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!

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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

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.

Wanna Get Lost in the Library with Me?

Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude Cover

Yesterday, the New York Public Library (yes, that New York Public Library) revealed the cover of Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude, a book I wrote as part of a Macmillan team-up with the NYPL, illustrated by Stevie Lewis.

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Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude is the first picture book about Patience and Fortitude, the two lion statues that faithfully guard the New York Public Library. When Patience goes missing, Fortitude realizes the secret to Patience’s disappearance may be within the Library itself.

The NYPL Twitter feed says, “With clever rhyme and vibrant art, Lost in the Library introduces young readers to Patience and Fortitude, the noble lions who stand guard in front of NYPL.”

Here’s a picture from one year, one week, and one day ago (1.9.17) when I visited the library to do research for this book (at the time, Patience in his rightful place).

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I’m particularly excited about this book because Stevie Lewis’s illustrations are utterly glorious – and the writing isn’t half bad, I guess.

Lost in the Library will be released on August 28, 2018. You can pre-order it everywhere and mark it ‘to read’ on goodreads right now!

Indiebound   B&N   Amazon   Goodreads   BAM!   Book Depository   Indigo

 

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

1. I Love You for Miles and Miles written by Alison Goldberg and illustrated by Mike Yamada

2. Accident written & illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi

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!

Where I’ll Be Next

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

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!

 

Where I’ll Be Next

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!

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Funny Girl edited by Betsy Bird

2. Passionate Readers written by Pernille Ripp