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Here’s some exciting news from members in our region this month:
Author-Illustrator Brian Biggs recently launched his new stand-alone picture book, The Space Walk (Dial Books, October 2019). The Space Walk was accepted into the Society of Illustrator’s Children’s Book show (Original Art 2019). The show runs November 13-January 4 in New York City. In this book, Randolph Witherspoon, an intrepid astronaut, wants to go for a walk. But first he has to eat some lunch, clean his room, and do some chores. Sound familiar? Things take a surprising turn when Randolph does get outside. Visit Brian’s website at https://mrbiggs.com.
Author Alexandra Villasante teamed up with fellow author Katherine Locke for an event at Yardley Borough Hall earlier this month. The two authors discussed the themes of their books and how they portray their characters, develop plot, and speak to young people through their stories. Alex is the author of The Grief Keeper (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, June 2019), a YA novel that tells the story of seventeen-year-old Marisol Morales who is caught at the US border after she and her sister flee their home in El Salvador. Find out more at https://alexandravillasante.com.
Nadine Poper released TWO books this fall! Randall and Randall (Blue Whale Books, October 2019), illustrated by Polina Gortman, is the story of how one of the sea’s oddest couples, a pistol shrimp and a goby, depend on their symbiotic relationship for survival, overcome each other’s quirks, and become the best of friends. Porcupette and Moppet (Blue Whale Press, November 2019), illustrated by Alicia Young, is a comical story in which disaster is averted by reading a book. Find out more at http://nadinepoper.weebly.com.
Sherri Maret, author of The Cloud Artist (The RoadRunner Press, 2017), has a new picture book, The Magician, which will be released by The RoadRunner Press on December 3, 2019. For this book, Sherri teamed up with western PA illustrator Pamela Behrend (illustrator of The Survivor Tree by Gaye Sanders, The RoadRunner Press, 2017). Sherri and Pamela will be interviewed live on ABC Good Day, PA in Harrisburg. The book features some settings that Pennsylvanians may recognize! Visit Sherri’s website to find out more about her at https://www.sherrimaret.com.