Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Winner of WAIT FOR ME by debut author Caroline Leech + Summer News

Dear Readers,

Thank you so much for your outpouring of good wishes for Caroline Leech and her debut novel, WAIT FOR ME! Once again your support of authors and books shows how much the written word is valued. I'm so glad to have random.org to choose the winner, because it would be impossible for me to decide So. . .WHO is the Lucky winner of, WAIT FOR ME?

Carol, Please email me: claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address and for whom you'd like the book personalized.

“Caroline Leech’s story shines a beautifully written light on the precarious nature of love and war and asks its readers to believe, even when the hero doesn’t, that love can prevail. This is a book that makes you want to curl up with a cuppa and read straight through till the morning.”
~Kathi Appelt, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor Winner

“Wait for Me is a delicately written love story with a gorgeously evoked setting, an intrepid heroine, and a knee-weakening romance. This book is not to be missed.
~Anne Blankman, author of The Prisoner of Night and Fog series and Traitor Angel

   Photo credit:Priscilla Dickson Photography

Caroline Leech is a Scottish writer who moved to Texas for an adventure ten years ago. Caroline’s career in public relations with performing arts companies in the United Kingdom culminated with her editing a glossy photographic book, WELSH NATIONAL OPERA – THE FIRST SIXTY YEARS. Her debut novel for young adults, WAIT FOR ME, was published in the USA and UK by Harper Teen in early 2017. Set in Scotland towards the end of World War Two, the book tells the story of a girl’s friendship with a German prisoner of war who is sent to work on her father’s farm. Harper Teen will also publish Caroline's second YA novel in early 2018. Caroline lives in Houston TX with her husband and three teenage children, and she can be found online at www.carolineleech.com 

Learn more about Caroline or to follow her on Social media:

Thank you, Caroline, for giving the gift of your book and for sharing your writer's journey with us. 

The next featured guests are a writing duo for a midsummer Book Birthday and Book giveaway! Stay tuned for that and maybe one or two surprise posts throughout the summer. I have a slate of wonderful authors and giveaways lined up from late August right through Christmas!



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Welcome Debut Novelist, Caroline Leech + Giveaway (YA Historical Fiction)

Dear Readers,

Please welcome the enormously talented debut Author, Caroline Leech. Her novel, Wait for Me, will be of special interest to those of you who are writing historical fiction, or to anyone who likes a great read or a story set against the backdrop of WWII. Caroline is generously donating a copy of Wait For Me to one lucky reader who stops by to leave a comment. Winner will be chosen by random.org in one week. Last week's contest winner is posted at the end of the blog.

Writing from the Inside Out . . .  Author Caroline Leech shares about her debut novel, WAIT FOR ME and also her journey to publication. 

What was your particular path to publication?
I didn’t start writing fiction until my husband’s job brought us over from the UK to Texas. I’d left one career back in the UK, and now I had the chance to think about finding another. I’d been an avid reader all my life, so I found myself drawn back to writing fiction for the first time since I left school, but I knew that there must be so much more to writing a novel, or even short stories, than just … well, writing. So I signed up with the Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut for their Writing for Children correspondence course, and I loved it instantly. Suddenly I had a valid excuse to take time out of my life as a mother and homemaker to do something for me. And then, I signed up for the Advanced Course, where my mentor was a certain lady called Clara Gillow Clark! By the end of that course, Clara had guided me through the drafting of a whole novel for teenagers, and had also helped me look at the market to see where my book might fit, how to write a query letter and how to organize my approaches to agents and editors. It was exhilarating, knowing that I had grown so much as a writer, and that I had someone helping me to stay on track. 
Over the next few years, I developed some great friendships with other would-be authors through the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and I also wrote a second novel, which then won an SCBWI competition, the Joan Lowery Nixon Award. The same year, it won the YA categories in two Romance Writers of America competitions, once of which was judged by Alice Jerman from Harper Teen. Something about my characters and setting – a Scottish farm in World War Two – really resonated with Alice and having read the full manuscript, she offered me a two-book deal. I cannot tell you how exciting it was to get that email! Although Alice loved the book, she knew it still needed work to make it ready for publication, and over the next few months, she helped me work my way through the story to tighten up the text and expand on all the bits she loved the most. As I had found working with Clara, having a mentor like Alice allowed me to see aspects of my story – the good and the bad – which I’m sure would never have noticed on my own.

