Kid Lit Love: A Gift for Amma


Hello and Happy Monday! Welcome to Kid Lit Love where a new release children’s book is featured on Mondays with an author and/or illustrator interview. Today we feature A GIFT FOR AMMA by Meera Sriram and Mariona Cabassa, published by Barefoot Books, August 21, 2020.

Title: A GIFT FOR AMMA: Market Day in India

Written by Meera Sriram & Illustrated by Mariona Cabassa

A GIFT FOR AMMA

Synopsis:

In this #OwnVoices book, a girl explores the vibrant rainbow of delights in a southern Indian street market as she searches for a gift for her amma (mother). Endnotes explain all the items on sale and introduce readers to markets around the world.

Release Date: AUG 21, 2020 (US), AUG 28, 2020 (UK)

Website: http://www.meerasriram.com

Twitter: @Meeratsriram

Author, Meera Sriram

Bio:

Meera Sriram grew up in India and moved to the U.S in 1999. An electrical engineer in the past, she now enjoys writing for children, leading early literacy initiatives, and advocating for diverse bookshelves. Meera is the author of picture books The Yellow Suitcase and A Gift For Amma. She has also co-authored several kids’ books in India. Meera believes in the transformative power of stories and likes to write about people, places, and experiences less visible in children’s literature. For more information, please visit: http://www.meerasriram.com

Meera, Welcome to the blog! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your book with us!

1. Tell us about the inspiration for your book.

I grew up in a bustling city in India (home to about 10 million people today!). It is hot, noisy, and packed with people, buildings, traffic, markets, and hawkers everywhere. However, I find that all the clutter and chaos make the city throb with life! As a child, I was enthralled by the beautiful mosaic of sights, colors, sounds, foods, textures, and action every time I stepped out to the street. They made a busy place like an outdoor market even more interesting and dynamic. While there are many books on colors, and colors of India, I wanted to explore a narrative that captured the vibrancy and at the same time opened a slightly wider window into the culture of India for very young kids, as concept books set outside the U.S. are still rare.

Thanks, Meera. In contrast, I grew up on a mountainside, just outside the city of Vancouver (now home to 2.5 million people). The city seemed busy, full of people and chaos to me at the time. So for me, I have to imagine that multiplied by five! I think young children from North America will benefit from learning about a new culture through your book.

2. Share a piece of advice for children’s writers.

I’ll share something I often tell myself – always write from the heart and be honest with the story you want to tell. Not what is trending, not what is easy to write or read or understand, not what everyone wants you to write. It’s great if the story also does any or all of the above. The core intention is believing in the importance of the story I want to tell, whatever it may be. This belief is what helps with the writing and when rejection hits hard.

I would agree, Meera. I think readers want an honest story, full of heart.

3. What part of being a writer do you love most?

This is a tough one to answer because I love so many things! I particularly love it when a child identifies with something in the story, an emotion or experience or any story element, and makes a personal connection. It gives me the feeling that the story has made it home – fuels and keeps me going as a writer.

Oh my, I love that too! The connection with the reader is what it is all about!

Thanks again, Meera. Congratulations on your book!

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THREE NEW PICTURE BOOKS COMING SOON ON KID LIT LOVE

Hello Lovely Readers! I am happy to tell you that there are three new and wonderful picture books coming up on the Kid Lit Love blog this August!

And for kid lit creators who have been enjoying SCBWI’s Summer Spectacular, August has been a fabulous month, indeed!

SATURDAYS ARE FOR STELLA by Candy Wellins, illustrated by Charlie Eve Ryan, blog feature August 17th
DANCE LIKE A LEAVE by AJ Irving and Claudia Navarro; blog feature, August 24th
A GIFT FOR AMMA by Meera Sriram and Mariona Cabassa; blog feature August 10th

Stop by on Mondays and learn more about these books and their creators!

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THE LULLABY MONSTERS have arrived!

Good news! I have book mail!!!

THE LULLABY MONSTERS have arrived. Children will enjoy this hybrid between picture book and early reader with six short chapters. A close sibling relationship, rascally monsters and a stolen music box make for a fun-filled night time adventure. Great for children who are just learning to read.

Get the book! There’s lots of ways to order!! https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781999429300?aff=NetGalley

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lullaby-monsters-cynthia-mackey/1137302579?ean=9781999429300

Kid Lit Love: SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT

Hello and Happy Monday! Welcome to Kid Lit Love where a new release children’s book is featured on Mondays with an author and/or illustrator interview. Today we feature SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT by Amber Hendricks and Kyle Reed, published by Beaming Books, June 2, 2020.

SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT by Amber Hendricks and Kyle Reed

Synopsis:

Superheroes leap buildings, chase bad guys, and save the city from the evil Emperor Zog. Superheroes DON’T babysit. Except when their dad asks them to. In an epic battle of sibling rivalry, will this superhero finally meet her match? Or will she find exactly what she’s been missing all along?

In Superheroes Don’t Babysit, author Amber Hendricks tells a story full of humour and heart, and illustrator Kyle Reed’s super-powered illustrations pack a punch with their bold colours and sharp lines. This book is fun to look at and to read with siblings who consider themselves rivals or friends, or maybe something in between.

Amber Hendricks, author

It is a pleasure to have Amber Hendricks join us on the blog today. Welcome and congratulations on the publication of SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT!

Please tell us why you write books for children.

I believe there is a real magic in introducing a child to the love of reading!

When I first started to pursue publishing, I thought I’d write Young Adult novels. But I was running a preschool/daycare at the time and picture books were a huge part of our day. I began to see the complexity in those seemingly simple stories and challenged myself to give picture books a try. I fell head-over-heels in love!

What part of being a writer do you love most?

