Were I Not A Girl Author and Illustrator interview by Andrea Wang on Picture Book Builders Blog

Hello! I’m thrilled to be a new contributor here on Picture Book Builders, a blog I’ve admired for a long time. A little about me: I write both fiction and nonfiction picture books, as well as middle grade novels. I’m a science geek who used to be an environmental consultant, helping to clean up hazardous waste sites. Now I write full-time, mostly about culture, identity, and food. Especially food. My most recent PB, WATERCRESS, came out in March 2021 and is a semi-autobiographical story about a Chinese American girl whose immigrant parents make her pick watercress by the side of the road.

To celebrate Pride Month, I’m excited to feature WERE I NOT A GIRL: THE INSPIRING AND TRUE STORY OF DR. JAMES BARRY, written by Lisa Robinson and illustrated by Lauren Simkin Berke.

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Breathing Life Back into Madame Saqui after Covid . . .

 

Anne Schwartz, v-p and publisher, Anne Schwartz Books

Madame Saqui: Revolutionary Rope Dancer by Lisa Robinson, illustrated by Rebecca Green, is a glorious picture book about an exceptional woman who lived during the French Revolution, performing feats on a highwire for an audience that often included Napoleon. It is nonfiction at its best—a fascinating subject, dramatic setting, kid-friendly text, and exquisite illustrations. A perfect handsell for independent bookstores, as well as for classrooms, but it couldn’t reach its audience, alas. Poor Lisa Robinson was doubly unlucky; her second nonfiction picture book—Were I Not a Girl: The Inspiring and True Story of Dr. James Barry—was also published during Covid.

 

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BOOK LAUNCH VIDEO FOR MADAME SAQUI, REVOLUTIONARY ROPEDANCER

This video includes a brief read-aloud and a wirewalking demonstration.

MADAME SAQUI: REVOLUTIONARY ROPEDANCER tells the true tale of a woman during revolutionary era France who wirewalked over the Seine and between the towers of Notre Dame. As a result of her daring feats on the wire, she became a darling of Paris and of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. She walked on the wire into her seventies . . . and she never fell.

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!

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Happy Book Birthday to Madame Saqui! Retweet about the giveaway by midnight 3/24/20 to be selected for a free copy of MADAME SAQUI, REVOLUTIONARY ROPEDANCER!

PIPPA’S NIGHT PARADE GIVEAWAY

I’m excited to announce a Goodreads Giveaway of 20 books! Giveaway opens on 9/7/19 and closes on 10/7/19.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/297292-pippa-s-night-parade