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    Cover Reveal: Bindiya in India by Monique Chheda (Mango & Marigold Press)

    We are so excited to share that @mangoandmarigoldpress has launched its fifteenth book Bindiya in India which is perfect for ages 3-99. Bindiya in India chronicles Bindiya’s visit to India as she experiences the grandeur of an Indian wedding for the first time while playfully weaving in Hindi words and rhyme. The story is masterfully told by debut author Monique Chheda, MD and beautifully illustrated by veteran illustrator Debsmita Dasgupta. 

    With this launch, @mangoandmarigoldpress is also continuing our #1001DiverseBooks program, to help us not only bridge the diversity gap but also the accessibility gap in children’s literature. With each new book launch, Mango and Marigold Press is committed to also raise the funds to donate 1001 books to literacy and advocacy nonprofits that are working across the country to help children in need.

    We need your help to make our vision a reality. Will you be a part of the change to end the diversity gap AND accessibility gap? When you pre-order your copy of Bindiya in India, you can also sponsor a copy for our nonprofit partner for only $10! The pre-order link is here!

    For all orders placed between February 11th, 2020 through February 18th, 2020 will be signed by author Monique Chheda, MD.

    Expected Ship Date: October 2020

    Want to know more about this book? Synopsis below!

    Bindiya in India is the story of a young girl’s trip to India for a wedding. Weaving together Hindi and English, the children’s illustrated book set in the 1990s follows Bindiya as she takes in the glorious sights of India.

    Monique Chheda, MD (Author): Monique Chheda is a dermatologist living in Maryland.  She has been married for four years and has two young children.   Becoming a mother inspired her to revive one of her hobbies, writing. Wanting to pass on her Indian culture to her children, she found a scarcity of children’s books that allowed Indian-American children to connect with their heritage. This prompted her to write her own children’s book, Bindiya in India. Her hope is that through literature, she can share India’s rich culture and language with the next generation.

    Debasmita Dasgupta is a Singapore-based internationally-published picture-book illustrator and graphic novel artist with over a decade of experience in the field of art-for-change. Working with mixed media, marrying ink, paint and digital tools, she creates diverse fiction and non-fiction visual stories for children and young-adults. She is currently working on a number of exciting picture books and a graphic novel releasing soon.

    Mango & Marigold Press is an award-winning independent publishing house that shares the sweet and savory stories of the South Asian experience. Sharing every day and extraordinary stories of the South Asian experience, the company has produced fourteen books across four different product categories with features on The Today Show, The New York Times, The Washington Post, US Weekly, People Magazine and so much more. Bindiya in India is the company’s fifteenth book.

    The #1001DiverseBooks is an initiative created by Mango and Marigold Press in 2019 to commit 1001 copies of new, diverse, children’s books to underserved populations and communities. Community members can sponsor a copy of a book for $10 to be donated to our #1001DiverseBooks initiative.

    Bindiya in India Photo courtesy of Mango & Marigold Press
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    COVER REVEAL: It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood by Josh Funk

    It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood (It’s Not a Fairy Tale) by Josh Funk, illustrated by Edwardian Taylor Ages 4 – 8

    In partnership with author Josh Funk, I am excited to reveal the cover for his forthcoming picture book, It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood publishing in the Fall of 2020.

    • Total Pages: 40 pages
    • Publisher: Two Lions
    • Publication Date: October 27, 2020
    • Recommended Ages: 4 – 8
    • Pre-Orders: Available for Pre-Order Now!

    Synopsis

    Little Red likes to play by the rules. So when the narrator comes along and asks her to follow the story set out in her fairy tale, she grabs the basket for Grandma and goes. After all, she loves her grandma. But unfortunately, none of the other characters are quite what they’re expecting.…

    As Little Red attempts to follow the narrator’s directions (which, frankly, seem kind of dangerous!), she is beset by fill-in characters, confusing instructions, and even a fierce battle! Will Little Red ever make it to Grandma’s house? And who will she find when she gets there? Complete with some unusual “guest appearances,” this laugh-out-loud Little Red Riding Hood retelling will have kids giggling all the way to Grandma’s house! Ding-dong!

