18.11.18

Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets | Book Trailer




Jacob Grant has made us this lovely trailer for our new book. Will be doing a little Q & A with Jacob here soon.

In the meantime, book is up for pre-order here from Random House (US), here from Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, and here from Penguin Books Australia. Or from a fine bookseller near you.

2.11.18

Interview with New York City Children's Theater

Did an interview with the lovely people over at New York City Children's Theater this week about the upcoming stage show of This is Sadie. You can read it here. I'm planning a visit to NYC for opening week and so looking forward to seeing the show.

I managed to sneak in a plug for my book with Jacob Grant, Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets, which is out next month. I think of it as the book that Sadie wrote.


I've been thinking about what a wild ride it has been since This is Sadie was published. One of the nicer things to happen was the fabulous notice the book received from Maria Russo in The New York Times


Reading this review for the first time was one of those rare moments when you can feel your life changing. So grateful to Julie Morstad and Tara Walker for making this book with me and to Jackie Kaiser for encouraging it into being.

20.9.18

Pre-order OWLS

Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets, my new book with Jacob Grant is now available for pre-order.

We've just had our first review...and it's a good one!


One by one, this picture-book version of a getting-to-know-you game introduces obscure “facts” about each included animal. Each entry presents a large-font letter of the alphabet in upper- and lowercase followed by a sentence or two. For example, “Iguanas sometimes get homesick on sleepovers,” and “Jellyfish don’t care if you think they look funny when they dance.” Sometimes, the animals (which may as well be stand-ins for human children) even flip the traditional script, with dragons crying at happy endings, unicorns believing in themselves, or zebras wanting to be first for a change. Whether socially or in terms of self-awareness, the messages contained within each entry approximate universality. But even when O’Leary writes in absolutes, Grant’s illustrations sometimes include an animal or two who stray from the pack—a subtle celebration of diversity. The light sprinkle of visual and verbal humor keeps the book’s truisms from feeling stale. Readers may not connect with every animal, but they’ll likely see pieces of themselves (or people they know) here and there. The book’s dark cover gives it a nighttime feel, but Grant’s muted, stylized interior illustrations are surrounded by white space. Endpapers list the whole alphabet alongside hidden miniatures of each letter’s animal, inviting readers to make predictions before reading. Don’t let the owls keep this unusual book secret. It deserves to be shared. (Picture book. 3-6) . ~Kirkus Reviews
Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets was edited by Maria Modugno and is published by Random House Kids and Tundra Books. It hits shelves on December 4.

More here:
Goodreads
Random House
Tundra Books
Penguin Australia


7.9.18

This is Sadie On-Stage in NYC

Thrilled that my book with Julie Morstad is being turned into a stage show by New York City Children's Theater.











What do you do when you get up before your parents on a Saturday morning? If you’re six-year-old Sadie, you take your favorite stuffed animal on a world-wide adventure, without ever leaving your bedroom!
From the company that brought you Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker comes a new dance/theater show, based on the book by Sara O’Leary, that celebrates the power of imagination! 
Choreographed by Stephanie Klemons 
Scenario by Barbara Zinn Krieger

Playing at Theater Row, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC
March 30th - April 21st, 2019
Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

Best for ages 3-8 | Tickets starting at $29.25 | Tickets on Sale Soon

More info here, including a sign-up to be notified when tickets go on sale.


This is Sadie is published by Tundra Books and is now available in both hardcover and board book editions.



21.8.18

A Family is a Family is a Family: Resources for Teachers and Librarians

A Family is a Family is a Family is available from Groundwood either in hardcover (fifth printing!) or in a digital version.

Groundwood has put together an educator's guide for the book. You can find it here.

They have also made a printable classroom poster available for digital download here.




There is an interactive read aloud with ideas for classroom use here. (Thank you, Mai).

Here's an interview I did with CBC Radio in Montreal when the book first came out. And here's a little profile of Qin Leng, who was an absolute joy to work with.

This book owes so much to our editor and publisher, Sheila Barry. Sheila is very much missed,,,by us and by many, many others. I wrote about her for Walrus Magazine here.

The book has been translated into French, Korean, Swedish, and Italian. It has also been picked up by Scholastic Book Club. 

My greatest joy is seeing online reviewers say things like "I wish this book had existed when I was a child" because that is precisely why I wrote it.





6.3.18

A New Sadie

This is Sadie was published nearly three years ago now but is getting a new life thanks to this board book edition from Tundra Books. I couldn't be more pleased. Working on this book with Julie Morstad was an utter joy and the thing that really convinced me that picture books were where my heart lay.




This is Sadie
 in board book is available now via these booksellers:
U.S.  Indiebound   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Powells 
Canada  Amazon.ca    McNally Robinson   Chapters Indigo
Also available through booksellers in Australia.




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.