Picture books take a long time to create, often several years from purchase of the manuscript to publication. Why? Because original artwork takes time. I’ll share artwork for each of my books as soon as it’s available.
Babymoon—April 2, 2019
A tiny new person has arrived. Let’s take our time. We’ll rest together. Learn together. We’ll fall in love as a family.
Perfect for parents-to-be, Babymoon encourages the slow and sensitive welcoming of a child to the world. The gentle, rhyming story also appeals to young readers, taking them from dawn to dusk and back to dawn, all while they learn about life with a newborn and connect with their own baby days.
The gloriously talented Juana Martinez-Neal illustrated this lyrical, dreamy picture book.
Signed, personalized copies of Babymoon are always available. You can order yours through Whitelam Books, my local bookstore. Please be sure to leave clear personalization instructions. Shipping is free.
(Candlewick Press, ISBN 9780763688523)
2.15.19 BOOKLIST starred review:
Intimate and full of wonder, this book celebrates the babymoon experience, which is the adjustment and bonding period between parents and a newborn. It calls out the tentative and awkward (getting used to a new name, the unsureness of baby’s first sponge bath), focuses on the moments of rare rest (a daytime nap with dad; a slow, rocking walk in matching hats with mom), and highlights the tenderness and gentleness on display by an uncertain and lovestruck new father and mother, be it the curl of a tiny hand around a finger or an infant’s downy head resting on a sturdy chest. Parents and children alike will be thrilled to recognize their experiences on the page as represented by this stunning biracial couple. Barrett’s lyrical poetry is enchanting, and Martinez-Neal’s (Alma and How She Got Her Name, 2018) artwork is as soft and round and delicate as a newborn. Her representation of each precious moment is a croon-worthy, dimpled, tiny-fisted pleasure, and a close-up illustration of the yawning baby captures the book’s tone so beautifully it’s worthy of framing. A guaranteed homerun read-aloud to share at baby storytime, this book is also a perfect gift for expecting friends and an ideal addition for home and public libraries. — Becca Worthington
HereWeeRead says Babymoon is:
“A definite must-have for newborn parents or parents-to-be. Add this one to your baby shower gift giving list!”
What Miss Mitchell Saw—Coming September 3, 2019
Stars and ships and splashing whales! What Miss Mitchell Saw recounts Nantucket astronomer Maria Mitchell’s amazing 1847 discovery of a telescopic comet. Her find caused an international sensation as astronomers debated her claim to a royal reward. Did Miss Mitchell win gold and glory?
The brilliantly imaginative Diana Sudyka illustrates this narrative nonfiction picture book.
Here’s the cover reveal from my critique partner, Rajani LaRocca, Fairy Bookmother extraordinaire. What you cannot see is its delicate spattering of translucent, iridescent stars! Miss Mitchell would certainly have approved.
Girl Versus Squirrel
One resourceful girl. One intrepid squirrel. Great minds meet their match in Girl Versus Squirrel, a rollicking tale of teacups, peanuts, and the satisfying surprise of learning something new.
The cleverly creative Renée Andriani illustrates this humorous picture book.
Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House, spring 2020
An Assortment of Animals
Authors and illustrators from The Writers’ Loft collaborated to create this smart, spectacular collection of children’s animal poetry. Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Brian Lies created the delicious cover art and contributors include Jane Yolen, Josh Funk, Jane Kohuth, Jane Sutton and many more. My poem is about eohippus, an early ancestor of the horse, and is called Toes To Hooves. The amazing artwork for the poem was done by Priscilla Alpaugh.
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