Farewell, Dear Blog

I started this blog 8 years, 7 months, and 14 days ago (that’s 3,151 days if you’re counting). Today, I’ve decided to officially stop updating this site (fwiw, I’ve only posted twice in the past three years, so this shouldn’t come as much of a shock). This will be my 152nd … and final blog post.

If you’d like to stay connected, here’s how you can find me now:

Looking back at these last 8+ years, it’s been pretty amazing.

I signed with a literary agent and sold 22 picture books, 15 of which are available now:

One of which is available for preorder:

Two of which you can mark “Want to Read” on goodreads right here,

And four more of which have yet to be announced (SHH! It’s a secret!)

I visited (and virtually visited) 794 schools, libraries, bookstores, conferences, and festivals.

I made a handful of book trailers

And got a little grayer (or is it greyer? or more gray? I should ask a writer).

Regarding the blog, my first post was Sunday’s Poetry Exchange.

My most liked & shared post was How to Buy a Picture Book (without Buying a Picture Book).

And my most viewed post of all time was Don’t Write in Rhyme, which is ironic because more than half of my books are written in rhyme (I wonder if people who stumble across my site when searching for rhyming picture book advice realize this).

And that pretty much wraps it up. Thanks for hanging out. I’ll be seeing you around … everywhere but here.

Farewell.

Your pal,

Josh

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This blog is now officially defunked.

Short & Sweet: The Newest Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast Is Almost Here!

Dear friends,

​I love independent bookstores. So for the release of Short & Sweet, I’m teaming up with them to give YOU exclusive swag – four collectors’ cards AND an autographed bookplate. All you have to do is preorder your copy from any of the stores listed here.

​What’s Short & Sweet about? It’s the 4th adventure of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, in which Pancake and Toast fear they’re going stale, visit Professor Biscotti whose faulty gadget transforms them into toddlers, which sends them on an adventure in the refrigerator.

I’ve partnered with over 75 indie bookstores across the U.S. – so reach out to your nearest one and preorder today – and pick up your swag along with the book when it releases in September!

So find your favorite bookstore from the list below and preorder Short & Sweet – bon appétit!

​Your pal,
Josh

​P.S. Feel free to order more books from your indie bookshop while you’re at it.

10th Book Celebration!

Hi, friends! I feel like it’s pretty crazy that I can say this, but on March 1st – next Friday – my TENTH book will be released. It’s Not Hansel and Gretel is the second book in the It’s Not a Fairy Tale series, illustrated by Edwardian Taylor.

Available at:

Indiebound B&N Amazon

There’s even a Giveaway going on at Goodreads if you’d like to enter.

If you’re in the Boston area on Saturday, March 9th, I’d love for you to help celebrate the release of this new book – along with all nine of my previous ones.

Starting at 11am Belmont Books (in Belmont, Massachusetts), I’ll be reading and signing all of my books – and *there will be free food* – from gingerbread to pancakes to picnics to taco salads, I’ll be sharing the foods from all of my books (or maybe I’ll just bring a last minute box of cookies)!

Feel free to pass this invite along to all of your family, friends, students, teachers, and all of the booklovers in your life.

I’m incredibly honored to have been able to publish ten books and have you be a part of my journey. I’d love to celebrate this milestone with you.

The Breakfast Club Is Back – with Mission Defrostable

Hey, friends! Last week Mission Defrostable was released!

That’s right, Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast are back and bready for their next adventure! Can they save the fridge before all the food is iced?

Available wherever books are sold!

                         


Hey, librarians & booksellers! If you want one of these Always Stay Hungry for Books Posters for your library or bookshopjust fill out THIS google form and I’ll send one your way!

   

While supplies last.

US only.


To celebrate the release, in the past few weeks Mission Defrostable was named to the Indie Kids’ Next List, I traveled to Texas and met my cardboard-self, encountered a giant lighted sign with my head on it at a conference in Florida, signed all the books in the Concord Bookshop, and also visited the NYPL to celebrate the launch of my other fall release, Lost in the Library.


Where I’ll Be Next

Josh Funk Mission Defrostable Fall 2018 Tour

Two for You

1. The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful written by Nancy Tupper Ling & illustrated by & Andrea Offerman
2. The Spy Who Played Baseball written by Carrie Jones & illustrated by Gary Cherrington

Mission Defrostable Preorder #Giveaway Winners

A few months back, I offered a Massive Preorder Giveaway Contest for Mission Defrostable, the third adventure in the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series.

_Mission Defrostable

The book came out this past Tuesday, so today I’m announcing the winners!

The Grand Prize Winner who will receive signed copies of all NINE of my books is …

Michelle W

The 10 Lucky First Prize Winners who get swag packs Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast memorabilia are …

  1. Julie V
  2. Kimberly M
  3. April S
  4. Kristine M
  5. Andrea U
  6. Susan K
  7. Stephanie H
  8. Shelly H
  9. Janet N
  10. Jess R

Congrats! And everyone else who entered will get a little something in the mail from me in the coming weeks! (note: if you did not tell me your address, I will not be able to mail you anything)

But there’s more! If you didn’t enter, you can *still* be a winner! Pick up a copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #3: Mission Defrostable at your local bookstore and enjoy all the excitement the story has to offer!

Bon appétit

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

1. Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs written by Melissa Stewart & illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

2. Rock What Ya Got written by Samantha Berger & illustrated by Kerascoët