The new project I introduced last week Book Friends Bookshop, is up and running! It’s even got a link on my menu bar with the categories listed below.
With a book being added on Amazon every five minutes, the number of good books to choose from is endless. At a time when many use social media in negative ways, I am grateful for those who choose to spread cheer. There are many authors and illustrators who are consistently supportive and kind to others, and who use their time on social media to be encouraging and uplifting.
Book Friends Bookshop is dedicated to promoting the works of these kind authors and illustrators.
So far, I have catalogued about half of my original list of three hundred authors. (Some of these “authors” are illustrators, but the program I’m using is set up to list pages by author. In these cases, the illustrator’s name appears as Written by, with the author’s name added to the book description. There is an additional, linked illustrator tag at the bottom of the page.) I have so many more authors and illustrators still on my list and I expect the list to continue to grow as I meet and discover more children’s book creators who go out of their way to be supportive and kind. I hope you will visit the shop often to see who’s new.
Now on to this week’s news:
Happy Book Birthday!
The first book up this week is an exciting departure for author Anna Staniszewski, author of many middle grade novels. When Anna was writing her My Very Un-Fairy Tale Life series, she wrote a guest post for me on character development, Give Your Character a Mirror. Later, when she was launching THE PRANK LIST, she came back for an interview where she talks about story premise, imagery, and character details. Today we get to see Anna’s debut picture book!
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Ben can’t wait to adopt the best dog in the world. On a trip to the shelter, he sees dogs of all kinds, but none of them are quite right.
Then he finds Sadie. Sadie is big—really big. She says “roar” instead of “woof” and she doesn’t fit inside the house, but Ben knows she’s the best dog in the world. Now if only she could stop causing so much trouble!
This hilarious tale of a very special dog (with a prehistoric twist) will have you roaring—just like Sadie.
CONFETTI & CAKE
THE SECRET COOKING CLUB #2
Published by Chicken House
Coming this Friday, August 4!
Scarlett’s blog has found success beyond her wildest dreams. A TV show is on the cards and the Secret Cooking Club has several new members. What’s more, her mum is getting married, and Scarlett is baking the wedding cake.
Everything is perfect … or is it? Her estranged dad arrives in town unannounced, and Scarlett’s friends say fame has gone to her head. As the wedding approaches, she has much more on her mind than the perfect bake …
A MOST MAGICAL GIRL
By Karen Foxlee
From the author of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy comes the story of a friendship between two girls set in Victorian England, with magical machines, wizards, witches, a mysterious underworld, and a race against time.
Annabel Grey is primed for a proper life as a young lady in Victorian England. But when her mother suddenly disappears, she’s put in the care of two eccentric aunts who thrust her into a decidedly un-ladylike life, full of potions and flying broomsticks and wizards who eat nothing but crackers. Magic, indeed Who ever heard of such a thing?
Before Annabel can assess the most ladylike way to respond to her current predicament, she is swept up in an urgent quest. Annabel is pitted against another young witch, Kitty, to rescue the sacred Moreover Wand from the dangerous underworld that exists beneath London. The two girls outsmart trolls, find passage through a wall of faerie bones, and narrowly escape a dragon, but it doesn’t take long for Annabel to see that the most dangerous part of her journey is her decision to trust this wild, magical girl.
Sparkling with Karen Foxlee’s enchanting writing, this is a bewitching tale of one important wand and two most magical girls.
Giveaways and Promotions
Author Dee Leone has developed a Pinterest board for teachers, librarians, and parents wanting to discover books with supplementary activities. The page, Book Activity Kits/Teacher’s Guides, can be seen even if you aren’t on Pinterest.
AUGUST 4, FRIDAY, 10:00 AM: DEBBIE HENDERSON MAESTAS, CHILDREN’S AUTHOR
Local author Debbie Henderson Maestas presents The Kay and Ray series, which embodies Bible stories in a fictional fashion to appeal to young children’s imaginations. You will enjoy meeting the endearing sister-and-brother duo in the first book Kay and Ray Help a Neighbor. It takes the story of the Good Samaritan and gives it a contemporary setting with thoughtfulness and humor.
AUGUST 7, MONDAY, 7:00 PM: SCBWI-HOUSTON MTG
Tracy Gee Community Center
National SCBWI Recap: A Panel Discussion
Our members who attended the national SCBWI conference in Los Angeles will shares their insights and experiences. All are welcome!
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SEPTEMBER 23-24: FLATHEAD RIVER WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, KALISPELL, MT
AGENTS: Cindy Uh/Thompson Literary Agency; Kate Testerman/KT Literary
OCTOBER 13-15: EMERALD CITY WRITERS CONFERENCE, BELLEVUE, WA
EDITOR: Tera Cuskaden/Entangled
AGENTS: Courtney Miller-Callihan/Handspun Literary Agency; Nicole Resciniti/Seymour Agency; Erin Hennicke/Franklin & Siegel & Associates
NOVEMBER 4: SCBWI-ILLINOIS PRARIE WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS DAY, PALATINE, IL
EDITORS: Alex Arnold/Katherine Tegen Books; Kelly Delaney/Alfred A. Knopf BFYR; Caitlyn Dlouhy/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books; Hannah Ehrlich/Lee & Low Books
ART DIRECTOR: Karen Kohn/ Ask Magazine
AGENTS: Tanusri Prasanna/Foundry Literary + Media; Merial Cornell/Cornell & Company, LLC; Susan Hawk/Upstart Crow
NOVEMBER 3-5: TIME TO WRITE REVSION RETREAT, PLATTSBURG, NY
AUTHORS: Kate Messner; Linda Urban
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