Introducing…Picture Book Debut Author Andrea Loney

AndreaJLoney.jpegAndrea J Loney in three scenes:

  1. She is the 2017 picture book debut author of BUNNYBEAR, illustrated by Carmen Saldaña and published by Albert Whitman & Company. It’s a story about a bear who believes in his heart that he is truly a bunny, but neither the bears nor the bunnies understand until he makes one special friend. BUNNYBEAR features themes of acceptance, individuality, and friendship.
  2. She is also the Lee & Low 2014 New Voices Award Winner for the 2017 debut picture book TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VAN DER ZEE, illustrated by Keith Mallett and published by Lee & Low Books. It’s a biography about an innovative photographer named James Van Der Zee who spent over 70 years creating portraits of the people of Harlem. TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VAN DER ZEE features themes of perseverance, creativity, and community.
  3. Andrea J Loney grew up in a small town in New Jersey with many bunnies and few bears, and could usually be found behind a stack of her favorite books. After running away with a circus, she worked in film, television and education. Now she writes and teaches in sunny Southern California, and lives with her family and their wacky pets.


Find Andrea at and @andreajloney on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.Bunnybear cover 150.png

BUNNYBEAR will be available January 31, 2017, wherever books are sold.

TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VAN DER ZEE will be available Spring 2017, wherever books are sold.

Introducing…Picture Book Debut Author Ruth Spiro

4W0A2243_WEBRuth Spiro in three scenes:

  1. She is the 2016 picture book debut author of the BABY LOVES SCIENCE series, illustrated by Irene Chan and published by Charlesbridge. BABY LOVES AEROSPACE ENGINEERING! explores the basics of flight – from birds to planes to rockets – and ties it all to a baby’s world. BABY LOVES QUARKS! uses one of baby’s favorite toys as a metaphor for the basics of particle physics and chemistry – quarks, protons, neutrons, atoms and molecules.
  2. The BABY LOVES SCIENCE themes: STEM, science, chemistry, enginBabyLoves AE CVR 300.jpgeering, early childhood, birds, flight, airplanes, rockets, babies, board books
  3. Ruth Spiro was a curious kid who always wondered how things worked. She now lives in suburban Chicago and still likes to ask lots of questions.


Find Ruth at, on Twitter @ruthspiro

Find illustrator Irene Chan at

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Introducing…Picture Book Debut Author Betsy Devany

DSC07289 2.jpegBetsy Devany in three scenes:

  1. Betsy is the 2016 picture book debut author of Lucy’s Lovey, illustrated by award-winning New York Times-bestselling illustrator Christopher Denise and published by Henry Holt (Christy Ottaviano Books). Spunky Lucy has seventeen baby dolls, all uniquely named. But from the get-go, the peppermint scented cloth doll, aptly named Smelly Baby, becomes Lucy’s lovey and does everything with Lucy, in the process becoming quite, well, smelly. When the doll is lost following an incident involving Stasher, a pug obsessed with swiping stuffies, Lucy remains loyal to what remains of her lovey. But then Smelly Baby returns home . . . different.
  2. Lucy’s Lovey has themes of friendship, family, creative play, independence, resilience, and loyalty.
  3. Betsy Devany grew up in in Teaneck, NJ and comes from a creative family. She lives near Mystic, CT with her rescue dog, Buddy; rescue cat, Terrapin; and her life-sized lovey, Norman the gorilla. When not writing or doing creative play with her grandkids, she works at an old-fashioned toy store where she meets hundreds of rag-tag loveys, and occasionally offers on-the-spot therapy for parents who accidentally left their child’s lovey on the roof of the family car, strapped their sleeping child in their car seat and then drove away. Betsy also rescues lost loveys, almost always successfully reuniting them with their kids.



lucyslovey-jkt-des5-hires-239x300.jpgYou can find Betsy at,  Facebook , Macmillan author page and Instagram

LUCY’S LOVEY will be available September 27, 2016, wherever books are sold.

For anyone who’d like to share a childhood lovey story, please contact Betsy via her website. You can also post lovey pics with the hashtag #WhosYourLovey.

