Look what just arrived in the mail—a box of author copies for My Little Golden Book About the White House! I love that the Little Golden Book series now includes nonfiction books like this one. The art by Viviana Garafoli is so inviting and fun. Doesn’t it look great alongside My Little Golden Book About the Statue of Liberty?
Kidlit librarian and reviewer Betsy Bird conducted a poll on readers' all-time favorite board books, and Besos for Baby made the list, in the #40 spot! I'm so excited and honored to see it up there with books by Margaret Wise Brown, Dr. Seuss, and Sandra Boynton!
Click here to read about Besos for Baby and the other great board books selected!
Wow! A piece of art from Sleep Tight, Snow White was selected to hang in the 2017 New York Society of Illustrators show! This is a huge honor for the illustrator, Lorena Alvarez, and an absolute thrill for me, too. I had to check it out!
Yes, that's my name, right there on the wall!
Sleep Tight, Snow White is out, and on Saturday, Inkwood Books hosted a wonderful fairy tale pajama party book launch for it! There was a blanket fort, mushroom cupcakes, fruit magic wands, and kids got to make breakfast necklaces.
For more ideas, check out this Pinterest page.
You can get Random House's educator's guide for Lady Liberty's Holiday for free! It includes some really fun activities. My favorite is the one that asks kids to think of a new place in America for Liberty to visit and draw a picture of her going there.
Want it now? Click here.
Wow, the cover is for Sleep Tight, Snow White is just gorgeous! It's coming to bookstores in October. I'm looking forward to pajama party book signings!
Here's one of the interior spreads. I just love how beautifully diverse this book is!
I'm so proud to be participating in PiBoIdMo for the second time (and now PiBoIdMo is called Storystorm). This blog post is all about how you can find inspiration by changing up your perspective. It also prominently features Pringles. Intrigued? Click here.
I can't believe that the Huffington Post even noticed Marta Big and Small, let alone named it an Honorable Mention in their Best of Perspective category in the Best Picture Books of 2016 list! Want to see it for yourself? Click this link and scroll down until you see a cat made of lots of dots.
Knopf has put together a fabulous poster for Lady Liberty's Holiday! The front features my absolute favorite spread from the book while the back has great classroom activities, like creating your own "Missing" poster for the Statue of Liberty and coming up with a new place for Lady Liberty to visit. Love it!
Check it out! Here's the cover for Lady Liberty's Holiday, coming to bookstores near you in May!
And look at how terrific the rest of the cover is, too, with the flaps and the back cover . . .
Hooray! Knopf will be publishing my new picture book Sleep Tight, Snow White in 2017! Mother Goose meets the Brothers Grimm as different fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters--from Snow White to Little Boy Blue--get ready for bedtime.
Wow! Not only did Scholastic Book Clubs feature 100 Snowmen as their Book of the Month for January in the SeeSaw book club, but they also created a three-page activity booklet! I particularly love the counting by 1s, 2s, and 5s page. Click here to see all the activities.
I found out yesterday that Besos for Baby has been selected for the Texas Library Association's 2015 2 x 2 Reading List! It's a list of recommended titles for kids from age 2 to 2nd grade--kind of the little sister list to the Texas Bluebonnet Award. I'm so excited. Thank you, Texas librarians!
For Day 7 of PiBoIdMo, I wrote a guest post on inspiration, inspired by George Stanley, an author I worked with as an editor. George always came up with great ideas for kids books, and in his honor, I came up with "The George Stanley Idea Generator," a shortcut to mashing up topics to find new picture book ideas! Check out the PiBoIdMo blog post here.
Last Thursday I got to share a table at the Jamaica Center Kids Reading Series with Angela Dominguez, who's illustrating my upcoming bilingual picture book Marta Big and Small! Angela is super-talented and has written and illustrated several fantastic books, including Maria Had a Little Llama, which won a Pura Belpré Honor. I'm so excited to see her art for Marta! Click here to check out Angela's website.
You've heard of NaNoWriMo, right? Well, PiBoIdMo is the picture book version--authors are challenged to come up with one picture book idea for every day of the month of November. This year I'll definitely be participating, AND I'm even guest blogging for the event on Day 7! For more information and to register, click here.