#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


2. The Three Pigs by David Wiesner


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


4. Señorita Gordita by Helen Ketteman & Will Terry


5. Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer & Josée Masse


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


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


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


9. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood & Meg Hunt


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


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

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Where I’ll Be Next


It’s been kind of a big day…

First, this picture book sale posted Publisher’s Marketplace:

LP2 announcement

In case you didn’t read the fine print, it says: “Josh Funk’s LADY PANCAKE AND SIR FRENCH TOAST: The Case of the Stinky Stench, following leftover breakfast treats as they join forces to discover the source of a most odorous culprit in the refrigerator, illustrated by Brendan Kearney, to Zaneta Jung at Sterling Children’s, by Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (while she was at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency) for the author and Hannah Whitty at Plum Pudding Illustration for the illustrator (World).”

LP2 Announcement

I’m so excited about this book! I’m thrilled to be re-entering the fridge with these characters! And I can’t wait to share it with you! I’ve seen Brendan Kearney’s ingenious sketches – they’re hilarious! I think it’s gonna be better than the first! Huge thanks to my agent, Kathleen Rushall for making this happen!

Second, I got a couple packages in the mail.


Um, yeah. It’s gonna be tough to beat June 29, 2016. (but I’ll try)

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Your Alien written by  Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Goro Fujita

your alien

2. Mind Your Monsters written by Catherine Bailey and illustrated by Oriol Vidal
mind your monsters

Dear Dragon Jacket

I recently got a chance to see the full Dear Dragon book jacket and I shared it over at Teach Mentor Texts on Saturday. The cover is fantastic, but the image continues around the spine and onto the back of the book. Rodolfo Montalvo has done such a fantastic job! I’m sharing the jacket here, but if you want to see the jacket flaps, too, then head over to Teach Mentor Texts (tease: Rodolfo has drawn little caricatures of each of us).

Dear Dragon Spread - Crop

Don’t you want to just frame it and put it on your wall? (I sure do! Hey, Rodolfo, is there any way to make that happen?)

Dear Dragon will be available on 9.6.16 from Viking/Penguin (and is available for pre-order now)!

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Ducks Vacation written & illustrated by Gilad Soffer
9781250056474[1]2. Growing Up Pedro written & illustrated by Matt Tavares

Dear Dragon Is Now Available for Pre-Order

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

Indiebound             Barnes & Noble              Amazon


George and Blaise are pen pals. They write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and Science Fair projects. There’s just one thing that the two friends don’t know:

George is a human, while Blaise is a dragon!

What will happen when these pen pals finally meet face-to-face? A sweet and clever friendship story about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath.

Available September 6, 2016, illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo, published by Viking/Penguin

And certainly feel free to add Dear Dragon to your goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf!

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat written & illustrated by Philip C. Stead

2. Good Night, Good Knight written by Shelley Moore Thomas & illustrated by Jennifer Plecas

Pirasaurs! Is Now Available for Pre-Order

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

Indiebound             Barnes & Noble              Amazon

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

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. How to Cheer Up Dad written & illustrated by Fred Koehler

2. Be a Friend written & illustrated by Salina Yoon

Big News! Edwardian Taylor to illustrate IT’S NOT JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Woo hoo! I get to share the big news! Edwardian Taylor has signed on to illustrate IT’S NOT JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Two Lions, 2017). This is from last Thursday’s PW Children’s Bookshelf.


Check out his terrific Instagram feed here to see some crazy awesome illustrations. I can’t wait to see what Edwardian does with JACK!

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Power Down, Little Robot written by Anna Staniszewski & illustrated by Tim Zeltner
2. Pancakes, Pancakes! written & illustrated by Eric Carle

The 2015 Nerdies

I’ve got stellar news! Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast was announced as a Fiction Picture Book Winner of the 2015 Nerdy Book Club Awards (or Nerdies). What are the Nerdies? According to Donalyn Miller, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club:

The Nerdy Book Club began as a book award blog. Dismayed that so many books our students (and we) loved to read were overlooked during book award season, Colby [Sharp, Nerdy Book Club co-founder] and I created a people’s choice award for children’s and young adult book lovers. While the blog has expanded beyond our original dreams for it, we still host the Nerdy Book Club Awards, or Nerdies, every December. The award finalists exemplify the best children’s and young adult books for the current year—as nominated by the readers of Nerdy Book Club blog readers. Imagine an up-to-date bookshelf of engaging, high-quality titles hand-picked by savvy librarians and teachers who read and celebrate children’s books.


I’m truly honored (and rather overjoyed) that Lady Pancake is listed among these fantastic books (several of which I’ve shared in my Two for You’s). I think it’s safe to say I speak on behalf of the publisher, Sterling Children’s, and illustrator Brendan Kearney when I say I’d like to thank all the educators, students, parents, readers, and nerds who voted. I’m extremely pleased that Lady Pancake has been able to reach so many classrooms, libraries, and readers.

And also, a big thank you to the Nerdy Book Club.

You can read the entire list of Fiction Picture Book winners of the 2015 Nerdies here (and if you aren’t familiar with the Nerdy Book Club, you’ve got over 1,000 fabulous posts to catch up on).


Two for You

(two books I recommend you read – Nerdies style)

1. To the Sea written & illustrated by Cale Atkinson

to the sea

2. Wolfie the Bunny written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora