Thank you all for your friendship and support, especially those of you who participated in the launch of my new Halloween book, Ten Busy Brooms, out last month from Doubleday. I am adding an extra special thank-you to Jason Gallaher, for all he does to organize these launches. I know I am not the only EMU who appreciates his kindness, patience, and enthusiasm.
Before I go, I want to share three bits of good news. First, two of my poems were selected by Kenn Nesbitt, editor of One Minute Till Bedtime: 60 Second Poems to Send You Off to Sleep (Little, Brown). Launch date is November 1, 2016. Kenn served as the Children’s Poet Laureate from 2013-2015. He contacted me two years ago, asked me to submit a couple of poems, and accepted both my submissions: “Time to Sleep” and “Snow Angels.” Here’s the flap copy for this book of short poems: ” It’s time for tuck-in, and your little one wants just one more moment with you–so fill it with something that will feed the imagination, fuel a love of reading, and send them off to sleep in a snap. Reach for a one-minute poem!” Here is the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/One-Minute-till-Bedtime-60-Second/dp/0316341215/
Second, my book Leaf Jumpers, first published by in hardcover by Charlesbridge in 2006, will next year be released as a board book. It “survived” multiple printings in hardcover, then Charlesbridge printed it in softcover, and two years ago Scholastic bought the paperback rights and continues to sell it at their school book fairs all over the country. This is my only title to have such a long and multi-format lifespan. Needless to say, it is one of my favorites!
Third, my picture book titled A Band of Babies will finally be published in 2017, seven years after it was accepted by Maria Modugno, who then headed HarperCollins (she now heads Random House.) Much of the delay is based on the schedule of New York Times best-selling illustrator Jane Dyer, who gets booked years in advance. I have seen Jane’s cover art of my mischievous babies, and they are adorable! I will post it on my website as soon as the editors give me the go-ahead.
And now it’s time to say goodbye! “Happy trails to you, until we meet again/Happy trails to you -keep smiling on till then/ Happy trails to you, till we meet again . . .” Here is the link to the entire song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgw_yprN_-w