15.8.17

This Is Sadie (only smaller)


Really, really, really thrilled that This Is Sadie is being given a board book edition.

This picture gives a rough approximation of what the board book size will be and its beauty relative to the original.


Brilliant Julie Morstad art and Kelly Hill design on that cover.

The book pubs March 6, 2018 and will cost roughly half what the hardcover does which means you can give it to twice as many children, right?

Book available for preorder now.

Tundra Books
March 6, 2018
$10.99
9780735263246

24.6.17

Tundra Books Totes

Tundra Books is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a fabulous online auction of tote bags decorated by some of their great stable of artists. You can view the bags here and bid online. Proceeds will go to support IBBY.

                        
                           

There are lots of beauties there to choose from but these two by Julie Morstad have really piqued my interest!

26.5.17

Small News


Kerry Clare's "With My Children, Learning to Love the Little Things" in the new issue of The Walrus features one of my very favourite illos from my first book together with Julie Morstad. 

                                                  from When You Were Small ~ Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books)
(Actually--like my children--they are all my favourites!)

Looking at this picture makes me so happy for so many reasons, but right at the front of the queue is the joy of working with Julie Morstad.

When You Were Small has been in print for a decade now...it has gone through a number of editions, including a special project with the Mexican Ministry of Education that saw sixty thousand copies given away to primary students.

The book is going to be published in French for the first time this year (by Éditions de L'Étagère du bas) and is being republished by Simply Read Books in a special paperback edition  which is pleasing because is makes it more accessible to more children.

Oh, and all three of The Henry Books are being published in Simplified Chinese by Tiandai of Beijing.

It's so nice seeing our book finding its place in the world and also so lovely to look at this picture and remember when it was new.

The issue of The Walrus with the article is on stands now. It also references my beautiful baby books with Karen Klassen and you can see more of her work here.


18.5.17

The Boy and The Blue Moon

It looks like our beautiful cover for The Boy and The Blue Moon has just gone live. Thanks so much to the wonderful Mr. Schu for sharing!



The book pubs early next spring and I can't wait to share it. The art is simply out of this world!
Will post more about illustrator Ashley Crowley and what a joy it was working with editor-extraordinaire Laura Godwin soon.

For now I'm just happy to share this beaut of a cover.

Big thanks go out to my brilliant agent (Jackie Kaiser of Westwood Creative) and to Ash's wonder-agent (Kirsten Hall of Catbird) for putting this fantastic deal together and allowing us to make this dream of a book.

9.5.17

Books for Babies

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Fabulous honour for the first of my three books with the talented Karen Klassen: You Are One has been named a Carnegie Library choice for Best Books for Babies 2017.

Also, a nice mention for You Are Two and You Are Three here.

8.5.17

How I Became a Children's Writer


While I was in Vancouver it was very nice to visit the CBC studio and chat with Sheryl MacKay, host of North by Northwest about A Family Is a Family Is a Family and the long and winding road that took me to picture books.


You can stream the show here and while the whole show is wonderful, you can jump ahead to 53:00 to catch my ten minutes. Big thanks to Sheryl and to Groundwood Books.




18.4.17

Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

A Family Is a Family Is a Family is shortlisted for The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Book Award in the picture book category.



Here's the list of nominees for Children’s Picture Book:
  • The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield; the Fan Brothers, ill. (Tundra Books)
  • If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki VanSickle; Cale Atkinson, ill. (Tundra Books)
Such a nice list (and man, don't those Fan Brothers make beautiful books!) and I was especially pleased to see that my lovely friend Qin Leng is on this list twice.  Here's a little self-portrait of hers...hard at work as always!

And here's a link to a profile of Qin from last year.


The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honour both sisters. The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), which manages the nomination and jury process.