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Good news for You Are a Raccoon!

I’m so excit­ed to share that YOU ARE A RACCOON! has won the Mary­land Blue Crab Young Read­ers Award for Begin­ning Non­fic­tion! Each year, a com­mit­tee for the Mary­land Library Asso­ci­a­tion (MLA) selects  one win­ning book and up to three hon­or books to receive an award in each of the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: Begin­ning Read­er Fic­tion, Begin­ning Read­er Non­fic­tion, Tran­si­tion­al Fiction,

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Now available — 2 new Meet Your World board books!

YOU ARE A HONEY BEE! and YOU ARE A RACCOON! are now avail­able as board books. Even while I was first research­ing and writ­ing these, I pic­tured them as board books. So I’m thrilled they’re final­ly avail­able in that for­mat for the youngest read­ers and nature lovers to enjoy (and grab at, and chew on, and…). They’re only one spread shorter

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New STEM picture book: YOU ARE A ROBIN!

The third book in the Meet Your World series, You Are a Robin!, is now avail­able wher­ev­er books are sold. Find out more and order your copies here! From the pub­lish­er: The third in the adorable, STEM non­fic­tion pic­ture book series that encour­ages very young read­ers to learn–through gen­tle inter­ac­tiv­i­ty and play–about the ani­mals who share their world. Flit, flap, flut­ter! You

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Year-end reflection for 2023: Successes

  I love par­tic­i­pat­ing in chil­dren’s author Julie Hed­lund’s 12 Days of Christ­mas for Writ­ers as part of my year-end reflec­tion and new year goal-set­t­ing process. Day 3 of the series is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to reflect on our suc­cess­es dur­ing the past year.    Here is my pro­fes­sion­al suc­cess list for 2023: I signed a con­tract for a new pic­ture book and

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June 2023 news

Get your free activ­i­ty kit! There is now an activ­i­ty kit/curriculum guide for the first two books in the Meet Your World series, YOU ARE A HONEY BEE! and YOU ARE A RACCOON!, and it is adorable! The guide fea­tures cre­ative art projects, games, and writ­ing and sci­ence-relat­ed activ­i­ties to extend both the fun and edu­ca­tion­al val­ue of the books.

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New Books–Meet Your World!

Writ­ten by Lau­rie Ann Thomp­son, illus­trat­ed by Jay Fleck Dial Books, April 2023 I’m thrilled to announce the release of my two newest books, YOU ARE A HONEY BEE! and YOU ARE A RACCOON!, the first two books in an adorable, STEM non­fic­tion pic­ture book series that encour­ages very young read­ers to learn—through gen­tle inter­ac­tiv­i­ty and play—about the ani­mals who share their world.

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Review: Who Gives a Poop?

Who Gives a Poop? Sur­pris­ing Sci­ence from One End to the Oth­er By: Heather L. Mont­gomery, Illus­tra­tor: Iris Got­tlieb Blooms­bury Chil­dren’s Books/October 13, 2020 Ages 10–14, 192 pages Here’s what the pub­lish­er says: This unique­ly craft­ed nar­ra­tive non­fic­tion invites read­ers to fol­low the author into sci­ence labs, forests, hos­pi­tals, and land­fills, as the author asks: Who uses poo? Poop is dis­gust­ing, but it’s also packed with

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Announcing the Emmanuel’s Dream audiobook!

I have some great news to share today! I’m thrilled to announce that Lis­ten­ing Library at Pen­guin Ran­dom House Audio will be pro­duc­ing an Emmanuel’s Dream audio­book edi­tion!! This is super excit­ing to me for two rea­sons: First, I love lis­ten­ing to audio­books! I lis­ten when I’m walk­ing the dog, dri­ving, doing house­work, basi­cal­ly any­time it isn’t prac­ti­cal to have

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#AtHome learning using my books

The inspir­ing image above is a spread from my upcom­ing pic­ture book, ELIZABETH WARREN’S BIG, BOLD PLANS, illus­trat­ed by the amaz­ing Susan­na Chap­man and releas­ing on May 5 (hooray!). These days, it often feels hard to con­ceive of big, bold plans. I’ll admit, some days just get­ting out of my paja­mas feels like a vic­to­ry. And for those of those

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Empower kids and teens during COVID-19

Why empow­er kids and teens dur­ing COVID-19? They need it! Tak­ing action is one impor­tant way to make a prob­lem seem more man­age­able and less fright­en­ing, so get­ting young peo­ple involved can actu­al­ly help them cope with the sit­u­a­tion we are all fac­ing. Giv­ing them a pur­pose gives them some­thing else to focus on besides what they’ve lost or what they’re

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