Winner Announcement 4/6/23

Congratulations Kendra Dillon, winner of Jill Dana’s fabulous giveaway, BUTTERNUT & BUTTERCUP, illustrated by Rachel Tan-Hwee. Thank you Jill for being on the blog. Kendra, email me your mailing address so that I can share it with Jill.

Don’t miss my interview from Tuesday, 4/4 with author Marcia Bergner, celebrating her new picture book, BUSY FEET, illustrated by Susan Chapman. Coming Tuesday, 4/18 I’ll share my interview with author-illustrator Molly Ruttan, celebrating her latest book, SOMETHING WILD which you may have seen on Saturday.

In May, I’m excited to bring you two more author-illustrators, Marie Boyd whose book JUST A WORM is something that reminds me of raising my own children, and Bonnie Kelso whose book NUDI GILL takes a look at something in the ocean I’d never heard of before (new learning for me!)

Welcome Author Marcia Berneger – Giveaway Alert

Today I’m celebrating another book from a Picture Book Gold friend, Marcia Berneger. On Valentine’s Day BUSY FEET, illustrated by Susan Chapman stomped, tiptoed, and wiggled its way into the world. It’s a fun book and Marcia has been very busy sharing it at book stores and library story times. Today she’s going to share some of her inspiration and I highly recommend you order it from your favorite indie bookstore or ask your library to get it. In fact, two ways to help authors that don’t cost you anything: request books and check them out from your public library and tell your friends about them!

Marcia is offering one lucky winner a “your choice” prize of a copy of her first picture book, BUSTER THE LITTLE GARBAGE TRUCK, illustrated by Kevin Zimmer or a picture book critique. Comment on the blogpost to enter the giveaway.

What were you like at the age of your target audience?

BUSY FEET is designed for ages two and up. At that age I was very shy. I was a pretty fearful child, afraid especially at night. My grandson, Ori, on the other hand, is a pretty fearless kid. I’m including his picture.

What inspires you?

My grandson is my biggest inspiration when it comes to writing picture books. I love reading my books to him. Turns out, his three favorite books right now are BUSTER THE LITTLE GARBAGE TRUCK (my first picture book), BUSY FEET and a new one I ran off for him called CRUSIN’ DOWN THE HIGHWAY. It’s filled with work trucks like fire engines, cement trucks and, of course, garbage trucks. Nothing better than to have him ask me to read them three times in a row, for days at a time. 

What do you hope readers take away from your books?

BUSY FEET is about all about having fun. It also happens to be fill with antonyms. (Must be the teacher in me.) I want little kids to raise their feet up and down, run fast and slow, and just have fun with my book.

What’s next for you?

I do have two more books in the Busy Baby series that hopefully Starry Forest will publish. I also have that truck book, which I plan to submit to agents. My grandson is growing up in an interfaith family and I’m focusing on one or two picture books around this topic. That is a very underrepresented market and I’m hoping to fill in that huge gap.

To learn more about Marcia and her upcoming books:

Twitter & Instagram: @marciaberneger   @marciaberneger


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