Announcing: Another Picture Book Sale!
And then there were three ... books by me! It is with supreme delight that I announce Eerdmans Books for Young Readers will be publishing my picture book, Mama Earth's New Year. Yay!
I'm ridiculously thrilled in part because we have a ginormous collection of Eerdmans picture books, and every single one is unquestionably beautiful. The quality of this publisher's books for children is out of this world spectacular. I'm also thrilled because some of my favorite authors (Gary Schmidt!) have also published with Eerdmans. I'm awed and more than a little humbled to be joining their list of amazing authors.
What's the story that won them over? Mama Earth's New Year is a poetic personification of Mother Earth and a child's interaction with her. The story begins with the lines,
Mama Earth rustles her autumn wings
to cool her hot, tired face.
She sighs, and the first September frost
crackles over bowing stalks of corn.
And the story continues through each month, children floating paper boats, dressing pines in cranberry garland, until autumn comes again. I rather love it, and I'm so so glad my editor at Eerdmans does too.
Only hints about illustrators at this point, but that's part of the wonderful surprise of writing picture books. I believe were aiming for a spring, 2019 release, but all of that is subject to change. At the moment I'm still glowing. Hooray!
For just under an hour I sat in the Calvin College Seminary chapel, captivated by quite possibly the most interesting (and energetic) person ever to be in Calvin College’s Seminary chapel. I took more notes at that session than all the others I attended combined. Good blog headlines? Blogging and social media? Blog-killing mistakes? I scribbled it all down. Like…
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My first book release included another first: the first piece of fan art I've received! After the reading and food and crafts, one sweet girl came to get her book signed, and to show me the ADORABLE picture she'd colored and decorated (one of the coloring pages available here). She agreed to allow me to share it (her mom, too), so here it is!
The release party for my first book happened just over a week ago now, and it was crazy! Crazy busy, crazy fun, crazy full of awesome people. A week (and a bit) later, I'm still glowing.
Here's the official full event list. Share it all. With ALL the people. I want to pack out every venue!
For Immediate Release (This is my press release!)
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