I've written more than 180 science books for children, but last week, for the very first time, one of them was announced in Publisher's Weekly. Imagine my surprise when I saw it!
I'm delighted that Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs will be illustrated by Stephanie Laberis and published by Peachtree Publishers in Fall 2018.
I know, I know, 2018 seems sooooo far away, but making a picture book takes time. I promise it will be worth the wait.
Here are a few art samples from Stephanie's terrific portfolio:
Don't you just love how she portrays animals? They're scientifically accurate and a whole lotta fun at the same time. This style is perfect for the book's lively, humorous voice.
Even though the information is presented in a fun way, the book's central nugget, it's creative core is serious. I was severely bullied as a child, and this book is my way of offering hope to children who might be facing something similar right now.
Everyday across America, children get picked on for being small or slow or shy or overweight or clumsy, but sometimes these perceived weaknesses turn out to be a core part of what makes them successful adults. Using examples from the animal world, I encourage children to flip their thinking, and to be kind to one another.