I am taking a slight break from talking about FINDING MY PLACE, my middle-grade historical fiction novel, to share a bit about my picture books that will be coming out in the future. The first one is Lucy and the Red Ribbon Week Adventure, publisher–High Hill Press, and here is an illustration from that book! The illustrator, Pamella Withroder, uses watercolor to bring Lucy alive in her classroom with Mr. Grant, who is busy teaching students the ins and outs of drugs during Red Ribbon Week. Lucy has a hard time listening and makes many mistakes this week, including missing the demonstration from the police dog! But in the end, she realizes what it takes to listen and even helps a friend. Isn’t Lucy the cutest? Love this illustration!
Lucy’s illustrations are finished. High Hill Press is working on a cover and formatting, and it will be out this year–HOPEFULLY!
My second book is Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire, and the Case of the Missing Cookies, which is based on a true story about my grandma whose cookies went missing while she was baking. In the TRUE story, she blamed my grandpa, when really it was their dog, stealing cookies off the table. In the fiction version, Maggie uses her detective skills and tools to figure out WHO is taking the cookies–and it’s not as easy as it looks.
I am super excited that Guardian Angel Publishing publisher, Lynda Burch, has chosen Jack Foster (a book he illustrated is pictured to the left) to illustrate Maggie Mae. His style fits the book perfectly, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.
Stay tuned–when I know more about either of these, I’ll let you know!