A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Blogging Break and 98 Collaborations!

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Thanks to Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup for hosting Poetry Friday today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Welcome! Today I wanted to share that A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt will be taking a break. (more info below) My next book, A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE, is coming Sept. 5, 2017 and I want to have some extra time to prepare for the release.

About the Book

From the creators of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight comes a fun fractured fairy tale about an aspiring chef who mistakenly turns story ingredients into delectable dishes. . . . Uh-oh!

In the magical land of fairy tales, William doesn’t quite fit in. He’d rather poach pears than pursue princesses, and he values gnocchi over knighthood. . . .

When he stumbles on a delivery of food destined for Fairy-Tale Headquarters (a pumpkin, apples, and a few measly beans), he decides to spice things up and whips the paltry ingredients into delectable dishes. But as you might have guessed, Snow White’s wicked stepmother doesn’t exactly want her magic apple baked and drizzled with caramel.

The team that brought you There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight delivers a hilariously fractured, whipped, and souffléed fairy tale that is chock-full of delicious details and jokes to satisfy every appetite!

Click HERE to Pre-Order on Amazon.

While you’re waiting for A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt to return, take some time to browse through previous episodes. Between my collaborations with Landon and all the guest collaborations, the series has racked up 98 episodes!!! That’s more than enough to keep you immersed in poetry and art until the series returns in the fall. I keep them on a page right here on my website. It’s the tab at the top labeled A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. But today I wanted to list them in this post with links for your browsing pleasure. When I look through the list at the guests who have collaborated in the series, I am amazed. So many talented writers and artists have participated. So scroll down and find someone you know and check out their collaboration. Or pick someone new to you. Or pick two or three or more! And look for new collaborations this fall.