It might have taken me a while from beginning to end, but on January 31st this year, I became a published author when Harper Teen released my World War Two novel, WAIT FOR ME.

Why did you choose World War Two for WAIT FOR ME?
Both my parents were involved in WW2 – my mother was a child evacuee, and my father became old enough to join up as a soldier a few months before the war ended – so I grew up with their memories and stories of their experiences. My dad’s four older brothers were also soldiers, as were my mother’s uncles, and her aunts worked in a parachute factory, meaning there were so many stories to listen to, just from within my own family. 

When it came to writing a whole book set in that time, I found that I was drawn away from the front line fighting, back to the home front where wartime brought very different challenges, especially for women. Everyone knows that men were called up to serve during the war, but did you know that women were too? Who else was there to take over the jobs the men had left behind? Any woman in Britain between 19 and 40 could either join the armed forces, or work on farms or in factories. Many had to leave their young children with relatives of neighbors while they worked, or move away from home completely. Women in the home also had to deal with strict rationing of food, fuel and clothing, and they lived with the constant worry that their husbands, sons, brothers and fathers might not come home again. My own grandmother waved goodbye to her five sons as they each went off to war, one by one. Sadly, only four of her boys came home. I know that Scotland did not suffer the same devastation that the countries occupied by Nazi Germany did, but still, I feel that there are stories of bravery, commitment and compassion from my homeland which I would like to tell.

Why are historical novels important for teenagers to read?
It can be very easy for ‘history’ to be dismissed as that boring class, third period between algebra and Spanish, when you’re forced to learn by rote names and dates of battles and surrenders, plagues and eruptions, births and deaths, none of which you will ever need to know again. But history is so much more than that. Understanding the path by which humanity found its way from then to now is a crucial part of understanding not only the world in which you live, but also the decisions we have to make about its future. There’s a famous saying, attributed to Spanish philosopher, George Santayana, which says, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. 

Sadly, the way that many history textbooks and non-fiction books are written – densely packed with names, dates and numbers – can make learning history off-putting. That’s why I’ve always loved historical fiction, first as a reader, and now as a writer. I enjoy finding books which let me see historical eras and events through personal stories. For example, I might not get excited about a book detailing the Soviet occupation of Lithuania in 1940, but reading Ruta Sepetys’s amazing YA novel, BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY took me there and made me feel the Lithuanian people’s pain. And no textbook could have shown me the individual bravery and sacrifices of those who lived through the First World War in the heartbreaking way that Michael Morpurgo did in WAR HORSE, or let me see of the impact of the Vietnam War on the families left behind like Gary D Schmidt’s OKAY FOR NOW

What we call ‘history’ was once everyday life for other people, and perhaps seeing historical events from their perspective might help all of us to see how fortunate we are to live in the age we are in right now.

What are you working on now?
I am almost at the end of the revisions for my second book which will be released next spring. It’s another Scottish World War Two story, though not a sequel, and tells the story of another teenage girl who is determined to do her bit for the war effort while trying to discover her own place in the world. We have a title, and our wonderful designer is working on a cover right now, and hopefully we’ll be revealing both later in the summer. I’m really excited about this book, and I hope that everyone who has enjoyed WAIT FOR ME will find in it another story which makes them smile (and perhaps cry just a little bit too!).

Do you have some advice for aspiring writers?
Read. And write. The best way to become a better writer is to do lots of both. There are so many amazing authors out there, in every genre, so try to read a wide cross-section, and learn from all the things you love about those books. And while you are at it, learn from everything you DON’T like about those books too.  

Another important thing is that when you are writing, and you become convinced (as we all do) that all the words you are setting down are awful/inane/nonsensical, you must still keep writing. No one ever publishes a first draft of anything, and since you know you will have probably several rounds of revisions to go, your job for now is just to get words down. Any words. Because you can’t revise, polish and make perfect words that you haven’t yet written. 