Introducing…Picture Book Debut Author Meg Fleming

meg_fleming photo.jpgMeg Fleming in three scenes:

  1. She is the 2016 picture book debut author of I HEART YOU, illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright and published by Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster. Written in spare rhyme and set in a gorgeous countryside, I HEART YOU explores the parent-child relationship in both animal and human families. A single day is filled with vast experiences and exciting activities and woven into the many exchanges between parent and child, there is an invisible action forever at work. This is love. With a hug at every turn, I Heart You shows that love is the ultimate action word.
  2. I HEART YOU has themes of love, parent-child relationships, empathy, parental behavior in animals and rhyme.
  3. Meg Fleming writes from her home… car… coffee shop… and sometimes the grocery-store-parking-lot outside of San Francisco where she lives with her husband and three kids. Also a voice teacher, she draws on her love of rhythm, rhyme and lyricism to create and imagine stories. She is an active (and grateful!) member of SCBWI.

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Visit Meg at or on Twitter: @megosphere. I HEART YOU will be available December 6, 2016, wherever books are sold.

Introducing…Picture Book Debut Author Jodi McKay


Jodi McKay in three scenes:

  1. She is the 2016 picture book debut author of WHERE ARE THE WORDS?, illustrated by Denise Holmes and published by Albert Whitman and Company, about Period who wants to write a story, but he can’t find the words. He enlists the help of some punctuation pals and together they not only find the words, they come up with quite a story.
  2. WHERE ARE THE WORDS? has themes of friendship, cooperation, a noticing what’s around us. It uses a picture book format to teach the role of punctuation. Teacher’s guides to come!
  3. Jodi McKay lives in Michigan with her husband, son, and crazy Goldendoodle named Ralph. She’s been thinking up stories ever since she was a kid, only now they are a little weirder. Jodi writes at home with a cup of coffee at her right side, a Godzilla toy on her left side, a laptop in front of her, and Ralph under her chair.


Find Jodi at or on Twitter @JLMcKay1Where-Are-the-Words_CVR_NotFinalBorder-512x407

WHERE ARE THE WORDS? will be available November 29, 2016, wherever books are sold.

Introducing…Picture Book Debut Author Sue Lowell Gallion

Sue Lowell Gallion author pic copy.jpgSue Lowell Gallion in three scenes:


  1. Sue is the 2016 picture book debut author of PUG MEETS PIG, illustrated by Joyce Wan, published by Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, about a pug whose happy home life vanishes when Pig arrives to stay. Will Pug have to pack up and move out, or can Pug and Pig learn to live together as friends?


  1. This story celebrates the themes of embracing change, adapting to someone new in the family, developing empathy, and friendship. Activity and curriculum guides for teachers, librarians, and parents will be available in September at Pug and Pig’s adventures continue with Halloween mischief in a second book, tentatively scheduled for release summer 2017.


  1. While Sue was growing up, her family ran a printing company in her hometown of Kansas City. She became an expert at stamping envelopes, climbing skids of paper, and boxing books, but she always wanted to write a children’s book of her own. Some of her favorite things to do are read picture books with kids and walk her dog, a black lab mix named Tucker. Please don’t tell Tucker that Sue’s debut picture book is about a pug and a pig -– not him!1927833_821134571345685_8331132311269544531_n



Find Sue at PUG MEETS PIG will be available on Sept. 27, 2016, wherever books are sold, and can be preordered from Rainy Day Books, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

Introducing…Picture Book Debut Author Kate Dopirak

youre-my-boo-coverKate Dopirak in three scenes:

  1. She is the 2016 picture book debut author of YOU’RE MY BOO, illustrated by Lesley Breen Withrow and published by Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster. Introducing the fox family, where the older brother is sweet. . .and a bit of a stinker. But whether he gets along (or doesn’t) with his baby sibling, whether he is helpful (or not) to his family, or whether he behaves (or doesn’t) when it’s time to settle down, his mama is always right there to reassure him that, “No matter what you do, you will always be my boo.”
  2. YOU’RE MY BOO has themes of family life, unconditional love, sibling relationships, humor, and rhyme.
  3. Kate Dopirak loves walking her puppy, watching her sons play sports, and convincing her husband to share a cheese plate instead of wings. She also loves to write for kids. Kate is a teacher, a reading specialist, and the Assistant Regional Advisor for Western Pennsylvania SCBWI. Visit her at  Twitter: @katedopirak



Kate Dopirak

Kate Dopirak


Find Kate at  and Twitter: @katedopirak.  YOU’RE MY BOO will be available September 20, 2016, wherever books are sold.


Introducing…Picture Book Debut Author Diana Murray

Diana Murray is the author of four soon-to-be-released picture books:

  1. Author of CITY SHAPES, illustrated by three-time Caldecott Honoree Bryan Collier

518a21_6957bb80a2b54feb82acaec0974f0f75Publisher: Little, Brown

Release Date: June 21, 2016

Description: An ode to city life, and a poetic journey through the bustling city spotting shapes of all kinds.

