WHY AM I ME? NY Times Review

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.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Four Stars for WHY AM I ME?

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!

April 19-20: TLA Conference

Every year the Texas Library Association has an extraordinary conference full of the best people on earth — book lovers! This year’s conference is in San Antonio, April 19-22. I’ll be there attending various events and participating in a few myself. Come by and say hi! Here’s my schedule:

A real live F&G of WHY AM I ME?

Wednesday, April 19
12:15pm-1:15pm / Room 221CD – Panel: What’s New With Texas Children’s Authors & Illustrators
4:00-5:00 / Room 007A – Speed Dating & Librarian Meet & Greet

Thursday, April 20
12:00-1:00 / Author Area / Aisle #5 – Signing F&Gs of WHY AM I ME

 

 

 

Sneak Peek of WHY AM I ME?

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!