book, the winner of 2018 CALA Best Juvenile Literature, an Outstanding Science Trade book, a Notable-Social-Studies book, and a Mathical Honor Book. Songju loves taking her family to visit her siblings in China, practicing Tai Chi, flying kites, and eating all kinds of delicious dumplings.
Twitter: @SongjuDaemicke
Instagram: @SongjuDaemicke

And here’s a little bit about the illustrator:
Jam Dong is an illustrator and picture book author, who has been recognized by many influential awards around the world. Her works have been selected by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2020, 2021 and 2022. She was born and raised in Shanghai, China, and is currently based in Boston, USA.

The book won’t be in bookstores till October 3rd…but it’s definitely available for PRE-ORDER on:
Or by calling your local independent bookstore and ordering it.
You can also ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.
Please add Our World: China to your Goodreads Want-To-Read list:
Signed copies available at Barnes & Noble through mail order:

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Please stop by on Perfect Picture Book Friday to get a peek at our featured book, ENOUGH IS by Jessica Whipple. And on Saturday when Lori Degman and Jocelyn Watkinson Will Write for Cookies.

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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Helen Wu and Songju Ma Daemicke: Will Write for Cookies and COVID-19



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I’m thrilled to welcome these two talented women! People say that when you need something done, find the busiest people and ask them…they will know how to get things done. And that is definitely the case here. We are in the middle of an unprecedented situation and kids and parents need information about COVID-19. Books are a fabulous way to help kids learn about stuff…but how do you get a book out there QUICKLY?

Enter Helen and Songju. They collaborated and produced a wonderful book that they are offering as a FREE download to EVERYONE! WOW! And guess what? Today, right here on Will Write for Cookies, they are providing Continue reading