Themes: shapes, cities, exploring, home, everyday life, neighborhoods, rhyme, poetry




  1. Author of GRIMELDA, THE VERY MESSY WITCH, illustrated by Heather Ross

518a21_1cd2279e99ef4c0f9c8c9072056ac22aPublisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins

Release Date: July 12, 2016 (plus a sequel in 2017)

Description: Grimelda’s house may not be tidy, but it’s cozy, and that’s just the way she likes it. She also likes pickle pie. There’s only one problem—she can’t find the main ingredient in her messy house! Readers who enjoyed Norman Bridwell’s classic The Witch Next Door will love this funny, charming story about the everyday life of a witch. You can join Grimelda for another wacky, witchy (and very messy) adventure when the sequel comes out in 2017.

Themes: witches, Halloween, organization, cleaning, cooking, magic, rhyme, poetry, humor


  1. Author of NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, illustrated by Leslie Lammle

518a21_ddb8e7c52e364fa580f6696113e5def2.jpgPublisher: Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Description: The crew of the pirate ship the “Rusty Heap” are a fearsome bunch They’re tougher than gristle and barnacle grit. They heave and they ho and they swab and they… knit? Well, one of them does, at least Unfortunately for Ned, his knitting doesn’t go over well with the captain and crew. But when a sea monster attacks, Ned’s knitting might be just the ticket to save the day.

Themes: pirates, sea monsters, ocean, mermaids, knitting, action and adventure, sailing, humor, singing and dancing, hats and scarves, yarn, rhyme, poetry, humor


  1. Author of GROGGLE’S MONSTER VALENTINE, illustrated by Bats Langley (a 2016 picture book debut illustrator!)

518a21_3100995081484dd5ac8942f68c1099ba.jpgPublisher: Sky Pony Press

Release Date: Fall 2016

Description: Groggle wants to create the perfect Valentine card for his beast friend, Snarlina. He writes poem after poem, but his “monster appetite” keeps getting in the way. Will Groggle ever be able to give his toothsome, stomping, monstrous friend Snarlina a Valentine? Find out in this monster of a tale.

Themes: monsters, nature, Valentine’s Day, friendship, arts and crafts, love, rhyme, poetry, humor

13414543_1030034420365665_764931220_n.jpgAbout the Author: Diana Murray grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her  husband, two very messy children, and a motley crew of pets. For more about Diana, please visit: 

Twitter: @DianaMWrites



Introducing…2016 Picture Book Debut Author-Illustrator Nancy Armo

NancyArmo.pngNancy Armo in three scenes:

  1. Nancy is the debut author + illustrator of A FRIEND FOR MOLE, published by Peachtree Publishers. When a little Mole ventures outside his safe burrow and gets lost, the world suddenly feels like a frightening place. Then he realizes he is not alone. Someone is watching him and they’re scared too. What’s a little Mole to do?
  2. A FRIEND FOR MOLE explores themes of friendship, trust, and overcoming fears through creative problem solving.
  3. Nancy Armo is a former art director at Hewlett-Packard. She recently moved to Long Island, NY with her family where there are lots of moles happily digging in her garden.

You can find Nancy at, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


A FRIEND FOR MOLE tunnels into your local bookstore on March 1, 2016. You can order your copy now at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or IndieBound.

An online Event Kit with free downloadable games, activities, and crafts is available at peachtree-online and at

Introducing 2016 Picture Book Debut Author Robin Newman

HIGH RES. 20140513_robin_newman_0051.jpgRobin Newman in three scenes:

1. Robin’s debut picture book, Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, illustrated by Chris Ewald (Creston Books), is about a witch whose quiet neighborhood has been turned upside down with the sudden noisy arrival of the big bad wolf, the old woman living in a shoe, and other fairy tale characters. What will poor Hildie have to do to get a good night’s sleep?

2. Hildie Bitterpickles Needs her Sleep is fractured fairy tale that explores themes of getting along, consideration for others, conflict resolution, friendship, and introduces children to the exciting world of real estate.

3. Robin was a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. She is the author of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books), about two hardboiled mouse detectives on the hunt for Miss Rabbit’s missing carrot cake. (Please note the names of the animals have been changed to protect the good guys.)  She lives in New York, among many noisy neighbors.

Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep flies onto bookshelves April 12, 2016, but is currently available for preorder on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and at your local independent bookstore.HildieCoverFINAL-1.jpg

Find Robin at

Check out Hildie Bitterpickles debut book trailer:

And the teacher’s guide that accompanies the book:

Hildie Teacher’s Guide