New Spring Picture Books from Creston Books

CRESTON BOOKS – the small publisher run by Marissa Moss in Berkeley, CA – continues to impress readers and reviewers alike.  Many of its books, my own WHEELS OF CHANGE included, have won awards.  The new spring list is out and it looks like another winner.   Check out these gems:

The Girl Who Saved Yesterday
Written by Julius Lester, Illustrated by Carl Angel                Yesterdaycvr

Julius Lester at his best, language so rich you can feel it on your tongue

When the girl, Silence, is sent by the trees to save Yesterday, she doesn’t know what her
task is, only that it is important. Returning to the village that cast her out, Silence recognizes her
purpose: to join the dead with the living in an act that celebrates their memory.

“The Girl Who Saved Yesterday reads like an ancient myth. At times I found myself getting
lost in the dreamlike text, but the joys of re-reading allowed me to dig deeper into the stunning
illustrations. A challenging, but ultimately very provocative tale with illustrations to match.”
– Martha Pettit, Folio Books
ISBN: 978-1-939547-24-8              Ages: 4 to 9

Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep
By Robin Newman, Illustrated by Chris Ewald

Hildie Bitterpickles has the perfect home until a cast of noisy neighbors move in next
door. Who can sleep near a giant clomping on his beanstalk, children running all over their
shoe house or three blind mice who like to play with hammers and saws?     HildieCoverFINAL

“Bewitchingly funny, Hildie Bitterpickles’s story leaves kids howling with laughter while
sharing with them a lesson about how to solve our problems and get along with others.”
– Mr. Gilvarry’s Third Grade, Southold Elementary School

“This magical story teaches us all that it is better to face your troubles, rather than run
away from them. Young readers will delight as they recognize some noisy guest stars among
the pages, visiting us from classic fairy tales.”
– April Howe, Villa Park Public Library
ISBN: 978-1-939547-23-1        Ages: 4 to 8

Mira’s Diary: California Dreaming By Marissa Moss
Mira travels to 1864 San Francisco to confront her mother about changing history only to learn that things aren’t what they appear and much more is at stake than she could have imagined.
In the last book of the time-travel series, Mira explores the past of her familiar Bay Area,
discovering layers of history in San Francisco and learning the real reason her mother has
been working to change history. On the way, she meets Mark Twain and uncoversMiraCalifCvr the Watcher’s real identity.

“Readers will enjoy this enthralling glimpse of history.”
– School Library Journal
“An engrossing, diary-style blend of history, mystery, and time travel.”
– Publishers Weekly

ISBN: 978-1-939547-22-4    Ages: 8 to 13

 

 

Busy Busy by Lucy Scott

What do toddlers really do all day? Busy, Busy lets you in on the secrets of their imaginative world.
Parents may think their toddlers are simply playing or making messes, but really they’re building cities, going on exciting adventures, and creating masterpieces.

“Busy Busy captures in stunningly detailed illustrations the glory that is an energetic toddler. Kids will adore seeing what a mess the nameless busy, busy narrator can make in this quirky, fun book.”
– Martha Pettit, Folio Books                 BusyCvr

“In the delightful Busy Busy parents are sure to recognize their own child, whether she is an explorer, an architect, a master chef, or just plain tired.
– Jim Averbeck, author of One Word from Sophia
ISBN: 978-1-939547-25-5
Ages: 3 to 5

Please address any questions to Marissa Moss:
marissamoss@crestonbooks.co
Creston Books
PO Box 9369
Berkeley, CA 94709

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Twitter @CrestonBooks
http://www.crestonbooks.co

 

Celebrate Tea Month With…Tea Party Books.

Monday’s post was all about preparing  tea and how to have a fun-filled tea party.  Today I am bringing you some picture and middle grade books whose theme’s are TEA PARTIES.

  1. TEA PARTY RULES by Ame Dyckman, Illustrated by K G Campbell, is a delightful tale of a bear who wants to come to a little girls tea party.  But, he has a hard time following all her rules.
  2. MISS SPIDER’S TEA PARTY by David Kirk.  The title tells it all in this unique “spin” on the tea party genre.
  3. FANCY NANCY TEA PARTIES by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.  Nancy at her word-licious best presenting the ins and outs of a tea party.
  4. THE BOSTON TEA PARTY by Russell Freedman, illustrated by Peter Malone.

5. A soon-to-be-released book by Marissa Moss (Abrams) is titled AMERICA’S TEA PARTIES. This non-fiction book for middle grades tells of not just the famous Boston Tea Party, but also three others that took place in Philadelphia, Charleston, and New York.         Here’s the link to pre-order a copy: http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/americas-tea-parties_9781419718748/

6. Finally, my own MG historical WHEELS OF CHANGE features a pivotal scene where the heroine Emily hosts her first tea party.  Two of the guests include her nemesis – Beatrice Peabody – and her insufferable, and opinionated mother.  Emily is doing fine serving tea to the guests until Mrs. Peabody voices her opinion regarding Henry – a beloved employee of Emily’s Papa.  This is the moment when Emily discovers an unconventional use for tea.

