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A Real Treasure: TO FIND TREASURE IN THE MOUNTAINS

When I saw the cover reveal for To Find Treasure in the Mountains (Yosemite Conservancy, written by Francine Rockey, ill. by Kendra Binney), it spoke to my heart. I love exploring the mountains and discovering all the treasures they hold! This is the kind of book I would have loved as a kid, or as an adult, had in my classroom and read to my son. It’s all about adventure and discovery.

What do you need to find treasure in the mountains? Some sturdy shoes, a sense of adventure, and remembering which way is away and which way is home. No pirate map or magic wand required!

In this charming, beautifully-illustrated and poignantly-written debut picture book, three diverse children follow a trail and discover some of the mountain’s most precious treasures. Detailed artwork reveals discoveries of birds, mammals, insects, rocks, streams, plants, and more. The trio returns home, where we see how their treasured experience will always stay with them through storytelling and memories.

To Find Treasure in the Mountains is a perfect book for families who enjoy exploring the outdoors. Available August 16, 2022.

Coming August 16, 2022

BEST BEAR BOOKS FOR TODDLERS…

I was recently approached by Ben Shepard about doing some book recommendations for his new website, Shepard Books: Discover the Best Books. The idea behind the site is that authors recommend books that are similar in topic to their own. Makes sense, right? How many times have you (or your child) finished a book on a particular topic, only to crave more? This website will help you with that!

When Ben asked me about doing some book recommendations, I jumped at the chance. I recall as a parent, seeing my son finish a book and wanting to know more about the subject. This website will be a treasure of specific title recommendations. I decided to feature my recent title, EAT UP, BEAR! (Yosemite Conservancy, Ill. by Nadja Sarell).

I’ve chosen FIVE other titles about bears, written for toddlers or the youngest book enthusiasts. So, if you’re gearing up for a summer camping trip or heading out to an area with wild bears, this is the list for you!

Here’s the link:

BEST BEAR BOOKS TODDLERS CAN SINK THEIR TEETH INTO

An Interview with Lynn Becker, Picture Book Author

A really nice interview with my longtime writing friend, Lynn Becker, as she celebrates the release of her debut picture book, MONSTERS IN THE BRINY.

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By Ann Rousseau Smith, SCBWI CenCal News Liaison

Lynn Becker is the author ofMonsters in the Briny, illustrated by Scott Brundage (Sleeping Bear Press, April 2022). What do you do with a grumpy kraken, a sickly sea serpent, and a tearful gigantic tortoise? You sing them a tune! The verse in this debut picture book follows the sea shanty rhyme of “What Do You Do With . . . ,” as the ship’s crew face each creature’s demand for comfort or attention.

Lynn Becker, former resident and volunteer member of the SCBWI Central-California Region, now lives and writes in Colorado. She took a moment to answer some questions for Kite Tales.

ANN ROUSSEAU SMITH: Congratulations on your debut picture book Monsters in the Briny, illustrated by Scott Brundage (Sleeping Bear Press, April 2022). What was the inspiration for writing about sea creatures?

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Book Deal! Hello, Meadow!

I’m thrilled to announce that Yosemite Conservancy will be publishing a companion book to my popular board book, EAT UP, BEAR! (ill. by Nadja Sarell), titled HELLO, MEADOW!

Meadows are an important part of the water cycle, not to mention habitats for many animals, and a source of beauty and calm for humans. So of course, they deserve our respect and care. Nadja Sarell will also illustrate the book. I absolutely adored her illustrations in EAT UP, BEAR! and am so excited that she agreed to illustrated HELLO, MEADOW! The book is slated to be released in 2023.

November 8 – Cover Reveal of Monsters in the Briny

Great interview with debut picture book author Lynn Becker on Celebrate Picture Books!

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Monsters in the Briny

Written by Lynn Becker | Illustrated by Scott Brundage

 

What do you do with a grumpy kraken, a sickly sea serpent, and a tearful gigantic tortoise? You sing them a tune! Following the sea shanty rhyme of “What Do You Do With . . . ,” a ship’s crew has to contend with a coterie of mythical sea creatures, all demanding comfort and attention. As each creature threatens to swamp the ship, the quick-thinking crew knows just what to do to save the day, from serving pancakes to mopping a sweaty forehead. But what happens when the sailors have had enough?

Back matter includes information about the sea creatures featured, music and lyrics, and a brief history of sea shanties.

I’m thrilled to be talking with author Lynn Becker and illustrator Scott Brundage about their rollicking sea-going adventure – a story and sea shanty that…

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Book Giveaway: A FRIEND LIKE YOU by Frank Murphy

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Frank Murphy has written a new picture book, A FRIEND LIKE YOU illustrated by Kayla Harren and published by Sleeping Bear Press  It is available in bookstores nowSBP has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Frank and Kayla.

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Book Giveaway: HOW TO RETURN A MONSTER by Charlotte Offsay

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Charlotte Offsay has written a new picture book, HOW TO RETURN A MONSTER illustrated by Rea Zhai and published by Beaming Books. It is hitting bookstores on September 7th. Charlotte has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States..

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book, so thank you for helping Charlotte and Rea.

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BOOK GIVEAWAY: ISABEL AND HER COLORES GO TO SCHOOL by Alexandra Alessandri

Writing and Illustrating

Alexandra Alessandri has written a new picture book, ISABEL AND HER COLORES GO TO SCHOOL illustrated by Courtney Dawson and published by Sleeping Bear Press. It is available in bookstores now. SBP has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States..

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Alexandra and Courtney.

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August 9 – Celebrating National Book Lovers Day with Carole Gerber

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Poet and author Carole Gerber has written nearly two dozen picture books, early readers, and chapter books as well as more than one hundred elementary science and reading texts for major publishers. She has also worked as a high school and middle school English teacher, an adjunct professor of journalism at Ohio State, a marketing director, editor of a company magazine, a member of creative teams at an ad agency and a hospital, a contributing editor to a computer magazine, and – finally! – as a freelance writer of elementary textbooks, magazine articles, speeches, annual reports, and patient education materials. She holds a BS in English education and an MA in journalism from Ohio State, and has taught middle school and high school English as well as college news writing and factual writing at OSU. Some of her picture books include When You’re Scary and You Know It, The Gifts…

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