Signing at Cooks and Books on Hilton Head Island

Signing at Cooks and Books on Hilton Head Island

The Book Loft, Sunday, November 26, 2017 – Signing 1-4 p.m. at 214 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL

Holiday Market, Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Signing 9-4 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2801 Frederica, St. Simons Island, GA.

Amelia Island Book Festival, Saturday, February 17, 2018 – Signing 10 – 6 Saturday at Fernandina Beach Middle School, 315 Citrona Drive, Fernandina Beach, FL.

Hope you’ll make one of these fun events and say hello!

 

Two book birthday changes to announce:

My Baby’s Firsts will now be coming out Fall 2018–a little longer to wait, but Michael Emberley‘s adorable illustrations will be worth it.

And Pirate Jack Gets Dressed: A Colorful Yarrrn has been moved up to Fall 2018, and Allison Black‘s art is spectacular!

 

My second picture book with Beach Lane Books was announced in Publisher’s Weekly.

Andrea Welch at S&S/Beach Lane has acquired world rights to Nancy Raines Day‘s (l.) Pirate Jack Gets Dressed: A Colorful Yarrrn, a picture book about a pirate getting dressed, piece by colorful piece. Allison Black will illustrate; publication is slated for spring 2019. Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author and Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator.

Allison Black

It’s official! Charlesbridge announced my next book in Publisher’s Weekly:

Children’s: Picture book
Nancy Raines Day’s BABY’S FIRSTS, illustrated by Michael Emberley, a rhyming picture book with lyrical, sparse text that celebrates baby’s first year—hugging and crying, rolling and crawling, talking and more, to Yolanda Scott at Charlesbridge, for publication in February 2018,  by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author and Rick Richter at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth for the illustrator (World English).

So excited to work with this terrific editor, house, and illustrator!

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That scary season is creeping up on us. This year, instead of teeth-rotting candy, treat givers have a new option–handing out a flier about a website (trickorreaters.com) that offers age-appropriate, scare-o-meter rated spooky reads. Click here to see your seven creepy choices of flier designs to put in trick-or-treaters bags.

On a Windy Night cover

Hiding on the Age-o-Meter 4-7 list is On a Windy Night (3 on the scare-o-meter). Go here for a peek at a mysterious book trailer, description of the book and where to find it, a freaky and free bony coloring page, and more about its creepy creator–me!

The website is the brain child of Kirsten Cappy, the ghoul behind Curious City who loves connecting kids and books.

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun

Had a blast being a featured author at this year’s Savannah Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, November 14 in beautiful Forsyth Park. Reading and signing What in the World?, Way Down Below Deep, A is for Alliguitar, and On a Windy Night, I met lots of engaged and excited young readers. Watching fellow children’s authors Brian Lies (Bats at the Beach), Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn Dixie), Kevin Sherry (I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean) and others work their magic was illuminating as well. In the afternoon, I signed books next to Christopher Smith, an up-and-coming author, age 6.

signing books at First Friday in Brunswick

Signing at First Friday in Brunswick

I’m excited to announce these West Coast author visits.

Tuesday, October 6 at 3:30 p.m., Glendale (CA) Central Library, 222 E Harvard Street, Glendale, CA 91205

After reading, a rainbow craft is planned.

Wednesday, October 7 at 3:00 p.m., Pacific Park Branch Library, 501 S Pacific Ave, Glendale, CA 91204

Thursday, October 8 at 10:45 a.m., Casa Verdugo Library, 1151 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202

 

Saturday, October 10 at 11:00 a.m., Mockingbird Books, 7220 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

At storytime, I’ll read both What in the World? and On a Windy Night, with a fun craft after.

 

And on the East Coast:

Saturday, October 24, 1-4 p.m., The Book Loft, 214 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

I’ll be signing What in the World?, Way Down Below Deep, A is for Alliguitar, and On a Windy Night.

Wednesday, October 28, 9:30 a.m., Brunswick Public Library, 208 Gloucester St, Brunswick, GA 31520

For storytime, I’ll be reading What in the World? On a Windy Night, followed by coloring pages.

Saturday, November 14, Savannah Children’s Book Festival, Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA

I’ll be a featured author at this awesome annual event sponsored by the Live Oak Public Libraries. Signing and presentation times to come!

Saturday, December 5, 9-4, Holiday Market at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2801 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

I’ll be signing all my titles. You can also win a book of your choice in the raffle!

What in the World cover

Want to win a signed copy of What in the World? Numbers in Nature? Enter my giveaway on Goodreads before October 1

 

 

Today, September 1, a book is born. Welcome into the world of What in the World? Numbers in Nature.

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The celebration started last week, when the New York Times Book Review included this title in a back-to-school roundup of picture books dealing with numbers.

The celebration continues with local signings–First Friday at the Brunswick Public Library, 6-8 p.m. on September 4 and at G.J. Ford Bookshop on St. Simons Island, 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, September 12.

Want to join the celebration? On the Simon & Schuster What in the World? page, you can order a copy from the publisher or your favorite online bookseller. You can also become a “fan”–and get your choice of other e-books published by S&S–free.  And check out my guest post for writers on “Fiction University“–new today.

Cheers!

Way Down Below Deep cover

Way Down Below Deep cover

Want to know more about my process for writing rhyming nonfiction? Sherri Rivers interviewed me about how Way Down Below Deep came to be.

I also wrote a guest post, How to Rhyme Right in a Picture Book, for Tracey Cox’s Summer Sparks series for writers.

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