SYLVIE Cover Reveal!

Friends, get ready to meet SYLVIE – a sweet and surreptitious spider with a big, bold heart. I’m so, SO excited to reveal her adorable cover. And I can’t wait for you all to read her story. (It features a favorite tortoise of mine!) Coming May 2022 from Lucy Ruth Cummins, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster and ME and it’s available for preorder now!

IndieBound

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

Happy Reading!

Jean

 

WHEN THE SNOW IS DEEPER THAN MY BOOTS ARE TALL in Scholastic Book Clubs

Hi friends!

This month, you’ll see WHEN THE SNOW IS DEEPER THAN MY BOOTS ARE TALL in the Kindergarten Scholastic Book Clubs Flyer! As a kid, I loved these flyers and loved ordering many, MANY books. And now, I really appreciate the way Scholastic brings low-cost books to more young readers. Yay! Thank you Macmillan/Henry Holt/Godwin Books and Scholastic Book Clubs.

To find out more about this book, including buying options and free resources for parents, librarians, educators and bookstores, please check out my book page!

Red Reading Hub Review of GROUP HUG!

While we’re a little over a month away from GROUP HUG’s U.S. release date, it publishes today in the UK from Scallywag Press. And I’m loving this Red Reading Hub review!

“Jean Reidy’s telling comprises story elements both young listeners and beginning readers delight in: a repeat refrain (the title in this case), a spare rhythmic rhyming text, gentle humour, along with themes of kindness, acceptance and inclusivity. All this, together with Joey Chou’s digital scenes, each of which is imbued with a sense of community delight, make for a welcome heart-warming hug of a book for group sharing and individual reading.”

To read the whole wonderful review check out the Red Reading Hub blog post! 

To learn more about GROUP HUG and preorder your copy, check out my book page!

And if you live in the UK you can order GROUP HUG from Scallyway Press right here.

U.S. readers, December will be here before you know it. Preorder GROUP HUG here!

Happy Reading!

Oh My Stars! It’s a STARRED review for GROUP HUG!

Friends, it’s a good-newsy kind of week, so I apologize for all these braggy-sounding posts, but … oh, my stars! It’s a @Kirkus STARRED review for GROUP HUG from MacKids BooksJoey Chou and me!

“Paying it forward with cuddles. Starting with an affectionate slug, a bevy of down-in-the-dumps animals, including a beetle, a mouse, a skunk, a beaver, a porcupine, a goose, and a fox, encounter one another, one by one. Each needs something to lift it out of the doldrums. That’s soon taken care of as each newcomer in turn is invited to become enfolded in an ever larger…GROUP HUG! The cumulative hug always manages to make room for others and become more inclusive—until Bear lumbers onto this cozy scene. Suddenly, all the huggers quickly skedaddle, leaving only Slug and Bear in their wake. At this point, Slug shares a very important secret with the forlorn ursine and readers: ‘that a hugger finds happiness… / ’longside the hugged!’ Unsurprisingly, the book concludes with a very heartwarming (and expansive) bear (and slug) hug. This sweetly endearing charmer, highlighting kindness, is expressed in jaunty, witty rhymes that read and scan beautifully and will develop kids’ aural skills and vocabulary. They beg to be read aloud in order to capture the verses’ full emotional and punchy effect. The adorably simple, lively illustrations layer colors to depict the various critters with delightfully expressive charm. Readers will embrace this captivating winner.”

Hugs all around!!

Jean

Cover Reveal: ME AND YOU IN A BOOK MADE FOR TWO!

Friends, take a peek at this so, SO sweet cover for the next picturebook in the “What Would You Do” series. It’s about those very special first and best friendships and it’s coming August 2022 from HarperKids Books, Joey Chou and me!

It’s never too soon to get excited!

To learn more about all my books check out my Books page!

Thanks for stopping by and …

Happy reading!

Jean

 

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN A BOOK ABOUT YOU? on TODAY’s Best Gifts for Babies!

Hey, friends! I’m beyond excited! WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN A BOOK ABOUT YOU? was named one of the TODAY Show’s best gifts for babies in 2021! The holidays will be here before you know it.

So, check out this fabulous list!  40 Best Baby Gifts for 2021.

To learn more about WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN A BOOK ABOUT YOU? or to order your copy, check out the book page right here!

Happy Reading!

Jean

 

A Glowing Review from PW for GROUP HUG!

Yippee! GROUP HUG got this gorgeous review from Publishers Weekly! And though I needed to consult my dictionary on several words, I’m totally okay with growing my vocabulary whilst celebrating! Thank you, PW!! 

