Monday, February 29, 2016

Link of the Month: A Conversation Between Kate DiCamillo and Rebecca Stead

Happy Monday! Kate DiCamillo and Rebecca Stead interviewed each other via email for Philip and Erin Stead's fabulous blog. Kate's and Rebecca's words inspired me to create the following graphics. 












Click here to read the full interview. 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Handout for 2015 & 2016 GREAT Books Session at The Write to Learn Conference



Happy Friday! Greetings from Osage Beach, Missouri. I just finished talking to a wonderful group of teachers and librarians at The Write to Learn Conference. As always, the time went way too fast, and I didn't get a chance to talk about ALL the books I wanted to cheer for and share. That's why I'm always grateful for handouts. Below you can view all the titles I planned on championing during today's workshop. :) 


Click here to view the handout. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Everyone who follows me on Twitter, reads this blog, or has ever attended one of my presentations knows I love talking about Kate DiCamillo, India Opal Buloni, Rob Horton, Edward Tulane, Despereaux Tilling, Peter Augustus Duchene, Mercy Watson, Francine Poulet, Flora Belle Buckman, and Ulysses. Kate's characters jump off the page and stay with you forever. I've found myself thinking about Raymie Clarke, Beverly Tapinski, and Louisiana Elefante more than I have ever thought about any other characters before. Each distinct character has made me think long and hard about my soul and my heart. I cannot wait until Raymie Nightingale is in bookshops, libraries, book fairs, and in the hands of young readers. I hope these three girls speak to your heart the way they have spoken to mine. 


 I am beyond honored two-time Newbery Medalist and my friend Kate DiCamillo dropped by to chat with me about Raymie Nightingale, school libraries, and batons. I wrote the words in purple, and the great Kate wrote the words in black. Thank you, Kate! 


Raymie Nightingale

Raymie, Beverly, and Louisiana are each a part of me. I understood myself better after spending time with these characters. I liked myself better, too.


The Little Miss Central Florida Tire contest stills makes me laugh out loud to think about.  Originally, I thought that the winner would receive a crown made out of a tire. Wheeee. That makes me laugh, too.





I think Mr. Staphopoulos and Mr. Option are good kind, men who see Raymie clearly and give her great gifts. 

A ranchero is somebody you can rely on. Always. Forever.



Mrs. Sylvester’s gigantic jar of candy corn is based on an orange water pitcher that I saw in a coffee shop in New Orleans maybe four years ago.  The sun was coming in through the coffee shop window and it lit up the pitcher so that it looked like something wondrous from another planet. And I thought: everything ordinary is also beautiful if you look at it long enough and in the right way.

School libraries are gateways to the world.



Mr. Schu, you should have asked me if I can twirl a baton. Ha ha ha.  Of course I can’t twirl a baton.  Even though I took lessons I never learned.



Look for Raymie Nightingale on April 12, 2016. 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Cover Reveal for A Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins

Thanks to Twitter, I know I communicated with Carter Higgins for the first time on November 13, 2011. 
I love that 1,564 days later, Carter Higgins is making her first appearance on Watch. Connect. Read. to finish my sentences and reveal the cover for her debut novel, A Rambler Steals Home

We chatted about Brandon Dorman, Derby Christmas Clark (Doesn't her name roll so nicely off the tongue?), school libraries, and reading. I wrote the words in purple, and she wrote the words in black. Thank you, Carter! I'm so HAPPY for you and your future readers. 


Brandon Dorman's cover illustration for A Rambler Steals Home captures a place and a person and a sense of time in such a beautiful way. Derby is halfway in right field and halfway left out in the weeds. And isn't that what being 11-years-old is like? I also love that she has a hair tie on her wrist and a look of determination on her face. She's got some things to do.

Derby Christmas Clark is a girl with grit wrapped around a big, soft heart, and she has a way of winning over the even the toughest of souls.

