COVER REVEAL: Mariana Llanos’ Eunice and Kate

I was truly honored to be invited by Penny Candy Books to participate in the cover reveal of the brilliant Mariana Llanos‘ upcoming picture book Eunice and Kate. I’m sure you will find Elena Napoli‘s illustrations as fun and inviting as I do.
This sweet story is scheduled for release February 11, 2020, which is National Make a Friend Day! It’s a fitting release date, since the story is about two friends and neighbors with a lot in common, including moms who struggle to pay the bills while also filling their homes with love and laughter!
Even though Eunice and Kate share many experiences, the girls have distinct personalities and dreams. In fact, conflict arises when both girls fail to acknowledge and celebrate what makes the other unique.
The story provides a valuable lesson about appreciating difference. It also subtly represents urban living and working class experiences usually absent from children’s picture books.
cover reveal

Coming Soon: Kate Pugsley’s Mermaid Dreams (2019)

Kate Pugsley‘s Mermaid Dreams (2019) is a sweet story about a young girl, Maya, who visits the beach with her family. When she asks her parents to play, they tell her they would like to relax instead and suggest she make a new friend. That’s easier said than done. Maya is too shy to approach one of the playing children. Instead she closes her eyes and imagines herself transformed into a mermaid and swimming freely under the ocean’s waves. In her fantasy, Maya meets many sea creatures as she follows inviting laughter that ends up belonging to a little mermaid just like her. Maya awakes from her fantasy when a child invites her to play in real life. She accepts with confidence. Continue reading

Suzanne Dewitt Hall’s Rumplepimple (2015) and Rumplepimple Goes to Jail (2017)

Rumplepimple (The Adventures of Rumplepimple) (Volume 1)

Rumplepimple Goes to Jail (The Adventures of Rumplepimple) (Volume 2)Rumplepimple (2015) and Rumplepimple Goes to Jail (2017), written by Suzanne Dewitt Hall and illustrated by Kevin Scott Gierman, focuses on the exploits of Rumplepimple, a wire fox terrier with lots of energy and a strong sense of adventure. Rumplepimple lives with his cat sister, Chicken, and his two moms. Continue reading