It's my favorite way to launch a book: to celebrate the publication of my latest today, I Skyped with several hundred children, from Connecticut to Hawaii and states in between. Carl and The Meaning of Life is about how everything and all of us are connected — so, many, many thanks to the wonderful teachers and school librarians who participated and made today’s connections possible! I could not have asked for a better Book Birthday.,
I could chat with John Schumacher, aka @MrSchuReads, Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic, about books for hours— so chatting with him about my own book on his blog is a special honor!
Mr. Schu: Hello, Deborah Freedman! Thank you for returning to Watch.Connect.Read. to celebrate Carl and the Meaning of Life. I love everything about this beautiful picture book—the case cover, barcode, paper, story, heart. EVERYTHING! Thank you for always putting your heart on the page.
Deborah Freedman: Thank you for this! Putting one’s heart on the page is a scary thing, so when I send love out to readers and then am lucky enough to have it returned… it means the world to me…
I’m so grateful for these early reviews of Carl and the Meaning of Life, coming soon from Viking Children’s books on April 2, 2019!
“... shows how tiny organisms help to keep the natural world in balance in this inventive worm’s-eye view of the web of life.”
★ “This book is a poignant example of the important contributions of even the smallest creature, but it’s better than that—it’s a science lesson as well. Freedman subtly explains the delicate balance of nature and each creature’s role in maintaining it. Carl is an endearing protagonist.”
—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “… supported by fabulous illustrations… This spare but endearing story will help youngsters understand the wonder and interconnectedness of nature.”
—Booklist, starred review
★ "Even someone who does not like worms will fall in love with Carl… This is a wonderful book to spark a conversation… a must-have in all collections!"
– School Library Connections, starred review
“… celebrates the interconnectedness of all creatures, including the reader… just in time for garden encounters.”
”... Freedman adds the occasional sly touch of humor to this little ecological fable…."
—Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books
”... inviting readers to think about how they, like the indomitable Carl, ‘help the earth.’"
—The Horn Book
“I love how it’s rooted in science… but also about about discovering yourself and trying to figure out who you are and why you matter and what place you have on this earth… It’s a beautiful book for kids and it makes the world a better place.”
Thank you for this book talk, Colby!
Every year, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators gives awards to fifteen books that represent excellence in the field of children’s literature, the Crystal Kites Awards. These awards are peer-selected, voted on by SCBWI members from local regions, and I am so proud and touched that This House, Once was selected by my writing community as this year's winner for New England.
Many, many thanks to all of my NESCBWI friends, and congratulations to the other winners!
Did you know that April is Poetry Month? I’ve been celebrating with extra poetry reading —including, naturally, picturebooks. Because my favorite picturebook texts are always lyrical, layered, and — rhyming or not — poems...
Read the rest in my recently mailed eNewsletter — here.*
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Colby Sharp invited more than forty authors and illustrators to provide story starters for each other; photos, drawings, poems, prose, or anything they could dream up. When they received their prompts, they responded by transforming these seeds into any form of creative work they wanted to share.
The result is a stunning collection of words, art, poetry, and stories by some of our most celebrated children book creators. A section of extra story starters by every contributor provides fresh inspiration for readers to create works of their own. Here is an innovative book that offers something for every kind of reader and creator!
I had such fun working on my contribution to The Creativity Project. I hope you will look for it in March!
I am honored that art from my latest book, This House, Once, is included in The Original Art — an annual exhibit "celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration" at the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, New York, now on display until December 30, 2017.
Founded in 1980 by illustrators’ agent and art director Dilys Evans, this exhibit showcases the original art from the year’s best children’s books. The 2017 exhibit features a diverse list of books selected by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors...
Some of my favorite illustrators working today will have art from their beautiful books represented here — if you are in NYC, do swing by!
In honor of Picture Book Month, teacher Kurt Stroh is hosting on his blog a wonderful series called "The Power of the Picture Book," through the whole month of November. I'm so pleased that he invited me to join in today — take a look at the whole series and my contribution, "The Secret of It". At www.strohreads.
It’s that time of year again — my books are going back to school.
What will the new school year bring? ...
Read the rest in my latest eNewsletter — here. And be sure to scroll all the way down, for a special offer for my eNews subscribers!
If you aren't familiar with singer/songwriter Emily Arrow, you should be. And not just because she created a wonderful song and video (which I adore, of course) about my book, This House, Once... Emily brings picture books and music together in the loveliest way!
You can read here about how her recent move inspired Emily to write this song.
I loved chatting earlier this month with Carter Higgins, author, K-6 librarian, and insightful reviewer of picture books. We talk about creativity, the fact that I am plot-challenged, and a few other things...
Take a look, at her blog, Design of the Picture Book.
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:
Today I celebrate another book birthday!
At my fifth birthday party, there was a hole in the backyard. A really, really big, muddy hole...
It has become my favorite way to launch a book: on September 27th, to celebrate the publication of my latest book, Shy, I skyped with several hundred children, from Connecticut to Alberta to Hawaii and states in between. Many, many thanks to the wonderful teachers and school librarians who participated and made these visits possible! I could not have asked for a better Book Birthday.
All The Wonders is a home for readers to discover new books and to experience the stories they love in wondrous ways...
You can listen to the podcast here.
Is anyone here shy? For several years, that is what I’ve asked children at the start of my school and library visits. A few hands might go up, nervously. A few other children look unsure...
Read more, in my September newsletter.