Chatting about This House, Once

In anticipation of the publication of This House Once, I had the honor of chatting recently with two wonderful picturebook friends about my newest book. We talked about things like inspiration, making one's home an art-friendly environment, and if I weren't writing books, what would I be doing? You can read those interviews here:

©Deborah Freedman 2017, This House, Once, Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

©Deborah Freedman 2017, This House, Once, Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

The World Through Blue-Tinted Eyeballs

February 18th was World Read Aloud Day. What fun! I Skyped with eleven school all around the U.S. Here's a class whose teachers prepared for our visit by looking at the world through blue-tinted eyes... inspired by Penguin Young Readers' "Educator's Guide to the Works of Deborah Freedman". 

Many thanks for this image, to Stephanie McCreary and Allison Stout of Pattonville Schools in Missouri!

Many thanks for this image, to Stephanie McCreary and Allison Stout of Pattonville Schools in Missouri!

Let's Talk SHY

I chatted this week with the lovely Mel Schuit about my latest book, Shy, on her blog Let's Talk Picture Books

I've made no secret about how much I love Deborah Freedman's latest picture book Shy. In fact, I might be a little TOO excited about it: I've talked about it here on Let's Talk Picture Books, as well as on Instagram, Twitter, and everywhere else people will let me stand on a soap box and rave about it. 

And now I get to share her process with you!!

You can read the rest of the interview here. Thanks, Mel!

Reading, Shyly

"Shy was happiest between the pages of a book... "

Shy's favorites were books about birds. But what else might the title character of my newest book, SHY, like to read? Do you have any suggestions? Here are a of few my top-pick books about shyness:

Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty. “Jeremy lived on the top floor of a three-story apartment building… He never left. He never went outside.” Until one day, when he decides to draw a monster — which, humorously, threatens to take over Jeremy’s life. This is a deceptively simple book, in which the text and gently witty illustrations leave plenty of space for readers to discover an unspoken connection between shyness and imagination.

Amandina by Sergio Ruzzier. “Amandina was a wonderful little dog… But nobody knew that, because nobody knew Amandina.” Then one evening, this quiet actress, singer, and acrobat “promised herself that she would stop being so shy.” And that is when Amandina bravely attempts to connect through her art, and along the way, she helps us to understand how touching even one, small creature can open up a whole world. 

 

Shy Charles by Rosemary Wells. Pity the poor child whose parents are as unsympathetic as Charles’s.  Or admire Charles, who resolutely refuses to change in spite of them, and by the end of the book has taught the adults around him something that young readers have probably already intuited: he was strong all along.

The Boys by Jeff Newman. In this wordless book, a boy is too shy to approach kids playing ball in his new neighborhood. So instead, he sits down on a park bench with a bunch of old timers. He goes back day after day, humorously turning into one of them — trading his cap for slicked back hair and a derby hat, his shorts for plaid pants and bowtie, his baseball bat for a walking stick — until one day, when they aren’t there. Then, in a neat and sweet bit of role-reversal, the oldsters wisely teach one youngster how to be a proper whippersnapper. Simple, expressive, and subtly affecting.

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. One reading friend has suggested that the character Raymie Clarke might like my new book, SHY. Naturally, I'm ridiculously flattered by this suggestion, although I don't know how Raymie would feel about it. But I do know this: if given the chance, Shy would love her — and Kate DiCamillo — right back. 

About that To-Read List...

Confession: I am a compulsive list-maker. I love making to-do lists and find crossing items off with a fat, black marker ridiculously satisfying. But some lists have a way of growing and never shrinking, and my to-read list is the worst of those. So for that, I use Goodreads. It helps me keep my reading life organized in to-read, read, and a bunch of other lists of my choosing. I don’t rate new books there and have chosen not to add books that I really didn’t like or felt ‘meh’ about, but I do make occasional notes about books I’ve enjoyed, and I love seeing what others are reading and recommending. 

Oh, and one more thing about Goodreads? GIVEAWAYS.

Do you do Goodreads?

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Shy by Deborah Freedman

Shy

by Deborah Freedman

Giveaway ends September 27, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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SHY reaches a ⭐️...

Thank you, Kirkus, for SHY's first review!

Someone extremely shy finds a friend...

Freedman’s fine pencil lines, graceful animals, superb compositions, and spare text are virtuosic, but the backgrounds are the soul of Shy’s tale: breathtaking watercolor washes blend hues softly from one section of the natural color spectrum to another, opaquely connoting desert, mountains, skies, dawn, and night.

An exquisite treasure for bashful readers, animal lovers, and anyone who’s ever wanted a friend. 

(Picture book. 3-7, adult)