Praise for Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
A breathtaking WW2 romance for fans of Elizabeth Wein’s CODE NAME VERITY and Ruta Sepetys’s BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY. 

Can their love survive a war?

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.

Reviews from other authors

“Caroline Leech’s story shines a beautifully written light on the precarious nature of love and war and asks its readers to believe, even when the hero doesn’t, that love can prevail. This is a book that makes you want to curl up with a cuppa and read straight through till the morning.”
~Kathi Appelt, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor Winner

“Wait for Me is a delicately written love story with a gorgeously evoked setting, an intrepid heroine, and a knee-weakening romance. This book is not to be missed.”
~Anne Blankman, author of The Prisoner of Night and Fog series and Traitor Angel

   Photo credit:Priscilla Dickson Photography

Caroline Leech is a Scottish writer who moved to Texas for an adventure ten years ago. Caroline’s career in public relations with performing arts companies in the United Kingdom culminated with her editing a glossy photographic book, WELSH NATIONAL OPERA – THE FIRST SIXTY YEARS. Her debut novel for young adults, WAIT FOR ME, was published in the USA and UK by Harper Teen in early 2017. Set in Scotland towards the end of World War Two, the book tells the story of a girl’s friendship with a German prisoner of war who is sent to work on her father’s farm. Harper Teen will also publish Caroline's second YA novel in early 2018. Caroline lives in Houston TX with her husband and three teenage children, and she can be found online at www.carolineleech.com 
Learn more about Caroline or to follow her on Social media:

Thank you, Caroline, for sharing your journey to publication. Congratulations on the publication of your first novel! 

The winner of last week's contest who included a favorite first line from a children's book is: Janet Smart! Congratulations, Janet! You won the autographed copy of Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge. Please email me (claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com) with your mailing address and to whom you'd like the book personalized.

Thank you, dear readers, for stopping by to celebrate authors and children's books! 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Welcome Debut Novelist, Kristin L. Gray + giveaway

Dear Readers,

Please welcome Author Kristin L. Gray and congratulate her on her debut MG novel, Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge. I promise you'll love this book if you enjoy a heartfelt read with a large dollop of humor. It's a perfect pick for your middle grade readers or to read together as a family. Kristin is generously donating an autographed book to one lucky winner who leaves a comment. 

See comment contest details from Kristin in her post below. Enjoy!

Writing from the Inside Out. . .   by Kristin L. Gray  

 I’ve heard it said we writers have approximately eight seconds to capture a reader’s attention. Eight seconds to hook a reader browsing dozens of books at their local bookshop into wanting to leave with our story. Talk about pressure. Our first page, first paragraph, first line must sing. And if that’s not difficult enough, we need to maintain this level of quality throughout our story or we risk losing our reader to other demands or an electronic device. I’m a total sucker for strong openings, so I thought long and hard about this while working on my debut middle grade novel, Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge.

I learned (and am still learning) from authors who have mastered the art of a good opening. Thankfully, all that’s required to study up on this is a trip to your nearest bookcase.

In fact, I could spend a whole hour in my bookstore or local library doing this very thing. I love examining first pages to see which ones grab my attention and why. Why does this opening make my heart beat yes?

Many times it’s the voice. Often it’s a question planted into my mind that needs answered. I have to read on to find out more. Take Charlotte’s Web for instance. 

“Where’s Papa going with that axe?”

Yes, where is Papa going? And what is he doing with an axe?

Or my personal favorite:

“There’s no lake at Camp Green Lake.” (HOLES by Louis Sachar) Wow! What a brilliant line. Immediately I want to know why a camp would be named Green Lake if there’s no actual lake?

Or this one . . . 

“Trouble cruised into Tupelo Landing at exactly seven minutes past noon on Wednesday, the third of June, flashing a gold badge and driving a Chevy Impala the color of dirt.” Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage is brimming with voice. I love that her protagonist Mo LoBeau refers to the deputy as Trouble. You know from the very first word that this is a spunky heroine you will enjoy spending time with. Not to mention, Turnage’s descriptions come alive.

Then here’s mine. 

