Entries tagged with “Nancy Raines Day

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


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.

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.

octopus eight

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.


what-in-the-world-9781481400602.in05So happy that Kirkus Reviews–known for its pickiness–gave What in the World? Numbers in Nature a thumbs up! Here’s what the reviewer said:

This more-than-a-counting-book introduces things recognizable in numbered sets.

The compact, rhyming narrative rhetorically asks readers to think about numbers in the world, beginning and ending with eyes on the sky: “What in the world comes one by one? / A nose. A mouth. The moon. / The sun.” Young listeners who comprehend the world through the ways it can be measured will find this gripping and consoling….The counting goes up through 10, looking at birds, insects, sea creatures, and deer in the seaside forest. “Three” invites discussion about the parts of bees—their bodies comprise head, thorax, and abdomen, but they also have wings and antennae. The word—sets—that has been implied all along appears near the end: “And what comes in sets too big to count?” Here…a starry sky bears the faint outlines of each numbered thing that has come before….Textured, visually rich, and gracefully simple, this is a fine blend of informative poetry and illustration.

And School Library Journal had good things to say as well: Day’s simple rhyming text encourages children to count natural phenomena. From one moon and sun to stars in “sets too big to count,” her examples give viewers opportunities to hone their skills. The large format encourages group participation. For the most part, the items to be counted are easily identified. Five arms on five sea stars and eight undulating octopus limbs are exceptionally clear….Cyrus’s thoughtfully composed illustrations will reward repeated viewings, because featured objects recur in several places. For example, the three bees hovering in the lower corner of the spread featuring two bluebirds appear prominently when the page is turned. Sharp-eyed viewers will be rewarded by such discoveries, including the appearance of many plants and animals traced in the night sky among the stars. —Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library

First signing for my new book at First Friday in Brunswick, GA

First signing for my new book at First Friday in Brunswick, GA

I’m still having a wonderful time sharing Way Down Below Deep!

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, 1-4 p.m., I’ll be signing at the Book Loft, 214 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach, Fl on Amelia Island. I’m looking forward to sharing my ocean book so near the ocean!

I’ll be adding more dates, so please check back.

Way Down Below Deep cover
My newest rhyming picture book about the mysterious and elusive creatures of the deep ocean will be swimming its way into bookstores in September. Stay tuned for news and event updates! Meanwhile, you can preview or even pre-order.

This is the first guest blog on my website. I’m happy to present news of Lisa Cocca’s debut YA novel. She is an awesome writer and person, and it’s gonna be a big thing indeed!

lisa coccaMy Next Big Thing is a global blog tour, started in Australia, to showcase authors and illustrators and their current work. I was tagged by Nancy Raines Day, the delightful author of Way Down Below Deep and my gracious hostess on this blog.

After I post answers to the Q & A, I will pass the blog on to authors Lizzie Friend, Beth Fehlbaum, and Elisa Nader, all fellow Merit Press authors, who will pick up the tour on August 1st.

What is the working title of your next book?
Providence, which will be published in March 2014.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Some years ago I saw a piece on the news about a young girl who found an abandoned baby on the roof of her apartment building. She immediately went to her mother, who called the authorities. When they interviewed the little girl, she was disappointed to learn they couldn’t keep the baby. It seemed simple to her – the baby needed a family and a home, and she and her mom were a family with a home.
The news story started me thinking about how many people would instinctively want to care for an infant in need and about how many babies are still being abandoned in unsafe places despite our nation’s safe haven laws. This was the seed from which my story blossomed.

In what genre does your book fall?
It’s contemporary realistic fiction.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A resourceful teenage runaway finds an abandoned newborn in a boxcar and both of their lives are forever changed.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Anyone capable of showing Becky’s unique blend of strength, gentleness, and vulnerability would be fine with me.

Who is publishing your book?
Merit Press Books, a new Young Adult imprint spearheaded by best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I honestly don’t remember. I wrote and revised this many times. My first draft of anything often looks like someone else’s outline. I get the main points down and then go back and fill it in.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?The Secret Life of Bees cover This question sent me into a tizzy when my publisher asked this. My agent said it reminds her of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I actually don’t wait for inspiration to hit me over the head. I just sit down and write.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Although most of us will never face the challenges Becky does in the book, I think readers will relate to the big picture situation. Like Becky and the people she meets, our lives interlock with those around us like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The picture would not be complete without our little piece of it.

Nancy Raines DayFlorida’s Amelia Island is beautiful in April, and folks really turn out for its annual book festival. This year, Elizabeth Kostova (The Swan Thieves) and Debbie Macomber are among the author/stars who will be on hand.

I will be visiting Yulee Primary on Friday, April 26, sharing A is for Alliguitar: Musical Alphabeasts as part of the Authors in Schools program. I’ll be on hand Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to meet people, talk about, and sell all my books. Come visit at the Atlantic Rec Center. I’ll also be reading at the Kids Fun Zone there at 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Windy Night silkscreen poster




George Bates, illustrator of On a Windy Night, has silkscreened a shivery skeleton image to celebrate the book’s third season. Perfect Halloween decor for your home, bookstore, library, what have you. You can purchase on his etsy site.