It's so cold and icy here in Missouri today, I thought I'd share some warmer news, namely our next picture book. Check it out. As always, I write the words. Sarah steals the show with her illustrations.
A Girl, A Dog, A Bucket List
Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)
Release date: July 18, 2017
Astrid and Eli are best friends. There's one big difference: Astrid's a girl and Eli's a boy. And a dog.
Eli's also older than Astrid, so she decides to make a bucket list for her dearest and furriest friend. But what makes an old dog happy? Riding a bike? Going to a movie?
Eating spaghetti in a fancy Italian restaurant?
In this heartwarming tale, we celebrate people who love dogs and dogs who love people. We also remember the nicest word any friend can ever say: Stay.
The most important story you'll ever hear is the story you tell about yourself. Are you are a victim or a survivor? A friend or a foe? Probably a bit of both, right? Most important: Do you edit your life story when you don't like the way it's going? I'm so fascinated by this idea of life as story. I think I learned a lot about this from Ignatius B. Grumply, who turned out to be a master at editing his own life story. (Olive was a good teacher!)
Happy birthday to my sister and collaborator, Sarah! We've been working together almost our entire adult lives and making books together since we were kids. Here we are almost 20 years ago (!), before our first book, Regarding the Fountain, was published. (That's Sarah on the left. I'm on the right.)
I've always looked up to Sarah because she's my big sister, even though she's on the smallish side.
The sad thing is, we never have any fun together. Not a bit. Not a smile. Nuthin'. Never. Just kidding! The proof is the picture below, which makes me laugh just looking at it. Happy birthday, Sarah!
Happy holidays from our homes in California (Sarah) and Missouri (Kate). May you stay healthy, happy, and warm this holiday season in a house filled with good books, an old friend (ghost friends count!), and a little Hope.
Become gritty. Start by listening to this great episode of Freakanomics. It's all about how we can become grittier people by following a few simple steps:
1. Be the kind of person who has INTERESTS outside of yourself and your selfies. You can start finding and pursuing interests at any age, but why not start when you're young?
2. PRACTICE what interests you. Focus on specific techniques that can lead to real improvement. The better you get at something, the more fun it becomes, right?
3. CONNECT your work or hobby to people who are not you. Find the deeper meaning to what you're doing. This will make it even more fun!
4. Practice HOPE from beginning to end. Being an optimistic person will get you through the rough patches and rejection that are part of any journey.
Also, get this: I was at Greenwich Academy yesterday, where I was absolutley wowed by the kind, curious young learners. I learned something, too. Did you know between the ages of 13 and 18, you can raise your IQ by 20 points by (do you want to guess?) READING? Yep. You read it here first.
How nice to be on a list of 11 Books Every Mom Should Read Her Daughter.
You've got to stay on Olive Street.
And look at ballgowns.
And visit the Los Angeles Public Library.
And be inspired by the wisdom here.See the words a at the top? "Books alone are liberal and free:They give to all who ask. They emancipate all who serve them faithfully."
This was in a birthday book i saw today at Loveland Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska. So wise, right?
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