    Check out It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood when it publishes in October 2020! P.S. It’s Not a Fairy Tale.

    About the Author
    Josh Funk writes silly stories such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series (including The Case of the Stinky Stench, Mission Defrostable, and the upcoming Short & Sweet), the How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series (including How to Code a Sandcastle and How to Code a Rollercoaster), the It’s Not a Fairy Tale series (including ​It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, It’s Not Hansel and Gretel, and the forthcoming It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood), the A Story of Patience & Fortitude series in conjunction with the New York Public Library (including Lost in the Library and the forthcoming The Missing Library), Dear Dragon, Albie Newton, Pirasaurs!, A Night at the Bookstore: A Barnsie & Noble Adventure, and more coming soon!

    Since the fall of 2015, Josh has visited (or virtually visited) over 400 schools, classrooms, and libraries and he is a board member of The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA.

    Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes manuscripts.

    ​For more information about Josh Funk, visit him at joshfunkbooks.com and on Twitter at @joshfunkbooks.

    About the Illustrator
    Edwardian Taylor has worked as a visual development artist and character designer in the game and animation industry. He illustrated the picture book Race!, written by Sue Fliess, and the chapter books Toy Academy: Some Assembly Required and Toy Academy: Ready for Action, written by Brian Lynch. He lives in Texas with his partner and their four dogs. Learn more about him at edwardiantaylor.com and follow him on Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter @edwardiantaylor.

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    Cover Reveal: I Am Brown by Ashok Banker

    I Am Brown by Ashok Banker, illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat Ages 5 – 8

    In partnership with Lantana Publishing, I am excited to be revealing the cover for the forthcoming March 2020 book I Am Brown by Ashok Banker, illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat.

    • Total Pages: 40 pages
    • Publisher: Lantana Publishing
    • Publication Date: March 3, 2020
    • Recommended Ages: 5 – 8
    • Pre-Orders: Available for Pre-Order Now!

    Synopsis

    I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book. A joyful celebration of the skin you’re in―of being brown, of being amazing, of being you.

    Check out I Am Brown when it publishes in March 2020! It’s one not to be missed for celebrating and embracing the skin you’re in.

    Kids and parents are sure to love the vivid colors, simple text and diversity used throughout. It’s an empowering book for all children to read and is a beautiful reminder about self-love, dreaming big, culture and self-acceptance.

    About the Author
    Ashok Banker is the bestselling author of more than 70 books which have sold more than 3.2 million copies in 21 countries and 61 languages. I Am Brown is his debut picture book.

    About the Illustrator
    Sandhya Prabhat is an Independent Animator and Illustrator based in the Bay Area, California and is from Chennai, India. She holds an MFA Degree in Animation and Digital Arts from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from Stella Maris College.   

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    Cover Reveal: Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon by Kelly Starling Lyons

    Format: Hardcover

    Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon by Kelly Starling Lyons COVER REVEAL!

    In partnership with Lee & Low, I am excited to be revealing the cover for the forthcoming January 2020 book Dream Builder: The Story or Architect Philip Freelon by Kelly Starling Lyons.  The cover is illustrated by Laura Freeman.

    • Total Pages: 40 pages
    • Publisher: Lee & Low Books
    • Publication Date: January 14, 2020
    • Recommended Ages: 9 – 12 and up
    • Pre-Orders: Available for Pre-Order Now!