“A yellow and orange slug in need of a hug finds a lonely beetle who could also benefit from the shoring up that can accompany physical contact. Their embrace sets off a growing collective clutch of woodland critters, all having a bad day for one reason or another (‘A groundhog, forgotten./ A goose, out of luck.// A fox nicknamed ‘Sneaky.’/ A moose, feeling stuck’) and each welcomed into the literal fold with the refrain, “GROUP HUG!” A bear “needing someone to care” momentarily tests the group’s resolve, but when the slug bravely proffers a hug, the others return from their respective hiding places to join the huddle once again. The economic text has a surfeit of aural pleasures, and Reidy (Truman) strikes a comic tone that never sinks into sentimentality: an overworked beaver is beckoned with ‘Come join our crew./ Let the hugging ensue!’ Digital art by Chou (Ways to Welcome) combines strong lines and shapes with intricate, expertly balanced overlays of color and texture. Together, text and art radiate a sense of unalloyed communal joy.”

GROUP HUG arrives in bookstores on 12/15/21.

To learn more or to preorder your copy, please check out my GROUP HUG book page!

With oodles of hugs,

Jean

 

 

 

It’s Sea Otter Awareness Week!

Dear Reader,

It’s Sea Otter Awareness Week! Let’s spread the word!

While researching my book PUP 681: A SEA OTTER RESCUE STORY, I fell in love with sea otters and learned so many fun sea otter facts. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Sea otters have a pocket of loose skin under their forelegs where they store toys, food and their favorite rocks, which they use as tools.
  • Sea otters at the Shedd love to wrap themselves up in colorful fabric carwash strips – which resemble sea kelp.
  • And the cutest fact EVER! Sea otters often hold hands and make a “raft” – sometimes with hundreds or thousands of other otters – while they sleep, so they don’t drift out to sea.

PUP 681  is based on the true story of an orphaned sea otter, one of the smallest ever rescued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Only a week old and weighing only two pounds, she was found on the California coast and ID’d as Pup 681 – the 681st otter to enter their otter program. When she was five weeks old, she was moved to her permanent home at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Photo provided by The Shedd Aquarium

While, in my story, I’ve focused on a single caregiver, in fact, Pup 681 received round-the-clock care from several animal care experts. And while it’s unlikely that she ever got seriously sick, as portrayed in my story, sea otter pups do have trouble regulating body temperature and the process of sea otter rescue and rehabilitation is fragile and fraught with risk.

Pup 681 won the hearts of millions when her story was picked up and her videos were shared by major news networks. But she became a true celebrity when The Shedd Aquarium teamed up with Good Morning America to hold a contest for her naming.  She was lovingly renamed Luna … a reminder of her original home near Half Moon Bay.

There are loads of adorable Luna videos online. Simply search under “Pup 681” or check out The Shedd Aquarium website at http://www.sheddaquarium.org/.

I’ve fallen in love with Luna. And I hope you do too!

Click here to learn more about Sea Otter Awareness Week.

Click here to learn more about my book PUP 681: A SEA OTTER RESCUE STORY – which the Kirkus STARRED review called “unabashedly adorable – or buy the book!

Click here for a FREE downloadable PUP 681 Curriculum and Storytime Guide. 

Happy Reading!

Jean

Empowering Readers to be the Authors of Their Own Stories

My latest book, WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN A BOOK ABOUT YOU? encourages readers to explore their hopes and dreams and empowers them to be the author of their own life stories. That feels like a tall order … until you ask a kid. Young readers will happily comply. They are natural storytellers. And with a few fun tools, they might evolve into story writers or illustrators, as well.

First, try these simple and fun activity pages (you can download them right here!). Just add a pencil or crayon to set kids off on their story’s journey. Spark their imagination by having them choose their “Dream Roles.” Give them time to practice their letters. Have them consider a few – or many – affirming character traits. And finally, allow them to map out their story with a handy graphic organizer. Then, watch their imaginations sparkle.

Next, hopes and dreams and story ideas can strike anytime or anywhere, so young artists or storytellers might appreciate having a notebook handy – especially if it fits right in their pocket! These mini-notebooks are so fun to fold – I love them! – and can be made out of a single sheet of paper. You can even use scrap paper as long as one side is clean. Kids will love their “shrunken stories.” And while their notebooks might fill up fast, no problem. Just grab another sheet of paper and fold a new one.

And finally, there’s nothing wrong with a plain old pencil (or colored pencils) and paper. Check out these amazing creations from the first graders at Southfield School in Shreveport, LA. Storytellers, indeed!

So, read the book. Ask the question. Grab some tools. And then let young readers and listeners launch into their amazing adventures. Because, when kids dream big, they might just become or create what we’ve yet to imagine.

You can buy WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN A BOOK ABOUT YOU? wherever books are sold and right here!

For more fun ideas of how to use this book in your home, library, classroom or bookstore, check out the WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN A BOOK ABOUT YOU?  Storytime and Curriculum Guide and Graduation Kit!

Happy Storytelling!