Check out Carter's blog

Did you know Ridge Creek was named after my elementary school? I wrote this book from a place of homesickness, and it made a lot of heart-sense to bring a real piece of home into its setting. It's also the small town known for its minor league baseball team, the Ridge Creek Rockskippers.

School libraries are another kind of home.

Author-illustrator Brian Won interviewed Carter. 
Reading is opening the windows of that new kind of home and letting all the sunshine in. And if you're lucky, a whole bunch of new friends will bounce right in with the sunshine.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me what's good to eat at Garland's Grill! It's the sweet potato fries. (Or maybe if you can come visit my school library sometime as the Ambassador. The answer is yes!) 

Thank you! :) 


Carter Higgins is an elementary school librarian, book blogger, and former graphic designer. A Rambler Steals Home is her debut novel. She lives in Burbank, California. 



A Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins | HMH Books for Young Readers | Publication Date: February 28, 2017. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Three Questions and Three Sentence Starters with Alexandra Penfold

Hi, Alexandra Penfold! Welcome to Watch. Connect. Read. Thank you for dropping by to chat about your debut picture book, Eat, Sleep, Poop! 



Wow! What a FUN title and cover illustration! It makes me laugh out loud whenever I look at it. Please book talk Eat, Sleep, Poop using no more than 140 characters. Twitter style! 

Alexandra: Eat, Sleep, Poop! is a tender look at life inside and outside of the crib from a baby’s-eye view, perfect for new parents and siblings-to-be.

What ran through your head the first time you saw Eat, Sleep, Poop's cover illustration? 

Alexandra: Aw, baby! I just love, love, love Jane Massey's illustrations. She does such a wonderful job capturing so many sweet and funny moments in a young baby's life. And she's the master of those subtle micro-expressions that babies make. 



I always enjoy reading your book-related tweets. Please share some forthcoming books that you're excited about. 

Alexandra: 2016 is really shaping up to be a terrific picture book year! I'm also a children's book agent and I'm looking forward to new books from my clients Jessixa Bagley, Liz Wong, Meghan McCarthy, Suzanne Kaufman, and Adam Lehrhaupt. I can't wait to get my hands on Lucy Ruth Cummins' picture book, A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, Stephen Savage's The Mixed-Up Truck and Bob Shea's The Happiest Book Ever.



Please finish these sentence starters: 

School libraries are the best!

Picture books open new worlds to children of all ages. 

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about my other upcoming picture books, We Are Brothers, We Are Friends, illustrated by Eda Kaban and Food Truck Fest, illustrated by Mike Dutton, both due out from FSG in 2017.




Look for Eat, Sleep, Poop on September 13. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cover Reveal for You Are Not a Cat by Sharon Flake and Anna Raff

Happy Thursday! I am celebrating the cover for You Are Not a Cat with Sharon Flake and Anna Raff. We chatted about Cat, Duck, picture books, and marvelous  wordplay. I wrote the words in orange, Sharon wrote the words in purple, and Anna wrote the words in black. Thank you, Sharon and Anna! 



You Are Not a Cat tells the story of a Duck who is having the time of his life, meowing, and a Cat who cannot abide this behavior. So again and again Cat tries to teach Duck exactly what ducks do--quack and such.  These two are simply hilarious, as serious Cat insists that Duck conform to his true nature.  Duck will have none of it.  He's free spirited, creative, and frankly just wants to have fun.  There are no big messages here.  Just beautiful illustrations, a great story and a chance for readers to laugh out loud again and again.

Each time I read it, I end up in stitches.  And find tidbits I hadn't noticed before. Like the mouse. He just shows up here and there. Finally he's grinning in one of those “please don't eat me I'm so cute” kind of ways. I'm as proud of this book as anything I've ever done.


