Saturday, September 19, 2020

Satirical Open Board Book: WHAT HURTS EVERYONE

 For those blue voters and the undecided, I've created an Open Board Book over at On Point. You can see and share the full text and imagery of WHAT HURTS EVERYONE as you prepare to #Vote! 

Take care in this season of difficulty and change! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Happy Book Birthday: I Say a Little Prayer for You at Bedtime


And she's born today! As the author, I'm so happy to share this lullaby of peace with our first readers. I hope I Say a Little Prayer for You at Bedtime calms spirits and comforts as each settles down to sleep. 

I actually wrote the work in the middle of the night, and it was during our collective mourning following the passing of the great Aretha Franklin. I will always hear her sing the title of this work, set by my delightful editor, Celia Lee. 

Olivia Chin Mueller's soft illustrations of falling night create a perfect tone for the text. Her detailed strokes sweep across the imagery. 

"Little ones curl up and rest, bless each home and tiny nest." 

Whether you are curling up to sleep or "still zooming 'round," may this work find you and yours full of peace. 

(The bear in the photo I received from my father on the day I was born. She's about to turn 56!)

I Say a Little Prayer for You at Bedtime
by Lorie Ann Grover
illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
Scholastic, Little Shepherd, September 1, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 2020

More, more, more: Heart on Pluto

The heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio of Pluto is the focus of this picture book for the older siblings of your readertotz. Joining New Horizons, we travel across the solar system to reach our beloved dwarf planet. There, nitrogen ice warms and vaporizes day and night like a beating heart. 

Karl Jones' text is straight forward while Andrew J. Ross's illustrations soundly resonated with me. There is such tenderness given to the imagery and scratchy font.  

All of the symbols within the picture book work together to comfort. From our smallest planet, to a long journey to find love, to messages of love sent and received over long distances, young readers might find solace in our current isolation from Covid 19. Celebrate Pluto and our love for each other through this beautiful work. 

by Karl Jones
illustrated by Andrew J. Ross
Penguin Workshop 2020

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Little Muir's Night: John Muir

I'm happy to recommend Little Muir's Night, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani, for your readertotz. In John Muir's words, if the world is seen as a dewdrop, the universe can be perceived "as an infinite storm of beauty." 

As the sun sets, the owl draws in the night. First readers will enjoy spotting the creatures of Yosemite National Park from the bats to the bear. The work, along with the companion, Little Muir's Song, will support the park itself. 

As John said, "Let children walk with nature." In our isolation during Covid 19, may you and yours find time to do so. 

by John Muir
illustrated by Susie Ghahremani
Yosemite Conservancy, August 11, 2020

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Pre-sale: I Say a Little Prayer for You at Bedtime

I'm so happy to announce my next upcoming board book with Olivia Chin Mueller! Pre-sale orders are available for I Say a Little Prayer for You at Bedtime. I hope this comforting lullaby offers peace to your wee ones in this difficult time. 

One note: you might see a former cover still appearing on bookseller sites. No worries. The interior is the same, and the bears will make their way to your home. Thanks so much for your support! 

I Say a Little Prayer for You at Bedtime
by Lorie Ann Grover
illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
Scholastic, Little Shepherd, September 1, 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020

More, more, more: Tiger Wild

"There's a time to be quiet and still and a time to be wild and free!" So concludes, Lily in Tiger Wild. Here is a dear homage to Where the Wild Things Are and a further exploration of feelings. Max, meet Lily.

After misbehaving, Tiger and Lily run away to the wild where they come to face emotions beyond anger and help each other forward. Penny, the caregiver, even ends up exploring the wild with the two of them at times.

Illustrations are open and fresh, with a captured quickness to further illustrate Lily's adventures. There's a crayon quality which is so relatable. (Look for Tiger mimicking a Wild Thing in his stance.)

Use this work to discuss emotions with your older siblings of readertotz. Hand in hand, go into the wild.

Tiger Wild
by Gwen Millward
Viking Books for Young Readers

Thursday, July 2, 2020

More, more, more: The Mermaid Atlas

Oh, such love of the merfolk around the world is captured in The Mermaid Atlas, Merfolk of the World. The attention to detail and inclusion of so many representations is beautiful. Crossing the continents, Anna Claybourne and Miren Asiain Lora (illustrator) introduce us to the tales we hold about the magical merfolk who swim the seas of our collective conscious.

From a general description:
"While a typical mermaid is female, with flowing hair and a fish’s tail, that’s far from the only type. There are plenty of male fishpeople, or mermen. There are also stories of twin-tailed merfolk, fish-humans with webbed hands and feet, and mermaids who are part-seal, part-octopus or part-dolphin. Some merpeople can even assume human form for a while, step on to the land and walk among us, undetected."

To a specific example:
In seas, rivers and lakes all around Africa, you could come across the water spirit Mami Wata. She takes the form of a glamorous woman with a fish’s tail, a snake’s tail, or in the east, where she is called Mamba Muntu, a crocodile’s tail. She also has a pet snake, which wraps itself around her. Mami Wata is not usually harmful, but she is sometimes blamed for strong water currents, and children are warned to stay away from deep water in case she catches them. She adores pampering herself, and you can keep her happy by leaving her luxurious gifts: jewellery, make-up, perfume and food.

Here is book for all lovers of merfolk. Add this lovingly crafted, artful compendium to your collection.

Mermaid Atlas, Merfolk of the World
by Anna Claybourne
illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora
Laurence King Publsihing, 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

More, more, more: Intersection Allies

The reprint of  IntersectionAllies  ships to stores, individuals, Amazon, etc. in early July, 2020. Thank you for your patience!

Intersection Allies, We Make Room for All shares the stories of children of diverse experiences as they come together to be allies for each other. The text rhymes, but it carries a breadth of information. Front and back matter will aid further discussion and empower caregivers to confidently discuss our societal need for understanding and compassion for all.  

Flat, patterned, simple shape illustrations flow throughout. These raise the accessibility for topics such as protests and immigration. 

Here is a book to increase awareness of the beautiful and different life experiences of many. May we see our intersectionality and be allies with all. 

Intersection Allies, We Make Room for All
by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi
illustrated by Ashley Seil Smith
Dottir Press
Free download through June 19, 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Antiracist Baby: Ibram X. Kendi

Here is your MUST HAVE as soon as it releases June 16th! In nine steps, National Book Award Winner, Ibram X. Kendi, gives our first readers language and actions for helping to establish equity in our world. Together we can uproot racism.

Ashley Lukashevsky's bold but playful art helps to make this call for a just society. Each flowing illustration carries one point which is accompanied by further rhymed, accessible information:

4 Shout "There's nothing wrong with the people!"
Even though all races are not treated the same.
"We are all human!" Antiracist Baby can proclaim.

Brilliant! #blacklivesmatter

Antiracist Baby
by Ibram X. Kendi
illustrations by Ashley Lukashevsky
Kokila, June 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Open Board Book: Covid 19, Color Sketches

I finished the open board for your readertotz! I hope it brings a little bit of comfort as you stay at home with your wee ones. Click here or the above illustration to zoom to my blog and read the work. Health to you! xox Lorie Ann