Plum Creek Online Art Auction 2020

Bid on this print from Pearl Goes to Preschool and help a great cause~
Bidding begins this Sunday, September 27th, for the 5th Annual Plum Creek Online Art Auction! 200 works of art are being auctioned off to support the continuing the festival's high quality programming throughout 2021 and many years to come. 100% of the proceeds benefit the festival. Bid high, bid often, and share widely!

Congrats to the featured illustrators for Original Art 2020!

Click to see the Original Art illustrators and books congratulations to authors Alice B. McGinty, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, and Karen English

Praise for 'Pearl Goes to Preschool' from the School Library Journal

Yay! "Pearl narrates; her three-year-old's voice is precocious and sweet. The illustrations are just as gentle as the story; though rendered digitally, they look like well-executed watercolors. Mom is chic and stylish, and Pearl is adorable with a mop of short curly black hair... VERDICT A recommended purchase for back-to-school collections."

A starred review for 'A Story for Small Bear'

(Random House/Schwartz and Wade, Oct 13, 2020)"McGinty’s rhythmic prose and absolute mastery of pace elevate a simple story to something poetically potent. Jones’ deeply textured illustrations make every spruce sprig and, especially, the bears’ fur stand out’s a delight, just like everything else in this expertly executed picture book."

Congratulations Alice and Richard!

Book Birthday!

by Karen English
illustrations by Ebony Glenn

Red Shoes follows a pair of red shoes from the original owner, a little girl in the United States, to a little girl in West Africa.It’s a gift from her aunt as areward for fasting every other day during the month of Ramadan. (Children are often introduced to the fast of Ramadan in this very voluntary way.)  --Karen English

Malika is delighted when Nana surprises her with a beautiful new pair of red shoes! And with a click-clack-click and a swish, swish, swish, Malika wears her wonderful new shoes everywhereshe goes. But one day, the shoes begin to pinch Malika's toes. And alas, they don't let her forget that her feet have grown! Soon Malika and Nana are off to the Rare Finds Resale Shop, wherethe shoes can be resold -- so another little girl can enjoy them! --Publisher

3 - 5 years Preschool - Kindergarten 32 pages Scholastic Inc. (September 15, 2020) ISBN-10: 1338114603 ISBN-13: 978-1338114607
About Karen English
I am the author of twenty-thr…

Your Name is a Song -- TV Interview!

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is interviewed on Good Day Weekend about her new book. Here she talks about the beautiful sounds of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names, and the importance of children seeing themselves reflected in picture books.  Watch the interview here.

Your Name is a Song is illustrated by Luisa Uribe.

July Book Birthdays and Reviews!

A Perfect Day
A sweet, simple friendship story buoyed by sophisticated art. --Kirkus

Your Name is a Song
A delightful celebration. --Kirkus (starred!)
Read an interview with Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow at WATCH. CONNECT. READ.

Pearl Goes to Preschool

This charming antidote to preschool anxiety contains a deftly measured dose of sweetness.
Publishers Weekly--
Tender and sweet comfort.--Kirkus

My Stinky Summer by S. Bug (A Nature Diary)
Ew! Here’s an enticing critter children won’t soon forget. --Kirkus

It's International Women In Engineering Day

Note From Laurie Wallmark:

Today is UNESCO's (an agency of the United Nations) International Women In Engineering Day.

Would you like to encourage a girl's interest in engineering? Why not read with her about the lives of women engineers, including my picture book biography, HEDY LAMARR'S DOUBLE LIFE?

Do you think of Hedy as only an actress? Well, think again. She coinvented the technology that keeps our electronic devices safe from hacking.

Published by Sterling Publishing
#WomenInSTEM 20/20 Vision PB's #20truePBs STEAM Team 2020 KidLit Authors Club Liza Fleissig 

Agent Interview: Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency

Ryan G. Van Cleave interviewed agent Steven Chudney a few weeks back. Steven is the agent of several of the authors on this blog.  

Read the interview on Ryan's blog, Only Picture BooksIt's very informative. I learned things about my agent I never knew. Thank you, Ryan!

Cover of Our Favorite Day, by Steven's client, author and illustrator, Joowon Oh.

Pearl Goes to Preschool...

out July 21. See a video dance lesson from Annie Fortenberry here!
 Candlewick Press will give you  free shipping on a preorder of 4 books or more.
Please use this link:

Learn Ballet, Just Like Pearl!

My daughter made a video for my new book, Pearl Goes to Preschool, out next month. You can preorder Pearl Goes to Preschool at

A Richard Scarry Update


Spring 2020

Books about the great outdoors curated by the folks at Imaginary Pages

Congratulations to Laurie Wallmark!

