Pirasaurs! Is Now Available for Pre-Order

PIRASAURS! is now available for pre-order wherever books are sold!

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Pirasaurs! by Josh Funk & Michael Slack from Scholastic

They’re pirates. They’re dinosaurs? They’re Pirasaurs! RAWRGH!

We’re Pirasaurs! We’re Pirasaurs!
We rule the open seas!
We’ll cannon-blast you to the past!
We do just what we please!

Meet the Pirasaurs, a ragtag team of seasoned pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure! There’s fearsome Captain Rex, golden-toothed Velocimate, one-eyed Bronto Beard, and more fearsome, buccaneering beasts….as well as one new recruit who may be small, but who’s eager to prove he can learn the ropes and find his place on the team.

But when a trap is set upon the Pirasaurs while looking for buried treasure, it’s up to the littlest recruit to show the team that there’s more to a Pirasaur than meets the eye patch!

Available August 30, 2016, illustrated by Michael Slack, published by Scholastic

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. How to Cheer Up Dad written & illustrated by Fred Koehler
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2. Be a Friend written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
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B&N National Storytime on 1/2/16

As you probably know, I’m a strong supporter of my local independent book stores – and I’m lucky to have so many near me in New England. But I also know that for many others, the only brick and mortar book store option is Barnes & Noble. And today I have some great news!

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast has been selected as the first national storytime read of 2016 at all U.S. Barnes & Noble locations!

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On Saturday, January 2, 2016 at YOUR local Barnes & Noble, Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast will be featured with activity kits and more (probably at 11am). I’m very thankful that Barnes & Noble has chosen to highlight Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast to start the new year!

So on January 2nd, I recommend a hearty brunch, followed by a trip to the book store at 11am! And while you’re there, be sure to check out …

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. I Don’t Like Koala written by Sean Ferrell and illustrated by Charles Santoso

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2. I Love You Already! written by Jory John and illustrated by Benji Davies

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Shop Small on French Toast Day!

November 28th is a great day! Not only is it French Toast Day, but this year it’s also Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a movement encouraging people to support local business, especially book local indie book stores.

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So if you’re inclined to shop today, whether for yourself or for others, I highly recommend that you visit a local brunch establishment followed by a local independent book store (click here to find a local indie near you). I know that’s what I’ll be doing! #ShopSmall

Two for You

1. Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show written by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Dan Santat

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2. Rex Wrecks It written and illustrated by Ben Clanton

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Writers’ Loft Holiday Bazaar at An Unlikely Story

As you may know, I am an active member of The Writers’ Loft, a local writing community in the Boston, MA suburb of Sherborn. This Saturday, November 21 from 1-4 pm, we will be holding our 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar and Book Fair. But because the Loft has grown so much in the past year, we needed a bigger venue. So this year we’re partnering with Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney’s new bookstore, An Unlikely Story, in Plainville, MA and holding the bazaar in their amazing 2nd floor event space.

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The following authors (including me!) will all be on hand signing copies of their books all afternoon.

  • Sarah Brannen (Madame Martine, Madame Martine Breaks the Rules, Feathers: Not Just For Flying)
  • Greg Fishbone (​Galaxy Games: The Challengers)
  • Josh Funk (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast)
  • Susan Goodman (How Do You Burp in Space?, See How They Run, The Truth About Poop And Pee)
  • Thea Iberall (The Swallow and the Nightingale)
  • Jane Kohuth (Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree, Duck Sock Hop, Ducks Go Vroom)
  • Lisa Kramer (P.O.W.ER)
  • Michael G Lewis (The Great Pirate Christmas Battle)
  • Sharron Kahn Luttrell (Weekends with Daisy)
  • Ellen Mayer (A Fish to Feed, Red Socks)
  • Marika McCoola (Baba Yaga’s Assistant)
  • Susan Meyer (New Shoes, Black Radishes)
  • Ammi-Joan Paquette Princess Juniper of the Hourglass, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids, Nowhere Girl)
  • April Jones Prince (Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing, Dig In!, Who Was Frederick Douglass?)
  • Warren Ross (Teapots and Assorted Things)
  • Anna Staniszewski (The Dirt Diary, My Very UnFairy Tale Life, I’m With Cupid, Power Down, Little Robot)
  • Tara Sullivan (Golden Boy)
  • Jane Sutton (What’s Up With this Chicken?, Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster)
  • Laura Woollett (Big Top Burning)

So if you’ve been meaning to check out Jeff Kinney’s gorgeous book store, or want to see what The Writers’ Loft is all about, or feel like purchasing some great signed books as holiday presents, or just want to meet and hang out with some fun authors -> then stop by on Saturday and say hi.

