Made the Cybils list

Hi everyone,

I slept in today, a delicious and rare treat. After my second cup of coffee and the paper, I wandered into the office to check email and made a discovery that has made the last day of 2021 end on a high note! An old friend and colleague, LINDA BAIE, has been kind enough to nominate THE DIRT BOOK for the Cybils Award. It has been accepted and is now on the published list. Linda, you are so kind to do this. What a wonderful surprise. I’m glad my coffee cup wasn’t still full when I saw this news!

Here’s a link in case you’re curious. http://www.cybils.com/2021-nominations-poetry

The Dirt Book picked by NSTA

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to say that National Science Teachers Association has just published its list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2022, and THE DIRT BOOK is on the list.

Here’s how NSTA describes the list: NSTA, in conjunction with the Children’s Book Council, is pleased to announce the list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students. Representing the best science trade books published in 2021 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the books featured on the list include captivating stories, compelling characters, and beautiful illustrations.

I’m grateful (again) to KATE COSGROVE for her outstanding illustrations to make THE DIRT BOOK a winner, and to our editor, GRACE MACCARONE, for making sure we got it right.

Suggestions for older children

Hi everyone,

If the child you have in mind is a bit older, maybe kindergarten through 2nd grade or so, here are a few ideas.

If you’re looking for a book for an older child, I’ll give you a few options over the next two or three days. This first one was beautifully illustrated by the Italian artist, ROBERTA ANGARAMO and is called, A PERFECT HOME FOR A FAMILY. Mama Raccoon is expecting twins and doesn’t want to raise them in the big tree where they currently live. Too noisy. Too crowded. Mama and Papa set out in search of the perfect home for a family. They eventually find it, back where they started.

DYLAN THE EAGLE-HEARTED CHICKEN is the feather-raising tale of a baby chicken who is egg-napped at an early age by a balding old crow, who drops it (the egg) into a crow’s nest, in which the mother eagle attempts to raise the scrawny little “eagle” that hatches from the egg that suddenly drops into her nest. How Dylan manages to escape with his life and go on to save his real mother from a hungry fox makes this a good read-aloud story.

AND THE BULLFROGS SING presents the life cycle of bullfrogs in easy to understand language. From egg to adult, young readers learn the story of those loud-mouth creatures down by the water’s edge, croaking the night away calling for a mate. This popular book is illustrated by KATE COSGROVE, rising star artist who illustrated the recent DIRT BOOK and is winning accolades for her original work.

The Dirt Book rhymes with poetry books of excellence

Hi everyone,

Yesterday NCTE’s 2022 list of titles chosen as excellence in books of children’s poetry and I was happy to see THE DIRT BOOK on it. Here’s the link if you haven’t already seen this. https://ncte.org/…/2022-Notable-Poetry-Books-and-Verse… Thank you for all the nice comments already posted on Facebook. I’m posting the news here to preserve it for my blog record.

Previous titles of mine selected for the NCTE Notable Poetry Books list have been BUGS, POEMS ABOUT CREEPING THINGS (2008); PIRATES (2008); NOW YOU SEEM THEM, NOW YOU DON’T (2017); and CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUG (2019).

And the winner is Kate Cosgrove!

Hi everyone,

My congratulations to Kate Cosgrove, the gifted artist who illustrated THE DIRT BOOK. Many of you saw yesterday that Kate’s artwork for our book has been chosen by a jury for inclusion in this year’s 2021 Original Art Show in New York City. Here’s more about the exhibit and why it’s such an honor for Kate. Here’s some information from the website.

The premier showcase for illustrators and animators, the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition features over 400 pieces of the most outstanding works created throughout each year. Open to artists worldwide, thousands of entries are considered by a jury of professionals, which include renowned illustrators, art directors and designers. The Original Art is an annual exhibit created to showcase illustrations from the year’s best children’s books published in the U.S. For editors and art directors, it’s an inspiration and a treasure trove of talent to draw upon. For art students, it’s a marvelous opportunity to examine—up close—the work of the best in the field. And for the public, it’s a chance to appreciate the enormous range of creativity in children’s books and to see the printed pages alongside the original paintings, drawings, prints, and collages they represent.

Way to go, Kate! First we did AND THE BULLFROGS SING.

Now, THE DIRT BOOK.

Who knows what might wait for us down the road. I’m proud to be your partner.