Happy Spring, Chickenhead!

chickenheadSpring is starting with a bit of March Madness where we live, so why not keep it going with a laugh?

Actually, I’m preparing for spring author visits to share the release of my fourth rhyming picture book, Sun Above and Blooms Below: A Springtime of Oppositesand celebrating a great review of the book in this week’s Booklist:

There’s just so much fun packed into this happy springtime tale that readers will want to hear it read aloud many a time. Color, collage, rhythm and rhyme, and the concept of opposites are combined in this clever, simple story of a spontaneous field trip. One morning, Miss Ava decides that her students would much rather be out than in, and they all hop on a bus and spend the day at a nearby farm. The adventure is described in couplets that include pairs of antonyms, such as up and down, crooked and straight, top and bottom, and cloudy and sunny. These words are set off from the rest of the text in larger, bold letters so young readers can learn to recognize them. Mixed-media illustrations seamlessly integrate digital images and cut-paper collage to fill each two-page spread with color, depth, and texture.

Sun Above and Blooms Below completes the series of four books illustrated by the wonderful Susan Swan and published by Albert Whitman & Company!

I must admit I’m looking ahead to sharing this book and the series with readers and leaving the snow behind us!

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March Mischief and Maple Syrup…

It looks like snow is once more on the way!

This year it feels like more than March mischief.

What to do to make it through?

Maybe this review presents a hint or two:

March 2015 Vermont Country Sampler review of Sugar White Snow and Evergreens--A Winter Wonderland of Color resized

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Art, or Lunch?

art, or lunch

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My Signing Pens!

I’m ready for the Booktacular tomorrow, thanks to my friend and neighbor, Kathryn, who’s a whiz with the knitting needles!

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Invitation to a Booktacular Celebration

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Orange Blossoms.

You can’t write a poem about an orange. The orange makes the poem bloom.

orange blossom

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Go Local!

1070Twice Told Tales  Moonstone Mystery BookstoreJust booked another venue for the forthcoming Sun Above and Blooms Below in a lovely little book shop in Flemington: Twice Told Tales. I’ll be signing books and doing a fun kids activity the afternoon of March 28. With Easter just around the bend, talking about chicks hatching seems like perfect timing! Visit my events calendar for additional details.

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Pick a Circle, Gather Squares is a 2015-2016 Goldfinch Award Nominee!

2015-2016 Goldfinch Award Nominess

As I continue to work on updating my website, I’m delighted to share a bit of good news. Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes  is among the books nominated for the 2015-2016 Goldfinch Award.

Books chosen for the Iowa Association of School Librarians Goldfinch Award are fiction or nonfiction books written within the last five years that cover a range of topics and reading levels appropriate for children in grades preschool through three. According to the website:

The purposes of the Goldfinch Award are: to encourage children to read more and better books.

  • to discriminate in choosing worthwhile books.
  • to provide an avenue for positive dialogue between teacher, parent, and children about books and authors.
  • to give recognition to those who write books for children.

The award is unique in that it gives children an opportunity to choose the book to receive the award and to suggest books for the yearly reading list.

I’m thrilled and honored that Pick a Circle is among this coming year’s list!

p.s. Please visit my calendar of events for a list of forthcoming appearances.

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Who puts the fun in a fedora?

who put the fun in a fedora

You do!

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Help Celebrate “Read Across America” at the Flemingtin DIY

Celebrate Reading! Go Local! Support the Scouts!

Invitation to a Booktacular Celebration

Please share. I hope to see you there!

See my calendar of events for more details!

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Wind and Snow Bring Spring You Know

 
The Dream in a Snowflake 2, by Jeff Chernesky It may still be winter, but deep beneath the snow spring’s getting ready to bloom!

And I’ve been busy having bookmarks, stickers, and postcards made, booking dates for spring author visits and signings, so there are lots of updates to this website in the works as well.

In the meantime, maybe you’ll enjoy this nice Publishers Weekly review of my forthcoming

Sun Above and Blooms Below:A Springtime of Opposites

In their fourth seasonally themed, concept-driven collaboration (following Sugar White Snow and Evergreens and other titles), Chernesky and Swan allow readers to accompany an ethnically diverse class on a field trip to a farm. As in the earlier books, Chernesky’s upbeat verse puts the concept front and center (“From far away a weather vane/ led us down a crooked lane,/ past straight wood fences, squat red pens./ We parked near barns and clucking hens”), and Swan’s detailed, vividly textured collages invite close study of each page. Ages 4–7. Author’s agent: Susan Hawk, Bent Agency. (Mar.) Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, Author, Susan Swan, Illustrator

 

The appearance of Sun Above rounds out the series of books illustrated by Susan Swan that focuses on a season of the year, an early learning concept, and some aspect of a farm visit. I feel both happy and sad, to be honest. Happy to see the series comes to full fruit, and sad to see my collaboration with the wonderful Susan Swan come to and end. Hopefully, we’ll work together again!

 

For now, I leave you with one of my favorite spreads from the book!

 

Sun Above and Blooms Below Stop Go Spread
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