Early this morning, at 6:25am to be precise, I presented at a conference as an author for the first time. Was I nervous? Yes. Was I scared? Yes. Did I feel a little bit like and imposter. Also, yes. But, you know what? Despite my reservations, I had FUN! When my friend and critique partner Hannah Holt asked me if I wanted to develop a presentation with her about funny informational picture books for this conference, at first I hesitated. Who would want to listen to me? I’m just a debut author. Could I overcome my fear of public speaking? I had before as a biostatistician, so why not know as an author?
Even though I was worried about how I might actually pull all this off, it went swimmingly. We had engaged participants, we pulled a lot of puns, and most of all we had fun. I learned that it is entirely easy for me to speak about a topic I’m passionate about, even when I might be scared to take that leap. I’m glad I did. What are you doing to be brave and bold today?
Look whose book is in the April 2022 print issue of Parents magazine!
The full review from Parents:
“An endearing yet opinionated banana makes learning numbers hilarious. The story starts as kids might expect: one plum, two figs, three oranges. But when four pigs show up, the banana interjects that pigs aren’t a fruit. The counting by ones continues up to 20 with occasional punny commentary (“I’m starting to feel bruised,” the overlooked banana chimes in, after plantains are picked for number ten.) When the narrator skip counts from 20 to 100, things get even wilder. Mo Willems fans will give this book one, two, three, four, five stars! Ages 4 to 8.”
I found this copy at the library last night, but if anyone local sees a copy at a store, let me know where – I’m on the hunt for a print copy!
I was so excited to kick off my debut year with three guest blog posts this January! On January 8, I enjoyed talking about recipes for success with my fellow KIDLIT CARAVAN-ers Paula Cohen and Harshita Jerath on Vivian Kirkfield’s blog Will Write for Cookies. That same day, Kaitlynn Leann Sanchez interviewed my editor, Cheryl Eissing, and me on her blog Math is Everywhere. And on January 19th, I shared the inspiration behind COUNTING TO BANANAS and writing in weird places on Tara Lazar’s Storystorm. Thanks to these great bloggers for all they do in the Kidlit industry!
I’m so excited to finally share that Banana from my debut picture book COUNTING TO BANANAS is getting a sibling book: B IS FOR BANANAS, coming in Spring 2023! I’m delighted to continue working with the great team at Flamingo Books, my editor Cheryl Eissing, illustrator Estrela Lourenço, and my agent Tracy Marchini!
Earlier this year, I joined a group of fellow debut picture book creatives. We are Kidlit Caravan, a group of authors and illustrators who are supporting each other in navigating the waters of having our debut books come out in 2022. I’m so happy to be on this journey with them, and wanted to give a shout out to my new creative buds:
The news of the day is that I have a new website. Many thanks to Websy Daisy for their design services and Estrela Lourenço for the fabulous banana art. Bananart? Either way, I’m glad you’re here! Stay tuned for more book-related news.
The Book Nook B Is for Bananas Book Launch & Pajama Party
April 15, 2023, 10am
Hillsboro Barnes & Noble
April 19, 2023 10am