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By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 14, 2011

Annie Barrows. Photo credit: Annie Frantzeskos Photography, 2011

Annie Barrows is the enormously talented author of many acclaimed books including the Ivy + Bean series, The Magic Half, and The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. She has also written non-fiction books under the pen name Ann Fiery. Annie’s latest book in the Ivy + Bean series is No News Is Good News. She worked for years as an editor until she decided to write children’s books like the ones she loved growing up. Her dedicated fans are eternally grateful she decided to pursue her dream.

Nicki Richesin: Congratulations on your great success with the Ivy + Bean series. When I gave my daughter your latest book No News Is Good News, she disappeared with a greedy look in her eye and resurfaced a few hours later. It must feel incredibly satisfying to know children are devoted to the characters you’ve brought to life with your words and eager to read about their next adventures.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 14, 2011

Two extremely lucky winners will receive a copy of The Family Storybook Treasury: Tales of Laughter, Curiosity, and Fun.

This collection of picture books contains many recent-time classics that the whole family can enjoy together. From Curious George to Mike Mulligan, there is a character and a story for everyone. Enter now!

Giveaway begins November 14, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 12, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 304 pages

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 13, 2011

With Christmas just around the corner, Little Dragon Publishing is pleased to announce the release of its first book, The Thing I Say I Saw Last Night: A Christmas Story written by Wendy McKernan and illustrated by Izabela Bzymek. Enter to win one of three signed copies!

Giveaway begins November 13, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 11, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 3-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 11, 2011

Enter to win one of three signed copies of Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature. Join Pacha as she finds her true calling as a musical star, sharing the messages of Nature. In the fun-filled pages, readers will meet an insect music band called The Beetles and a black-eyed pea rapper. Giveaway begins November 11, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 9, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 6-9

Paperback or eBook: 44 pages

Author Showcase

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 9, 2011

J. Zelen

Based in Portland, Oregon, The Adventurous Book of Adventure is a story that could happen to any group of brave kids, maybe! The story is told from the kids’ point of view, as a walk in the park turns into the adventure of a lifetime.

Can you share a little on your background and how you became a children’s book writer?

Author Showcase

By Emily Fiegenschuh, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 7, 2011

A Field Guide to Some of Legend’s Most Fearsome Beasts!

Looking for an escape from ordinary life? The adventure starts here!

The Explorer’s Guide to Drawing Fantasy Creatures, by Emily Fiegenschuh, helps artists of all skill levels bring fantasy creatures to life as they learn to draw and paint unique creatures step-by-step. Emily starts readers out with an introduction to art materials and important basics of drawing, proportion and perspective. She offers tips on the use of reference materials and how to find inspiration from the natural world to help lend believability to artists’ fantasy creations.

By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 6, 2011

Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey is the gifted author of the fabulous Alice-Miranda book series (Alice-Miranda at School was just released in the U.S. in April 2011), the Code Name series and an award-winning picture book called The Sound of the Sea. Her latest creation Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith Kennington Jones is a delightful little chatterbox sure to win the hearts of American children just as she has won over her devoted readers in Australia. When she’s not working as Director of Development at Abbotsleigh, a school for girls in Sydney, Jacqueline is writing about Alice-Miranda’s exciting adventures.