I love the discovery…. of taking the tendrils of an ideal and weaving them together with words to form a fully fleshed out story. I also love being a part of such an amazing community!

Tell us about your path to publication.

Oh, goodness! It’s been everything I hoped for and nothing like I thought! Long and winding, and yet at times, a rush of activity. I’ve been blessed to work with great agents, editors, and critique partners along the way! I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all path to publication and success can come in many different forms, so it’s important to find what works for you.

Check out ALL of Amber’s Books!

  • Sophie and Little Star
    Clear Fork Publishing
  • Extraordinary Ordinary Ella
    Amicus Ink 2020
  • Superheroes Don’t Babysit
    Beaming Books 2020
  • Little Nature Explorers Board Book Series
    Amicus Ink 2020 and 2021

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Monster Cookies: Recipe

In my story THE LULLABY MONSTERS, cookies are something the monsters absolutely love. So what kind of cookies do you bake to please a monster? Monster Cookies of course!

Here’s my recipe for Monster Cookies that’s sure to please any little monster running around your home.

Recipe for Monster Cookies
*note: I have tested and tweaked this recipe and it is awesome!

1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 – 3/4 cup candy coated chocolate pieces

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. Step 2

In a very large bowl, cream together the margarine, butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and rolled oats; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in chocolate chips and candy-coated chocolate pieces. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. Step 3

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden. If you like chewy cookies, take them out before they look done.

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Kid Lit Love: SOAKED!

I’m thrilled to feature Abi Cushman’s new book, SOAKED! here on Kid Lit Love! Thank you for sharing your book with us, Abi! Published by Viking Children’s Books, SOAKED was just released July 14, 2020. Congratulations, Abi!

SOAKED by Abi Cushman

Synopsis

A Hula-Hooping moose, a badger with a bumblebee umbrella, a bunny in a cashmere sweater, and a very wet bear star in this unpredictable and laugh-out-loud picture book in which having fun gets the best of a grumpy bear.

It looks like a wet and dreary day for Bear and his trio of friends. How could he possibly have fun when he is soaked? But Badger, Bunny, and Moose don’t seem to mind. In fact, Moose can still hula hoop! And it looks like so much fun. Might Bear like to try?

Here is a story that shows that fun is not dependent on sunshine and blue skies. In fact, it might be more fun to be soaked!

Pub Date:​ July 14, 2020
Pages:​ 40 pages
Publisher:​ Viking Children’s Books | An imprint of Penguin Random House ISBN:​ 978-1984836625

Author, Abi Cushman

Abi took the time to share a little about her experience as a children’s writer and I’m so happy for the opportunity to give you the inside scoop on Abi’s experience as a children’s writer.

1. Tell us how you came to write books for children.

I’ve always been interested in illustrating picture books. In fact, I took a few illustration courses in college. But I never thought of myself as a particularly creative writer. That changed in 2015, when I was reminded how much I loved picture books after reading a ton of them with my new baby. And then, in a sleep-deprived New Mom moment, I had an idea of my own for a book. So I decided to make a go of it. I wrote the words and created a dummy and went to my very first SCBWI critique group meeting. Since then, it’s been so much fun writing stories I think my kids would love or ones that I would have loved when I was a kid.

2. Tell us about the inspiration for your book or how you came up with the idea.

It was a hot summer afternoon in 2017, and I was out for a walk with my husband and daughter. We were about a mile away from home when we felt the first few drops. The drops quickly escalated into a torrential rainstorm. Normally, we all would have just started booking it for the house, but I was eight months pregnant at the time, and my movement was down to a slow waddle. So I told my husband to run home with our daughter, and I’d meet them later. And what I realized on my soggy walk home was that once I was completely soaked, the rain was actually quite pleasant. Refreshing even! So I thought it would be interesting in a picture book to play around with the idea of your attitude changing despite the circumstances staying the same. And I thought it would be so much fun to show a character completely embracing the rain and splashing around in pure joy.

3. Please share a piece of advice for children’s writers.

The simplest thing you can do to figure out how to write books well is to go to the library and read a bunch of new books and analyze them. For picture books, look for the main problem (what does the character want), what sets off the story, what escalates the tension in the story, and how is the problem resolved. And finally, what makes the book special? What gives it heart? After doing this many times, you’ll have a great foundation for how to structure your own stories, and you’ll get a sense of the kinds of books being published today.

Thanks, Abi. I love your rain storm story from 2017. It’s funny because that same summer, our family got stuck in a rain storm while in Florida. We were NOT dressed for rain. While I wasn’t pregnant, I was wearing really slippery shoes so I was the only one moving slowly because I didn’t want to fall. I really was SOAKED but I never laughed so hard!

You can connect with Abi here:

Abi’s Instagram

Twitter: @AbiCushman

Thanks for the interview, Abi and congratulations on your new release!

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Summer Reading Giveaway Winners Announced!

Hello Readers! I am so excited and happy to be giving away books and to announce the winners.

Pricilla Alpaugh is the winner of THE LULLABY MONSTERS by Paula Nasmith and myself.

THE LULLABY MONSTERS: A Night Time Adventure

Click here to buy THE LULLABY MONSTERS.

Kara Sibilia is the winner of TULIP AND DOUG by Emma Wood and Carla Martel!

TULIP AND DOUG

Click here to buy TULIP AND DOUG.

And Kelly Zhang is the winner of BENJAMIN’S BLUE FEET by Sue Macartney!

BENJAMIN’S BLUE FEET

Click here to buy BENJAMIN’S BLUE FEET.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all who participated! Winners will need to message me with a mailing address within 7 days so I can mail out your prizes.

Extra goodies include bookmarks, bookplates and stickers!