Dear DEAR DRAGON, Happy Book Birthday!

My third book – Dear Dragon – comes out today!

Dear Dragon Book Birthday

Wait. Didn’t Pirasaurs! just come out? Yes. Due to a quirk in publishing, both books are being released a week apart. What an incredible ‘problem’ to have!

What’s Dear Dragon about?

George and Blaise are pen pals, and 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.

Dear Dragon is illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo and published by Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Watch the Dear Dragon Book Trailer:

Want Activity Pages? Download the Free Dear Dragon Activity Pages Here! (right click save link as)

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Want read more about Dear Dragon? Check out these reviews, interviews, and guest blog posts:

Want to see me read Dear Dragon in person (and get a Dragon Latte)?

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. A Fire Truck Named Red written by Randall de Sève & illustrated by Bob Staake

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2. Before I Leave written & illustrated by Jessixa Bagley

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#pb10for10: Pirates, Dinosaurs, & Dragons! Oh, my!

Educators Cathy Mere & Mandy Robek 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 last year for the first time and had a blast. My theme was Rhyming Picture Books (you don’t need a theme, but sometimes it helps narrow down your choices when there are SOOO many great picture books out there).

This year, I’m sharing my favorite, Pirate, Dinosaur, and Dragon Picture Books (you can probably guess why – if not, see the sidebar —>)

1. The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle

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2. Rex Wrecks It by Ben Clanton

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3. Take Care, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas & Paul Meisel

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4. The Night Pirates by Peter Harris & Deborah Allwright

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5. Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

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6. When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore & Howard McWilliam

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7. Pirate Princess by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & Jill McElmurry

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8. Hiding Dinosaurs by Dan Moynihan

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9. Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

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10. Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea & Lane Smith

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(#10 isn’t strictly about dinosaurs, but it allows me to have three books each for pirates, dinosaurs, and dragons – and then this one – you’ll see when you read it)

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

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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).

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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
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Dear Dragon Is Now Available for Pre-Order

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

Indiebound             Barnes & Noble              Amazon

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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
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2. Good Night, Good Knight written by Shelley Moore Thomas & illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
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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
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2. Be a Friend written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
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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.

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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
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2. Pancakes, Pancakes! written & illustrated by Eric Carle
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Dear Dragon Cover Reveal

Enormous news! Dear Dragon has a cover! Magnificently illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo, Dear Dragon will hit shelves on September 6, 2016 (from Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House).

The folks at the fabulous children’s literature resource All the Wonders have put together the most creatively genius reveal – so head over and check it out! And while you’re at it, peruse all the amazing posts, crafts, interviews, podcasts, and more that the All the Wonders team has put together.

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*Bonus* In addition to the cover, there’s also an interview with Rodolfo and me.

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Pink is for Blobfish written by Jess Keating & illustrated by David DeGrand
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2. Hampire written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & illustrated by Howard Fine
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