Animated cover for BLUE SKIES!

Hello friends,

The wonderful team at Simon & Schuster made an animated cover for BLUE SKIES and I couldn’t be happier!

Enjoy!

With thanks,

Anne

Additional Blog posts about Blue Skies!

Hello friends,

I hope you are safe and well! It’s been an honor to be a guest on three more blogs this past week.

You can access them on the Blue Skies page under Links, or click below:

Five Questions About Writing and Life on Chapter Break Book Blog

“The Gift of an Idea” blogpost on Storeybook Reviews

MG Book Village Interview about Blue Skies

With deep gratitude,

Anne

BLUE SKIES featured on Kirby Larson’s Friend Friday blog

Hello friends!

What a treat to be on author Kirby Larson’s blog! I am a huge fan of hers! Hattie Big Sky and Duke are two of my favorites.

In the post I write about my journey to publication.

“It wasn’t until I was close to finishing that I realized why Blue Skies is the story of my heart—it is a love letter to my dad.”

http://www.kirbylarson.com/friend-friday-195/

Enjoy!

With gratitude,

Anne

Happy Book Birthday to BLUE SKIES today!

Hello friends,

It is with great joy that I celebrate the release of BLUE SKIES today!

My first draft of this story was a picture book, written over fifteen years ago, and now it is a published middle grade novel. I couldn’t be happier!

To read more about my writing journey, visit the BLUE SKIES page on my website and click on the Links. It’s been my honor to be featured on several blogs and I am adding them to the Links section as they go live.

Keep well.

With gratitude,

Anne

 

BLUE SKIES Book Launch Party Postponed

Hello friends!

Due to COVID-19, I’ve made the decision not to travel to Austin at this time. I’m sad to cancel the trip, and the book signing at BookPeople on April 5th, but know it’s the right action for me to take.

BookPeople is an amazing store and I plan to celebrate BLUE SKIES there at a later late.

I’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, I’m counting down the days until the book is released, and now it’s only three!

Hope you are safe and well.

With gratitude,

Anne

 

BLUE SKIES is an OZ First Editions Club book for Young Readers!

Hello friends!

In less than a week BLUE SKIES will be published! I am overjoyed for a many reasons. Here’s one: Lemuria Books has chosen BLUE SKIES for their OZ First Editions Club for Young Readers for March! So here I am signing away! Thank you!

With gratitude,

Anne

 

BLUE SKIES Book Launch Party Sun. Apr. 5 @2PM BookPeople

Hello friends!

One month from today…

 

With gratitude,

Anne

Thank you School Library Journal for your review of BLUE SKIES!


Hello friends,

Here are some of the kind words, SLJ had to say about Blue Skies:

“This is an endearing story that skillfully addresses loss, love, and hope. Weaving together small-town charm and friendly antics, Bustard cleverly integrates a history of the Merci Trains with a young girl’s desperate desire to see her father again. . . . VERDICT This snapshot of a unique time in American history will inspire young readers and convince them that dreams are worth fighting for.” Rebecca Redinger, Lincoln Park Branch, Chicago Public Library, School Library Journal

With gratitude,

Anne

Interview about BLUE SKIES on A.B. Westrick’s blog today!

Hello friends!

I’m thrilled to be interviewed by author and editor Anne Westrick today about my l-o-n-g Blue Skies journey!

Anne W. asks me about my discovery of the Merci Train, the role of music in my life and this novel, the PTSD subplot, and more!

With gratitude,

Anne

Blue Skies: author interview & giveaway

Q&A about my writing journey on the Cynsations blog today!

Hello friends,

I’m so honored to be a part of the Cynsations Survivors series today! I describe my journey to publication for my soon-to-be-released books, BLUE SKIES and RAD!, how I perceive the world of children’s-YA literature has changed, what advice I’d give my beginner self, career advice for those starting their careers, and wishes for the future for children’s-YA writers, illustrators, readers, and myself.

Here’s one quote:

My writing has never been a solo effort. I have been surrounded by smart, kind, generous writers, teachers, and editors who have given me feedback, wisdom, and hope.

And the link:

Survivors: Anne Bustard on Thriving as a Long-Time Actively Publishing Children’s Author

Thank you for this opportunity to share my story on your blog, Cynthia Leitich Smith!

With gratitude,

Anne