Monday, August 31, 2015

That's (Not) Mine Blog Tour

Happy Monday! I'm thrilled to welcome back husband-and-wife team Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant to celebrate That's (Not) Mine, the follow-up to their Geisel Award-winning picture book, You Are (Not) Small. I wrote the words in orange, and they wrote the words in black. Thank you, Anna and Christopher! 

The two fuzzy creatures are back! This time...

Anna: …they fight about who owns a chair. Once again, it is about perspective: they are both right, and they are both wrong.

Chris: ...their quarreling leads to some funny physical antics that reminded me of the many “disagreements” that I would have with my brother when I was growing up.

That ‘s (Not) Mine’s illustrations...

Anna: ….make the text SING. As in our previous book, Chris’ illustrations elevate the story and the humor a hundred-fold.

Chris: ...were a joy to create. Anna wrote so many wonderful, visual opportunities for me to explore that it made my job easy.

Download the curriculum guide for That's (Not) Mine. 
The best thing...

Anna:…about That’s (Not) Mine is that I created it with Chris and received solid notes from both daughters.

Chris: is that these characters are like part of our family. Seeing them appear at the end of my brush again was like having a family reunion.

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award...
Anna:…was one of the most surprising and overwhelming gifts I’ve ever received, not just because of the medal itself, but because it has allowed us to meet so many people, of all ages, that we probably would not have. I will always be grateful to the 2015 Geisel Committee for selecting our first book and expanding our world.

Chris: ...was a thrilling life moment and was beyond anything I could have hoped for. Like Anna said, it was the people that we met—so many supportive librarians and readers that made it so special. I’m forever grateful to the Geisel Committee for giving us this experience.
Click here to read their Geisel Award acceptance speech. 
Illustrator and designer Sara Gillingham

Chris:...was lovely to work with.

Picture books are...

Anna:…are small, simple treasures that can change the world.
Chris: ...a child’s very first art museum.

Publication Date: Spring 2016, HarperCollins.
Mr. Schu, you should have asked us...

Anna:…what our favorite candy is. Mine is Mike and Ikes. When I was living in L.A. and Chris was in New York, he once sent me a care package that contained every single variety of Mike and Ikes. That’s when I knew I had to marry him.

Chris: Do you ever put hidden Easter eggs in your illustrations? I do! I often put my daughters, Kate and Lily, in my cartoons and also hide the first initials of their names in our books.

One lucky winner will receive a copy of That's (Not) Mine plus an adorable full-color poster.

Rules for the Giveaway

1. It will run from 8/31 to 11:59 PM on 9/2.

2. You must be at least 13.

3. If you win, please pay it forward.

Anna, a native New Yorker, grew up believing everything was hers until one day she realized it was her brother’s, too. She received a master’s degree in fine arts from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where the visual storyteller in her was awakened, forever changing the way she saw art, life, and everything in between. In addition to writing, Anna loves to read, travel, laugh, eat, and nap. Visit her online at

Christopher is a cartoonist and illustrator. His work can regularly be seen in the New Yorker. His cartoons are syndicated worldwide and have been featured on the Today ShowMeet the Press, and World News Tonight. Christopher likes to share everything but his personal space on the subway. Visit him online at

Tues, Sept 1 Jean Little Library
Wed, Sept 2Teach Mentor Texts
Thurs, Sept 3Kid Lit Frenzy
Fri, Sept 4Unleashing Readers
Mon, Sept 7 The Children's Book Review
Tues, Sept 8proseandkahn
Wed, Sept 9The Library Fanatic
Thurs, Sept 10Sharpread
Fri, Sept 11Bluestocking Thinking

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