Good News from the Online Author Visits Team!

Here’s a peek at what our members have been up to lately …

Dori Hillestad Butler‘s Haunted Library recently made the ILA Children’s Choice list. The list is a joint endeavor by the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and is the result of voting by 12,500 school children from all over the U.S. Haunted Library is also part of Barnes & Noble’s 2015 Summer Reading Program. Children can earn a free book by reading any eight books, recording them in their reading journal and then bringing the completed journal to their local B&N store. Haunted Library is one of the 15 books that first- and second-graders can choose.

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 Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams Goddess Girls Books 1–8 starter collection is now available at Costco! Be sure to pick them up in bulk. Also, a bound collection of Heroes in Training Books 1–4 is soon to be available through Amazon, B&N, & Costco!

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Look for an essay by Lisa L. Owens in Dr. Bernie S. Siegel’s forthcoming Love, Animals & Miracles.

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Dana Sullivan gave a graphic novel workshop at Third Place Books Lake Forest Park on June 15. After a quick demo, he turned them loose with these instructions: 1) Introduce the hero, 2) Introduce the villain, 3) Conflict ensues, 4) Surprise twist ending! In less than an hour they all came through brilliantly with crazy and unexpected stories. Below right is one from his friend, Annie. O … 

Dana also just received the text for the sixth book in the Digger & Daisy series written by Judy Young  This new title is Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden and he’ll have a few months to complete the final art.


In July, Dana will be speaking at the ILA Conference in St. Louis about writing and illustrating his books, focusing on Kay Kay‘s Alphabet Safari, which also made the ILA Children’s Choice List. He can’t wait to meet Shaq and tell him about the real-life inspiration for Kay Kay. (Hint: he’s a real artists in the Kenyan village where the Star of Hope school and orphanage supplies love and education to more than 120 kids). Come to their fundraiser dance July 11, 2015, if you’re in Seattle!)


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Laurie Thompson has had a very busy spring. Her Be a Changemaker won a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award, along with the Society of Children’s and Bookwriter’s (SCBWI) Crystal Kite Award, an honor bestowed on her by her peers in the children’s literature writing community! Laurie’s children’s book, Emmanuel’s Dream was selected for the First Book Stories for All campaign. Laurie also just had a launch party for My Dog Is the Best, which is now available at your favorite online or retail bookseller. 


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Trudi Trueit recently signed a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Aladdin MIX division for a new middle grade book. American Kestrel (working title) tells the story of an American teen who travels to Canada to help save her grandmother’s ski lodge from foreclosure. To do it, she’ll have to battle of pair of evil twins, save a rock star dangling from a ski lift, and overcome her own worst fear! Publication is scheduled for Spring, 2017. This will be her third title for MIX, following Stealing Popular (2012) and The Sister Solution (releasing this Sept. 29th). 

If you live in the Seattle area, you’re invited to the book launch party for The Sister Solution on Friday, Oct. 16th at 7:00 pm at the University of Washington Bookstore in Mill Creek. Bring your sister (or a best friend that’s like a sister!).
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Author: Laurie Ann Thompson

I write books for curious young minds and open hearts, no matter what their age. BE A CHANGEMAKER: HOW TO START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS, a teen guide to saving the world, will be published by Beyond Words/Simon Pulse in September of 2014. EMMANUEL'S DREAM: THE TRUE STORY OF EMMANUEL OFOSU YEBOAH, a picture-book biography, will be published by Schwartz & Wade/Penguin Random House in January of 2015. And MY DOG IS THE BEST, a heartwarming fictional picture book, will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan in May of 2015.

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