A PLACE TO START A FAMILY (Charlesbridge, 2018) — about structures animals create in which to start their families — has been chosen for the 2019 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books list. This is my second partnership with Giles Laroche, who also illustrated 2017’s NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T, also Charlesbridge. Both were edited by Karen Boss who told me that this year five Charlesbridge titles made it on the list.
I’m delighted to see A PLACE TO START A FAMILY recognized by science teachers. PIRATES was honored by VOYA, NOW YOU SEE THEM was voted best children’s nonfiction book of 2017 by Society of Midland Authors, and now A PLACE TO START is being honored. All three books are science-based poetry so I’m especially happy about that.
Today is officially the publication date for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. I’m excited! It has been up on Amazon for weeks but of course with no books available the rating is waaaaaay back in the pack. My hope is that there are enough back orders to give us a respectable rating once books can be shipped.
Yesterday School Library Journal published a strong review of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. It mentions “the use of alliteration, rhyme, and onomatopoeia adds an inquisitive nature to the poems as it presents information regarding each animal’s habitat.” And they love Giles’ work. “The 3-D cut-paper collage illustrations exquisitely render insight into the architecture and daily life of each being.” The review sums up calling the book “a great selection for science and poetry enthusiasts.”
Earlier reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly were equally good so I’m encouraged. I hope to see more reviews appear now that we’re only one week away from the publication date. Giles Laroche, way to go, partner!
I hope you enjoy the story of how Giles Laroche and I went about creating the new book and signing up to win a copy.
Also, don’t forget my own offer for a free copy to someone on February 16 that will chosen by random drawing from names of those who comment about A PLACE TO START A FAMILY on Amazon by that date. The official pub date is January 16.