From early August to now has been a wondrous whirlwind. Two new titles appeared this fall: JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES (Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong) has been hailed as “an all-time favorite.”Jane Manning’s imaginative, child-centered artwork brings magic to the poetry of Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Nikki Grimes, Joan Bransfield Graham and so many more. AMAZING PLACES (Lee & Low) has already received two starred reviews from KIRKUS and PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY. Stunning artwork was done by Chris Soentipiet
One wonders where time goes. August! My first post since April! Yet, I think I like the letter ‘A’! Two forthcoming titles are due out in Autumn. In an advance review of JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES (Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press), illustrated byJane Manning, KIRKUS called the book “…an endearing Accolade’ ending with “Amen”. For AMAZING PLACES (Lee & Low), illustrated by Chris Soentpiet and Christy Hale, KIRKUS starred the book stating “Amazing indeed”. I am amazed.
Overwhelmed at the reception of LULLABY & KISSES SWEET (Abrams). Overwhelmed! I never thought a board book for toddlers would become so popular so fast. Indeed, a thrilling moment in my career. The past few months have been filled with theatre. Old saws – OKLAHOMA, WEST SIDE STORY – renewed again due to technology and youthful casts. Concerts -Gershwin, Rodgers, Webber – reminders of what music and lyrics were. Were! I reach 77 on the
January – a month of extraordinary life happenings. On l/6, Florida passed the Marriage Equality Act. On l/l5, Charles John Egita and I married at a lovely private ceremony at our home. A larger reception will be held the end of February. Charles and I met over forty-five years ago. It was time! Time, indeed. We sailed on the Caribbean Princess for a five-night cruise spent in of the most incredible suites we’ve ever seen
One never knows how a book will fare until it finally appears after years of work. MANGER (Eerdmans), illustrated by Helen Cann, got off to a roaring start. Published in September, the first edition print run was gone by November. Promotion was widespread: A terrific blog by Sylvia Vardell at www.poetryforchildren.blogspot.com–a long interview with Tim Podell at www.goodconversations.com a main selection at Politics & Prose Booksellers in Washington, D.C. – a bevy of rave reviews