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:
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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.