12.9.17

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).



11.9.17

Sadies

Thought I would re-share the fab activity kit that Tundra Books made up for This Is Sadie...among the other beauties to be found here are a fox mask you can print yourself, paper dolls, and bunting featuring some of Julie Morstad's patterns from the book.








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.

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.

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.