My NCTE17 Schedule

Next week I’ll be attending the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. I’m really excited about taking part in several panels with some amazing book creators and educators.

Are you attending? If so, definitely stop by and say hi! Here’s my schedule:

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In other AMAZING news, The Case of the Stinky Stench made it to the Semifinal Round of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Picture Book of 2017!GR_The Case of the Stinky Stench

If you voted in the first round, thank you! If not, everyone gets to vote again in the Semifinal Round! So go vote now!

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Two for You

1. Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? written by Audrey Vernick & illustrated by Daniel Jennewein

2. Caring for Your Lion written by Tammi Sauer & illustrated by Troy Cummings

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Stinky Stench – Goodreads Best Picture Book Choice Awards Nominee

Incredible news came this week! The Case of the Stinky Stench is a nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Book of 2017! And YOU can help vote for the winner! (vote by clicking here)

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I’m incredibly honored and thrilled that The Case of the Stinky Stench has been nominated alongside these other 14 amazing books!

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So, if you’re on Goodreads, I encourage you to vote for your favorite picture book. And if you’re not on Goodreads, I suggest joining – and voting! Thanks!

 

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist written by Cynthia Levinson & illustrated by Vanessa Brantly Newton

2. The Book of Mistakes written & illustrated by Corinna Luyken

Double Covered

Next spring (in 2018), I’ve got two new books coming out: Albie Newton (5.1.18) and How to Code a Sandcastle (6.5.18). And in the past week, both covers were revealed!

Yesterday, Pernille Ripp (award-winning teacher, author, and founder of the Global Read Aloud) revealed the cover of Albie Newton, illustrated by Ester Garay.

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Mark to read on Goodreads or Pre-Order:  Indiebound   B&N   BAM   BookDepo   Chap/Indigo   Amazon

Last Thursday at School Library Journal, Fuse 8 – AKA Betsy Bird (author, editor, podcaster, librarian extraordinaire) revealed the cover of How to Code a Sandcastle, illustrated by Sara Palacios.

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Mark to Read on Goodreads or Pre-Order:  Indiebound   B&N   BAM   BookDepo   Chap/Indigo   Amazon

I can’t wait to share these books with next spring!

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Funny Girl edited by Betsy Bird

2. Passionate Readers written by Pernille Ripp

Mission: Defrostable

I honestly don’t know how I got here.

In 5 days, my 5th book hits shelves – It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk.

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Earlier this week, we announced a follow-up called It’s Not Hansel & Gretel, due in 2019.

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And today I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to announce a third book in the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series.

Mission: Defrostable

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Here’s the official announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace:

Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 8.50.58 AM.pngIt’s been a wild couple years. Thanks for all of the support. I can’t wait to share these books with you.

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Dogosaurus Rex written by Anna Staniszewski & illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

2. Hamsters Don’t Fight Fires! written by Andrew Root and illustrated by Jessica Olien

* Special thanks to Sterling for the adorable teaser image of MISSION: DEFROSTABLE!

Exclusive It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk Giveaway

In two weeks (on September 19th), my fifth book, It’s Not Jack in the Beanstalk will be released. To celebrate, I’m sending Exclusive Signed “Collector’s Card” Postcards to anyone* that pre-orders or orders** the book for themselves or their school/classroom/library/dentist-waiting-room/etc by October 1, 2017!

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Wait, what is this book even about? Here’s what the publisher has to say:

Jack is not fond of the bossy narrator of his fairy tale! When Jack is told to trade his beloved cow Bessie for some magic beans, throw the beans out the window, climb the ENORMOUS beanstalk that sprouts overnight, and steal from a GIANT, he decides this fairy tale is getting out of control. In fact, he doesn’t want to follow the story line at all. Who says Jack needs to enter a life of daring, thievery, and giant trickery? He takes his story into his own hands—and you’ll never guess what happens next!

With laugh-out-loud dialogue and bold, playful art (including hidden fairy tale creatures for kids to find), this Jack and the Beanstalk retelling will have children rolling with laughter till Bessie the cow comes home.

Now that you’re convinced, links to order are here:

Indiebound   B&N   Amazon   BAM!   Book Depository   Indigo/Chapters

Simply tell me where to mail the postcard once you’ve ordered your copy***. Please use this online google form (or the one embedded below). I promise I won’t share your address with anyone. Period.