Anna Raff's illustrations blew me away!  I had no expectations of what she might create.  Nor did I have any pictures in mind of what my characters might look like. I know what I like when I see it though, and right away I was in love.  Thrilled with how my characters were illustrated.  Dang! She nailed it. Needless to say I'd love to work with her again on another Cat and Duck adventure.

Explore Sharon's website. 



Picture books are not just for children. And they are more difficult to master than one might think. Give me 50,000 words over 800 anytime. That's not to say I'll never write another picture book, because I just turned one in. My fingers are crossed, of course.



When I received Sharon Flake's manuscript for You Are Not A Cat, my first thought was what marvelous wordplay! And how much fun would it be to illustrate a book that was strictly dialogue-driven (a first for me)? Sharon’s text just begs to be read aloud, and the meter really reminds me of Dr. Seuss. I thought the mischievousness of the duck character would provide some great comic opportunities, yet all of that comes from his exuberance which is completely without malice. Duck has his vision, will not be swayed, and as such throws his whole self into being whatever he wants to be. He’s ALL IN. Poor Cat…he’s having such a fine day…until Duck descends upon him. As a little sister whose vast imagination could sometimes vex her older brother, I found it very easy to relate to both of these characters. 


I created the illustrations for You Are Not a Cat with ink washes and pen and pencil drawings that I collaged and colored digitally.


Picture books are all I want for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just kidding—I’ll take them with some food too.




Look for You Are Not a Cat on October 4! 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Press Release: Ninth Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalists Announced

KIDS & TEENS TO DETERMINE THE WINNERS BY VOTING AT CCBOOKAWARDS.COM FROM MARCH 8- APRIL 25, 2016 | New York, NY — February 16, 2016

Every Child a Reader (ECAR) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) have announced the finalists in the ninth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBA), the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by kids and teens. Young readers across the country will determine the winners in all 7 categories of the Children’s Choice Book Awards by voting online atccbookawards.com from Tuesday, March 8 through Monday, April 25, 2016. 

In 2015, over 1.3 million votes were cast online by young readers. Winners will be announced during the 97th annual Children’s Book Week (May 2-8, 2016). 

The finalists for the K-2, 3-4, and 5-6 Book of the Year categories were selected by kids through the Children’s Choices Program, a joint project of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the CBC, in which children from different regions of the United States read newly-published children’s and young adult trade books and voted for the ones they liked best. This year, 117,975 votes were cast. 2,000+ votes were cast on Teenreads.com to determine the Teen Book of the Year finalists.

