My 2017-18 School Year in Review

During the 2017-18 school year (which, I’m defining as ending on June 30th – therfore, beginning today, on July 1st), a lot of fun stuff happened.

Three books I wrote were released:

I had readings, signings, & events at:

  • 11 Public Libraries
  • 11 Conferences & Festivals
  • 16 Book Stores

I visited 108 schools

  • 8 in-person visits
  • 99 virtual visits
    • one of the visits was a double-visit – two school in the same districut skyped in at the same time

Dear Dragon was named a 2018/19 Missouri Association of Librarians (MASL) Show Me Award Nominee AND a 2018/19 Indiana Library Federation (ILF) Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee.

It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk was named to the 2018 Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) Picture This Recommendation List.

How to Code a Sandcastle was selected to the 2018 Summer Indie Next List by the American Booksellers Association.

And for 2018-19 … who knows what’ll happen? Have a fabulous summer everyone!

(don’t forget about the *big* MISSION DEFROSTABLE preorder giveaway – details available here:  https://mailchi.mp/2d7e5b10c2c6/the-great-mission-defrostable-pre-order-giveaway)

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Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

1. Iver & Ellsworth written by Casey Robinson & illustrated by Melissa Larson

2. 100 Bugs! A Counting Book written by Kate Narita & illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

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Mission Defrostable Giveaway & On My Way to ALA!

Two weeks ago, I revealed the musical book trailer for Mission Defrostable, the 3rd Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast adventure!

And last week via my newsletter, I announced a …

Massive Preorder Giveaway

  • One Grand Prize Winner will receive signed copies of all NINE of my Books!
  • 10 Lucky First Prize Winners will get swag packs from all three books in the series!
  • EVERYONE who enters will get exclusive signed memorabilia!

How do I enter? (easy as 1-2-3)

  1. Pre-order MISSION DEFROSTABLE.
  2. Snap a picture of your receipt.
  3. Email the picture (and your snail mail address) to:

joshfunkbooks+giveaway [at] gmail [dot] com

*** Bonus: Your entry counts double if you pre-order from
an independent or brick-and-mortar bookstore ***

Wait, what’s the book about?

From the publisher: Brrr! There’s a frost in the fridge—and it’s hardened Pudding Pond and frozen Yogurt Falls. Agent Asparagus is on the case, and she begs Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast to join her superspy team. But when the enemy snatches Asparagus, Pancake and French Toast have only one man to turn to for help: the evil Baron von Waffle! Will he help them save the fridge . . . or are they doomed to become frozen food? Our favorite breakfast food friends are back and all bready for their next chilling adventure!

Where I’ll Be Next – ALA New Orleans Edition

Are you heading to ALA’s Annual Summer Conference in New Orleans this week? So am I! Here’s where I’ll be – come and say hello!

Three for You

1. Adventures to School: Real Life Journeys of Students from Around the World written by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul & illustrated by Isabel Muñoz.

2. Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished written by Camille Andros & illustrated by Brianne Farley

3. Hoot and Peep written and illustrated by Lita Judge

Learn How to Code a Sandcastle – Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, May 15th, 2018, my 7th book, How to Code a Sandcastle, will be released!
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How to Code a Sandcastle is the first in a series of picture books about coding, which, if you didn’t know, is my day job. I’m a software engineer, and have been for my entire “adult” life. Writing for children is a more recent endeavor.

What’s How to Code a Sandcastle about?

All summer, Pearl has been trying to build the perfect sandcastle, but out-of-control Frisbees and mischievous puppies keep getting in the way! Pearl and her robot friend Pascal have one last chance, and this time, they’re going to use code to get the job done. Using fundamental computer coding concepts like sequences and loops, Pearl and Pascal are able to break down their sandcastle problem into small, manageable steps. If they can create working code, this could turn out to be the best beach day ever!

What are people saying about How to Code a Sandcastle?

“Josh Funk has written a smart, engaging, and easy-to-follow book about coding that easily explains the subject to readers of all ages. Add a fun beach setting as we head into summer and amazing illustrations by Sara Palacios, and it’s a perfect equation for success.” – an Indie Next List selection by the American Booksellers Association (review by Holland Saltsman of The Novel Neighbor)

“An excellent, age-appropriate introduction to the world of coding. Highly recommended.” – School Library Journal

“[T]his painless introduction to coding basics will engage, entertain, and educate audiences.” – Booklist

“An accessible introduction to coding rules that also easily entertains.” – Kirkus Reviews

What do I do now?

Now, you pick up a copy of How to Code a Sandcastle at any of the following bookstores for anyone ane everyone who either might want to be a coder someday or just likes entertaining picture books!

                         

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

1. Twilight Chant written by Holly Thompson & illustrated by Jen Betton

2. Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship written by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes & illustrated by Scott Magoon

 

Happy (Book) Birthday, Albie Newton

Today, May 1st, 2018, my 6th book, Albie Newton, hits shelves – and I’d love for you to celebrate with me!

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What’s Albie Newton about?

Meet Albie Newton: child genius. He’s a whiz at inventing things. But is he inventive enough to figure out how to make friends?