“The day I was born I was four times smaller than the trophy largemouth bass hanging in my daddy’s shop.”  These were the first words I ever wrote for Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge way back in 2013. We know right off the bat that Vilonia was preemie or at least a small baby. That line propelled me into exploring her character and her wants. Every story starts with a first line. What’s yours?

I’d love to hear first lines that hooked you as a reader. Tell me in the comments below for a chance to win a copy of Vilonia Beebe. And thank you to Clara for hosting me. 

As a bonus here’s a tentative first line from my WIP: Imagine the worst smell you can think of, multiply it by rotten fish, and I promise you a turkey truck smells worse.

Being responsible is NOT easy.
Fourth grader Vilonia hasn’t lost her rain coat in the three weeks she’s had it and she’s brushed her teeth every night and she’s volunteered to be the Friday Library Helper. But all that hard work is worth it if it means she can get a dog. Besides, this dog isn’t just because Vilonia has wanted one for pretty much ever. It’s also to help Mama, who’s been lost in one, big sadness fog for forty-three days—ever since Nana died. But Vilonia read that pets can help with sadness. Now all she has to do is keep the library goldfish alive over spring break, stop bringing stray animals home, and help Mama not get fired from her job. And she’s got to do all of it before the Catfish Festival. Easy as pie, right?

Praise for Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge:

*A humorous, poignant, realistic debut story about a very responsible little girl who's a "force of nature.  – Kirkus Reviews

*Gray brings Vilonia’s small Mississippi town to vibrant life, creating a cast of warm, eccentric inhabitants and traditions, including the annual Catfish Festival. Vilonia’s amusing scrapes serve to counterbalance the seriousness of her mother’s condition. – Publishers Weekly

*A heartfelt read filled with nuanced characters... a fast-paced adventure with a very human story. School Library Journal

Kristin L. Gray drinks coffee (cream, no sugar) and writes books (funny, not sad) from her home in northwest Arkansas. She loves to read, walk her dogs, and eat cake for breakfast. Kristin’s fourth-grade self would never believe she has five children, two dogs, one fish, a bearded dragon, and a shy gecko. Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge is her first novel. To learn more about Kristin, or to send her a cake, visit her online at KristinLGray.com. 

Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge
S&S Paula Wiseman Books
Ages 8-12 | 208 pages | $16.99
ISBN: 9781481458429

Kristin has a new book under contract, The Amelia Six, a middle grade mystery. Details in the boxed text below:

Thank you, Kristin, for sharing your special talent with us. Thank you, dear readers, for stopping by to congratulate Kristin on her debut novel, Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge. The winner of the autographed book will be announced in one week.

Oops, I almost forgot! I bet you're all wondering who won The Green Umbrella by Jackie Azua Kramer. The lucky winner, chosen by random.org is: Rosemary Basham
Congratulations, Rosemary! Please email me: claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address and to whom you'd like the book personalized.

Stay tuned everyone! We have another debut author and giveaway next week. As always, thank you, dear readers, for continuing to support authors and children's books.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

THE GREEN UMBRELLA by Author Jackie Azua Kramer + Giveaway

Dear friends,

Please welcome the talented, Jackie Azua Kramer, who shares about the writing of her debut picture book, The Green Umbrella. Jackie is generously donating an autographed copy for one lucky winner who stops by to leave a comment for her about the post. (Winner will be announced on May 9th!) Jackie recently learned that The Green Umbrella was named a Bank Street College 2017 Best Children's Books of the Year. Congratulations on that great honor, Jackie! And now, The Green Umbrella!

REVIEWS for The Green Umbrella:
"Imagination can turn even simple objects into marvelous things...imagining is better together. Debut author Kramer’s imagination-fueled encounter makes good use of fellow newcomer Sassouni’s gift for conjuring up fairy-tale landscapes: old houses hunched up against each other, impossibly lumpy hills, and silly contraptions...And Kramer’s storytelling passages sustain their lofty tone with no off notes—no easy task." Publisher's Weekly
Inside Illustration from: THE GREEN UMBRELLA

"A sweet story of a blossoming friendship between five lovable and imaginative characters, united by one special green umbrella. I want to jump right in to the lush paintings and join in their fun!"- Lauren Castillo, Author/ Illustrator of Caldecott Honor Book "Nana in the City"

