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Book Birthday (moved to November)

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November --You Poop Here

Plum Creek Online Art Auction 2020

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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!  https://www.32auctions.com/organizations/26185/auctions/82941/auction_items/2340689?v=1&fbclid=IwAR1HjVSAjGk4QhjNINs-8FGW_SVdLxD5-JRqcimpFgK7oTIySjSNtWCKMI0

Congrats to the featured illustrators for Original Art 2020!

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

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

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  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'

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  (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 beautifully...it’s a delight, just like everything else in this expertly executed picture book." https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/alice-b-mcginty/a-story-for-small-bear/ Congratulations Alice and Richard!

Book Birthday!

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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 a     reward 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 everywhere   she 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, where   the 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 Ka

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 . https://www.theinnovationpress.com/your-name-is-a-song

July Book Birthdays and Reviews!

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A Perfect Day A sweet, simple friendship story buoyed by sophisticated art. -- Kirkus   https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/sarah-s-brannen/a-perfect-day-brannen/ Your Name is a Song A delightful celebration. -- Kirkus (starred!)   https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jamilah-thompkins-bigelow/your-name-is-a-song/ 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--   https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-5362-0743-9 Tender and sweet comfort.-- Kirkus  https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/julie-fortenberry/pearl-goes-to-preschool/ My Stinky Summer by S. Bug (A Nature Diary) Ew! Here’s an enticing critter children won’t soon forget. -- Kirkus  https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/paul-meisel/my-stinky-summer-s-bug/

It's International Women In Engineering Day

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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. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/science-technology/engineering/women-in-engineering/?fbclid=IwAR37FGaYHavKocMgVC0jQn7iurXKCePzmMXtr9k2sCe8iO-QnhHRd2-Smds 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

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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 Books .  It'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...

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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: www.candlewick.com  

Learn Ballet, Just Like Pearl!

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

A Richard Scarry Update

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What Do People Do All Day?

Spring 2020

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Books about the great outdoors  curated by the folks at  Imaginary Pages https://imaginarypages.com/home/

Congratulations to Laurie Wallmark!

Laurie's book   Hedy 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.  https://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/… You can hear Laurie reading  Hedy Lamarr's Double Life  at https://youtu.be/CRW_JAUXpjY

May Book Birthdays!

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A Kirkus Starred review!  Praise for Uncle Bobby's Wedding! The Sea Knows We are young. The sea is old. The sea has secrets to unfold. The sea knows.

Looking for artistic inspiration?

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Watch illustrator Rob Dunlavey at work  https://youtu.be/Cf64h9KWbRE Rob is the illustrator of  In the Woods  written by   David Elliott   Illustration by Rob Dunlavey from In the Woods

Praise for The Stars Just Up the Street

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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 visit   http://www.northsomersetteachersbookaward.com/blog/2020/4/9/the-stars-just-up-the-street?fbclid=IwAR0KMDWBRsWt4CKENMQdhXuwwlnbNuJUJ42SaA4D0Zw-mkkjdwMDA4YIzJQ

Pearl Goes to Preschool, by Julie Fortenberry | Booklist Online

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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. REVIEW. First published April 15, 2020 (Booklist). Books For Youth - Fiction - General Fiction Sketch for Pearl Goes to Preschool

****MAURICE SENDAK EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND ****

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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." https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Maurice-Sendak-Emergency-Relief-Fund

A note from Laurie Wallmark

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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 Books   Liza Fleissig   Yevgenia Nayberg   # WomenInSTEM   # GirlsInSTEM   # STEM   # 2020VisionPBs   # 20TruePBs   # STEAMTeam2020   KidLit Authors Club   https://lauriewallmark.com/misc/Sophie%20blogtour.php

Praise for Pearl Goes to Preschool

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From Kirkus   https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/julie-fortenberry/pearl-goes-to-preschool/ And  Booklist   https://www.booklistonline.com/Pearl-Goes-to-Preschool-Julie-Fortenberry/pid=9733873 Ready for preorder here:  https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781536207439

Women In STEM

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 Author Interview with Laurie Wallmark, and Giveaway

Book Birthdays Scheduled for April

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The Big Bang Book https://lernerbooks.com/shop/show/19648 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

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"A sweet, simple friendship story buoyed by sophisticated art." Kirkus Reviews  www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews

News From The Happy Side

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Alice B. McGinty & Alan B. Havis have a new website--   http://www.NewsFromTheHappySide.com 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

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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:  https://www.candlewick.com/book_files/1536207438.kit.1.pdf

From Mom Read It

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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

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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  www.scbwi.org Digital Directory for Remote Learning

That Time Our Books Debuted During a Pandemic

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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

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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

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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. https://sleepingbearpress.com/products/11847/teaching_guides

Update from Sarah S. Brannen

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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, at   The Silver Unicorn Bookstore , but you can find all of them at   http://indiebound.org.