    Synopsis

    Philip Freelon’s grandfather was an acclaimed painter of the Harlem Renaissance. His father was a successful businessman who attended the 1963 March on Washington. When Phil decided to attend architecture school, he created his own focus on African American and Islamic designers. He later chose not to build casinos or prisons, instead concentrating on schools, libraries, and museums–buildings that connect people with heritage and fill hearts with joy. And in 2009, Phil’s team won a commission that let him use his personal history in service to the country’s: the extraordinary Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

    Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon celebrates a contemporary black STEAM role model, a man whose quiet work enabled the creation of an iconic building reflecting America’s past and future. With a stirring text by Kelly Starling Lyons, vibrant pictures by Laura Freeman, and an afterword from Philip Freelon himself, it is sure to inspire the next generation of dreamers and builders.

    Check out Dream Builder when it publishes in January 2020!

    About the Author

    Kelly Starling Lyons is the author of numerous books for young readers including One More Dino on the Floor, Hope’s Gift, Ellen’s Broom, and the Jada Jones series.

    About the Illustrator
    Laura Freeman received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and began her career illustrating for various editorial clients, including the New York Times Book Review, the National Law Journal, and New York magazine, and previous titles include Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe and Hidden Figures. Laura now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and their two children. Find out more about Laura at lfreemanart.com.

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    When Pencil Met Eraser by Karen Kilpatrick & Luis O. Ramos Jr. Exclusive Trailer Reveal

    When Pencil Met Eraser Trailer REVEAL!

    In partnership with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, I am excited to be revealing the book trailer for the forthcoming May 2019 book When Pencil Met Eraser by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos Jr., illustrated by German Blanco.

    • Total Pages: 40 pages
    • Publisher: Macmillian
    • Publication Date: May 28, 2019
    • Recommended Ages: 3-6

    Synopsis
    Ever wonder why there’s a little pink eraser on every pencil? Find out in this funny, clever picture book that tells the true story of how Pencil and Eraser became the best of friends.

    When Pencil draws on the pages of this book, Eraser erases parts of Pencil’s work, and the book itself becomes a canvas for their different takes on creativity—until the two discover their artwork is even better when they work together.

    From Karen Kilpatrick, Luis O. Ramos, and illustrator Germán Blanco, When Pencil Met Eraser brings to life something kids use every day at school and at home. Engaging art, adorable characters, and a clever ending create a memorable message about friendship and creativity.

    More About the Book
    Like its artists, the book’s titular heroes wriggle out of their comfort zones as they learn to coexist in the same space and create together as one adds while the other subtracts. As Pencil and Eraser competitively draw and erase, the book itself becomes a 4th-wall-bending battleground between the two. Kids will delight in seeing how each spread uses both characters to create a work of art, with clever additive and subtractive scene manipulations.

    The ultimate message of embracing teamwork shines through the animated-style art, reminiscent of enduring classics like The Dot and the Line. Moreover, as the story experiments with composition, texture, and color, it serves both curious young artists and those just discovering the joy of collaboration.

    Check out When Pencil Met Eraser when it publishes in May 2019!

    About the Authors and Illustrator
    Karen Kilpatrick has been telling and writing stories for as long as she can remember. A former attorney who left the legal industry for the toy industry, she is also the author of the Pumpkinheads children’s book series and cocreator with her two daughters of the toy brand, MeBears. She lives in South Florida with her three kids.

    Luis Osvaldo Ramos, Jr. was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, and graduated from University of Central Florida and University of Miami Law. He’s an attorney at law and a kid at heart who practices law during the day and writes and consumes stories in his free time. He and his wife currently live in South Florida with their very cute but very demanding orange cat.

    Germán Blanco has been using pencils all his life. Erasers, too. He unknowingly began his artistic career as a kid by doodling in school whenever he was bored. (Sorry, Mom!) He later became a graphic designer but he found his passion in illustration. When he’s not drawing, he enjoys watching movies and playing football (AKA soccer).

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    Marvin’s Monster Diary 2: ADHD Emotion Explosion Cover Reveal

    Marvin’s Monster Diary 2: ADHD Emotion Explosion COVER REVEAL!

