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I had the best time at Warwick's bookstore in La Jolla, California today. I was book signing with my buddy and co-author of "Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America," Virginia Shin-Mui Loh (aka Virginia Loh Hagan.) What an amazing group of supportive and creative people showed up to let us share our newest work. Patty Fares from Urban Safaris, my buddy Linda Kent from World Book, the amazing nonfiction writer Kathleen Krull, and a host of other talented folks including Joy Chu and Cindy Clevenger. It was such a treat for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all involved!
Hugs to all!
I'll be at Warwick's bookstore for a book signing on Sunday, July 28 at noon with the co-author of "Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America," Virginia Shin-Mui Loh (aka Virginia Loh Hagan).
"Grandma Loves You!" is fresh off the press! I just got my first copy yesterday and I'll have it at Warwick's. It's a great gift book for every grandmother. The book has special pages dedicated to pasting a photo of grandma and baby and a spot for grandma to write a letter to her grand baby.
We'll have both "Paper Son" and "Grandma Loves You!" at Warwick's.
Hope to see you at Warwick's!
7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
Larry Dane Brimner’s book about Angel Island was where I first read about paper sons. When Barbara McNally, my editor at Sleeping Bear Press, mentioned she was interested in hearing about some interesting stories set in California, I immediately thought of Angel Island and paper sons.
Little America can now be found at Cracker Barrel restaurants throughout the United States. But, there isn't a single Cracker Barrel in California. Bob and I hit the road and drove to Yuma to get some comfort food and take a photo of Little America by Cracker Barrel's "Made in America" theme display.
I wonder what the woman looking over my shoulder is thinking?
If you visit a Cracker Barrel, please take a photo of you and Little America and email it to me!
S is for S'mores: A Camping Alphabet will be featured this summer at Cracker Barrel. Yes. There will be another trip to Yuma in my future.
Booklist Reviews "Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America"
School Library Journal Reviews "Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America"
Examiner.com Reviews "Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America"
Kirkus Reviews "Paper Son"
She is the storyteller of facts rather than the lecturer of facts . . . and I mean that in the best possible way. In this book, young and old will learn about the March on Washington while being entertained with Krull's snappy and informative writing.
Here are the details:
- Age Range: 8 and up
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (February 7, 2013)
- ISBN-10: 0448462877
- ISBN-13: 978-0448462875
I'm pleased to announce the historical fiction, picture book manuscript I co-wrote with Virginia Loh about a paper son will be published by Sleeping Bear Press! It will be one of the titles in their series, Tales of Young Americans.
Little California and Little America received Creative Child Awards Program Book of the Year (combined award in the board books category).
The Easy Reader Shelf
Helen Foster James, author
Jeannie Brett, Michael Glenn Monroe, and Helle Urban, illustrators
Sleeping Bear Press
315 East Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
9781585361793 $9.95 www.sleepingbearpress.com
Little America is a board book for beginning readers, written in the format of ten rhyming riddles about American treasures. For example, riddle five is "Baked in the oven, round and sweet, try a slice for a tasty treat," and the answer is "Apple Pie," naturally. Bright, colorful illustrations add the perfect touch to this delightful addition to the "Little" board book series for the very young.
Recently it was my pleasure to attend a baby shower for a longtime friend who had just become a first-time grandma. She was delighted to have a new little one in her life and her friends rallied around her in celebration.
I had never heard of a baby shower for grandmas, but I’m always happy to celebrate with a friend. I googled around and found that grandma showers are a new and very up-and-coming tradition. They’re trendy. They’re unique and, if you ask me, they’re here to stay.
Don’t get me wrong, showers are usually “not my thing,” but this was different in many ways. One of the best parts of the shower was that every one of the dozen attendees was to bring a baby book for little Elliot so grandma would always have baby books handy for his visits. Now, that’s an idea I can back! This simple idea started Elliot’s personal library of books.
The attendees investigated what book (or books) we should gift grandma and Elliot. Without consulting each other, there was not a single duplication. The assorted books ranged from long-time favorites to fresh-off-the-press releases. From board books to plastic books for the tub and almost every type of book in between!
If you are looking for help finding great shower books, visit the National Parenting Publications Awards website (www.nappaawards.parenthood.com) for a list of this year’s winners and previous winners.
If you want more help, visit your local children’s bookstore and ask them for assistance. They are sure to be able to put the right book in your hands. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a children’s bookstore in your neighborhood, try your local independent brick-and-mortar store. They’ll give you great advice. A visit to your local public library might put you in touch with a librarian with a host of favorite book ideas, and don’t forget to recall all the books you or your child loved as a little one.
I hope the next time you have a shower to attend (or give!), you’ll consider a shower of books. And, if you have a new grandmother in your life, I hope you’ll give her a book shower.
I'm the author of two board books that would make excellent shower gifts: Little California and Little America (Sleeping Bear Press, 2011). To learn more about Helen, visit her website at www.helenfosterjames.com.