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Lots of exciting stuff going on!

My latest book, The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale, just touched down, and it’s so much fun. Check this out: In a daring experiment just after World War II, an Idaho wildlife conservation team relocated via airdrop (!) seventy-six live beavers. One beaver, playfully named Geronimo, endured countless practice drops, seeming to enjoy the skydives, and led the way as all the rodents parachuted into their new home. Can you believe it? Readers and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy Geronimo’s true story! Artist and naturalist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, who lives on a 40-acre farm/wildlife refuge in Michigan, illustrated the tale—even traveling to Idaho to get the paintings just right.

Published by Sleeping Bear Press, The Skydiving Beavers is “a true ’tail’ with a happy ending,” according to Kirkus Reviews.

Visit SkydivingBeavers.com to learn more about beavers and wildlife conservation and find recently discovered video of the airdrop, plus activities, fun facts, and more! 

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Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist, my book about Mexican musician, bandleader, and stereo sound pioneer Juan Garcia Esquivel won some pretty nice awards recently (be sure to check out my blog to catch up on the details). Esquivel created whimsical, wonderful music that's totally out of this world, and wildly talented artist Duncan Tonatiuh illustrated the book using his fun, fabulous style based on ancient Mexican art. Esquivel! is available in both English and Spanish editions, brought to you by the fine folks at Charlesbridge Publishing. It’s a Belpré Honor Book, ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Junior Library Guild Selection, and has racked up some lovely raves, including School Library Journal’s coveted starred review and inclusion on its Top Ten Latinx Books list. 

You can learn more about Esquivel!, sample his crazy-cool sound, and find an educator’s guide in both English and Spanish at EsquivelBook.com!

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And coming from Abrams Books for Young Readers in Fall 2017 is American Gothic: The Life of Grant Wood, my biography of the artist best known for arguably the most iconic American painting of all time—you know, the one with the pitchfork. So much fun to write, and beautifully illustrated by Ross MacDonald. Learn more at AmericanGothicBook.com.


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