Guests Episodes

Episode 1: Vivian Kirkfield & Grandson, Jeremy
Episode 2: David & Jeff Harrison, Father & Son
Episode 3: Laura Sassi and Daughter, little miss A
Episode 4: Catherine Johnson and Daughter, Hannah
Episode 5: Renée LaTulippe and Twin Sons, Claudio and Lorenzo
Episode 6: Kirsti Call and Daughter, Naomi
Episode 7: Pat Zietlow Miller and Daughter, Sonia
Episode 8: Diana Murray and Daughters, Kate and Jane
Episode 9: Laura Purdie Salas and Niece, Lily
Episode 10: Michelle Heidenrich Barnes and Daughter, Miranda
Episode 11: Julie Rowan-Zoch and Son, Aaron
Episode 12: Randi Sonenshine and Son, Ethan
Episode 13: Carrie Finison, Daughter, Mia, and Son, Eben
Episode 14: Erik and Josie Weibel, Brother and Sister
Episode 15: Rebecca Colby and Daughters, Sasha and Alanna
Episode 16: Iza Trapani and Stepson, Gabe
Episode 17: Lori Degman and Son, Brian
Episode 18: Elaine Kiely Kearns and Tomie dePaola-Friends/Student/Teacher
Episode 19: Cathy Ballou Mealey and Daughter, Grace
Episode 20: Jill Esbaum and Great Niece, Emaline
Episode 21: Linda Baie and Granddaughter, Ingrid
Episode 22: Julie Hedlund and Daughter, Molly
Episode 23: Kirsti Call and Daughter, Sydney
Episode 24: Sandy Lowe and Granddaughter, Mary
Episode 25: Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and Daughter, Georgia
Episode 26: Kristi Call and Daughter, Sophia
Episode 27: Kim Norman and Great Niece and Nephew, Beth Ann and Eric Woodruff
Episode 28: Buffy Silverman and Daughter, Emma
Episode 29: Henry Herz and Niece, Kate
Episode 30: Rosi Hollinbeck and Granddaughter, Gracie
Episode 31: Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, Friends
Episode 32: Nancy Raines Day and Great Granddaughter, McKenna
Episode 33: Violet Nesdoly and Grandson, Liam
Episode 34: Kirsti Call and Son, Sammy
Episode 35: Matt Forrest Esenwine With Daughter and Son
Episode 36: Irene Latham and Niece, Anna
Episode 37: Laura Shovan and Niece, Madeline
Episode 38: Kirsti Call and Son, James
Episode 39: Maria Gianferrari and Daughter, Anya
Episode 40: Ken Slesarik and His 1st-Grade Poets
Episode 41: Suzy Levinson and Her Niece, Svetlana
Episode 42: Charles Waters, His Niece, Amani, and His Nephew, Dane
Episode 43: Robyn Hood Black and her Niece, Sara
Episode 44: Brenda Harsham and Son, Kyle
Episode 45: Jennifer Cole Judd and Daughter, Anna
Episode 46: Carrie Charley Brown and Daughter, Chloe
Episode 47: Margaret Simon and Nephew, Jack
Episode 48: Brenda Harsham and Daughter, Anna
Episode 49: Miranda Paul and son, Amani + friend-bots, Tiffany and Aria
Episode 50: Annie Bailey and Son, Connor
Episode 50: Susan Kralovansky and Granddaughter, Layla
Episode 50: Laura Mucha and Her Friend’s Daughter, Poppy
Episode 50: Lynne Marie and her Daughter, Kayla Michelle
Episode 51: Liz Steinglass and Her Daughter, Naomi
Episode 52: Kristin Gray and Her 10-year-old Son, Copeland
Episode 53: Dave Gray and His Daughter, Erin
Episode 54: Ken Slesarik and His Daughter, Catherine
Episode 55: Matt Forrest Esenwine and His Daughter, Katherine
Episode 56: Rebecca Gomez and Her Niece, Rebekah
Episode 57: Nancy Tupper Ling and Her Daughter, Sarah
Episode 58: Linda Mitchell, Her Nephew Ian, Her Niece Aleah, and Her Niece Cora
Episode 59: Heidi Mordhorst and Her 2nd Grade Students
Episode 60: Sylvia Liu and Her Daughter, Sarah
Episode 61: Marcie Colleen and Three Nieces-Elizabeth, Elena, and Emily
Episode 62: Betsy Devany and Her Grandson, Landon
Episode 63: Laura Chamberlain Gehl With a Son and a Daughter
Episode 64: Carrie Clickard and Her Nephew, Brent
Episode 65: Linda Ashman and Her Young Friends, Mischa and Phoebe
Episode 66: Josh Funk and His Daughter, Chloe

Episodes Featuring Landon & Penny

Episode 1: An Adventuresome Moose
Episode 2: Robot Repair
Episode 3: OUCH!
Episode 4: Frolicking Foliage
Episode 5: Trick-or-Treats
Episode 6: Peach Pie
Episode 7: Leftover Turkey
Episode 8: Crumbled
Episode 9: Signed: Mr. Hare
Episode 10: I See a Heart
Episode 11: Tea Party
Episode 12: A Cow, a Moon, and a Suspicion
Episode 13: Haiku Achoo
Episode 14: Super Staples
Episode 15: Liberty
Episode 16: Elephant Robot vs. Mutant Dog Fish Plus The Landon Gallery
Episode 17: One More, Two More, S’More
Episode 18: Buttons
Episode 19: A Chant for Rudolph
Episode 20: Bee Buffet (featuring Landon’s sister Klaire)
Episode 21: A Day in the Life of Frog (featuring Landon’s sister, Kallie)
Episode 22: I’ll Take Eight of Those
Episode 23: Skipping Stone’s Autobiography
Episode 24: Springtime on Parade (featuring Penny’s great niece, Lorelai)
Episode 25: Pencil Riddle
Episode 26: Witch’s Brewing Dilemma 
Episode 27: Gobbling Getaway (featuring Penny’s great niece and Landon’s sister, Klaire)
Episode 28: Santa’s Team (featuring Penny’s great niece, Kennedy)
Episode 29: Butterfly
Episode 30: Frankenstein Valentine
Episode 31: Winter Show: Starring Snow (featuring Penny’s great nephew, Preston, along with his sister, Kennedy)
Episode 32: Zeppelin


Meet Great Aunt Penny (the one who blogs here): Penny Parker Klostermann is the author of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2015) and the upcoming, A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale(Random House, 2017). She loves all kinds of books, but especially loves very silly picture books that make her laugh. She has been known to hug her favorite picture books and seriously hopes that someday her books will gain huggable status too.

