RAD! cover reveal!

Aloha, friends,

I’m super stoked to share the jacket for RAD! illustrated by Daniel Wiseman.

Thank you Daniel! Thank you Courtney Code and everyone at Abrams Books for Young Readers, you’re awesome! Emily Wood Mitchell, ditto!

RAD! is the story of a fraidy cat who with the help of his family, overcomes his fears.

Publication on May 5, 2020. Ages 2+

Always,

Anne

 

BLUE SKIES cover reveal!

Aloha, friends!

With the utmost thanks to the dream makers at Simon & Schuster: designer Lizzy Bromley, illustrator Dung Ho Hanh, editor Krista Vitola, and publisher Justin Chanda! I am soaring like the doves over this jacket:

 

 

And thanks to agent Emily Mitchell, who found the perfect home for Glory Bea!

Always,

Anne

BLUE SKIES, my new middle grade novel will pub in 2020!

Aloha, Friends,

I’m thrilled to share this announcement with you!

Aloha,

Anne

 

My next book is a picture book called RAD!

Aloha, Friends,

I’m super excited, no, make that stoked, to share the news about my upcoming picture book featuring a skateboarding scaredy cat! Thank you Tamar Brazis, Courtney Code, Daniel Wiseman and Emily Wood Mitchell!

Here’s today’s announcement from Publisher’s Weekly: With aloha,

Anne

Hello! It’s Spring (in Texas)!

Aloha, friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve said hi. I’ve been writing away and hope, hope, hope to share happy publishing news soon.

The temperatures are climbing here in Austin and it’s a bright, sunshiny day. I’m keeping a lookout for my first bluebonnet sighting. And I’m thinking that I’ll see one this next week.

In the meantime, I’m all about reading (mostly research-related books and articles) and revising and Spring Break!

Mahalo,

Anne

 

 

 

Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i Visit!

Aloha, friends,

My DREAM school visit happened last week at Kamehameha Schools Hawai`i campus. It was truly a privilege and honor of a lifetime to speak at home about my book set in the islands. Mahalo nunui to Carmen Oliver, Kapua Helm, and all of the staff and students at the school for making it such an extraordinarily special day. I was overwhelmed (in a good way) by all of the aloha. Before I began my presentations to 2nd-8th graders I was greeted with song and lei. So, yes, I was weepy. But I found a way to compose myself so I could speak. I wish I could have stayed all week. We are ohana (family) now. And I can’t wait to return.

Always,

Anne

Happy Summer!

Aloha, friends,

I took my first ukulele lesson last night. And LOVED it! Here is a picture of my new uke. I named her Hana.

Happy reading and summering to all.

Always,

Anne

Mail from readers is the BEST!

Aloha, friends,

I received the BIGGEST thank you card ever, along with a host of individual notes from a recent school visit!

Here’s a picture of it along with one of the letters:

The letter reads: “Thank you for sharing your life’s journey with us I loved it. My favorite part was about the school. I never knew there was a school where you don’t have to wear shoes. I’d love that school to be mine. But I’m sticking with Kocurek. I love the story. Sincerely,___”

For context: I mentioned that back in the day, students in Hawaii were not required to wear shoes to school until seventh grade.

School visits are the BEST! As is hearing from readers!

Always,

Anne

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Kocurek Elementary!

Aloha, friends,

I had a fabulous visit today with the 3rd and 4th graders at Kocurek Elementary School! Mahalo nui loa, thank you very much, librarian, Connie Hicks, students, teachers, and ProjectWISE! You made my day!

Always,

Anne

TALE Conference here I come!

Aloha, friends,

I’m excited about presenting to educators at the upcoming TALE Conference this weekend! And hear the other authors and speakers.

I hope to see some of you there!

 

 

Always,

Anne