Interview Alert: Robin Newman

Happy as a lark (I mean peacock!) to be interviewed by the amazing Lauri Fortino at her wonderful “Frog on a Blog.” Lauri is the author of The Peddler’s Bed, illustrated Bong Redila (Ripple Grove Press), a beautifully written story of kindness that everyone is sure to love. Please hop on over and check it out on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Peddlers-Bed-Lauri-Fortino/dp/0991386639

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Today, I’m excited to feature an interview with one of my long-time kid lit pals, author Robin Newman! As many of us do in the kid lit industry, I met Robin virtually, when she became one of Frog on a Blog’s very first followers, and she has remained one ever since. She’s watched this humble space change (through at least four WordPress themes) and grow over the years, and she’s been so kind to share my posts.

Robin’s fourth book NO PEACOCKS! was recently released. And it’s the perfect time to learn more about the book, about Robin, and about the beautiful peafowl who inspired her.

peacocks Cover_FINALQ. I know that you were once a practicing attorney. When did you decide that writing children’s picture books was what you really wanted to do? And what do you like best about writing children’s books?

R.N. I had gone from being a miserable Workers’…

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International Dot Day – Sep. 10 -15, 2018 – #Make Your Mark #Dot Day

Make your mark! Happy International Dot Day and thank you T.J. Shay!

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY — Sep. 10 -15, 2018


 

This week is the 15th anniversary of Peter H. Reynold’s international bestselling book, The Dot, about a girl named Vashti, who doesn’t think she can draw. Her teacher believed in Vashti and asked her to make a dot. She stabbed her dot on a piece of paper and handed it to her teacher. Her teacher asked her to sign it. A few days later, Vashti saw her “dot” framed and hanging at the front of the class.
Fifteen years later, Vashti’s act of courage continues to inspire children worldwide.

It is also the 10th annual celebration of International Dot Day, started by teacher T. J. Shay. Nearly 13 million students from 177 countries will be participating. Each year is bigger and better. It will be a fun  week for children worldwide to read The Dot in 12 different languages…

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A Flying Start for No Peacocks! Launch

No Peacocks! was off to a glorious flying start with its launch party at The Corner Bookstore on September 6, 2018. Fans of Phil, Jim, and Harry, the superstar peacocks from The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, flocked to the store for the book’s feathered-tale debut.

Here are a few photographic* highlights:

I would like to squawk, honk, and screech a SUPER HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made the celebration extra special, including but not limited to: The Corner Bookstore; my amazing agents, Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris-Dontzin; the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City, with special thanks to Helen Thurston, President of the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City; Bebe Bakes (cupcakes) and Dean Lawrence Bake Shop (cookies, THANK YOU, Liza!); and to friends and family for your encouragement and continued support.

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*Photos provided by Liza Fleissig, Joanne Kaplan, Ellen Fisher, Marcelino de Santos, and Nancy Armo.

 

Robin Newman: Will Write for Cookies PLUS Giveaway

I am over the moon to be interviewed by the amazing Vivian Kirkfield for her blog segment, Will Write for Cookies. Vivian is a picture book junkie and a lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with her 9-year old grandson. She has four wonderful picture books coming out in 2019: OUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press); PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); and SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books). Be sure to pre-order your copies today!

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WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES

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INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION

FOR WRITERS

TODAY’S GUEST

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ROBIN NEWMAN

I met today’s guest early on in my kidlit writing journey and was always impressed with her passion and determination.

Raised in New York and Paris, Robin is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the City University of New York School of Law. She’s been a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. She’s the author of the Wilcox & Griswold Mystery Series, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake and The Case of the Poached Egg, and Hildie Bitterpickles Needs her Sleep. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, National Writing Project’s Writers Council, and the Bank Street Writers Lab. She lives in New York with her husband, son, goldfish, and two spoiled English Cocker Spaniels, who are extremely fond…

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No Peacocks! – Bird Talk with Harry – Book Giveaway

Fly on over to Children’s Books Heal to read Patricia Tilton’s exclusive interview with Harry, the peacock, and for a chance to win a copy of No Peacocks!

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Book Review and Interview with Harry the Peacock 

Book Giveaway 

No Peacocks!

Robin Newman, Author

Chris Ewald, Illustrator

Sky Pony Press, Fiction, Sep. 4, 2018

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Peacocks, Behavior, Humor, Friendship, Teamwork

Synopsis:

Every day, Phil, Jim, and Harry are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care
 for them at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But one day, they decide they’re sick of seeds. They make a break for the New York City streets in search of pizza or Chinese takeout. But everywhere they go, they’re told “No peacocks!”

