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.
Turns out that the translated copies of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY were in Korean, not Chinese. There were two letters in with the package but they had stuck together so I didn’t discover the second one until after I posted. There is to be a Chinese edition, too, but it isn’t ready yet.
Yesterday I felt like something good was going to happen, and it did. I received copies of a Chinese edition of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. It’s issued by Beijing DangDang Kewen E-Commerce Co., Ltd. I don’t think I’ve ever been in Chinese, unless it was THE BOOK OF GIANTS STORIES long ago. Got a nice advance both in hardback and paper, and I had no idea this was in the works.
My gratitude again to my great editor, Karen Boss, and my partner for the book, the wonderful artist, Giles Laroche. We made a good team and enjoyed the process. I hope this is the first of many translations!
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.