The five finalists in this year’s Children’s Choice Debut Author, Teen Choice Debut Author and Children’s Choice Illustrator categories were determined by two selection committees comprised of librarians, educators, booksellers, and children’s literature experts appointed by Every Child a Reader:
Children’s & Teen Choice Debut Author Committee:
  • Jonathan Hunt, Coordinator of Library Media Services, San Diego County Office of Education
  • Amanda Hurley, Manager, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
  • Max Rodriguez, Founder, Harlem Book Fair & Westchester Children’s Book Festival; Publisher, QBR The Black Book Review
  • John Schumacher, Ambassador of School Libraries, Scholastic Book Fairs; Founder, Watch, Connect, Read
  • Seira Wilson, Senior Books Editor, Amazon.com
Children’s Choice Illustrator Committee:
  • Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager, Evanston Public Library; A Fuse #8 Production (SLJ)
  • Julie Danielson, MLS, Founder, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
  • Colby Sharp, Teacher, Parma Elementary, MI; Co-Founder, Nerd Camp
  • Tegan Tigani, PNBA President; Bookseller and Children’s Book Buyer for Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA; Editor for nwbooklovers.org
  • Kimberly L. Jones, Store Manager, Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA
The 2016 Children’s Choice Book Awards finalists are:
KINDERGARTEN TO SECOND GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • Clark the Shark: Afraid of the Dark by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Guy Francis (HarperCollins Children’s)
  • The Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine, illustrated by Marc Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group)
  • Sick Simon by Dan Krall (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (HMH Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • To the Sea by Cale Atkinson (Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
THIRD TO FOURTH GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • Escape from the Lizzarks (Nnewts: Book 1) by Doug TenNapel (GRAPHIX, an imprint of Scholastic)
  • Fort by Cynthia DeFelice (Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
  • I’m Trying To Love Spiders by Bethany Barton (Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • Monkey and Elephant and a Secret Birthday Surprise by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Galia Bernstein (Candlewick Press)
FIFTH TO SIXTH GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman (Scholastic Press)
  • Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick (Random House Books for Young Readers)
  • Saved By the Bell by Joelle Sellner, illustrated by Chynna Clugston-Flores and Tim Fish (Roar Comics)
  • The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell (Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams Books)
  • Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of) by Liz Pichon (Candlewick Press)
TEEN BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins)
  • Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
CHILDREN’S CHOICE DEBUT AUTHOR
  • Elana K. Arnold for The Question of Miracles (HMH Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Ali Benjamin for The Thing About Jellyfish (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group)
  • Alex Gino for George (Scholastic Press)
  • Victoria Jamieson for Roller Girl (Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • Kelly Jones for Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer (Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)
TEEN CHOICE DEBUT AUTHOR
  • Becky Albertalli for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s)
  • Kelly Loy Gilbert for Conviction (Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
  • Adam Silvera for More Happy Than Not (Soho Teen)
  • Sabaa Tahir for An Ember in the Ashes (Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • Tommy Wallach for We All Looked Up (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
CHILDREN’S CHOICE ILLUSTRATOR
  • Kate Beaton for The Princess and the Pony (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic)
  • Mike Curato for Little Elliot, Big Family (Henry Holt & Co., an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • Greg Pizzoli for Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower (Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • Antoinette Portis for The Red Hat by David Teague (Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
  • Taeeun Yoo for Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev (Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
About the Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBA)

Launched in 2008 by the 
Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, the CCBA program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to help develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a love of reading. More at ccbookawards.com/about.php.

About Children’s Book Week (CBW)
Established in 1919, CBW is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Each year, official events – which give kids the opportunity to connect with their favorite authors and illustrators in person – are held from coast to coast. In 2016, official events will be held in all 50 states. Learn more at bookweekonline.com.

About Every Child a Reader (ECAR)

Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. Every Child a Reader creates and supports programs that strive to make the reading and enjoyment of children’s books an essential part of America’s educational and social aims and enhance public perception of the importance of reading. ECAR’s programs include Children’s Book Week, a nationwide celebration of books and reading, and the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country; the Children’s Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by kids and teens of all ages; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, the country’s “Children’s Literature Laureate.” Please visit 
www.ecarfoundation.org.

About the Children’s Book Council (CBC)

The Children’s Book Council is the nonprofit trade association for children’s book publishers in North America. The CBC offers children’s publishers the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry at large, including educational programming, literacy advocacy, and collaborations with other national organizations. Our members span the spectrum from large international houses to smaller independent presses. The CBC is proud to partner with other national organizations on co-sponsored reading lists, educational programming, and literacy initiatives. Please visit
www.cbcbooks.org for more information.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Catching Up with Augusta Scattergood

Hi, Augusta Scattergood! Welcome back to Watch. Connect. Read.! Thank you for dropping by to answer my questions and share the cover for Making Friends with Billy Wong!


Please tell us about the two characters and the bicycle featured on this gorgeous cover. 

Augusta: Thanks, Mr. Schu, for inviting me. Those two characters are Azalea Clark and her new friend Billy Wong. Azalea has left her home in Texas and come to help her grandmother in Paris Junction, Arkansas, where the last person she expected to meet was a Chinese boy working in his family’s store.  Billy uses his bike for grocery deliveries and to ride along the stream looking for frogs. Azalea hopes she doesn’t crash hers into a tree. 

I hope Azalea doesn't crash. :) 


Explore Augusta's website. 

