Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Counting on Katherine Is Soaring!

I've been so busy scribbling I hadn't had a moment to update this blog with news of Counting On Katherine's reception in the kidlit world. To date, the book has been recognized with:

A Junior Library Guild Selection
Bank Street -  Cook Prize Shortlist
ALA Amelia Bloomer List Selection
NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children
CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Chicago Public Library Best Books of the Year
CCBC Best Books of 2018 - Starred Review
OLA Best Bets
Children’s Book Review Best Nonfiction Picture Books 
Vermont Clover Award Shortlist

Thanks, everyone!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Katherine Johnson has her own Barbie!

Image for BRB INSPR WMN DL 3 from Mattel
The Katherine Johnson doll will be available in May.
Mattel is releasing a new collection of dolls featuring inspiring women. You can get your own Katherine Johnson doll beginning in May. Of course you will need Counting on Katherine.  to go along with it. 

When I first began working on the book, Johnson was relatively unknown. But then came the smash hit movie, Hidden Figures. And now - a Barbie! I'm so excited to see her finally getting the attention she deserves.

Counting on Katherine tells much more of her story than is shown in Hidden Figures. It details her role in saving the doomed and crippled Apollo 13 and bringing the drifting spacecraft safely back to Earth. The illustrations, by the talented Dow Phumiruk, are stunning!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dow made a trailer.....

Watch the new trailer for Counting on Katherine! Illustrator Dow Phumiruk made it, and it is just as beautiful as the book.  You can preorder the book now from your favorite bookseller - it goes on sale mid-June.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sloths. Because - Sloths!!!!!!

Coming soon - Sloth at the Zoom!

This sweet picture book is all about the virtues of slowing down and taking the time to enjoy the time you spend with friends.

And true to its theme, this little tale took fourteen years from concept to publication. Talk about slooooowwwwwwww.....

I'm utterly grateful to Karen Li, my editor at Owlkids Books, for hanging in there and making it happen in the end. And thanks too to Orbie for drawing such adorable pictures!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Cover!

I'm so excited about the revised cover to my upcoming book, Counting On Katherine. The adult Katherine was replaced by this younger version. What do you think about it?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Good news for Counting on Katherine!

Counting on Katherine (Christy Ottaviano Books, June) has been selected by the Junior Library Guild. So pleased!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Updated cover!

Coming in June - but you can preorder now!

Because: Science!