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.