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