Lottie and Walter

Lottie knows a secret — there’s a shark hiding in the pool where she takes swimming class and that’s why she’s beyond frightened to go in the water.  It doesn’t want to eat the other kids — just her.  One day, an enormous walrus named Walter emerges from a nearby puddle and follows her home.  Lottie confides in Walter about not wanting to go in the water next week even though a pool party is planned.  It turns out that Walter, in his quietly funny, slightly loopy, fish finger-eating ways, might just be what Lottie needs to realize that she does indeed have the courage to conquer her biggest fear.

Lottie and Walter was written and illustrated by Anna Walker and published by Clarion Books.  Out soon on May 7 and watch a stop-motion book trailer here!


The Little Rabbit

In this charming story, Ollie and her favorite pal are ecstatic that it’s stopped raining and that spring is officially here.  They step outside and after a curious breeze flies by, something strange and magical happens.  Ollie doesn’t know it quite yet, but she’s in for an afternoon of adventure!

The Little Rabbit was written and illustrated by Nicola Killen and published by Paula Wiseman Books.

P.S. I’ve teamed up with some friends to give away a spring-themed stack of books on Instagram. The giveaway ends on April 10 — click here for details.

Boss the Bestseller List Like J. K. Rowling

Boss the Bestseller List Like J. K. Rowling | Avery and Augustine
Boss the Bestseller List Like J. K. Rowling | Avery and Augustine
Boss the Bestseller List Like J. K. Rowling | Avery and Augustine
Boss the Bestseller List Like J. K. Rowling | Avery and Augustine

Harry Potter fans, rejoice!  A new picture book biography about J. K. Rowling was published this week.  It’s geared towards middle grade readers, is illustrated with cut-paper art, filled with details about every stage of Rowling’s life, and includes famous quotes, key lessons from her life and additional resources.  Not only informative, but completely inspiring and perfect for International Women’s Day.

Boss the Bestseller List Like J. K. Rowling was written by Caroline Moss, illustrated by Sinem Erkas and published by Lincoln Children’s Books.

My Island

My Island | Avery and Augustine
My Island | Avery and Augustine
My Island | Avery and Augustine
My Island | Avery and Augustine

A young girl shows us around her island, all of its whimsical intricacies built by the workings of her imagination.  It’s a place without a name where the flowers are always blooming and where thousands of birds roam.  It’s magical.  You’re welcome, too, but only if you’re the hopeful, wish-making, dreaming kind.  A charming ode to children and their endless creativity and inventiveness.

My Island was written by Stéphanie Demasse-Pottier, illustrated by Seng Soun Ratanavanh nd published by Princeton Architectural Press.  Out on April 2.

Tomorrow Most Likely

Tomorrow Most Likely | Avery and Augustine
Tomorrow Most Likely | Avery and Augustine
Tomorrow Most Likely | Avery and Augustine
Tomorrow Most Likely | Avery and Augustine
Tomorrow Most Likely | Avery and Augustine

What will tomorrow bring?  Most likely it’ll entail a sky with a certain degree of blue, breakfast in the kitchen and an open door to the outside world.  Whatever tomorrow will bring — pondered and wondered about by kids everywhere right before bedtime — just might turn out to be more wonderful and strange than they think.  A poignant book for nightly reading and tomorrow-dreaming with a clever reassurance to all readers to expect something good.  Expect something funny.  Expect something lovely.  Expect the unexpected.

Tomorrow Most Likely was written by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Chronicle Books.  It’ll be out on April 2.