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My Writing & Reading Life: Melissa Guion

Melissa Guion

Melissa Guion
Photo credit: John Trotter

Melissa Guion’s first picture book, Baby Penguins Everywhere!, was selected for The Original Art 2012, an exhibition of the year’s best illustrated children’s books. Melissa swears she could draw baby penguins all day, but she may take a hiatus to do a book about her daughter’s guinea pigs. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, visit her website: https://www.melissaguion.com/

Latest published book …

Baby Penguins Love their Mama coverBABY PENGUINS LOVE THEIR MAMA! (Philomel, January 2014)

You wrote it because …

I wanted to continue the story of the family from BABY PENGUINS EVERYWHERE! The babies are getting bigger and learning to do all the things that penguins do. It mirrors what’s going on with my own young daughter.

Favorite place to write …

On a train.  But I’ll write anywhere.

Necessary writing/creativity tool …

Copious amounts of sleep.

Favorite bookshop …

There are so many great indies here in NY, I love them all and I wouldn’t want to slight any of them. Book Court and Greenlight are the closest to me and they’re wonderful.

Currently reading …

I have a bad habit of having several books going at once. I’m reading THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS by John Bellairs with my daughter. On my own I’m reading lots of books about Canada. I only recently became aware of Canada. Did you know it’s a real place?  I’m reading CANADA by Richard Ford. I recently finished THE CURVE OF TIME by Wylie Blanchet, about British Columbia. And I’m also dipping into my friend Matt Cook’s newest book of poems, PROVING NOTHING TO ANYONE. That’s too many books at once.

All-time favorite children’s book you didn’t write…


An author you idolize …

E.B. White

Favorite illustrator …

Ooh, that’s hard. Tomi Ungerer.

A literary character to vacation with …

Professor William Waterman Sherman, from William Pene du Bois’ THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS. He had an amazing hot air balloon. I wonder if it could carry both of us. I might be too much ballast.

Be sure to follow the adorable mama and baby penguins on Melissa Guion’s blog tour!
Monday, Jan 13
Susan Heim on Parenting
Tues, Jan 14
The Children’s Book Review
Wed, Jan 15
Once Upon a Story
Thurs, Jan 16
Kid Lit Frenzy
Fri, Jan 17
Momma Drama
Sat, Jan 18
Booking Mama
Mon, Jan 20
5 Minutes for Books
Tues, Jan 21
Just a Little Creativity
Wed, Jan 22
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Thurs, Jan 23
Geo Librarian
Fri, Jan 24
As They Grow Up
Sat, Jan 25
Obsessive Mommy
Book Giveaway
One lucky winner will receive a deliciously-scented mama and baby penguin goat’s milk soap (for preening practice, of course!) and a signed copy of BABY PENGUINS LOVE THEIR MAMA! by Melissa Guion.  (U.S. addresses only.) Enter to win here: https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/2014/01/baby-penguins-love-their-mama-by-melissa-guin-book-giveaway.html
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  • Great I love this book well done xxx!!¡¡¡!!!

    February 1, 2014

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