Illustration from Inside The Green Umbrella

"Here is a story for those who love an object, be it a blanket, a toy, or in this case a green umbrella, so much so that it's very being is imbued with memories that make it unmistakably yours. And a story for those who have lost one such object and wish more than anything to have it back. Azúa Kramer reminds us all that many memories can be shared over a single prized possession. And as Sassouni's art plays in the worlds of joy and longing over a green umbrella, we see a group of characters come together to discover what they can offer another in need. There's no mistaking how easy it is to share this book." - Matthew Winner, All the Wonders Podcast

Writing from the Inside Out. . . Jackie Azúa Kramer shares an inside look at the writing of The Green Umbrella

Author Jackie Azua Kramer in her Writing Space
Q. In The Green Umbrella, did you have a reason for choosing the animals in your story?
JAK: I get to play in the most fun, raucous and fantastical playground…a child’s imagination. The idea of characters who are unlikely to be seen together remind me of why I love my work as a storyteller. I’m not the first one to do this. Not to compare myself, but perhaps I was channeling AA Milne, in the classic, The House at Pooh Corner.  Alongside Pooh, there’s Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and Roo. Both, the Elephant in my story, and Pooh, remain at the center of the story and the action. There’s a scene in The Green Umbrella, when they’re all sitting together having tea, and part of the text reads: “…shared their stories.” I love the idea of all of us sharing our journeys with each other. The world is becoming flatter, and the unlikeliness of this bunch becoming friends, to my thinking, makes it a universal story. 

Q. Who or what inspires you?

JAK: Anyone who is passionate. Passion is a beautiful and contagious thing. It makes me work harder and think about my place in this big world. And creators, like Matisse, who reflect in their work--truth, beauty and wonder. Wonder is the secret sauce. Wonder allows you to feel something without dictating what that should be. 

Q. What advice would you give to your younger self? Is this the same advice you’d give to aspiring authors?

JAK: Yes, absolutely. Like a child, ALWAYS stay curious. Be brave, be fearless and believe in yourself. And when you trip up, dust yourself off and start again, until it’s not fun anymore. And I remind myself often--Inspiration + motivation + passion = Endless possibilities. 

Q. What are the 3 most important things you keep in mind when developing a marketing plan for your picture books?

JAK: A lot is expected from an author these days. For example, what I’m doing right now by visiting your blog. I feel it’s important to share with others one’s writing journey and creative process. In addition, to choose some form of social media. I enjoy Twitter and Instagram because it’s fast, fun and informative. Most importantly, to connect in whatever way, with kidlit’s greatest advocates--educators and librarians. Whether it’s via school or library visits and/or attending conferences, the shelf life of a book will live on forever in the dedicated and passionate hands of librarians and teachers.

Q. What projects are you working on now? 

JAK: I’ve just begun the publishing journey of my two upcoming picture books, The Boy and the Eight Hundred Pound Gorilla (Candlewick Press, TBD) a story about the loss of a boy’s mother and If You Want to Fall Asleep, a bedtime story (Clavis Books, 2018) illustrated by Lisa Brandenburg. I’ve also begun research on a nonfiction picture book. I can’t say whom, but I’m amazed no one has written a children’s book about this person. History and people fascinate me. The key in writing nonfiction is to find that magical moment to enter their life.

Q. What is one thing most people don’t know about you? 

JAK: I can talk to animals with my eyes. I’m a member of the Wildlife Conservation Society and each time I visit the Bronx Zoo, I lock eyes with one of the lovely residents and stuff happens. I’m not sure what we’re saying, but at my last visit, sparks flew between Sanjay, the rhinoceros and me. At least, I thought so!