    In partnership with Familius, I am thrilled to be revealing the cover for the forthcoming August 2019 book Marvin’s Monster Diary 2: ADHD Emotion Explosion by Dr. Raun Melmed and Caroline Bliss Larsen.

    • Total Pages: 116 pages
    • Publisher: Familius
    • Publication Date: August 1, 2019
    • Recommended Ages: 7-11
    • Pre-Orders: Available for Pre-Order Now!

    Synopsis
    Meet Marvin, a lovable monster with a twelve-stringed baby fang guitar, a rambunctious case of ADHD, emotions that sometimes overwhelm him (and others), and a diary to record it all. While Marvin got it together in Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks, his lab partner Lyssa’s emotional roller coaster is a bit out of control. Can he help her—and win the Science Scare-Fair—before she explodes?

    In the same humorous spirit of Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Emotion Explosion Using the “monstercam” and “ST4” techniques developed by Dr. Raun Melmed of the Melmed Center in Arizona, Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Emotion Explosion teaches kids how to be mindful, observe their surroundings, and take time to think about their actions. Marvin’s hilarious doodles and diary entries chronicle his delightful adventures, misadventures, and eventual triumph in a funny, relatable way. It’s the series on ADHD that kids will actually want to read!

    Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Emotion Explosion also includes a resource section to help parents and teachers implement Dr. Melmed’s methods, plus ST4 badge reminders that kids can remove, color, and place around the house.

    Check out Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Emotion Explosion when it publishes in August 2019!

    About the Author
    Raun D. Melmed, MD, FAAP, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, is director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and cofounder and medical director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. He is the author of Autism: Early Intervention; Autism and the Extended Family; and a series of books on mindfulness for children: Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks, Timmy’s Monster Diary: Screen Time Stress, Harriet’s Monster Diary: Awfully Anxious, and the next in the series, Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+Lyssa): ADHD Emotions.

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    Exclusive Cover Reveal: Sam! by Dani Gabriel

    Sam! by Dani Gabriel COVER REVEAL!

    In partnership with Penny Candy Books, I am thrilled to be revealing the cover for the forthcoming September 2019 book Sam! by Dani Gabriel.  The cover is illustrated by Robert Liu-Trujillo.

    • Total Pages: 36 pages
    • Publisher: Penny Candy Books
    • Publication Date: September 10, 2019
    • Recommended Ages: 8-12 and up
    • Pre-Orders: Available for Pre-Order Now!

    Synopsis

    Sam is a nine-year-old boy who loves riding his bike and learning about the American Revolution. There’s just one problem: Sam’s family knows him as a girl named Isabel. Sam feels a sense of relief when he finally confides in his sister Maggie, and then his parents, even though it takes them a while to feel comfortable with it. But with lots of love and support, Sam and his family learn and grow through Sam’s journey to embrace his true self. In the vein of I Am Jazzby Jessica Herthel, Sam! is based on a true story. With a note from the author explaining her family’s experience, Sam! is an important addition to a list of books that help children and adults discuss gender identity.

    Check out Sam! when it publishes in September 2019!

    About the Author
    Dani Gabriel is a poet, writer, activist, and teacher, the author of The Woman You Write Poems About (Civil Defense Press) and coauthor of Molotov Mouths (Manic D Press). She holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Peace and Conflict Studies and an MFA from Mills College in Creative Writing. This is Dani’s debut picture book. She lives in the Bay Area.

    About the Illustrator
    Robert Liu-Trujillo is an author/illustrator and publisher from the Bay Area. He has worked on several picture books including Furqan’s First Flat Top, which he wrote and illustrated, One of a Kind, Like Me by Laurin Mayeno, which he illustrated, and Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina, for which he contributed an illustration. He is a co-founder of The Trust Your Struggle Collective, a contributor to Rad Dad, and the founder of Come Bien Books. He lives in Oakland, CA, with his wife, son, and daughter.

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