M IS FOR MOON PIE: ABCs IN THE BIRTHPLACE OF MARDI GRAS
Illustrator: Julie Allen
Derby Press, Expected Release January 6, 2023
ISBN to come
Azalea Trail Maids! Beads and beignets! M IS FOR MOON PIE is an alphabetical Carnival celebration set in the birthplace of Mardi Gras—Mobile, Alabama. It’s a fun way to introduce children to the ABCs while learning about a unique Gulf Coast event full of history and revelry.
Category: Concepts | Alphabet | History | People & Places
Age: Picture Book, 3-7
SASSAFRAS AND HER TEENY TINY TAIL
Illustrated by Heath Gray
MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, June 8th, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-64372-407-2 Hardcover; 978-1-64372-403-4 Softcover
Sometimes your differences make you a hero.
Squirrels need their tails for balance and to communicate so with her stubby, bristly tail, Sassafras is the laughingstock of the oak tree. Always falling, tripping, tumbling, and she feels like no one understands her. She tries everything she can think of to make her tail look as fluffy and long as all the other squirrels’. But when danger strikes, the thing that makes her different might just save the day.
CATEGORY: Self-esteem & Self-reliance | Growth Mindset | Social Themes | Animals & Nature
AGE: Picture book, ages 4-8
Book trailer by Laurie Evans of BlazerTales https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekdNCoKtcU4
THE EXISTENCE OF BEA PEARL
Owl Hollow Press, June 15th, 2021
Art/Cover Design by Owl Hollow Press
ISBN: Print: 978-1-945654-74-9 | Ebook: 978-1-945654-75-6
If her brother could stop existing, could she too?
Sixteen-year-old Bea Pearl knows her brother isn’t dead. Even if her parents don’t agree. Even if the entire town doesn’t believe her. She knows it’s true. When orders came to evacuate Lake George due to rising floodwaters, Bea Pearl saw Jim head toward the river. She followed him. Only she returned.
When her parents have Jim declared legally dead, Bea Pearl decides it’s up to her to figure out where her brother could be if he is alive, and so begins to unravel the mystery of his disappearance. But it seems like someone else wants to know what he was hiding when his bedroom is ransacked. More clues come together: a scrap of paper, mysterious numbers that may lead to swamp monkeys, Jim’s shoes turning up in unexpected places. Bea Pearl can’t figure out what connects them all until she’s stolen from her bed in the dead of night.
Bea Pearl’s insistence that Jim’s alive and her quest to figure out why he went down to a flooding river in the first place takes a toll on her shattering family. But she must unearth the truth surrounding her presumed dead brother. Otherwise, the rumors are true and she has killed him. Because if Jim can stop existing, could she too?
CATEGORY: Mystery | Southern | Ecological | Thriller | Action & Adventure
AGE: Young Adult, 12+
Book trailer: https://youtu.be/ZKAqFwstL1A
CHOMPSEY CHOMPS BOOKS
Illustrator: Alaina Luise
MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, October 12th, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-64372-491-1 Hardcover | 978-1-64372-516-1 Softcover
Chompsey the alligator is great at chomping and weaving beautiful flower crowns for his friends, but not so good at reading. He doesn’t understand why book club is so much harder for him than it is his swamp friends. The letters and words don’t stay on the pages like they’re supposed to. Discouraged and frustrated, Chompsey chomps at the words as they fly away. How will he ever figure out how to make the words stay still and make sense?
CATEGORY: Animals & Nature | Dyslexia | Growth Mindset
AGE: Picture Book, 4-8