A bit about the author: Jackie Azúa Kramer
Author Jackie Azúa Kramer
Jackie Azúa Kramer was born in Manhattan, NY. Jackie has had a few lives as an actor, singer, and school counselor. Her work with children presented her with an opportunity to address their concerns, secrets and hopes through storytelling. She is the author of How Lilly Ate the Rainbow and The Green Umbrella, which has been translated into German, Chinese and Slovenian. Publishers Weekly wrote-- “Kramer’s storytelling passages sustain their lofty tone with no off notes—no easy task.”
In 2014, Jackie was invited to be a member of the Bank Street Writers Lab, Bank Street College. She studied acting and voice at NYU and has her MA, Queens College, Counseling in Education. She is thrilled to share her upcoming books, The Boy and the Eight Hundred Pound Gorilla (Candlewick Press) and If You Want to Fall Asleep (Clavis Books) Jackie has travelled to 10% of the world and hopes to close in on 100% one day. 

Learn more about Jackie and her book and follow her on Social Media:
Visit her: jackieazuakramer.com 

Thanks so much, dear readers, for stopping by to celebrate authors and great books for children, here at Writing from the Inside Out. Oh, and don't forget to leave a comment for Jackie! You're the best! ~Clara 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Announcing the lucky winner of VINCENT AND THEO by Deborah Heiligman

Dear Readers,

Thank you each and everyone for the wonderful comments and good wishes for Deborah Heiligman's Book Birthday Celebration of Vincent and Theo, the Van Gogh Brothers published by Henry Holt. The Lucky Winner is announced at the bottom of the post.

"This exquisite, remarkable book told in the present tense positions readers as intimate observers of Vincent and Theo’s lives. Two portraits emerge in rich detail: a deep-thinking, gifted artist who was a troubled, gentle, compassionate man; and an insightful critic who recognized his brother’s brilliant mind and work, devoting incredible energy and resources to nurturing and supporting him. Uplifting, poignant, and tragic by turns, the brothers' lives, so very human, unfold in a work of exceptional literary nonfiction weaving scholarly research (further detailed in ample end matter) into a vivid, immersive accounting."--CCBlogC http://ccblogc.blogspot.com/2017/04/book-of-week-vincent-and-theo.html

Additional titles by Deborah Heiligman you won't want to miss! 
*Starred Review* Grade 8 Up—Beginning with Darwin's notorious chart listing reasons to wed and not to wed, Heiligman has created a unique, flowing, and meticulously researched picture of the controversial scientist and the effect of his marriage on his life and work. Using the couple's letters, diaries, and notebooks as well as documents and memoirs of their relatives, friends, and critics, the author lets her subjects speak for themselves while rounding out the story of their relationship with information about their time and place. She shows how Darwin's love for his intelligent, steadfast, and deeply religious cousin was an important factor in his scientific work—pushing him to document his theory of natural selection for decades before publishing it with great trepidation. Just as the pair embodied a marriage of science and religion, this book weaves together the chronicle of the development of a major scientific theory with a story of true love. Published for young adults, this title will be equally interesting to adults drawn to revisit Darwin on his 200th birthday.—Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA 

*Starred Review* Though eccentric mathematician Paul Erdos might seem an unusual subject for a picture book, his story makes for a memorable biography. Growing up in Hungary during WWI, Erdos tried school but chafed at the rules and convinced his mother that he should study at home. He was fascinated by numbers from an early age, and by the time he was 20, he was known as The Magician from Budapest. Unable to do common tasks such as cooking, laundry, or driving, he spent his adult life flying around the world, staying with other mathematicians, and working collaboratively on challenging math problems. Math is woven into the lively writing (Mama loved Paul to infinity. Paul loved Mama to 8, too!). The wonderfully vivid artwork, where ideas from the text are clarified, also uses decorative elements to support the idea that Erdos saw the world differently—numerically. Heiligman appends a lengthy note about writing the book, while Pham offers a more extensive note on creating the illustrations, in which she comments on the mathematical ideas and mathematicians depicted in the art. This excellent picture-book biography celebrates a man little known outside his field, but one well worth knowing. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan

Thank you so much, Deb, for giving us so many wonderful books to treasure!

Author Deborah Heiligman
Learn more about the author and her books at these links:

And the lucky WINNER selected by random.org is. . .  MARGARET BRUETSCH 
  CONGRATULATIONS, MARGARET!!!! Please email me: claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com and send me your mailing address and to whom you'd like the book personalized. Thank you!                                                                Next up on Thursday is a delightful spring time picture book and a giveaway!!!