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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!


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

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!


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

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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

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!

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!


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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Cover Reveal: Sing to the Moon

I’m thrilled to participate in this beautiful book cover reveal in partnership with Lantana Publishing.  From the creators of the book Sleep Well, Siba and Saba, comes this forthcoming picture book featuring a little boy from Uganda who likes to dream big.

This story was inspired by the rainy days the author spent with her family in Uganda during the rainy season. It’s a beautifully written and illustrated story that shows the precious bond between a grandfather and grandson.

Available for Sale: October 1, 2018
Age Range: 4 – 8
Grade Level: PreK – 2

For one little Ugandan boy, no wish is too big. First he dreams of reaching the stars and then of riding a supernova straight to Mars. But on a rainy day at his grandfather’s house, he is brought down to earth with a bump. Do adventures only happen in galaxies far away or can he find magic a little closer to home? A touching story of a grandfather’s love for his grandson and the quiet pleasures of a rainy day.

About the Author
Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl was born to Ugandan parents in Cambridge, MA, USA. For over ten years, Nansubuga has worked in international development in East and Southern Africa. In her current role as a technical writer and editor, she produces a range of written work for international organizations such as the UN and the World Bank. Having lived in seven countries across three continents, creative writing has always been her way to re-connect with her cultural heritage. Sleep Well, Siba and Saba is her first children’s book.

About the Illustrator
Sandra van Doorn was born in a small medieval town in France and now lives in Australia. She attended art classes at Emily Carr University in Vancouver before embarking on her career as a children’s illustrator. You can find out more about her work at

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Cover Reveal: Definitely Daphne by Tami Charles

Definitely Daphne by Tami Charles, illustrated by Marcos Calo

Publisher: Capstone
Publication Date: October 1, 2018
Age Range: 9-12 years old
Pre-order link: Pre-order Here!

I’m thrilled to be hosting the cover reveal for author Tami Charles’ forthcoming middle grade book on the book birthday of her debut novel Like VanessaLike Vanessa is an amazing book and has already received so much positive praise.  Be sure to check that one out if you’re looking for a great book to read.

Synopsis for Definitely Daphne
In front of her followers, Daphne is a hilarious, on-the-rise vlog star. But in reality, Daphne is the ever-skeptical Annabelle Louis, seventh-grade super geek and new kid at McManus Middle School. To cope with her mom’s upcoming military assignment in Afghanistan, Annabelle’s parents send her to a therapist. Dr. Varma suggests Annabelle try stepping out of her comfort zone, hoping it will give her the confidence to make friends, which she’ll definitely need once Mom is gone. Luckily there is one part of the assignment Annabelle DOES enjoy–her vlog, Daphne Doesn’t, in which she appears undercover and gives hilarious takes on activities she thinks are a waste of time. She is great at entertaining her online fans, yet her classmates don’t know she exists. Can Annabelle keep up the double life forever?

Want to enter to win an advanced copy of Definitely Daphne?  Be sure to check our Instagram page later tonight for the giveaway to be posted!

I don’t know about you, but I’m already intrigued and looking forward to reading this.  I need to know this story ends!

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Book Cover Reveal for Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me by Hannah Carmona Dias + A Giveaway!

I’m thrilled to bring you this exclusive book cover reveal for author Hannah Carmona Dias.  How cute is the illustration on this cover?  Read the synopsis below and enter for your chance to win a signed illustration from the book.

Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me
by Hannah Carmona Dias, illustrated by Dolly Georgieva-Gode
Dark skin, curly hair, and full lips. Lilly knows that she does not look like her friends, and others have notice. Through playful, lyrical lines Lilly speaks up for every girl who has been asked What are you? in a celebration of self love and acceptance.

Available for pre-order now by clicking here!
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About the Author

Hannah Carmona Dias is a Writer who currently resides in Tennessee. Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me is her debut book which tackles a topic she herself has struggled with. In addition to writing Hannah is also a wife, mother, founder of Collective Art School of Tennessee, YouTuber, and actress. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and two cats, dog, and iguana. She also enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix, posting way too many GIFs on Twitter,  and avoiding housework.

Connect with Hannah Carmona Dias!
The Giveaway!
Enter for your chance to win a signed illustration from the book Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me by Hannah Carmona Dias.  Open to US residents age 18 and over.  Good luck!