Penny grew up in Colorado and now lives in Abilene, Texas-the Storybook Capital of Texas!

Other Places to find Penny
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

Winner of Linda Ashman’s Book-ELLA WHO?

Linda Ashman and her young friends, Mischa and Phoebe were guest collaborators on my blog series, A GREAT NEPHEW AND A GREAT AUNT. On April 21st, readers were delighted with poetry from Linda and illustrations from Mischa and Phoebe. If you missed the post, you can find it HERE. And if being my guest wasn’t enough, Linda generously offered a signed copy of her new book, ELLA WHO?

 

About the Story: When a baby elephant shows up on moving day, a young girl tries to tell her family. But they’re all so distracted (and, well, clueless), that the elephant slips by unnoticed. A friendship blooms as the two play throughout the day but, alas, the elephant must return home to the animal sanctuary. Fortunately it’s not too far away, and—as the girl discovers—is filled with many more potential playmates.

I counted the comments from readers and used an online random number generator to come up with the lucky winner!

And the winner is …..

Brenda Davis Harsham

Congratulations, Brenda! And a huge thank you to Linda!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Linda’s books…what are you waiting for? I’ve included her bio below so that you can visit her website and become familiar with her work. If you are a writer of picture books, or an aspiring writer of picture books, then you MUST read The Nuts & Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books that is listed in her bio. It is an invaluable resource. I’ve read it through and continue to go back to it for review and inspiration.

Linda’s next book, WILLIAM’S WINTER NAP, is coming October 10, 2017 and is available for pre-order. Click on the adorable cover to read more about this book.


Meet Linda: Linda Ashman is the author of more than thirty-five picture books and the creator of The Nuts & Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. New titles include Ella WHO?, illustrated by Sara Sanchez (Sterling, April 2017) and William’s Winter Nap, illustrated by Chuck Groenink (Disney-Hyperion, October 2017). She lives with her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Twitter: @lindaashman2

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt-Guests: Josh Funk and His Daughter, Chloe

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just In case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a seventh-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on one Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

April is National Poetry Month! So  . . .

National Poetry Month brings poetry to the forefront. And if you’re looking for poetry for kids, the Poetry Friday Roundup is a great place to start. The roundup is at Teaching Authors today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

To find out how kidlit bloggers are celebrating poetry this month, head over to Jama’s Alphabet Soup where she’s rounded up links to a world of poetry fun.

Today it’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Josh Funk and His Daughter, Chloe (12 years old)

From Josh: We’re a cat family. And we like imagining what cats might do when people aren’t watching. So we have a running idea of a secret society of black cats who meet during the new moon and do secret things. They might seem nefarious at first, but they’re still cats – so when they find string, they go nuts and play. We wrote the words together and drawing hundreds of cats proved difficult, so my daughter went with a single image of Mistress Superior. Thank you for inviting us to share for Poetry Friday!

The Poem by Chloe and Josh

The Art by Chloe

art by Chloe

Many thanks to Chloe and Josh for sharing their meow-velous talents with us today.
Pretty pu-r-r-r-r-r-fect…don’t you think?


Meet Josh: Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as picture books – such as Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast and the brand new sequel, The Case of the Stinky Stench, along with Pirasaurs!, Dear Dragon, It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, Albie Newton, and more!

Josh is a board member of The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA and was the co-coordinator of the 2016 and 2017 New England Regional SCBWI Conferences.

Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes picture book manuscripts.

Josh is terrible at writing bios, so please help fill in the blanks. Josh enjoys _______ during ________ and has always loved __________. He has played ____________ since age __ and his biggest fear in life is being eaten by a __________.

Find out more about Josh at www.joshfunkbooks.com and on twitter @joshfunkbooks.


A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests: Linda Ashman and Her Young Friends, Mischa and Phoebe…Plus a Giveaway!

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just In case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a seventh-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on one Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

April is National Poetry Month! So  . . .

poetry friday button

National Poetry Month brings poetry to the forefront. And if you’re looking for poetry for kids, the Poetry Friday Roundup is a great place to start. Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference is hosting today. Thanks, Tabatha. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

To find out how kidlit bloggers are celebrating poetry this month, head over to Jama’s Alphabet Soup where she’s rounded up links to a world of poetry fun.

Today it’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Linda Ashman and Her Young Friends, Mischa and Phoebe

**GIVEAWAY! Before you view today’s collaboration I wanted to let you know that Linda has generously offered a signed copy of her new book, Ella WHO? to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment by April 30th at midnight CST. A winner will be randomly selected. To win the copy you must have a US address.

And now, today’s episode!

From Linda: For this collaboration, I borrowed my friend Emily Dorn’s daughters, Mischa (8) and Phoebe (6). The poems were extras from two poetry collections I’d written years ago—The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide and Stella, Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse—that for one reason or another weren’t included in the books. I gave the girls both poems and told them they could each do an illustration or collaborate on a single one. They chose to do their own. I thought they might find Medusa too creepy, but Phoebe embraced the idea of a headful of snakes. And Mischa created a letter that my dog would love to receive every day.

The First Collaboration

Linda’s Poem

Phoebe’s Art

art by Phoebe

The Second Collaboration

Linda’s Poem

Mischa’s Art

art by Mischa

Here are the three collaborators as well as a younger brother 🙂 Phoebe’s on the left. Mischa’s on the right. Their little brother Gabe is on Linda’s lap.

Many thanks to Linda, Phoebe, and Mischa for sharing their talents with us today.

**GIVEAWAY: Don’t forget to leave a comment by April 30th at midnight CST for a chance to win a copy of Linda’s book, Ella WHO?

About the Story: When a baby elephant shows up on moving day, a young girl tries to tell her family. But they’re all so distracted (and, well, clueless), that the elephant slips by unnoticed. A friendship blooms as the two play throughout the day but, alas, the elephant must return home to the animal sanctuary. Fortunately it’s not too far away, and—as the girl discovers—is filled with many more potential playmates.


Meet Linda: Linda Ashman is the author of more than thirty-five picture books and the creator of The Nuts & Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. New titles include Ella WHO?, illustrated by Sara Sanchez (Sterling, April 2017) and William’s Winter Nap, illustrated by Chuck Groenink (Disney-Hyperion, October 2017). She lives with her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Twitter: @lindaashman2

Coming October 10, 2017

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Landon and Penny

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just in case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew Landon (a seventh-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

April is National Poetry Month! So  . . .

poetry friday button

National Poetry Month brings poetry to the forefront. And if you’re looking for poetry for kids, the Poetry Friday Roundup is a wonderful place to start. Dori at Dori Reads is hosting today.. Thanks, Dori. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

To find out how kidlit bloggers are celebrating poetry this month, head over to Jama’s Alphabet Soup where she’s rounded up links to a world of poetry fun.

Now onto today’s post.

I call my poem a zig-zag poem because the word that falls at the end of a line begins the next line — this creates a zig-zag effect.

My Poem

Landon’s Art

art by Landon (with photo background)

Notice the name of Landon’s airship. Notice the acronym after the S.S. Does it ring a bell?

As our followers know, Landon hides the same object in the majority of his drawings for this series. It is hidden in his art above. It’s really not much of a secret anymore since most readers know what to look for . . . but it’s still really fun to try and find it. The object is very powerful when in an artist’s hand. As a special treat, Landon created a drawing about the object and today I’m sharing a time-lapse video of Landon finishing up the drawing of his trusty pencil sword!

Recently, I got to visit Landon and his family and we took an updated picture of the Great Nephew and the Great Aunt.

Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who read this series. See you next week when I’ll have guest collaborators.


Meet Great Aunt Penny (the one who blogs here): Penny Parker Klostermann is the author of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2015) and the upcoming, A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale(Random House, 2017). She loves all kinds of books, but especially loves very silly picture books that make her laugh. She has been known to hug her favorite picture books and seriously hopes that someday her books will gain huggable status too.

Penny grew up in Colorado and now lives in Abilene, Texas-the Storybook Capital of Texas!

Other Places to find Penny
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests: Carrie Clickard and Her Nephew, Brent

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just In case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a seventh-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on one Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

April is National Poetry Month! So  . . .

poetry friday button

National Poetry Month brings poetry to the forefront. And if you’re looking for poetry for kids, here is a great place to start. Irene at Live Your Poem is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup. Thanks, Irene. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

To find out how kidlit bloggers are celebrating poetry this month, head over to Jama’s Alphabet Soup where she’s rounded up links to a world of poetry fun.

Now onto today’s post. It’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Carrie Clickard and Her Nephew, Brent

From Carrie: My nephew Brent and I have been kindred spirits in our reading, gaming and movie tastes since he arrived on this planet nearly 29 years ago.
We fell into passing pictures, poems and stories back and forth, which one of us would then illustrate just for fun. It was a great way to keep in touch after his family moved to California — and we still indulge our joint creativity when we can find the time.  “Dinosaur Planet” sprang out of our mutual fascination with space exploration, dinosaurs and “what if” questions.  What if dinosaurs were sentient and had an entire civilization before humans arrived? What if dinosaurs didn’t die off, they just left the planet?  We wrote the poem in stanza “turns”, me first, followed by Brent. The art can be blamed entirely on me.

The Poem by Carrie and Brent

The Art by Carrie

Art by Carrie

And it seems Brent has always loved dinosaurs. Here he is in a dinosaur “egg.”

And the Brent of now . . .  who might sail the stars and bring the dinosaurs home.

Many thanks to Carrie and Brent for sharing their talents with us today.


Meet Carrie: Carrie L Clickard is a published picture book author with Flashlight Press, Holiday House (Fall 2017) and two forthcoming books with Simon & Schuster in 2017-18. Her poetry and short fiction has also appeared in magazines such as: Spider, Ladybug, Muse, Highlights, High Five, Andromeda Spaceways,  Myriad Lands, Spellbound, Underneath the Juniper Tree, Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr.
Visit Carrie at her website: www.clclickard.com

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests: Laura Chamberlain Gehl With a Son and a Daughter

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Thanks to Amy at The Poem Farm for hosting Poetry Friday. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just In case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a seventh-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on one Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today it’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Laura Gehl, Her 8-year Old Son, and 6-year Old Daughter

From Laura: My youngest two kids were very excited to collaborate with me on this project!

I wrote this poem because my daughter had a lot of trouble learning to swim, with plenty of crying and refusing to get in the water.

In their artwork (my son drew, my daughter colored), the mermaid you see is the mother mermaid.  I thought it was wonderful that my daughter insisted the “Mommy mermaid” should be smiling with “welcoming arms” even though in my poem the mother is a bit annoyed with a grim face.  The mother mermaid is on a blue background to show that she is in the water, encouraging the reluctant little mermaid to join her.

Laura’s Poem

Art Drawn by 8-year Old Son and Colored by 6-year Old Daughter

Art by Laura’s Son and Daughter

The Gehl Family on Kangaroo Island in Australia

Many thanks to Laura, her son, and her daughter for sharing their talents with us today.


Meet Laura: Laura Gehl’s picture books include One Big Pair of Underwear, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, and the Peep and Egg series, illustrated by Joyce Wan.  Her next two books, both releasing in October 2017, are Peep and Egg: I’m Not Taking a Bath and Koala Challah, illustrated by Maria Mola. Laura is also excited about other upcoming books, including My Pillow Keeps Moving, illustrated by Christopher Weyant, and I Got a Chicken for My Birthday, illustrated by Sarah Horne.  Visit Laura online at www.lauragehl.com.


Meet the Artists: These two adorable artists also love to read and write. At the moment, they both plan to be writers when they grow up (although astronaut is another option–or possibly teacher, because teachers get lots of gifts from their students, including cookies). Check back in 15 years for a career update.