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Great News!

Cuánto mamá te quiere (Spanish edition of Mama Loves You So) received an honorable mention in the board books category of the Campoy-Ada Awards.

“The objective of this award is to recognize books for children and young adult published in Spanish in the United States, that stand out for the content originality, its literary and artistic creation, and the excellent use of Spanish.”

To read more about the award and the other outstanding titles, click here.MamaSpanish

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Ask an Editor: Rhyming Picture Book, featuring Renee LaTulippe

Some insightful thoughts in writing picture books in rhyme…

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“Ask an Editor” is a forum wherein SCBWI members submit questions that are answered as part of our quarterly Kite Tales blog. This month, we feature a guest host, Renée M. LaTulippe, children’s poet, freelance editor, and founder/teacher of The Lyrical Language Lab

Dear Editor – I’ve written a rhyming picture book, but now that I’m starting to search for an agent it seems a lot of them don’t want rhyming picture books. What should I do?

 —Sam, Los Angeles

Dear Sam:

This is a question that gets a lot of airtime in kidlit writer circles, and for good reason. After all, we can all see how many rhyming picture books come into the world each year, so someone is writing and selling and publishing them, right? Seeing so many agents and publishers put up “No Rhyme Allowed” signs on their clubhouse doors is frustrating indeed.

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Book Signing!

Looking for a great holiday gift for a little one in your life? Join me on Saturday, December 8 at Red Rock Books in Ridgecrest, CA.

From 1:00-3:00, I’ll be reading and signing copies of my latest book, MOTHER EARTH’S LULLABY: A SONG FOR ENDANGERED ANIMALS (illustrated by the fabulous Carol Heyer–whom I owe an apology to for adding a Santa Hat to her adorable wolf pup on the cover). A fun time is guaranteed!

And books! Did I mention ALL the books? Terrific gifts for kids of all ages! I hope to see you there! But if you can’t make it, you can always order books from www.indiebound.org. (isn’t that what we all do?)

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The Holidays Are Approaching…

…and what better gift to give than a book. Books shape minds, give people an escape, give us something to talk about and who doesn’t have a book in their heart that has stayed with them long after childhood?

This is why I’m so excited to see Mother Earth’s Lullaby listed on Word Spelunking’s Holiday Gift Guide. The list is populated with some outstanding children’s books and authors (J. Patrick Lewis, Jane Yolen, Robert Sabuda, to name a few). Check it out for some great gift ideas!

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MOTHER EARTH’S LULLABY IS OUT!

MOTHER EARTH’S LULLABY: A SONG FOR ENDANGERED ANIMALS is now available at bookstores and online! It only took ten years for this manuscript to become a published book (but that’s for another post, when I don’t have a deadline approaching!).

Additionally, my publisher Tilbury House, offers a 20% discount to educators! But even if you’re not a teacher, I highly recommend checking out this gorgeous book. Carol Heyer‘s illustrations are stunning and something to spend some time with. Here are a couple of samples but the book has so much more–condors, pandas, wallabies, toucans, vaquitas, wolves, deer, toucans, rhinos, nēnē, and owls.  Enjoy!

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I’m Baaack…sort of.

The year 2018 has been a challenging one for me. I’ve had not one, not two, but three family members face serious medical/health issues. Life has tested me, for sure, and I cannot wait for 2019 and the hope for less stressful, happier, healthier times.

That said, my life is settling back to normal now, except for one thing–I had to have hand surgery earlier this month! When I’m all healed, I’ll have a brand new “bionic” thumb! But for now, I’m in a hand splint and typing one-handed (non-dominant hand). It’s a bit frustrating at times (and yes, I’m aware of dictation software–just haven’t found one I like) but despite my temporary disability (“temporary” meaning 6 months), I wanted to share some news.

Simon & Schuster is releasing a Spanish edition of MAMA LOVES YOU SO! The new edition, CUÁNTO MAMÁ TE QUIERE will be released NEXT WEEK, on August 28! Same gorgeous artwork by Simone Shin but translated into Spanish!

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