One of the most exciting things for me as a writer is having my work translated into other languages. It’s a thrill to imagine children from other countries reading my work in their native tongue. I’m thrilled to say that WHY AM I ME? has been translated into Spanish and will soon be available in both Japanese and Arabic!
You Can’t Teach Kids Empathy, but These Picture Books Inspire It
WHY AM I ME? is in the NY Times! It’s included in a lovely review written by R.J. Palacio featuring five picture books that “not only embolden children to think, but inspire them to feel.” I’m absolutely thrilled to be on the list! And considering everything going on in the world, it’s wonderful that empathy is making news.
I’m pleased and proud to say that my debut picture book WHY AM I ME? has received four starred reviews! One each from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, and Publishers Weekly. This book for all ages, celebrates the big questions in life. It doesn’t have answers, but there are lots of opportunities for dialogue and discovery. Sean Qualls and Selina Alko’s exquisite illustrations are intimate, yet expansive, and altogether wonderful!
⭐️Universal questions combine with richly layered, captivating compositions, presenting opportunities for careful examination and stimulating conversations. Perfect for classroom or one-on-one sharing.
—School Library Journal
WHY AM I ME? will officially be released on August 29, but is ready for pre-order right now!
WHY AM I ME? Scholastic Press, Fall 2017
When I was little, I was captivated by the question of why I was me and not someone else. Did anyone else wonder about this? I hope so, because I wrote a picture book about it!
I’m super excited to show everyone a sneak peek of WHY AM I ME? brought to life with illustrations by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. It will officially hit the shelves in September (although you can pre-order it now). Until then, enjoy this gorgeous cover!
Summer is for reading! And for road trips! Put them both together and you get the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip.
The Scholastic Reading RV will be cruising through Texas and making several stops along the way. I’ll be joining them for the following events in Austin and Dallas:
* July 10 – BookPeople 2-4p I’ll be there along with Varian Johnson & Jennifer Ziegler.
* July 12 – Half Price Books (5803 E. Northwest Hwy. Dallas) 4-6p Come see Jennifer Ziegler, Eric Barclay, and me!
There will be costume characters, giveaways, a photo booth station and lots of fun activities — all to celebrate summer reading. I hope you and your kiddos can join us!
I’m excited to announce that THE LOST TRACK OF TIME will be available in Spanish on December 31! May I present . . . EL REINO DE LAS POSIBILIDADES!
My Spanish publisher, Ediciones Urano, has offices in Spain and Latin America, which means kids in many Spanish-speaking countries (!!) will get to read my book. I’ll never get over how happy that makes me.
I’ve gotten emails from a few readers in Spain, so I believe it’s already available there, but if you want to get a copy here in the States, you can preorder it from all the major booksellers (Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes).