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. 


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.