Cybils Award Nominations

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast was recently nominated for a Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Award (The Cybils) along with many other fantastic picture books (see the entire list here) – and thank you to the nominator! And the good news is that you – yes YOU – can still nominate any book that hasn’t already been nominated! Nominations are open through October 15th in the Picture Book category, as well as 10 other children’s and young adult categories.

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I nominated Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley. Now it’s your turn. Click here to nominate books for the Cybils.

Two for You

(two books I highly recommend)

1. Cat Nights written and illustrated by Jane Manning

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Get ready for Halloween with this story of a witch transforming into a cat.

2. Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever – or Snack Time? written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Michael Slack

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A stunningly illustrated tale of underwater friendship.

My First Podcast Interview: Let’s Get Busy with Matthew Winner

Just a quick note today: if you’ve never listened to the Let’s Get Busy Podcast with Matthew Winner, you certainly should. And today you have TWO reasons … because I am the featured guest on Episode #193 talking about Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast!

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In this interview I:

I highly recommend you subscribe to the Let’s Get Busy Podcast if you haven’t already. Matthew Winner has so many amazing interviews with fabulous guests in the previous 192 episodes (and many more lined up to come!). And certainly check out his new home for the podcast – All the Wonders, a home for readers to discover new books and to experience the stories they love in wondrous ways.

Also, I decided today to start a new tradition. Because so many of my blog posts are about me, I’d like to share two favorite books by others at the end of every post from this day forward. I’ve decided to very creatively call this:

Two for You

(two books I highly recommend)

1. Boats for Papa written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley

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I love everything about this book. Get the tissues ready, cause it made me start crying in the middle of a bookstore.

2. Snoozefest written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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Great rhymes and illustrations, and starring a sloth.

My Guest Post on MuggleNet [My Marriage with Harry Potter…]

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I had the fortunate pleasure of writing a guest posting on MuggleNet.com, The #1 Harry Potter Site. I’m also giving away a signed copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast at the end of the guest post. See the excerpt below:

My Marriage with Harry Potter… and Getting Pancakes Published

It’s not what you think. My wife’s name isn’t Harry Potter. Her name is Mrs. Funk. But Harrywas there when we fell in love. And Ron was there when I proposed. And Hermione was at our wedding.

Let me backup. I started reading Harry Potter in 2000 when Goblet of Fire came out. When I started dating the future Mrs. Funk in 2002, she hadn’t yet read Harry Potter, so we read them out loud to each other. I remember one particularly late night when we stayed up reading the last 120 pages of Prisoner of Azkaban until sunrise (because once you hit “Professor Trelawny’s Prediction,” there is absolutely no good stopping point)….

Click here to see the rest of the post on MuggleNet.com.

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!