19.2.18

Bluebells & the magic of making a picture book

Pleased to chat with CBC Radio's Ainslie MacLellan about The Boy and the Blue Moon last weekend. Our talk is now up online and you can listen here.

Our conversation touched on enchantment and bluebells and magic. We talked about how illustrator Ashley Crowley lives in England and I live here in Canada and how strange it is to make something with someone you've never met. And about various references within the book's text and images to other books, particularly The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. And we talked about how much I'd like to go to England and visit a bluebell wood.

                                                       Ashley Crowley/Society6


13.2.18

The Boy and the Blue Moon

 The Boy and the Blue Moon is in stores now. And to celebrate I will be in a store next week!



And to celebrate our new book, illustrator Ashley Crowley has created some great merch over at his Society6 shop. 


31.1.18

Magical!

"As magical as The Little Prince; as satisfying as Where the Wild Things Are."
                                                  Kirkus Reviews




Info on The Boy and The Blue Moon.






More about illustrator Ashley Crowley and his other books here.

Charming Officer Panda trailer, featuring Ash and his adorable son Frankie here.

And check out Ashley Crowley Illustration on Instagram.


Book publishes February 13, 2018 and is available for preorder now.

Indiebound   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Powells   Books-a-Million   Amazon.ca   Indigo   McNally Robinson

6.1.18

Sadie Board Book Up for Pre-Order

Celebrating a new edition for This is Sadie with a new edition Sadie doll!

As of March this year, you will be able to buy a board book edition of This is Sadie.
Smaller, cheaper, and very small-hand friendly!



This is a first board board book for me and I'm pretty thrilled. Celebrating by commissioning this Sadie doll. The doll--based on Julie Morstad's brilliant illos--was built by Atelier Caroline,  and we couldn't be more pleased with her.


And so long as I'm here, I might as well remind you to check out Emily Arrow's brilliant This is Sadie song either here on youtube or at her site where you can find lyrics and other goodies.

This is Sadie in board book is available for preorder now via these booksellers (will add more as they pop up):
U.S.
Indiebound   Amazon  Barnes & Noble   Powells 
Canada
Amazon.ca   McNally Robinson   Chapters Indigo
Also available through booksellers in Australia.



30.10.17

Sadie

This is Emily Arrow and here she is performing a sweet song she's written inspired by This Is Sadie.


You can read more (including lyrics) at Emily's website here and download a copy of the song for yourself, Also check out some of her other children's-book-inspired songs and see what's on offer in her shop.

Since This Is Sadie was published I've had the privilege and joy of meeting a number of Sadies. Some of them are named Sadie and some of them just are. If you'd like to share a pic of your Sadie you can find me over on Instagram as 123olearyo.

More about the book here on tumblr and a throwback to when it was featured on All The Wonders.

I loved working with Julie Morstad and our brilliant editor, Tara Walker, on this book.  One of the things we took a good deal of time over was the cover image. Because of the way the story opens, we wanted to both show and conceal our main character...and the question became how best to do that. Julie sketched out a few suggestions before we arrived at the fox mask and I think we can agree that we made the right choice.



One of the many reasons to be grateful to Tundra Books is that they made us a fab activity kit.





Click here to find a fox mask you can print yourself, paper dolls, and bunting featuring some of Julie Morstad's patterns from the book.

This Is Sadie available in hardcover and board book (March, 2018):
Tundra Books/ Penguin Random House Canada
Penguin Random House USA
It is also available in a French translation from Editions Belin.

17.10.17

A Letter From Dolly

So pleased and proud that This Is Sadie was selected for #DollysLibrary, a fabulous literacy initiative by Dolly Parton. 
Imagination Library sees books sent directly to children (ages five and under) in Canada, the United States, the UK, and Australia. It is such a cool program! But beyond all that it is Dolly Parton. And the day I got the letter in the mail was one of the more surreal experiences of my life.


Updated to include periodic reminder that Julie Morstad is wonderful and you really need to buy ALL of her books.

8.9.17

When You Were Small

Thrilled that a little over a decade after its first publication When You Were Small is now available in paperback. Simply Read Books plans to bring the whole trilogy out in paper over the next year and I'm happy to think of the books finding their way into more small hands!


This seems like a good time to look back at some of the nice things that have happened since the book was first published. The original WYWS blog for the books is still up and it's been interesting trawling through the posts. A lot has happened and I've met a number of wonderful people because of these books and a fair few wonderful things have come my way because of these people.


The books are being seen into publication in French by Éditions de L'Étagère du bas and are also scheduled for publication in Simplified Chinese by Beijing TIANDAI Multimedia Publishing. My dream is to one day see the books published as board books for babies or in a miniature boxed edition for people who love Sendak's Nutshell Library. 


Our little Henry got a nice spotlight moment in The Walrus recently thanks to writer Kerry Clare. One of my favourite things about that whole experience was when I got the call from the fact-checker at the magazine. "Is it true you like small things?" she asked.


And here's one of the loveliest of small things that has come my way. A gift from Kellie Diguangco (whose friendship is itself a gift).



26.8.17

Classroom Poster

The very nice people over at Groundwood Books have made a downloadable classroom poster for A Family Is a Family Is A Family.  Link HERE



The thing I really love about this image was that it was only after seeing Qin Leng's art that I realised that (of course) a classroom is another sort of family. Sending love out to to all the teachers and school librarians heading back to work!
And so long as I'm here, let me just say how proud I am to be published by Groundwood Books and Sheila Barry. Read about their fantastic diversity mandate here.