I’m ready to pack my bags for BAM! Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida. Registration is now open for this free celebration of books, arts, and music returning to downtown WPB this April. Go to bamfestival.com to find more information about this amazing event. I’m looking forward to a little Florida sunshine and I hope to see you there April 9th!
★ “Lyrical and sweet… A beautiful tale that celebrates friendship, lovely words, and glorious nature.” —School Library Journal
School Library Journal has announced their *starred* reviews for March, and POETREE is on the list. I hope librarians, teachers, and especially students think Sylvia is a star, as well!
POETREE has been selected for the Spring 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List. It’s such an honor to see this springtime story side-by-side with new books from so many authors and illustrators I’ve admired for years. Beth Seufer Buss from Bookmarks in Winston-Salem NC says, “As an adult who feels disconnected from poetry, I wish there had been more books like this for me to read as a child. I like the combination of poetry and friendship in this tale and the idea of children having their own poetrees!” Click here to see the rest of this season’s list.
“Reynolds explores the joy of unexpected kinship in this gentle springtime ode.” — Publishers Weekly
(Serious spoiler alert, though!
Maybe it’s time for me to rethink my lifelong anti-okra stance? POETREE has been selected as a Winter 2019 Okra Pick by SIBA, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Huge thanks to the indie bookstores of SIBA for supporting southern authors! See the whole crop at Authors ‘Round the South. Because Okra is good for you!
“A sweet and quiet homage to friendship, nature, and the power of words and poetry.” — Kirkus Reviews
Debut picture book sold to Dial Books for Young Readers at auction!
Shauna LaVoy Reynolds’s POETREE, about a little girl who writes poems for a tree and thinks that the tree is responding, only to discover that another child in her class is actually the one writing back, to Namrata Tripathi at Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin, at auction, by Adriana Dominguez at Full Circle Literary.