I’m thrilled to be able to share the announcement of another forthcoming picture book, THIS IS HOW YOU KNOW, illus. Cornelia Li, a lyrical love letter to science, coming from Little, Brown in 2024.
It’s always a joy to have your book appear on an end of year best books list alongside books you admire. Thanks to BOOKLIST for including A TRUE WONDER on its 2021 Editor’s Choice list.
And I love the review: “This story about Wonder Woman — in comics, television, and movies — splendidly parallels the history of women in America over the past 80 years. The text stresses how women creators, especially of the 1940s and ’60s, defied expectations, vanquishing misogynistic villains at every turn.”
Thank you, Booklist! And congrats to all the creators on this list.
Share the joy of reading this holiday season. Whether it’s a package of picture books or a toy/book pairing, books make magical gifts. Find a slew of books and related gifts in this Soaring ’20s Holiday Gift Guide, which features the A TRUE WONDER gifts below.
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I’m so excited to share that my first-ever graphic novel is currently in the works with the incredible Barbara McClintock, who illustrated my all-time favorite version of THE MITTEN. The book is actually a graphic novel/verse novel mash-up, of the completely true (and incredible story) of museum curator Rose Valland.
What better way to celebrate than with some of my favorite Wonder Woman gifts and gear for all ages.
- A TRUE WONDER: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything by Kirsten W. Larson, illustrated by Katy Wu, is the true story of how Wonder Woman was created, how’s she’s grown and changed through the years, and how she’s inspired people around the world. It’s available wherever books are sold, but Once Upon a Time Bookstore has autographed copies and art postcards.
- What better place to capture story ideas, poems, and all your innermost thoughts than a Wonder Woman Moleskine notebook.
- Any Wonder Woman needs a steady stream of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate to fuel her adventures. Check out this awesome mug. I have the travel version.
- Everyone needs Wonder Woman tees and clothes. I love these retro clothes from Unique Vintage. I own this entire outfit, which is just waiting for an in-person school visit.
- Hallmark has a host of Wonder Woman ornaments, and I’ve received several as gifts through the years. This year’s limited-edition ornament is a nod to her very first issue.
- Wonder Woman LEGOs! I had a Wonder Woman LEGO key chain for years, and a friend just gifted me this 1941 1st Appearance Minifig. So cute.
- Knee socks. Or any socks. I have tons, including these knee socks with capes, though my capes are gold.
It’s National Comic Book Day! Today we celebrate comic books and all the writers and artists, who create them.
According to the National Day Calendar, the first hardcover comic book was The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, which was published in 1842. The first modern-day comic book didn’t appear until 1933, Famous Funnies, a reprint of several comic strips. Of course, comic books really came into their own during World War II, with superheroes like Superman, Batman, and my favorite, Wonder Woman. To learn more about the history of comic books, check out this post from Book Riot.
Today, I’m celebrating National Comic Book Day with a nine books highlighting the accomplishments of comic book creators.
Want a sneak peek at my Fall 2022 title, THE FIRE OF STARS with illustrator Katherine Roy (Chronicle Books)? We’ll be chatting about our inspiration, research, and more with Harvard/The Smithsonian as part of Project Phaedra’s Fall Author Series Sept. 14.
What’s Project Phaedra? According to their website: “Project PHaEDRA is an initiative by the Wolbach Library, in collaboration with many partners, to catalog, digitize, transcribe, and enrich the metadata of over 2500 logbooks and notebooks produced by the Harvard computers and early Harvard astronomers. Our goal is to ensure that this remarkable set of items, created by a remarkable group of people, is as accessible and useful as possible.”
These notebooks include those of astrophysicist Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, the subject of THE FIRE OF STARS.
This event is free and open to the public. And it’s ONLINE. Sign up to join us here.
I’m thrilled to share that WOOD, WIRE, WINGS has been named a 2021 Bank Street College of Education Best Book for ages 5 to 9.
According to The College’s website: “The Children’s Book Committee strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year. The list includes more than 600 titles chosen by reviewers for literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.”
Looking for great titles for all ages? Find all of Bank Street’s recommendations here.
Happy #NationalAviationDay. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt turned the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday into this U.S. National Holiday.
This year, I’m celebrating this annual event with a book list for young readers.
Inspiring True Stories in Aeronautics
- A DREAM OF FLIGHT: Alberto Santos-Dumont’s Race Around the Eiffel Tower by Jef Polivka, illus. Rob Polivka (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019)
- THE FEARLESS FLIGHTS OF HAZEL YING LEE by Julie Leung, illus. Julie Kwon (Little Brown, 2021)
- Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine by Heather Lang, illus. Raul Colon (Calkins Creek, 2016)
- FLYING FREE: How Bessie Coleman’s Dreams Took Flight by Karyn Parsons, illus. R. Gregory Christie (Little Brown, 2020)
- THE FLYING GIRL: How Aide de Costa Learned to Soar by Margarita Engle, illus. Sara Palacios (Atheneum, 2018) NOTE: Also published in Spanish as La joven aviadora
- FLYING MACHINES: How the Wright Brothers Soared (Science Comics) by Alison Wilgus, illus. Molly Brooks (First Second, 2017)
- THE STORY OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: A Biography for New Readers by Annette Whipple (Rockridge Press, 2020)
- UP & DOWN: The Adventures of John Jeffries, First American to Fly by Don Brown (Charlesbridge, 2018)
- WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane by Kirsten W. Larson, illus. Tracy Subisak (Calkins Creek, 2020)
- DK: The Big Book of Airplanes (DK, 2016)
- JUMBO: The Making of the Boeing 747 by Chris Gall (Roaring Brook, 2020)
- MACHINES IN MOTION: The Amazing History of Transportation by Tom Jackson, illus. Chris Mould (Bloomsbury, 2020)