The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, Massachusetts is a retreat, a conference, and a writers’ room of requirement all rolled into one supportive community. Like a year-long writing conference, the Loft hosts classes and workshops. The Loft also hosts frequent panels and free craft chats with authors and illustrators. The Loft offers critiques from agents and editors, and hosts monthly write-ins, social gatherings, manuscript mixers, and book launches. It’s also home to critique groups and think tanks for writers and illustrators in all genres, for those who are traditionally published, self-published, and pre-published. And, like any good writing retreat, The Writers’ Loft always has a quiet space for you to write. The Writers’ Loft is a 501(c)3 organization, centrally located just West of Boston, but not far from the New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut borders with members from all over New England. For more information about their groups and upcoming events, please visit www.thewritersloft.org.

Two for You: Lofter Holiday Edition

1. The Great Pirate Christmas Battle written by Michael G. Lewis and illustrated by Stan Jaskiel

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2. Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster written by Jane Sutton and illustrated by Andy Rowland

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Book Launched

The Lady Pancake & Sir French book launch at Porter Square Books was fabulous. We sold out of books, including both all that PSB had ordered AND the 30+ I was stockpiling in my car.

If you missed the event, you can still find me by checking my full schedule here.

  • Wed, 9/9, 10:30am: An Unlikely Story, Plainville, MA
  • Fri, 9/11, 7pm: The Writers’ Loft, Sherborn, MA
  • Sat, 9/12, 10:30am: Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA
  • Sat, 10/10, 12pm: B&N, Nashua, NH
  • Sun, 10/11, 11am: B&N, Newington-Portsmouth, NH
  • Sat, 10/24, 11am: Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
  • Sat, 11/7, 2:30pm: nErDcamp Long Island, Roslyn Heights, NY
  • Sat, 11/14, 10:30am: Blue Bunny Books & Toys, Dedham, MA
  • Sat, 11/21: Writers’ Loft Book Bazaar, Natick, MA
  • Sat, 12/5, 10am: Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
  • Fri, 1/15/16, 7pm: nErDcamp Northern New England, Falmouth, ME

And rather than tell you about the launch, I thought I’d share pictures (courtesy of Mama Funk, Heather Kelly, Carter Hasegawa, & Pam Vaughan):

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Thank you to everyone who showed up and everyone who’s been supporting me remotely! I hope to see you (again) soon!

How to Buy a Picture Book (without Buying a Picture Book)

My first book comes out on Tuesday. Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast. You’re probably tired of hearing about it by now, so lucky for you, I don’t plan on talking about it in this post.

Today it’s how to support picture book authors and illustrators.

One of the best things you can do is buy their book(s).

But what if you’re not in the market for picture books at this time in your life, so the idea of buying one doesn’t really interest you? Maybe it doesn’t fit your budget. Or maybe you have an irrational fear of cute animals and anthropomorphic breakfast foods.
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Here are ten ways to support picture book authors and illustrators:

  1. Give the book as a gift. You probably know someone who might like it. Give it to her/him. Or donate it to your library.
  2. Request that your local library purchase a copy. This can be done in person or often in an online form.
  3. Reserve and borrow it from the library. Increased circulation of books is noticed by librarians. They are smart people.
  4. Review the book. On goodreads. On Amazon. On bn.com. Text reviews are even more valuable than just star-ratings.
  5. Talk about the book with librarians and booksellers. There are a lot of great books out there. Get this book on their radar.
  6. Talk about the book with friends. Or parents of your child’s friends. Or your child’s teacher. Or strangers on the street.
  7. Share the book on social media. Tweet about it. Blog about it. Post on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, MySpace, etc. about it. Share the cover image. If you see it in the wild, snap a picture and share that. And tag the author or illustrator (or both). We love that!
  8. Share the author or illustrator’s posts on social media. Follow them on social media sites and share with your networks.
  9. Read the book in public. Like at the park. Or in a restaurant. Or the airport.
  10. Make your own fan book trailer. And post to YouTube. If that’s your thing.

Note: I’m not the first to write a post like this. Here are a few other posts which have similar and more detailed info. Please check them out:

Also Note: These ideas can apply to any type of book, not just picture books.

Thanks for reading. And thank you very much for supporting picture book authors and illustrators, however you choose to do so.

Signed Editions Available at The Concord Bookshop

Can’t make it to the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast book launch on September 1st? Well, I have even better news! I’ve partnered with The Concord Bookshop to offer personalized signed editions!

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It’s as easy as placing an online order here and indicating in the comments something like “signed by author, please” and “inscribed to Suzy-Q.” As soon I can, I’ll hop down to the bookstore and they’ll either ship the book to you or hold it for pickup in their awesome store in downtown Concord, MA, USA .

You can also call [(978) 369-2405] or email [books@concordbookshop.com] the bookshop directly if you have any questions.

I’d like to thank The Concord Bookshop for partnering up! And I’m glad to say that no matter where you are, you can get a personalized and signed copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast!