Authors and Illustrators appearing at EpicFest Family Festival:
- Derek Anderson is the New York Times bestselling creator behind more than twenty-five books for children. His new early reader series Croc and Ally is about a short, grumpy crocodile, a happy-go-lucky alligator and the special friendship they share.
- Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of the phenomenally successful Bad Kitty series.
- Mike Curato is the author and illustrator of the Little Elliot series. The fifth book, Merry Christmas, Little Elliot, comes out this fall.
- Leo Espinosa is an award-winning illustrator and designer, whose work has been featured in a variety of publications, products, animated series and galleries worldwide.
- Amalie Jahn is the USA Today bestselling author of The Clay Lion series, a contemporary time travel saga for young adults. Her latest novel, The Next to Last Mistake, about a girl who finds acceptance in an unexpected place, hits bookstores in March of 2019.
- Brendan Reichs is the author of the instant New York Times young adult bestseller Nemesis and its sequel Genesis, and co-author of the six-volume Virals series. His new book, The Darkdeep, kicks off a suspenseful new series for middle grade readers.
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the award-winning author of 8th Grade Superzero, Two Naomis and its sequel, Naomis Too, Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow and Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins . She is also the editor of The Hero Next Door, a 2019 middle grade anthology and a member of The Brown Bookshelf and We Need Diverse Books.
- Tammi Sauer is the award-winning author of twenty-eight picture books, including Wordy Birdy, Cowboy Camp, Chicken Dance, Nugget & Fang, and Princess in Training.
- Jon Scieszka is the creator of Trucktown, including the New York Times bestselling Smash, Crash!, and the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man, and many other books that inspire kids to want to read. He has worked as an elementary school teacher and is the founder of GuysRead.com, a literacy initiative for boys.
- Megan Shepherd is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed middle grade and young adult novels. Her latest release is Grim Lovelies.
- Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is the author of middle grade books including The Story Collector series, A Dog Like Daisy, John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy (written as E.F. Abbott), The 13th Sign, Selling Hope and Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different. She’s also written many activity books featuring well-loved characters like Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, the Powerpuff Girls, and Strawberry Shortcake.
- Paul Zelinsky is one of the most acclaimed picture book illustrators working today. He received the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his Rapunzel and the Caldecott Honor for Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and Swamp Angel.
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Crock and Ally
For fans of Elephant & Piggie and Frog & Toad comes an easy-to-read series about another unlikely pair: Croc and Ally. These two best friends don’t always see things the same way, but there’s one thing they do agree on–their friendship comes first!
With three short stories, easy-to-read vocabulary, and adorable illustrations, these books are perfect for progressing readers.
One very happy pig — one bubbly bathtub. Everything is perfect until nine more join in. And ten? Ten wiggles and squeezes And surfs his way in.
One pig looks to take a relaxing bath in solitude, only to be joined by another pig, then another, then another. When Pig Number 10 jumps into the crowded tub, the first pig comes up with a plan to enjoy his bath.
When Mama Duck says it's time for her brood to paddle across the pond, the duckling brothers Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, and Puddle all follow along. But Little Quack isn't sure that he's ready to leave the nest. Yet, with just a little push from Mama and a little more confidence in himself, he may wind up being the best swimmer in the bunch! To top it all off, readers can count along from one to five with the "quack-u-lator," a number dial that appears at the top of the page every time a duck jumps into the water
Hot Rod Hamster
Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car. Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car. Which would you choose?
Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and The New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson put the pedal to the metal in this endearing, rhythmic, rip-roaring race to the finish line where a hamster creates a sizzling hot rod with a little help from his new furry friends.
About the Author
Derek Anderson is the New York Times bestselling creator behind more than twenty-five books for children. He is the award-winning illustrator of LITTLE QUACK by Lauren Thompson and HOT ROD HAMSTER by Cynthia Lord. Derek’s new early reader series CROC AND ALLY is about a short, grumpy crocodile, a happy-go-lucky alligator and the special friendship they share. Derek lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Cheryl, and their dog, Louie. Visit www.DerekAnderson.net for more.
Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble
There's terrible news in the neighborhood next to Kitty's!
A conflict there is growing worse and worse. It started as an argument and has now turned into a full-fledged fight. Worst of all: The cat shelter has been destroyed.
Kitty's family decides it's time to do something to help. They have an idea to foster as many displaced kittens as possible.
Kitty won't mind, right?
Well . . . not exactly. Kitty does seem to mind.
She minds A LOT.
Will our favorite bad-tempered friend learn to share her space, her food, and **GASP!** her toys?
Find out in this hilarious and poignant addition to the Bad Kitty series.
From the creator of the New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk -- four times over an in alphabetical order each time. Kitty is not happy hen she's told that her favorite foods are all gone and all that's left are Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Dill...and 22 other equally unappealing vegetables. So she: Ate my homework, Bit Grandma, Clawed the curtains, Damaged the dishes, and so on, through Z. Only when tastier things arrive (An Assortment of Anchovies, Buffalo Burritos, Chicken Cheesecake...) does she Apologize to Grandma.
About the Author
Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of the phenomenally successful Bad Kitty series. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in Westchester, New York. Learn more about Nick at nickbruel.com, and Bad Kitty at badkittybooks.com.
Merry Christmas, Little Elliot
Best friends Little Elliot and Mouse are back for another adventure—and this time, they're looking for Christmas spirit!
Little Elliot the elephant isn't quite sure what Christmas spirit is, but he suspects he doesn't have it. Not even a visit to Santa Claus can put Elliot in the right mood. But when chance blows a letter for Santa into Elliot and Mouse's path, the two friends discover what Christmas is all about—and make a new friend, too. A heartfelt celebration of the season of giving! Perfect for sharing around the holidays.
Little Elliot, Big City
Now available in board book! Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, is about to find out that life is full of sweet surprises . . . sometimes in the smallest of packages.
Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds, and bigger buildings, Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter—a friend. Discover the heartwarming friendship story of Little Elliot and Mouse, now available in board book.
About the Author
Mike Curato is the author and illustrator of the Little Elliot series. The fifth book, Merry Christmas, Little Elliot, comes out this fall. Mike has illustrated other best loved books for children, including All the Way to Havana and Worm Loves Worm. Learn more about Mike at mikecurato.com.
Goldfish on Vacation
From New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and rising-star illustrator Leo Espinosa comes a humorous tale based on an amazing-but-true story about the summer a city fountain was used as a goldfish pond – GOLDFISH ON VACATION!
H, Little O, and Baby Em are stuck in the city for the summer with only their pet goldfish—Barracuda, Patch, and Fiss—for company. It’s looking like it might be a pretty boring vacation, but one day, something exciting happens. Someone starts fixing up the old fountain down the street—the one Grandpa says horses used to drink from before everyone had cars—and a sign appears: “Calling All Goldfish Looking for a Summer Home.” H, Little O, and Baby Em can’t wait to send their goldfish on vacation, and the fish, well, they seem pretty excited too. Based on the true story of Hamilton Fountain in New York City, this charming tale of one special summer will delight readers young and old.
Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else.
Hers was a school of faraway places.
So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: “Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you.”
Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination's boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.
About the Illustrator
Leo Espinosa is an award-winning illustrator and designer from Bogotá, Colombia, whose work has been featured in a variety of publications, products, animated series and galleries worldwide. His short list includes The New Yorker, Wired, Esquire, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Nickelodeon, Nobrow, Penguin Random House, Swatch, ESPN, Hasbro, American Greetings, and Facebook.
Leo's illustrations have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Pictoplasma, 3x3, and the Society of Illustrators, from which he has been awarded with Gold and Silver Medals and honored with the Stevan Dohanos award in 2012 and the Dilys Evans Founder’s Award in 2015 for the art of the picture book, Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph.
He is the illustrator of the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling book, Islandborn, written by Junot Díaz.
Leo served as a faculty member at Rhode Island School of Design and has given multiple lectures and workshops at schools and institutions such as Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute and The Leonardo Museum. Leo lives with his family in Salt Lake City, where he is currently working on new children’s books.
The Clay Lion
"A lovely, tear-jerking tale of time travel, familial love, and sacrifice... This poignant, well-written story puts mortality--and readers' reactions to it--front and center." - Kirkus Reviews
"An early lesson in loyalty, protection, and unbreakable faith among siblings." - Bustle
What if you could go back in time to save the person you love the most?
The rules are simple. If you want to travel back in time, you need to be at least eighteen years old. You can only travel within your own lifespan for a maximum of six months. And above all else, you must never, ever, change the past.
But that's exactly what Brooke Wallace plans to do.
As Brooke faces existence without her beloved brother, his life cut short by a rare disease, she can think of only one solution - travel back in time to prevent his death. But her attempts at fixing the past challenge her to confront everything she believes to be true about herself. And ultimately, she is forced to discover whether or not we can ever truly be in charge of our own destinies.
The Next to Last Mistake (coming March, 2019)
Tess Goodwin’s life in rural Iowa is sheltered and uncomplicated. Although she chooses to spend most of her free time playing chess with her best friend Zander, the farm-boy from next door, her skills as a bovine midwife and tractor mechanic ensure that she fits in with the other kids at East Chester High. But when her veteran father reenlists in the Army, moving her family halfway across the country to North Carolina, Tess is forced out of her comfort zone into a world she knows nothing about.
Luckily, Leonetta Jackson is assigned as her mentor, and she becomes Tess’s unexpected guide through the winding labyrinth of disparities between them, sparking a tentative friendship and challenging Tess to confront her reluctant nature. As the pieces move across the board of her upended life, will Tess find the acceptance she so desperately desires?
About the Author
Amalie Jahn is the USA Today bestselling author of The Clay Lion series, a contemporary time travel saga for young adults. Her latest novel, The Next to Last Mistake, about a girl who finds acceptance in an unexpected place, hits bookstores in March of 2019. When she's not at the keyboard coaxing characters into submission, you can find her driving carpool in Charlotte, North Carolina where she lives with her husband, two children, and three extremely overfed cats. You can also visit her at www.amaliejahn.com.
"Move over, Stranger Things . . . The Darkdeep will pull you into an irresistibly eerie world beyond your wildest dreams--and nightmares." --Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Descendants series
"The stakes are huge, the action high-throttle, but what readers will remember most is its big, emotional heart. . . A truly spectacular adventure." --Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of the School for Good and Evil series
New York Times bestselling authors Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs team up to co-author this thrilling first book in a darkly suspenseful middle grade series.
When a bullying incident sends twelve year-old Nico Holland over the edge of a cliff into the icy waters of Still Cove, where no one ever goes, friends Tyler and Ella--and even “cool kid” Opal--rush to his rescue . . . only to discover an island hidden in the swirling mists below.
Shrouded by dense trees and murky tides, the island appears uninhabited, although the kids can’t quite shake the feeling that something about it is off. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat with an array of curiosities inside: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to places they’ve never heard of, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable.
As the group delves deeper into the unknown, their discoveries--and their lives--begin to intertwine in weird and creepy ways. Something ancient has awakened . . . and it knows their wishes and dreams--and their darkest, most terrible secrets. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy things that lurk within their own hearts?
Told from Nico’s and Opal’s alternating points of view, this tale from bestselling duo Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs kicks off a suspenseful and spooky new series, perfect for fans of Stranger Things.
About the Author
Brendan Reichs is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Nemesis and its sequel Genesis, and co-author of the six-volume Virals series. Brendan is also a member of the Executive Board for both YALLFEST and YALLWEST literary festivals and has received a MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.
Learn more at www.brendanreichs.com
Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins
Someday Is Now tells the inspirational story of the celebrated civil rights leader, Clara Luper, who led one of the first lunch-counter sit-ins in America.
How will you stand against something you know is wrong? One way is to follow the lessons of bravery taught by civil rights pioneers like Clara Luper.
As a child, Clara saw how segregation affected her life. Her journey famously led her to Oklahoma, where she and her students desegregated stores and restaurants that were closed to African-Americans. With courage and conviction, Clara Luper led young people to “do what had to be done.”
This moving title includes additional information on Clara Luper's extraordinary life, her lessons of nonviolent resistance, and a glossary of key civil rights people and terms.
A heartfelt, sweet, social justice-themed ode to blended and unconventional families—perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia, Lisa Graff, and Sara Pennypacker.
In this sequel to Two Naomis, now that Naomi Marie’s mom and Naomi E.’s dad are married, the girls have learned to do a lot of things together, like All-Family Sunday dinners, sixth-grade homework, navigating the subway system by themselves, and visiting their favorite bakeries. Until sixth grade in a new school presents a whole new set of surprises and challenges.
Trusting her gut has worked for Naomi E. all her life, and she figures that it will be an asset to her role as a Peer Mediator—until she realizes how much of the job requires the Art of Compromise, which she’s only just starting to get used to at home.
Naomi Marie is excited about making new friends—but she wants to keep old ones too. And when she sees that some in the school community have a hard time with the realities of “diversity in action,” she wonders if the new members of her family can see those realities as well.
As the girls deal with the ups and downs of middle school and the mysteries of family dynamics, they learn that even when life and school try to drive you apart, it’s ultimately easier to face everything together.
Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow
Since NASA was established in 1958, it has landed rovers on distant planets and launched telescopes deep into space—all so that we can look back to the beginning of time.
Through stunning images provided by NASA and fascinating profiles and sidebars of lesser known contributors to the NASA program, young space fans will learn how NASA started, how it faced challenges along the way, how much it has achieved, and how it will continue to move forward in the future.
NASA’s boundless curiosity and urge to explore lies at the heart of the human adventure. NASA rises to the urgent challenges we face, using its massive reach and expertise to find answers to vital questions like: How can we learn to live in a more extreme natural environment?
Inspired by Rory Kennedy’s documentary of the same name (airing 10/2018), Above and Beyond aims to leave audiences hopeful and inspired about the future of our planet—and convinced that NASA is essential to our continued survival as we mark its important anniversaries and dream of new discoveries to come.
About the Author
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of 8th Grade Superzero (Scholastic), a Notable Book for a Global Society and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She is a co-author of the NAACP Image Award–nominated Two Naomis and its sequel, Naomis Too (Balzer and Bray/HarperCollins). Her nonfiction work includes Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow (Feiwel and Friends/MacMillan) and the picture-book biography Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins (Quarto). Olugbemisola is also the editor of The Hero Next Door, a 2019 middle grade anthology from Crown/Random House and We Need Diverse Books. A member of The Brown Bookshelf and We Need Diverse Books, Olugbemisola lives with her family in New York City. Find her on Twitter @olugbemisola and Instagram @olugbemisolarhudayperkovich
Wordy Birdy Meets Mr. Cougarpants
Wordy Birdy and her pals are back, in a hilarious new story with a truly ridiculous villain—from beloved author Tammi Sauer.
Wordy Birdy and her pals are heading on a camping trip, and our favorite chatty bird is all ready for a big night under the stars. (“I brought pickles and bean burritos and more pickles and mashed potatoes and some pickles and . . .”) But the friends soon find themselves in hot water when the dastardly Mr. Cougarpants stalks their campsite. Can Wordy Birdy talk them all out of this pickle? Grab your pack, grill up a s’more, and find out!
Author Tammi Sauer (Chicken Dance, Nugget & Fang) will keep young readers and their parents giggling with this funny, chatty, boisterous adventure about the importance of listening AND the importance of speaking up for your friends!
About the Author
Tammi Sauer is a full-time children’s book author who presents at schools and conferences across the nation. She is the author of twenty-eight picture books, including Wordy Birdy, Cowboy Camp, Chicken Dance, Nugget & Fang, and Princess in Training. In addition to winning awards, Tammi’s books have gone on to do great things: Chicken Dance: The Musical is on a national tour, and Your Alien, an NPR Best Book, has been published in French, Italian, Korean, and Spanish. Tammi and her family live in Edmond, Oklahoma. Visit her online at www.tammisauer.com.
Frank Einstein and the Space Time Zipper
In the sixth and final book of the New York Times bestselling Frank Einstein series, Frank Einstein (kid-genius, scientist, and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with Klink (a self-assembled artificial-intelligence entity) and Klank (a mostly self-assembled and artificial almost intelligence entity), once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival, this time studying the science and mysteries of the universe!
When Alex gets a silly, sappy picture book called Birthday Bunny, he picks up a pencil and turns it into something he'd like to read: Battle Bunny. An adorable rabbit's journey through the forest becomes a secret mission to unleash an evil plan--a plan that only Alex can stop. Featuring layered, original artwork, this dynamic picture book celebrates kids as storytellers.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs. But you don't know the whole story until you've heard A. Wolf's side of the story. Mr. Wolf huffs, and he puffs, and he has a very bad sneezing cold. He also needs a cup of sugar to make a birthday cake for his dear, sweet granny's birthday. Read and learn. Then decide for yourself--Big Bad Wolf . . . or media frame-up?
About the Author
Jon Scieszka isn't afraid to turn fairy tales inside out or introduce beef snack sticks into his stories. With titles like Math Curse, Science Verse, and Summer Reading Is Killing Me, Scieszka knows how to tell a good story, get a good laugh, and engage the reluctant reader. He and illustrator Lane Smith have collaborated on a number of bestselling picture books, including The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.
In 2002, Scieszka founded the Guys Read literacy program to "help boys become better readers, better students, better guys." And in early 2008, Scieszka was named the first-ever National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Librarian of Congress. As the ambassador, Scieszka toured the country to raise awareness about the importance of children's literature in supporting every child's intellectual and emotional development and in fostering a lifelong joy of reading and learning.
“A darkly enchanting saga…bound to attract fans of Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black, and more.” —Entertainment Weekly
Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.
Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.
From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of many acclaimed middle grade and young adult novels. She now lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and baby, two cats, and an especially scruffy dog. Visit her at www.meganshepherd.com.
Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
The Story Collector
"For every book lover who fantasized about getting locked in the library overnight, The Story Collector is a dream come true!" ―New York Times bestselling author Alan Gratz
In the tradition of E. L. Konisburg, this middle-grade mystery adventure is inspired by the real life of Viviani Joffre Fedeler, born and raised in the New York Public Library.
Eleven-year-old Viviani Fedeler has spent her whole life in the New York Public Library. She knows every room by heart, except the ones her father keeps locked. When Viviani becomes convinced that the library is haunted, new girl Merit Mubarak makes fun of her. So Viviani decides to play a harmless little prank, roping her older brothers and best friend Eva to help out.
But what begins as a joke quickly gets out of hand, and soon Viviani and her friends have to solve two big mysteries: Is the Library truly haunted? And what happened to the expensive new stamp collection? It's up to Viviani, Eva, and Merit (reluctantly) to findout.
A Dog Like Daisy
"Max" meets "A Dog Called Homeless" in this sweet and poignant middle grade novel told from the humorous, thoughtful perspective of a rescued pit bull as she trains to be a service dog for an injured veteran and his family.
Daisy has only ten weeks to prove her usefulness or else be sent back to the pound. Yet if she goes back, who will protect Colonel Victor from his PTSD attacks? Or save the littler human, Micah, from those infernal ear muzzles he calls earphones? What if no one ever adopts her again?
Determined to become the elite protector the colonel needs, Daisy vows to ace the service dog test. She’ll accept the ridiculous leash and learn to sit, heel, shake, even do your business, Daisy when told to.
But Daisy must first learn how to face her own fears from the past or risk losing the family she’s so desperate to guard—again.
About the Author
Kristin O’Donnell Tubb is the author of The Story Collector series, A Dog Like Daisy, John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy (written as E.F. Abbott), The 13th Sign, Selling Hope and Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different. She’s also written many activity books featuring well-loved characters like Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, the Powerpuff Girls, and Strawberry Shortcake. Kristin lives near Nashville, Tennessee with her bouncy-loud family. Just like her two dogs, she can be bribed with cheese.
Kristin can be found far too often on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/kristin.tubb), Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/ktubb), and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kristintubb/) . Oh, and she has a website, too: www.kristintubb.com.
Paul O. Zelinsky
All-of-a-Kind Family Hannukah
Caldecott Award-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky brings Emily Jenkins' story of the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family to life in a new format. Fans, including those just meeting the five girls (“all of a kind,” as their parents say), will join them back in 1912, on the Lower East Side of NYC, and watch as preparations for Hanukkah are made. When Gertie, the youngest, is not allowed to help prepare latkes, she throws a tantrum. Banished to the girls’ bedroom, she can still hear the sounds and smell the smells of a family getting ready to celebrate. But then Papa comes home and she is allowed out–and given the best job of all: lighting the first candle on the menorah.
About the Illustrator
Paul O. Zelinsky is one of the most acclaimed picture book illustrators working today. He received the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his Rapunzel and the Caldecott Honor for Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and Swamp Angel. His most recent picture book with Schwartz & Wade Books, Toys Come Home, received four starred reviews; Dust Devil was a New York Times Notable Book and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum winner. Visit him on the web at www.paulozelinsky.com or follow him on Twitter at @paulozelinsky.