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Wheels of change is available at Amazon or bookstores nationwide.   ISBN: 978-1-939547-13-2

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE TEA PARTY BOOKS?

 

ALA SAN FRANSISCO ROCKS!

I just returned from an amazing event:  The Annual American Library Association Convention which was held this year in San Fransisco.  Thousands of people from all over the country gathered together to celebrate books. It was a thrill to be part of it all as an author, spectator and fan of other renown authors of children’s books.  While it is impossible to capture the whole spirit of the event, I hope these photos will give you an idea of the excitement and high energy the comprised the weekend.

It was my first visit to the beautiful city and especially memorable since it was also Pride weekend.   I didn’t get a chance to see the GLBT parade but felt the love, support, and good will that was everywhere.  

Outside the Moscone Center.

Outside the Moscone Center.

t the Creston Books Booth.

at the Creston Books Booth.

With Fellow Creston Books author Georgia Lyon.

With Fellow Creston Books author Georgia Lyon.

Star Spotting! Dan Santat signing BEEKLE. (Wanted a copy, but the line was soooo long)

Star Spotting! Dan Santat signing BEEKLE. (Wanted a copy, but the line was soooo long)

With Author Debbie Ridpath Ohi

With Author Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Rainbow Flags outside the Moscone Center where the ALA event was held.  Rainbows and goodwill was everywhere.  SOMETIMES WE HUMANS GET IT RIGHT!

Rainbow Flags outside the Moscone Center where the ALA event was held. Rainbows and goodwill were everywhere. SOMETIMES WE HUMANS GET IT RIGHT!

Author Laura Sassi's new book on display

Author Laura Sassi’s new book on display.

Breakfast with uber librarian John Schumacher AKA Mr. Schu, Marissa Moss, Robin Newman, Marcia Goldman and Lola at TRACE Restaurant.

Breakfast with uber librarian John Schumacher AKA Mr. Schu, Marissa Moss, Robin Newman, Marcia Goldman and Lola at TRACE Restaurant.

Fellow Creston author Muon Van and Illustrator April Chu.

Fellow Creston author Muon Van and Illustrator April Chu.

Mouse detectives, Wilcox and Griswold were out in search of missing food...

Mouse detectives, Wilcox and Griswold were out in search of missing food… 

Walking to the FERRY Building for the Book Passage signing.

Walking to the FERRY Building for the Book Passage signing.

Signing Books at BOOK PASSAGE in the FERRY BUILDING on the SF waterfront.

Signing Books at BOOK PASSAGE in the FERRY BUILDING on the SF waterfront.

With Katherine Applegate, author of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, and CRENSHAW.

With Katherine Applegate, author of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, and CRENSHAW.

With Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery winner for BROWN GIRL DREAMING.

With Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery winner for BROWN GIRL DREAMING.

With Paul Czajak, author of SEAVER THE WEAVER.

With Paul Czajak, author of SEAVER THE WEAVER.

ALA ROCKS!

I went to Chicago this past weekend and attended my first American Library Association (ALA) Convention.  IMG_5266

I got to share the excitement with fellow Creston Books author ROBIN NEWMAN.  Not only did we share a room, we also shared our first book event with other authors from Creston as well as our Publisher/Editor/Mentor MARISSA MOSS.  Below is a photo gallery of some of the highlights from this amazing trip.

Up the escalator to the world of...BOOKS!

Up the escalator to the world of…BOOKS!                                                 

FINALLY meeting my wonderful editor Marissa Moss!

FINALLY meeting my wonderful editor Marissa Moss!

Friday Afternoon...Meeting and hanging out with the world's best school librarian: John Schumacher AKA Mr. Schu

Friday Afternoon…Meeting and hanging out with the world’s best school librarian: John Schumacher AKA Mr. Schu

With Fellow CRESTON BOOKS authors: Marissa Moss, Robin Newman, Lori Degman at ALA Convention Center Friday Evening

With Fellow CRESTON BOOKS authors: Marissa Moss, Robin Newman, Lori Degman at ALA Convention Center Friday Evening

Creston Books author Marcia Goldman and Lola...a favorite attendee.

Creston Books author Marcia Goldman and Lola…a favorite attendee.

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Also spotted at the event....

Also spotted at the event….

Bookstore signing event on Saturday at Anderson's in Naperville, IL.

Bookstore signing event on Saturday at Anderson’s in Naperville, IL.

Also at the Book Stall in Winnetka, IL

Also at the Book Stall in Winnetka, IL

Got snowed in an extra day...

Got snowed in an extra day…

And after several rounds of cancelled flights...

And after several rounds of cancelled flights…    Made it home safe and sound.

It was an amazing event and I was happy to share it with so many wonderful, book-loving people!

 

 

Robin Newman and me waiting at Chicago O'Hare airport for yet another delayed flight...tired but happy from the weekend's events.

Robin Newman and me waiting at Chicago O’Hare airport for yet another delayed flight…tired but happy from the weekend’s events.