* Open to US and CAN mailing addresses only.

** We’re using the #KidLit Honor System. Please don’t abuse.

*** If you already ordered it days/weeks/months ago, I’d be happy to send you a postcard. You don’t need to order another to be eligible (but you’ll probably want to).

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. What Makes a Monster? written by Jess Keating & illustrated by David DeGrand

2. Boo Who? written and illustrated by Ben Clanton

#pb10for10: Fairy Tales

Educators Mandy Robek & Cathy Mere have been running the #pb10for10 event for several years now. What’s #pb10for10? Well, you pick 10 picture books you simply can’t live without and share today, August 10th, with the hashtag #pb10for10 (see the official rules here). Share your own and check out all the others in the #pb10for10 Google Community.

pb 10 for 10 015I participated the last two years and loved it each time. My themes were Rhyming Picture Books in 2015 and Pirates, Dinosaurs, & Dragons in 2016 (you don’t need a theme, but sometimes it helps narrow down your choices when there are TONS of amazing picture books, it’s hard to narrow it down).

This year, I’m sharing my favorite Fairy Tale Picture Books because my next book, It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, comes out in just a few weeks – on 9.19.17:

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One note: I limited my choices to only one retelling per story. Without further ado, here are my ten.

1. Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar & Troy Cummings

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2. The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

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3. Snoring Beauty by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & Jane Manning

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4. Señorita Gordita by Helen Ketteman & Will Terry

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5. Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer & Josée Masse

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6. An Undone Fairy Tale by Ian Lendler & Whitney Martin

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7. The Three Cabritos by Eric A. Kimmel & Stephen Gilpin

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8. Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Rebecca J. Gomez, & Dan Santat

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9. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood & Meg Hunt

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10. Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl & Arthur Howard

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Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s favorite picture books, comment, and share in the #pb10for10 Google Community!

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Huge News! I Sold a Book! You Can Learn How to CODE a Sandcastle!

I’ve got incredible news to share! I sold a book called How To Code a Sandcastle to Viking/Penguin! Just announced via Publisher’s Weekly:

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“As part of Penguin’s partnership with Girls Who Code, Kendra Levin and Leila Sales at Viking have bought Josh Funk’s picture book, HOW TO CODE A SANDCASTLE, about a young girl and her trusty robot who use fundamental coding concepts to construct the perfect beach day, a fun, quirky story that brings coding to life, in a two-book deal, to be illustrated by Sara Palacios. Publication is set for Summer 2018.”

Yes! This is a Picture Book AND it’s about coding – sequences, loops, conditionals, etc!

I am thrilled on so many levels to share this book!

  1. Have you heard of Girls Who CodeGWC-logo_2016-white-on-navy[1]Girls Who Code was founded by Reshma Saujani with the mission to close the gender gap in technology. Girls Who Code has grown to over 40,000 girls in all 50 states through their coding clubs and programs. I couldn’t be more excited to join in Penguin’s Girl Who Code partnership! Check out the awesome books they have coming starting on August 22nd, 2017

    and more going forward.

  2. I get to reunite with my editor and publisher of Dear Dragon at Viking/Penguin! Everyone over at Viking/Penguin – editorial, art and design, marketing, publicity, sales, and especially School & Library Marketing – were fantastic to work with! I can’t wait to team up with all of them again!DearDragon_cover
  3. Sara Palacios’s illustrations are amazing! Check out her art here, all of her books here, definitely follow her on Instagram here, and she’s even got a book coming out with Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarite Engle(!!!) called The Flying Girl: How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar in March 2018!9781481445023_84b6e[1]I feel incredibly fortunate that Viking/Penguin paired us together on this project!
  4. We certainly hope to make this a series! It’s my first two-book deal (which is awesome in itself) and I’m working on the follow-up right now!
  5. If you didn’t know, I spend my days coding (I’m a software engineer by trade), so I’m thrilled to be combining my two areas of interest by bringing coding to the world of Children’s Literature.

I’ll stop there for now, as I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot about this book going forward – it’s only a YEAR away from release!

And as always, thanks, Kat, for making this happen!

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Can An Aardvark Bark? written by Melissa Stewart & illustrated by Steve Jenkins

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2. Martí’s Song for Freedom/ Martí y sus versos por la libertad written by Emma Otheguy & illustrated by Beatriz Vidal

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