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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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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Thank you, Tara Lazar

The 7th annual Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) came to a close yesterday and I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in the challenge.

I’d also like to thank Tara Lazar, the PiBoIdMo founder and organizer. For those who don’t know, Tara spends countless hours each summer and fall lining up guest posts, contacting agents for prizes, organizing a Cafe Press store (where she donates all proceeds to Reading Is Fundamental – RIF), moderating registration, managing the PiBoIdMo Facebook Group, sorting out and awarding prizes, and probably a dozen more things I don’t even know about.

She does this all for us. PiBoIdMo is completely free. For everyone.

And while all of this work does give Tara’s books some exposure, that exposure doesn’t count for much unless we, the PiBoIdMo participants, take action.

So this holiday season, I encourage everyone to purchase at least one (or more) of Tara’s books, all of which are terrific favorites in my family. If not for yourself, then perhaps as a gift for a child in your life or your local library or school.

While I am a strong supporter of independent book stores (see yesterday’s post), I’ll make it easy for you:

Little Red Gliding Hood

(under $11 at press time)

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Indiebound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon


I Thought This Was a Bear Book

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Indiebound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon


The Monstore

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Indiebound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon


Normal Norman

(available for pre-order only, releases 3/1/2016)

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Indiebound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon


Two for You

See the four for you above.

My PiBoIdMo Post: Do Your Worst

Quick note: My 2015 PiBoIdMo Post Josh Funk Dares You to Do Your Worst went live yesterday. I encourage everyone to check it out and if you register for PiBoIdMo and comment on the page, you’ll be eligible to win some Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast swag (see image below):

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Registration for PiBoIdMo is now open (click here) but it’s only open for TWO MORE DAYS! So register now if you want to have a chance at winning any of the giveaways (literary agent consultations, books, swag, etc) throughout the month.

Two for You

1. Stone Giant written by Jane Sutcliffe and illustrated by John Shelley

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Enthralling story of how Michaelangelo’s David came to be.

2. Hiding Dinosaurs written and illustrated by Dan Moynihan

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Boy hatches dinosaur eggs. Hilarity ensues.