I’m thrilled to announce that my friends at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid, NY are helping me coordinate a pre-order campaign for my next book for young readers, which comes out on May 14, 2024. If you pre-order a copy of One Long Line through the store anytime between now and publication day, using this link, you will receive a signed copy of a second of my books–Citizen Scientists–completely free. That’s right, two books for the price of one! You can pick up your books in the store after May 14, or they can be mailed to you; all the information you need is at the link above.
Ordering new books before their publication date is probably the most important way you can support your favorite writers and their work. Why? Pre-orders help publishers gauge interest in books before their publication, which can help them decide if they will publish that writer’s subsequent work. (This is particularly true in series. And ONE LONG LINE is the first book in a brand-new series!) Pre-order numbers are also an important factor in determining what books are considered “bestsellers,” as all books ordered in the months before publication day are included in the book’s first-week sales numbers. So … I hope you’ll consider pre-ordering. It’s easy-peasy and means a lot to me.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And happy reading!
I’d love to see you at the Whallonsburg Grange (Essex, NY) next month as I introduce a new early chapter book series dedicated to the how of science: The Discovery Chronicles. I’ll focus my talk on the first book in the series, One Long Line, which comes out in May, sharing a bit about its genesis (spoiler: it was 15 years in the making!) and pulling you deep into the world of social caterpillars. Trust me, resistance is futile!
I’m thrilled to let you know that my next book for young readers is coming from MITKids Press in May 2024! ONE LONG LINE is the first book in the Discovery Chronicles, an early chapter book nonfiction series devoted to the exploration of science and its methods. These meaty reads are written by me and lavishly illustrated by Jamie Green. We’re hard at work planning a host of book launch events and celebrations for book one this spring, so stay tuned for details.
For now, pre-order a copy wherever books are sold! Here’s a handy link.
I’m thrilled to be joining the happy band of children’s book creators listed above at the Adirondack Family Book Festival this August in Lake Placid, NY. Please visit the festival website for details on the event, and for a list of participating authors and illustrators. I hope to see you there!
I’m excited to have two very different pieces about moth-watching out in the world this month: a feature article about the moment I became a true moth-watcher (The Hours of the Moth, Yankee magazine) and a how-to for anyone wanting to have the same experience in their own backyard (Lights, Bait, and Staying Up Late, Northern Woodlands). Both issues are on newsstands now, and I hope you’ll check them out.
I had the chance to talk with writer Michelle Cusolito and our Charlesbridge Publishing editor Karen Boss about the role experts play in helping us ensure our nonfiction for children is entirely accurate. Check out our conversation below …
This was fun! In May, I had the chance to virtually visit the Burke Museum and speak with its director, Dr. Gabriela Chavarria, about bees and storytelling. The event was recorded by the wonderful folks at The University Bookstore, and you can watch the full thing by clicking below. Enjoy!
Fun fact: I did not know we were rolling when I told my moth joke. Oops!
This past weekend, local author Maria Gianferrari and I launched new children’s books about urban wildlife at Worcester’s wonderful local indie bookseller, Tidepool Bookshop. And because all of us–Maria, myself, and Tidepool co-owners Jo and Huck Truesdell–live and work and play in Worcester county, we decided to make this launch event extra special by supporting an organization that we each believe in personally, the Greater Worcester Land Trust. We’ve created the two prize baskets pictured above and we are raffling them off, with all proceeds going directly to GWLT.
How do you enter? Easy! Visit Tidepool Bookshop (372 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA) and purchase a signed copy of either Honeybee Rescue or Bobcat Prowling; you’ll get a raffle entry. You can purchase additional raffle tickets at a rate of 3 for $5, no purchase necessary.
What do you win? A lot! Here’s the rundown …
Grand Prize Nature Lover’s Basket *Signed copies of Loree’s books HONEYBEE RESCUE, YOU’RE INVITED TO A MOTH BALL, HANDLE WITH CARE and CITIZEN SCIENTISTS *Signed copies of Maria’s picture books BOBCAT PROWLING, COYOTE MOON, HAWK RISING and WHOO-KU HAIKU *Pocket binoculars *Naturalist’s notebook *Massachusetts field guide to wildlife, birds, trees & wildflowers *AND … a virtual classroom/library author visit from Loree & Maria!
Sweet Runner-up Basket *Signed copy of Loree’s HONEYBEE RESCUE *Signed copy of Maria’s BOBCAT PROWLING *Rescue honey from B.B. Apiaries (owner Jon Nelson is the star of Loree’s book!) *Honey dipper *Hershey kisses
The raffle is open throughout the month of May, so find a time to get yourself over to Tidepool soon! We’ll contact the winners after the drawing and you can pick up the basket at the store.