What planted the seed for Making Friends with Billy Wong

Augusta: A few years ago, I read an essay written by my high school friend, Bobby Joe Moon, about growing up in the Mississippi Delta during the segregated years of the 1950s and 60s. As I researched and read more about the large population of Chinese immigrants who settled in the South after the Civil War, I knew there was a story. Two unlikely friends, so different, with plenty to say!


Can you write on the road? 

Augusta: Only if I’m in a quiet spot with very little happening. Come to think of it, that’s not so different from the way I write at home!  No music, no distractions. (I’m easily distracted.) 



Do you have any writing rituals? 

Augusta: My writing rituals include getting up very early, sitting at my computer, and not moving for a while. When I get stuck, I take a walk, often with notebook in hand. But I love my Scrivener writing software so eventually I have to get back to the computer and fill in the blanks! And there are a lot of blanks when I begin a project.


As you know, one of the best things about being a teacher-librarian is sharing books with readers. Please share some recently released or forthcoming titles you’re excited about.  

Augusta: My reading list is always jam-packed with great books. Right now I’m reading about old movies and Shirley Temple (research!). I’ve been channeling my inner-Nancy Drew and finishing a fun, exciting debut novel by C.M. Surrisi, The Maypop Kidnapping.  Last week I reread Kirby Larson’s newest, Audacity Jones to the Rescue.  Kirby, Barbara O’Connor, Susan Hill Long and I worked on our four 2016 books together at a writing retreat. Finally, I get to share those terrific novels as they spill out into the reading universe.



Please finish these sentence starters:

On August 30, 2016, you’ll find me celebrating! I’m pretty excited about my new book.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me, "What’s the most surprising student question you’ve ever been asked?"

“What do you and your author friends talk about when you’re together?”

And as much as I adore talking to kids about writing and reading and books, my lips are sealed on that answer.



Making Friends with Billy Wong by Augusta Scattergood | Scholastic Press |  Publication Date; August 30, 2016. 


Scholastic's Description: 

Azalea is not happy about being dropped off to look after Grandma Clark. Even if she didn’t care that much about meeting new sixth graders at the Tyler Elementary Back-to-School Picnic in her Texas hometown, those strangers seem much preferable to the ones in Paris Junction. Talk about troubled Willis DeLoach or gossipy Melinda Bowman. Who needs friends like these!

And then there’s Billy Wong, the Chinese American boy who shows up to help in her grandmother’s garden. Billy’s great-aunt and uncle own the Lucky Foods grocery store, where days are long and some folks aren’t friendly. For Azalea, whose family and experiences seem different from most everybody she knows, friendship has never been easy. Maybe this time, it will be.

Inspired by the true accounts of Chinese immigrants who lived in the American South during the civil rights era, these two stories told side by side—one in Azalea’s prose, the other in Billy’s poetic narrative create a poignant novel that reminds us all that home is where our hearts reside and that friends can come to us in the most unexpected ways.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Cover Reveal for Return Fire by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Dear Mr. Sharp,

Happy Saturday! I hope you had a wonderful week with your students. Instead of posting a video this week, I am sharing an interview with Christina Diaz Gonzalez and revealing the cover for Return Fire

I wrote the words in orange, and Christina wrote the words in black. 

Have an extraordinary weekend! 

Your friend, 

-John 


The cover illustration for Return Fire gives the reader a clue as to the location where much of the action will take place -- the Amalfi coast in Italy. Iacopo Bruno did a gorgeous job with it!

Return Fire tells the story of Cassie Arroyo, an American girl in Italy who discovers that she has the power to control the future through the legendary Spear of Destiny. 


I think Cassie and Asher are a great team. 

School libraries are like magic portals because on any given day you can go back in time, leap into the future, explore different worlds, experience new adventures and discover your own potential!


Explore Christina's website.


