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SHAKING THINGS UP: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World hits stores 1/23/18 and is available for pre-order now. Inside you'll find inspiring stories of Ruby Bridges, Mary Anning, Malala, Maya Lin, Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Frida Kahlo and more illustrated by picture book superstars Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Hadley Hooper, Emily Winfield Martin, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Sara Palacios, LeUyen Pham, Erin K. Robinson, Isabel Roxas, Shadra Strickland and Melissa Sweet. How lucky can one author get?

 

Wow! ADA'S VIOLIN was named an E.B. White Honor Book! Quite the honor indeed to be in the company of some of my favorite picture books from 2016. See photos below. 

 

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There's a good reason I haven't posted in a long time. For the past few months, I've been working on researching and writing my very first middle grade novel. It's a whole new ballgame for me and I'm loving every minute. More news soon!

ADA'S VIOLIN: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

 

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The news is out and I can finally talk about the book I've been

working on for the past year! Perhaps you've seen the Recycled

Orchestra on 60 Minutes? Or in the brand-new movie entitled

the Landfill Harmonic? Each chronicles the story of children growing

up on a landfill in Paraguay, one of the poorest slums in all of

South America. One day, an environmental engineer named Favio

Chávez had the ingenious idea of building musical instruments from

the trash. With the help of Nicholás Gómez, they transformed oil drums

into cellos, water pipes into flutes and baking trays into violins! How do

they sound? Just listen!

 

ADA'S VIOLIN, to be published next spring by Simon and Schuster,

tells the story of these amazing kids through the eyes of Ada Ríos,

the young girl who grew up to become a first violinist in the

orchestra, playing to sold-out crowds around the world. Illustrations

by Sally Wern Comport just came in and they're stunning. So

excited about this book!

EXCITING NEWS

A big announcement is coming from my publisher Simon and Schuster and

I can hardly wait to share. Details to come!

A PEEK INSIDE

Here's an inside look at some of my favorite pages from MISSION: NEW BABY 

in stores on February 24. Hats off to illustrator Mary Lundquist!

 

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"OUR FAVORITE 101 CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR" Thanks to Librarians Matthew Winner and Cynthia Alaniz for including ROOTING FOR YOU in Katie Davis's podcast about the best books of 2014! Katie also provides a downloadable PDF of all the book titles here. Thanks, Katie! And congratulations to all the other authors and illustrators!

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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT

I'm very pleased to annouce my newborn book—a picture book for expectant big brothers

and sisters. Due date: February 2015. It received a big welcome from Publishers Weekly

in a featured review!

To read the whole review, click here.

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