So, they try to get an ooey, gooey, delicious meal closer to home. But 
how are they going to sneak into The Cathedral School’s dining hall and get their wings on the school’s world-famous mac ’n cheese? A little plotting, some stolen disguises, and help…

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My Interview with Fellow Creston Books Author, the Incredible Stephanie Bucklin

It was such a thrill to finally meet fellow Creston Books author, Stephanie Bucklin, at the SOKY Book Fest. Aside from our Creston Books connection, we have also had the privilege of having the amazingly talented Chris Ewald do the illustrations for our books. Chris illustrated the cover for Stephanie’s debut middle grade novel, Jack Death.

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Briefly, from Amazon:

Jack is an ordinary boy except that his father happens to be Death. Nadine is a perfectly normal girl except that her Mother is – oh well, that’s a Secret and not to be carelessly revealed on the back cover of a book. The important thing is that together, these two incredibly average children discover the lemon-headed villain behind the destruction of the Magical Creature Reserve and piece together his plot to divide the Golden and Black Bloods. They may even save a few lives.

With story elements reminiscent of Percy Jackson and Lemony Snicket, flavored with a smattering of Harry Potter and Terry Pratchett and recounted in an arch, tongue-firmly-in-cheek style, this story will find an eager audience in upper elementary through middle school.

The intrusive and mysterious narrator provides know-it-all asides and rich vocabulary as background to the abundant action. There is plenty of comic violence and slapstick to keep the most reluctant reader engaged, but enough interesting language and subtlety that a more bookish reader won’t feel underestimated. Stock characters — the school bully, the absent-minded professor, the damsel in distress — often turn out to have more to them that first meets the eye.

To learn more about Stephanie and her work, please visit her website. And while you’re in the neighborhood, please also check out my interview with Stephanie. Thanks!

Picture Book Author Robin Newman Presents: Squawking with Jim, the Peacock + Book Give-away.

Please fly on over to Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s wonderful blog to read her exclusive interview with Jim, the peacock, and for a chance to win a copy of No Peacocks!

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Today it is my pleasure to be a stop on the blog tour for PB author Robin’ Newman’s newest book NO PEACOCKS which is illustrated by CHRIS EWALD (Sky Pony Press). I’ve got the inside scoop from none other than Phil, resident peacock.

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Every day Phil, Jim, and Harry are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care
 for them at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But one day, they decide they’re sick of seeds. They make a break for the New York City streets in search of pizza or Chinese takeout. But everywhere they go, they’re told “No peacocks!”

So, they try to get an ooey, gooey, delicious meal closer to home. But 
how are they going to sneak into The Cathedral School’s dining hall and get their wings on the school’s world-famous mac ’n cheese? A little plotting…

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Win a Doodle! Hooray and Huzzah!

Check out Mike’s super fun doodle contest.

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I really like hosting blog contests!

And I really, really like doodling!

And I really, really, really like the fact that some people like my doodles!

So it is time once again for my semi-annual

WIN A DOODLE CONTEST!

Who will be the lucky winner? Will it be YOU?

The grand (and only) prize will be a custom made, one-of-a-kind, Mike Allegra doodle of ANYTHING YOU WANT!

“Anything?” you ask.

Yes, anything—provided that “anything you want” isn’t perverted. I’m a children’s book author, so get your mind out of the gutter!

Otherwise, yes. ANYTHING YOU WANT!

Past contest winners have asked for all kinds of doodles. Like exotic birds…

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A caffeine gnome…

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A raven shapeshifter (whatever that is)…

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A woman doing yoga and holding a pen as the ghost of her dearly departed dog looks on…

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And (of…

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#KidsNeedMentors

I am THRILLED to be a participating author in the inaugural year of #KidsNeedMentors.

#KidsNeedMentors was created by authors Ann Braden and Jarrett Lerner in cooperation with fifth grade teachers, Kristen Picone and Kristin Crouch. The program matches authors with schools for an entire year with the goal of getting kids excited about reading and writing. Authors will touch base once a month with their schools via old fashioned snail mail or Skype. They’ll give students a “behind the scenes look” at the work involved in writing a book, including sharing outlines, character studies, works in progress, dummies,** F&Gs, etc. Title 1 schools are given first priority in the pairings. Authors are also encouraged to do an in-person visit by year’s end.

I have been paired with third graders at Longridge Elementary School and students at Locust Valley Intermediate School. I cannot wait to get these books and all of this swag in the mail for them.

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For more information about #KidsNeedMentors, visit Ann Braden’s website. See also Kara Yorio’s article for School Library Journal about the program.

I’d like to shout out a huge THANK YOU to Ann Braden, Jarret Lerner, Kristen Picone and Kristin Crouch for organizing this incredible program.

It’s going to be great academic year. Go #KidsNeedMentors!

**Note for authors and illustrators: Never ever use the term “dummies” or “dummy” during school visits. For school visits, I refer to dummies as mock-ups. At my very first school visit, I made the mistake of calling a mock-up a dummy. Every single hand in that classroom was raised as soon as I said the word. “Excuse me. Ms. Newman, did you say, dummy?” Lesson learned.