Andrea J Loney in three scenes:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 andreajloney.com and @andreajloney on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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.
Ruth Spiro in three scenes:
- 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.
- The BABY LOVES SCIENCE themes: STEM, science, chemistry, engineering, early childhood, birds, flight, airplanes, rockets, babies, board books
- 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 www.ruthspiro.com, on Twitter @ruthspiro
Find illustrator Irene Chan at http://www.eneri.net
Both books will be available October 4, 2016, wherever books are sold
Betsy Devany in three scenes:
- 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.
- Lucy’s Lovey has themes of friendship, family, creative play, independence, resilience, and loyalty.
- 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.
You can find Betsy at betsydevany.com, @BetsyDevany, 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.
Meg Fleming in three scenes:
- 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.
- I HEART YOU has themes of love, parent-child relationships, empathy, parental behavior in animals and rhyme.
- 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.
Visit Meg at MegFleming.net or on Twitter: @megosphere. I HEART YOU will be available December 6, 2016, wherever books are sold.
Jodi McKay in three scenes:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 JodiMcKayBooks.com or on Twitter @JLMcKay1
WHERE ARE THE WORDS? will be available November 29, 2016, wherever books are sold.
Sue Lowell Gallion in three scenes:
- 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?
- 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 suegallion.com. Pug and Pig’s adventures continue with Halloween mischief in a second book, tentatively scheduled for release summer 2017.
- 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!
Find Sue at suegallion.com. 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.
Kate Dopirak in three scenes:
- 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.”
- YOU’RE MY BOO has themes of family life, unconditional love, sibling relationships, humor, and rhyme.
- 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 KateDopirak.com. Twitter: @katedopirak
Find Kate at katedopirak.com and Twitter: @katedopirak. YOU’RE MY BOO will be available September 20, 2016, wherever books are sold.