Publication Anniversary

 Celebrating a year of This Is Sadie. I do have a little site for the book over here. And I'm always happy to hear from anyone with a Sadie or Sadie-ish child of their own. Going to make myself a collage of pictures for my office wall!

It's been a great year. Love and gratitude to Julie Morstad & our genius of an editor, Tara Walker, and everyone else at Tundra Books & to my brilliant agent, Jackie Kaiser of Westwood Creative, who I think of as Sadie's literary godmother.


Sadie is NYC-bound

This Is Sadie is to be staged by the New York City Children's Theatre, as announced by Quill and Quire this week. 
This is Sadie is coming to the stage. The New York City Children’s Theater will produce a stage version of Sara O’Leary’s story of a little girl with a big imagination, set to premiere in 2018. The book has garnered universal praise for the gorgeous illustrations by Julie Morstad, its lovely text, and spirited protagonist.
It's thrilling news, particularly as NYCCT has such an excellent mandate. 
Our mission is to promote children’s literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs. We reach children and their communities with a wide range of programming, including full-scale productions, small touring shows, interactive workshops and in-school residencies, and engage with them in traditional theater spaces, school auditoriums, classrooms and cultural venues in their neighborhoods.
There have been lots of lovely surprises since This Is Sadie was published last spring, but this may be one of my favourites so far.  Really looking forward to seeing the production.


Picture Book Club

This Is Sadie is the first pick for Magpie & Mabel's Picture Book Club. Visit their page for more information on the event and online participation in their Once Upon a Time Project.


Owls Are Very Good At Keeping Secrets

Owls are very good at keeping secrets is a sentence that is very fun to say. It's also a secret that was kind of hard to keep. 

Check out Jacob Grant's fine work here. I am very happy to be working with Maria and Tara--both of whom I'm convinced are among the most brilliant children's editors out there. (Full disclosure: I am slightly partial to editors who sign my work.)


You Are One

You Are One is now out in the world--it is in stores, in libraries, and in (here's hoping) some sweet little baby's hands! I'd be very happy to see pictures of this book out in the wild should anyone feel inclined to share.

You can see art from the book--along with a sneak preview of the next book--over at Seven Imp.

Here's one of my favourite spreads by the brilliant Karen Klassen.

And here are some places you can find the book:
Owlkids Books IndieBound Indie Canadian Bookstores  Amazon  Amazon.ca Amazon.uk
Indigo Barnes & Noble  Powell's  McNally Robinson Your Library

Who have I missed?


Celebrating You Are One

A big thank you to Julie Danielson for a lovely introduction to my latest project, a series of baby books with Owlkids Books, illustrated by the prodigiously talented Karen Klassen. The article is here at Kirkus reviews and there will be more art from the books over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast next week. You Are One is available in stores and online this month.

To celebrate the start of this series, Karen Klassen generously created portraits of the two of us in the style of the books. I was already happy to be working with Karen but now I'm really happy!

UPDATE: All The Wonders was good enough to debut the book trailer made by Owlkids. You can see it here.



Oh baby! I've got a special reason to look forward to the coming year. 

My lovely publisher OwlKids has said I can go ahead and share all three of these gorgeous covers by Karen Klassen.

The first of the series, You Are One, rolls out in March and I can't wait to share the beautiful images created by Karen Klassen. You Are Two and You Are Three will follow in fall 2016 and Spring 2017.