This Is Not a Valentine + An Emily Arrow Song!

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by me, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Chronicle Books, 2017)

(Use code VALENTINE for 30% off right now at Chronicle!)

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This post is not a valentine, but I’m here to wish you the happiest of them. Thank you for celebrating this book so well with us!

And here’s an extra special treat:

Emily! The sweetest gift.

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I’ve got a bit more of a Valentine roundup in this month’s newsletter, so click here to subscribe if you’d like.

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This Is Not a Valentine

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out today from Chronicle Books!

It’s time that this book belongs to you, and not just Lucy, me, and our incredible team at Chronicle. We hope you love it enough to share it with someone you love!

Just yesterday, Betsy Bird named it to her list of Transcendent Holiday Picture Books! You can see the whole list here.

And in other exciting news, the book is on the Winter Kids’ Indie Next List. Thanks, Indies! We’d give you a frog too.

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Making a picture book is a surreal kind of art. The words started with me, but Lucy’s art wrapped around the story in a way that created something entirely new than I could have conjured up. I’m such a fan of our book. Just look!

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Available today! Everywhere you can get good books!

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Personalized Preorders available now!

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This book hits shelves in less than a month, and I cannot wait for you to see this small gift Lucy and I have made for you. And for your kids! Your teacher! Your best friend! This book is perfect for anyone you love, truly.

Over the weekend, on Small Business Saturday, I spend a couple hours at one of my favorite indie bookstores, giving out book recommendations and helping customers browse. It was such fun! I hand-sold Who Was Alexander Hamilton? and Race to the Bottom of the Sea, talked with a kid about the Wonder movie. The best part was seeing a family from my school, and the dad asking me if it was in my life contract to never be more than five feet from a book.

Pretty much.

This magical store? Diesel, a Bookstore–right in the heart of the Brentwood Country Mart here in Los Angeles. It’s a great stop if you are in the area, but if you aren’t, here’s something I’m so excited to offer: signed and personalized books, shipped straight to you!

Click here to preorder This Is Not a Valentine.

Click here to preorder Everything You Need for a Treehouse.

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Preorders are very helpful for authors, but even better, you get an unexpected surprise in the mail when the books are ready. Everyone loves surprise book mail, right?

Happy (in just a few weeks and just a few months) reading!

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An Anniversary, A Newsletter, and a Giveaway!

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A Rambler Steals Home / This Is Not a Valentine / Everything You Need for a Treehouse

I started this blog six years ago. What was my first post?

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This one. (FPH forever.)

It was a Sunday. It was the tenth anniversary of that day. I wanted to do something comforting and hopeful. I’ve always found that in books.

Six years later, this online notebook with bad photographs and only my mom reading has become a career in writing them. And librarian-ing again. And meeting the best book people along the way. This blog isn’t going anywhere, but I do want a place to share even more. And so!

A newsletter! I won’t spam you or share your email address. But I will give away books. It’s a thing.

Up for grabs first: three copies of my first picture book! Subscribe by the end of September to enter. Easy!

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(I really think you’ll like this thing. We do!)

Click here to subscribe.

From the bottom of my picture-book-filled soul, thank you.

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PS: I also wrote about Princess Hyacinth for Design Mom two years later! That post is here