The Weekly 411 (12/8/23)
|© Robin Hann-León
Dec. 8, 2023 vol. 49
About the Book: What’s a holiday without holiday treats? In this magical new picture book, kids follow the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Gingerbread Man, and their team of bakerinas as they create delicious goodies from around the world—and discover that the real magic is teamwork. “With a pinch of hope and a dash of zing, we can do anything!” The bakerinas are hard at work creating holiday goodies for kids around the world when a blizzard whips up trouble. Will the bakerinas deliver their treats in time?
About the Author: Born in Jakarta and raised in Singapore, Patricia (Pat) Tanumihardja writes fun, heartwarming stories that often reflect her experiences growing up in Southeast Asia. Pat’s Chinese Indonesian parents encouraged her appetites for both delicious foods and good books, resulting in a writing career that spans both cookbooks and children’s books. She is the author of Ramen for Everyone, an indie bookstore favorite and a JLG Gold Selection. Pat lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and son. You can find her on Instagram/X/Threads: @ediblewords and online: https://ediblewords.com.
About the Illustrator: Bonnie Lui is an illustrator and storyteller who loves to play. Her work can be found in books, games and television. She is always looking for ways to create fun in all forms of media for everyone to enjoy. Besides making art, Bonnie also enjoys playing the ukulele and the piano. Bonnie lives in Los Angeles where it is over 75°F and sunny everyday.
About the Book: An imaginative and heartfelt book that reminds us that there is no loss without love. When Grief first arrives, it is like an elephant-so big that there is hardly room for anything else. But over time, Grief can become smaller and smaller-first a deer, then a fox, a mouse, and finally a flickering firefly in the darkness leading us down a path of loving remembrance.This lyrical work is an empathetic and comforting balm for anyone who is experiencing grief, be it grieving the loss of a loved one or losses in the world around us.
About the Author: Tamara Ellis Smith is the author of Here and There (Barefoot Books, 2019) and Another Kind of Hurricane (Schwartz & Wade, 2015). She lives in Vermont with her family. When she’s not writing books for children, Tamara can often be found trail running on a river trail with her friends and dogs. She also hangs out on Instagram @tamaraellissmith and Pinterest @tamaras0259, and her website is tamaraellissmith.com.
About the Illustrator: Nancy Whitesides is an author and self-taught illustrator born and raised in the Philippines, and later moved to the US. Her illustration debut, Grief is an Elephant, was accepted into the prestigious Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in New York. Nancy also illustrated Small Things Mended with Rocky Pond Books forthcoming Spring 2024. Nancy's work can be seen at nancywhitesides.com and on Instagram @nancyillustrator.
- What: a three-month mentorship for PB, MG, YA pre-published writers and/or illustrators
- Who is eligible: yet to be published traditionally LGBTQ+ writers & illustrators
- When to apply: Jan 15- Feb. 1, 2024