Laurie's bookHedy Lamarr's Double Life is a Cook Prize Honor Book, given by the Bank Street Center for Children's Literature. It honors the best #STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) picture books for ages 8 to 10.… You can hear Laurie reading Hedy Lamarr's Double Life at

May Book Birthdays!

A Kirkus Starred review! Praise for Uncle Bobby's Wedding!

The Sea KnowsWe are young. The sea is old. The sea has secrets to unfold. The sea knows.

Looking for artistic inspiration?

Watch illustrator Rob Dunlavey at work

Rob is the illustrator of In the Woods written byDavid Elliott

Illustration by Rob Dunlavey from In the Woods

Praise for The Stars Just Up the Street

on the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award blog "A joyful story, full of love and hope, ‘The Stars Just Up the Street’ is both heartwarming and hopeful. We should all channel our inner Mabel and speak out for the beauty of our natural world." The Stars Just Up the Street by Sue Soltis, illustrated by Christine Davenier

Pearl Goes to Preschool, by Julie Fortenberry | Booklist Online

Pearl Goes to Preschool, by Julie Fortenberry | Booklist Online: Booklist Online Book Review:
Pearl Goes to Preschool.
Fortenberry, Julie (author).
Illustrated by the author

June 2020. 32p. Candlewick, $16.99 (9781536207439). PreS.
First published April 15, 2020 (Booklist).
Books For Youth - Fiction - General Fiction

Sketch for Pearl Goes to Preschool


The "Maurice Sendak Foundation has seeded a program that will provide one-time grants of up to $2,500 to children's picture book artists and writers."

A note from Laurie Wallmark

Since I had to cancel my launch party for NUMBERS IN MOTION: SOPHIE KOWALEVSKI, QUEEN OF MATHEMATICIAN, I thought you might want to visit my blog tour. You'll find interviews with me, podcasts, and articles on such topics as inspiration, math and perseverance, and my writing process. Creston BooksLiza FleissigYevgenia Nayberg#WomenInSTEM#GirlsInSTEM#STEM#2020VisionPBs#20TruePBs

Praise for Pearl Goes to Preschool


Women In STEM


Book Birthdays Scheduled for April

The Big Bang Book
In the Woods

Visit Seven Impossible Things to see a terrific behind-the-scenes look at illustrations for "In the Woods" by David Elliott.  
From Candlewick Press , in stores April 6.

Praise for A Perfect Day

"A sweet, simple friendship story buoyed by sophisticated art." Kirkus Reviews

News From The Happy Side

Alice B. McGinty & Alan B. Havis have a new website--

We hope you love the website! From there you can sign up for our News[letter] From the Happy Side and follow our Instagram. From quotes to images to thoughts, from blog posts to articles to book reviews, we are proud to release Happy to the world, especially at this time when we could all use some happy news! Please share with others!
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay happy,
Alice B. McGinty & Alan B. Havis 

Pearl Goes to Preschool pub date

The publishing date for Pearl Goes to Preschool has been moved to July 21st 2020. But you can still download a Pearl Paper Doll here:

From Mom Read It

Win a copy of The Stars Just Up the Street
by Sue Soltis and illustrated by Christine Davenier
Two copies available; there will be two winners!
More info here.

Digital Directory for Remote Learning Resources

From the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

"So many creators of children’s books have risen to the call for help from teachers and parents during the COVID-19 crisis by creating online materials that will entertain, instruct, and inspire children and young people. Some are reading their books and discussing them. Some have created mini-lessons on art or history or craft projects. Some are doing the equivalent of a school visit with a presentation and slide show. Below is a directory of what our published members are making available online."
Visit Digital Directory for Remote Learning

That Time Our Books Debuted During a Pandemic

That Time Our Books Debuted During a Pandemic
Elisa Boxer
"Of all the scenarios I had imagined for my debut book, its release during a global pandemic was not one of them." Read Elisa's blog here.

Rob Donlavey shares his illustration process

Visit Seven Impossible Things to see a terrific behind-the-scenes look at illustrations for "In the Woods" by David Elliott.  
From Candlewick Press  Pre-order now, in stores April 6.

A Note From Elisa Boxer

For teachers and parents who suddenly find yourselves homeschooling: Head on over to my publisher's website for a FREE, easy-to-download curriculum guide for THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE. Incorporates activities for ELA, math, science and social studies.

Update from Sarah S. Brannen

New pub date for Uncle Bobby's Wedding - it will be available May 12. Please, please order it from local independent bookstores, who need business like anything! I'll be doing the launch, virtual or real-life, atThe Silver Unicorn Bookstore, but you can find all of them at