Reading is a wonderful way to unleash your imagination.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me why I chose the name Cassie. The answer is that when Cassie was born a nurse asked Felipe (Cassie's adoptive father) if he was the father and he answered "casi" which means "almost" in Spanish. The nurse thought he was naming his newborn daughter Cassie and that's how Cassie got her name! 

Thank you, Christina! 


Look for Return Fire on September 27! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

March #SharpSchu Book Club Meeting

Mr. Colby Sharp and I hope you'll participate in the March #SharpSchu Twitter Book Club meeting on March 15. Happy reading! 


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

#SharpSchu Meets Tonight


Mr. Colby Sharp and I hope you will participate in tonight's #SharpSchu Twitter Book Club meeting


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Guest Post by Laura Gehl


Worms? AAAAAAAHHHHH! Dark? AAAAAAAHHHHH! Robbers?  MRMMMF (muffled sound of shrieking from under the covers)!
 

Toddlers and preschoolers are basically 35-pound kid-shaped sacks of fears, decorated with pigtails and chocolate stains, fairy wings and Batman suits.

These fears can drive parents crazy.  I say that as a mom who once carried a terrified preschooler—a HEAVY terrified preschooler—across a large parking lot after a rainstorm, due to a number of Evil Earthworms lurking above ground.  And as a mom who is now resigned to leaving her daughter’s bedroom light AND the hall light on every single night, keeping the Robber-Filled Darkness of Doom at bay.

But really, who are we to judge?  We adults have our own illogical fears.  Show me a slug and I’ll show you an adult screaming and hiding under the covers.  Yep, that would be me.  Spiders? No problem.  Bees? No problem.  Slugs? MRMMMMF! 


Yet we parents are constantly encouraging our little sacks of fear to try new and terrifying things.  How would adults feel in the same situation?  Wanna try skydiving tomorrow?  How about an afternoon of swimming in shark-infested waters? Sure, these activities have very low injury—or casualty—rates.  But for most of us, that type of logic doesn’t do much to combat the terror.



Into the fear-filled world of toddlers, enter adorable chick siblings Peep and Egg, brought to life by illustrator extraordinaire Joyce Wan.  Peep can’t wait for Egg to hatch; she wants to share all the fun and beauty of the world with her little sister.  But Egg is scared of….everything!  Climbing on the roof of the henhouse? Might as well order a concussion with a side of broken wings. Counting the stars?  You mean AT NIGHT?  In the DARK?  AAAAAHHHHHH!!!


Over the course of the PEEP AND EGG series, Egg will face all kinds of typical preschool obstacles—from taking a bath (AAAAAAAHHHH!) to trick or treating (AAAAHHHH!) to tasting new foods (AAAAAHHHHHH!).  Fortunately, Egg has a secret weapon in overcoming her fears: the ever-patient, ever-comforting Peep.


Will reading PEEP AND EGG with your preschooler be a magic bullet for eliminating childhood fears? No.  But curling up and sharing PEEP AND EGG with your child will be a magical experience, the way reading any book with any child is a magical experience.  An experience that makes the child feel safe and loved and cozy…and makes the world a little less scary as a result. 

And if Peep and Egg manage to help a few kids take a few steps toward conquering their fears—then that’s the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae.  Wait!  What is that slimy thing on my computer? MRMMMMMMFF!



You know, I think I’ll just stay right here underneath the covers. Can somebody please hand me a book?  And an ice cream sundae?



Bio: Laura Gehl is the author of PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT HATCHING as well as several other PEEP AND EGG books hatching in 2016 and 2017.  Laura’s first picture book, ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR, was a Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title, a Booklist Best Books for Youth selection, and winner of the CBC/MSRI Mathical Prize for grades K-2. Read more about Laura, and find printable Peep and Egg activities, at www.lauragehl.com.  Laura lives, reads, and eats ice cream sundaes in Maryland with her husband and four far-from-fearless kids.
  
    
Borrow Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching  from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.