“Part ode to creativity, part reminder to be a conscientious classmate, this title will find its niche in elementary STEM collections and classrooms everywhere.”—School Library Journal

“This engaging tale offers messages about being oneself, accepting differences, and forging friendships.” —Publishers Weekly

“Funk’s playful, rhyming descriptions of his impressive toddlerhood feats immediately land this story in the realm of tall tales. . . . Throughout, Garay’s colorful, digital, cartoon illustrations match the text’s silly, humorous tone.” —Kirkus Reviews

Check out the book trailer here:

How can you celebrate Albie Newton‘s book birthday with Josh?
  • Tweet a picture of the cover (don’t forget to tag me, @joshfunkbooks)!
  • Request that your local library order a copy!
  • Review it on Goodreads or Amazon!
  • Share Albie Newton all over social media, in your neighborhood coffee shop, or with strangers on the street!
  • Download and print the *Free* Albie Newton Activity Kit right here!
  • Come to the Albie Newton Book Launch at Blue Bunny Books on Saturday, May 12th (see below)!
  • And consider buying the Albie Newton all for yourself (and a second copy for your kids) – it’s available at all of the booksellers below:
                         

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

1. You Know What? written by Carol Gordon Ekster & illustrated by Nynke Mare Talsma

2. What If … written by Samantha Berger & illustrated by Mike Curato

Mission Defrostable!

Mission Defrostable, the 3rd book in the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, has a cover!!! I’m so excited about this book! It’s the best one  yet!

_Mission Defrostable

Check out the full cover reveal over at Margie Myers-Culver’s website, including a short interview with the author (that’s me).

Mission Defrostable, illustrated brilliantly once again by Brendan Kearney, and published by Sterling Children’s will be served on 9.4.18 – but you can put your order in for it right now at every bookseller everywhere!

                              

Where I’ll Be Next

 

Two for You

1. The Breaking News written & illustrated by Sarah Lynne Reul

 

2. Alfie written & illustrated by Thyra Heder

Global Read Aloud Finalist

I’ve got incredible news this week! I am one of the finalists for the 2018 Global Read Aloud Picture Book Study. And you can help vote!

What’s the Global Read Aloud? Well, in short, for every age group, a book is picked that classrooms across the globe read aloud and then use to connect over Twitter, Skype, etc. with others reading the same book (in the case of picture books, an author, illustrator, or author/illustrator is picked to have many of their books read). Founded by Pernille Ripp in 2010, the Global Read Aloud has millions of participants across 80 countries annually.

(Note for all teachers out there – GRA is an incredible experience – you should totally look into it. Details are here.)

What does being a finalist mean? It means that YOU can help select which of the following picture book creators will have their books read aloud to classrooms across the globe in 2018. The finalists include:

  • A combination of Julie Flett and Monique Gray Smith.
  • Christian Robinson
  • Pat Zietlow Miller
  • Josh Funk*
  • Dan Santat

I’m incredibly honored to be on a list with these amazing artists. To be honest, it’s a bit surreal.

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With all that said, I encourage you to head over to the Global Read Aloud website and vote for your favorite!

* That’s me.

Where I’ll Be Next

 

Two Four for You

1. My Heart Fills with Happiness / Ni Miyawaten Niteh Ohcih written by Monique Gray Smith & illustrated by Julie Flett

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2. Sophie’s Sqaush writtenby Pat Zietlow Miller & illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

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3. Gaston written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by Christian Robinson

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4. The Three Ninja Pigs written by Corey Rosen Schwartz & illustrated by Dan Santat

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Lions, Inventions, and Books!

In the past week, I received some fun mail! First came Advanced Reader Editions* of Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude (illustrated by Stevie Lewis, published by Henry Holt / Macmillan, available on 8.28.18).

I’m giving away five copies on Twitter (Retweet or Quote Tweet the above by Monday, 2.19 to enter). See more about Lost in the Library in my last post here.

(Wanna know a secret? You can even see some of the incredible interior art at Macmillan’s site here! Shh! Don’t tell anyone!)

Then, came my first final copy of Albie Newton (illustrated by Ester Garay, published by Sterling, available 5.1.18):

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I’m so excited to share this book! Albie Newton is a creative whiz. On his first day of school, he attempts to make friends – but he doesn’t necessarily understand the other children’s social cues and ends up causing lots of problems without realizing it.

It’s my sincere hope that this book acts as a mirror and window for many children and classrooms who need it.

All four of my 2018 picture book releases – including How to Code a Sandcastle and the third installment of the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, Mission Defrostable (cover coming soon) – are now available for pre-order. I can’t wait to share them all with you!

 

Where I’ll Be Next

 

Two for You

1. Bear and Chicken written & illustrated by Jannie Ho

2. Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong’s Life in Jazz written by Mara Rockliff & illustrated by Michele Wood

 

*Advanced Reader Editions (or ARE’s) are Macmillans’ advanced copies of books. Most publishers create F&G’s (which stands for Folded & Gathered) when creating advanced copies of picture books – which do not have staples. Because Macmillan uses staples, they are more than just ‘folded and gathered’ – requiring a different name. But for all intents and purposes they serve the same function.