Mission Defrostable Preorder #Giveaway Winners

A few months back, I offered a Massive Preorder Giveaway Contest for Mission Defrostable, the third adventure in the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series.

_Mission Defrostable

The book came out this past Tuesday, so today I’m announcing the winners!

The Grand Prize Winner who will receive signed copies of all NINE of my books is …

Michelle W

The 10 Lucky First Prize Winners who get swag packs Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast memorabilia are …

  1. Julie V
  2. Kimberly M
  3. April S
  4. Kristine M
  5. Andrea U
  6. Susan K
  7. Stephanie H
  8. Shelly H
  9. Janet N
  10. Jess R

Congrats! And everyone else who entered will get a little something in the mail from me in the coming weeks! (note: if you did not tell me your address, I will not be able to mail you anything)

But there’s more! If you didn’t enter, you can *still* be a winner! Pick up a copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #3: Mission Defrostable at your local bookstore and enjoy all the excitement the story has to offer!

Bon appétit

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

1. Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs written by Melissa Stewart & illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

2. Rock What Ya Got written by Samantha Berger & illustrated by Kerascoët

Launch in the Library

Hey, friends! This past Tuesday my newest book Lost in the Library was released!

_Lost in the Library

It’s about Patience & Fortitude, the New York Public Library lion statues that faithfully guard the Fifth Avenue entrance … until one night when Patience goes missing – and Fortitude has to venture INTO the library (for the first time ever!) to find him.

And this weekend I’ll be celebrating the launch of the book AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY! How cool is that?! For the first time ever, I get to read one of my books *with* the illustrator! Yes, Stevie Lewis will be reading with me! And you’re invited!

NYPL Event Invite: Lost in the Library

There will be food, crafts, a band, and possibly REAL LIVE LIONS*! I hope to see you there – Sunday, 9/9 at 10am!

But if you can’t make it, that’s okay. You can still pick up the Lost in the Library at any retailer or library. And the folks at Macmillan have even made a *free* downloadable printable activity kit – so you can celebrate along from the comfort of your home!

*there will not be real live lions.

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

1. The Remember Balloons written by Jessie Oliveros & illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte

2. Cute as an Axolotl written by Jess Keating & illustrated by David DeGrand

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!

Where I’ll Be Next

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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