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


Art ©Priscilla Alpaugh 

For free resources from children's authors and illustrators, and a fun way for artists of every age to have fun, visit Sarah S. Brannen here:

School Canceled?

Need some fun activities for your day? Find  a list of craft and reading links here!

Canceled event

The Saturday, March 21, 2020 Story Time at Flyleaf Books has been canceled

But you can still order  The Stars Just Up the Street  from Flyleaf Books

A lovely picture book for children 4-8The Wall Street Journal

Book Birthdays!


Whirlikids Bookfest Featured Picture Book Creators

 E.B. Goodale & Sue Soltis – Fearrington Village:
Chapel Hill author Sue Soltis will present her latest, The Stars Just Up the Street.

Mabel loves stars. She counts five from her window and thirty-seven from her backyard. But her grandfather tells her that, as a child, he could see thousands. Could it be true? Mabel climbs a hill looking for more stars — only to discover that the glow from the nearby town makes them hard to see. What would it take for her neighbors to turn off their lights, just for one night, so that everyone could see the starlit sky? With gorgeous illustrations by Christine Davenier, you’ll be sure and look to stars after reading!

Artwork  by Christine Davenier, The Stars Just Up the Street by Sue Soltis

Whirlikids Bookfest Saturday, March 7th, 2020




Story Time with Sue Soltis, author of the Starts Just Up the Street canceled

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 11:00am
Flyleaf Books  752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Chapel Hill, NC27514

Shine, Baby, Shine

Shine, Baby, Shine
by Leslie Staub, illustrated by Lori Nichols

A perfect gift for new parents, grandparents, caregivers, or siblings, this evocative picture book celebrates the boundless, universal love that a baby brings into the world.

The birth of a new baby brings joy and profound meaning into its family and the world around them. An ordinary day in the lives of four diverse families is made extraordinary by the love their newest family member both gives and inspires. Readers will see a reflection of their own caring relationships in Leslie Staub’s joyful writing and Lori Nichols’s brilliant, shining illustrations. This inspirational book is an ode to the tender love that babies give and receive and reminds families everywhere always to make time to cherish and love each other. -- Boyds Mills Press

"A picture-book celebration of babies and their individuality. Smooth cartoon illustrations with stardustlike detailing depict... characters (recurring) throughout the book, the ever…