HEREis the 2023 GCBA Picturebook Connections (K-4) document created by the Awards Committee -- it showcases ideas for using the nominated books with kids and provides additional resources on each nominee. GRANDPA GRUMPS is on page 19!
Babies to Bookworms inclues HOPE IS A HOP on their recommended list of New Easter Books for Kids
Storytime Secrets does a lovely review and recommendation of HOPE IS A HOP on their rundown of Easter Books
March 21, 2023: Listen to an interview on The Children's Book Podcast where I talk about GRUMPY NEW YEAR, the story behind the story, being grumpy, and connecting with family! Classroom ready to listen to, along with a full episode transcript, book information, discussion questions, and notable quotes from our interview.
April 23, 2023: It was so much fun to be on a picture book panel at Books of Wonder, NYC, to celebrate HOPE IS A HOP, along with illustrator, Melissa Iwai, and other awesome picture book creators, too. Thanks to everyone who came out to join us!
January 21, 2023: I celebrated GRUMPY NEW YEAR's in person book launch event with Xindi Yan at Children's Book World in Haverford, PA. All orders of the book will receive an adorable sticker page with featured art from the book, too (while supplies last). They ship!
January 14, 2023, New York City: We welcomed the Lunar New Year at the Museum of Chinese in America in NYC with a special storytime, drawing, and book signing of GRUMPY NEW YEAR with both me and Xindi! Learn more here
December 17, 2022: Had so much fun sharing and talking picture books with Megan Litwin, Nicole Chen, and E.G. Keller, during a virtual HAPPY HOLIDAYS PICTURE BOOK panel at Books of Wonder! Catch the replay here! Books with signed bookplates are available for purchase on the website (while supplies last). They ship!
Glowing Reviews for Teeny Houdini: "Bright and funny...Bessie Lee is a hilarious, delightfully imperfect narrator, and the family dynamics are kind and true. Proof that the smallest stature can contain a huge imagination and an even bigger heart." -Booklist
“Teeny Bessie is a big hit….with the flair of Junie B. Jones, playing the precocity card at every turn, while Si’s generous line illustrations glory in the physical mess and tested nerves that trail in Bessie’s wake. Carefully curated vocabulary and repetition make this early chapter book an accessible step-up from easy readers...Expect sequels to be in demand.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Engaging . . . high energy . . . mischief and mishaps abound . . . Short, episodic chapters move quickly alongside Si’s stylized illustrations of the protagonist’s ethnically inclusive community and domestic life, making Bessie Lee’s forthcoming exploits ones to look forward to.” - Publishers Weekly