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Rice & Rocks Book Cover Reveal!

I am thrilled to be a part of this book cover reveal for Sandra L. Richards’ picture book Rice & Rocks!  Read a synopsis of the book plus find out a little more about the author and illustrator and learn how you can connect with them on social media.  Don’t forget to pre-order the book at the discounted price before it’s released.  Enjoy!

Rice & Rocks
by Sandra L. Richards, illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

Recommended for: Children ages 5-8
Release date: August 16th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-940014-73-9 | eISBN: 978-1-940014-74-6
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
E-book: $9.99 | Pre-order Price: $12.99 | Hardcover: $17.99
Art Direction by award winning creative designer Stephanie Bart-Horvath

For every five books purchased, one copy will be donated to a children’s literacy organization.

Book Summary
Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity.  Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed—he does not like “rice and rocks” and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.


Pre-order link:


About the Author
Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rock, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. Sandra, an American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

Sandra is also Executive Director and Head of Diverse and Multicultural Marketing, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Richards served as the Development Officer, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Connect with Sandra L. Richards!

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About the Illustrator

Megan Kayleigh Sullivan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in Illustration. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist, and aspires towards a career in the film and animation industry as a concept artist, character designer, or visual development artist (or d., all of the above). She enjoys traveling, writing, telling stories, and hula-hooping. Visit her at her website.

Your turn: Are you looking forward to reading this book when it’s released?  Can you relate to the concept of “rice & rocks” and feeling embarrassed by a traditional dish your family seldom eats?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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Holly Schindler’s Spark: A Book Cover Reveal

Today, I’m participating in my very first book cover reveal!  If you’re a fan of YA (Young Adult) novels, you’ll want to be sure to check out Holly Schindler’s upcoming book Spark, premiering May 17, 2016.  This is the first time anyone will be seeing the cover and jacket copy–it’s not live anywhere yet (Amazon, Goodreads, etc.)  The links to pre-order are listed below.  Enjoy!

Holly Schindler’s Spark:

When the right hearts come to the Avery Theater—at the right time—the magic will return. The Avery will come back from the dead.


Or so Quin’s great-grandmother predicted many years ago on Verona, Missouri’s most tragic night, when Nick and Emma, two star-crossed teenage lovers, died on the stage. It was the night that the Avery’s marquee lights went out forever.

It sounds like urban legend, but one that high school senior Quin is now starting to believe, especially when her best friend, Cass, and their classmate Dylan step onto the stage and sparks fly. It seems that magic can still unfold at the old Avery Theater and a happier ending can still be had—one that will align the stars and revive not only the decrepit theater, but also the decaying town. However, it hinges on one thing—that Quin gets the story right this time around.

Holly Schindler brings the magic of the theater to life in this tale of family ties, fate, love, and one girl’s quest to rewrite history.


“In my hometown, the restoration of a former movie theater on the town square provided the genesis for my new YA novel, SPARK. Who among us hasn’t dreamed of seeing their name in blazing neon across a gigantic marquee? Let me invite you to dim the lights and draw back the velvet curtains—let your imagination run wild as you enter my fictional Avery Theater, where literally anything goes…”

—Holly Schindler


Holly Schindler is the author of three previous YA novels: PLAYING HURT as well as the critically acclaimed FERAL (starred PW review) and A BLUE SO DARK (starred Booklist review, ForeWord Book of the Year silver medal, IPPY gold medal). A writer of books for all ages, Schindler’s MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, has made the master list for children’s book awards in Illinois, South Carolina, and Alabama. She is also a hybrid author, having independently released comedic women’s fiction (FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS) and the forthcoming PLAY IT AGAIN, her adult follow-up to her YA PLAYING HURT. She can be reached through her author site:, and hosts special sneak peeks and giveaways for subscribers of her newsletter:


Spark “Premieres” May 17, 2016, but you can buy your “tickets” now.

Links to pre-order:
Barnes &Noble
Add to your TBR list on Goodreads

Your turn:  What do you think of the book cover design?  Have you read any of Holly’s previous novels?  Are you looking forward to the release of Spark?  Feel free to share in the comments.