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

Pirasaurs! Book Trailer!

In case you missed it, the book trailer for Pirasaurs! debuted yesterday on Watch. Connect. Read. where I also finished the sentences of Mr. Schu. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been reading Mr. Schu’s site for years and to have the honor of finishing his sentences is pretty freakin’ cool.

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You can check out the full interview and book trailer premiere here. Pirasaurs! is illustrated by Michael Slack (*genius*) and will be published by Scholastic on August 30, 2016 (but is available for pre-order from all bookstores now).

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Orangutangled written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Aaron Zenz

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2. Polkabats and Octopus Slacks written & illustrated by Calef Brown

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Lady Pancake Swag Giveaway (and Week Recap)

So as not to bury the lead:

To Enter the  Swag #Giveaway, CLICK HERE to sign up for My Mailing List

More on that below. But first, I want to share the incredible events of last week:

It was an incredible seven days, and I see no reason to stop now. So today, I’m launching a week long contest which will result in two winners, one each of a complete three-piece-set of Team Lady Pancake OR Team Sir French Toast swag:

1 Canvas Tote Bag, 1 Magnet, & 1 Pin

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Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast Swag

How to enter:
CLICK HERE to sign up for My Mailing List

Sign up by midnight Eastern on Sunday, June 21st to enter the giveaway.

What do I plan to do with this mailing list? I’ll send out periodic emails with news about public appearances, book deals, cover reveals, and any other news that might be of interest to fans of my books. I don’t plan on sending out mail too frequently, and I promise to never share your email with anybody.

The two winners will be announced in my first ever Mailing List Email during the week of June 22nd.

So spread the word! The clock is ticking!

Lady Pancake Book Trailer Premiere!

Very exciting news! I had the fortunate pleasure of sharing the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast book trailer on Mr. Schu‘s Watch. Connect. Read. site yesterday. You can see the entire post here:

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It was great fun making the trailer. I wrote, arranged, and recorded the song entirely using an app on my phone. No fancy microphones, studios, or four-track recorders for me! To make the video, I did need a computer, but the images are all from the fabulous Brendan Kearney. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think!

And if you’re not familiar with Mr. Schu, you’re missing out. Follow this exemplary librarian – he is the ultimate kidlit mover & shaker.

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast is available for pre-order now and will be served in bookstores and libraries on September 1!