Book News from Megan Dowd Lambert
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February 8, 2015

Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues, and Readers,

I have lots of exciting book-news and, in the interest of trying to keep this email on the shorter side (for me) I'm sharing many links that you can peruse and share…whenever:

As some of you may have heard, I received an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for A Crow of His Own! I have posted about this award and how very, well…honored, I am on my blog.

My next picture book, Real Sisters Pretend is available for preorder on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Preorders really make a difference, so I hope you’ll do so if you’re able. My book launch with illustrator Nicole Tadgell will be on Saturday May 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the Odyssey Book Shop in South Hadley, MA, and I can hardly wait for the world to see the gorgeous illustrations she’s created to go along with this story inspired by two of my daughters.

Reading Picture Books with Children has had a very successful launch since coming out in November. Here’s a roundup of interviews and articles about it: Please see my events page for news about storytimes, signings, and presentations, and come if you can! If you can’t attend signings, The Eric Carle Museum Shop stocks signed copies of my books for sale and can ship them. If you’d like personalized signed copies, just ask them and they’ll contact me so I can do this for you the next time I’m there.

I currently have a few texts out on submission, so hopefully I’ll have good news to share about new book contracts soon. I also continue to write and review for the Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews, and I’m teaching three courses at Simmons this semester, including a 4-day intensive course on the Whole Book Approach in March. I also just signed on as a Staff Blogger for a new project, EmbraceRace, which founders Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas describe as “an emerging, multiracial, online community of parents, teachers, and other caring adults striving to engage race in a healthy, constructive and courageous way as we nurture the children in our care.” I’m so honored that Melissa and Andrew invited me to contribute to this project, and my first post will be included when the site launches this month.

And speaking of sites, I’ve joined Good Reads, and I have my first ever FaceBook page. I honestly have no idea how to navigate it or use it. My website designers just set it up for me as a public Author Page, mostly so I’d have a landing page where people can find my website and Twitter account. But it’s there, so please “like” it? Or “friend” it? And, who knows? Maybe I’ll end up surprising myself and loving it. That’s just what happened with Twitter (where I am @MDowdLambert). I’ve learned so much by following people from We Need Diverse Books, and others, and it’s been great connecting with people I know and with others I’ve now only met online.

Finally, and speaking of connecting, I really hope it’s not a bother that I send out these emails to you. If you’d rather not receive them, please say so. I’m setting up a contacts list through my website (some of you are receiving this because you signed up) so please sign up if you haven’t already and then I’ll know that you want to get these book-news updates and I’ll phase out my email-everybody-I-know efforts. In the meantime, feel free to email everyone you know with this letter, or post links to FaceBook, or tweet them, or otherwise spread the word about my words, and know that I appreciate all of your support more than I could ever say.

Happy reading,

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