What I Did at Kirkus Last Week, Featuring
Julie Downing, Michael Emberley, and Susan Reagan

h1 August 31st, 2018 by jules

“First crawl …”
— From Nancy Raines Day’s
Baby’s Firsts,
illustrated by Michael Emberley


“See how high he kicks his feet?
Yesterday I lost two teeth.”
— From Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s You and Me,
illustrated by Susan Reagan

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“… and back to her crib. So close! Bingo yawns. Maggie stirs.”
— From Richard Jackson’s
Tessa Takes Wing,
illustrated by Julie Downing

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Last week at Kirkus, I wrote here about Richard Jackson’s Tessa Takes Wing (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, July 2018), illustrated by Julie Downing; Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s You and Me (Creative Editions, August 2018), illustrated by Susan Reagan; and Nancy Raines Day’s Baby’s Firsts (Charlesbridge, September 2018), illustrated by Michael Emberley.

I’m following up with art from each book today. Closing out the post is also a sneak peek at Julie’s next picture book (for Holiday House, to be published in 2020), written by Candace Fleming. Julie says, “I finished the dummy and am just working on final art. The text is fabulous! I’m not sure the title is final, but at the moment it is titled Cubs in the Nursery.”



From Baby’s Firsts:


“All snug on lap. First song, then nap.”
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“First crawl, then sleep.”
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“First swing.”


“What fun, first year. First birthday is here!”
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From You and Me:


“Grandma says he’s sweet as jam.
Look and see how tall I am.”
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“Shhh … he’s finally sleeping, see? Hurray!”
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“It’s time for you and me!”
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From Tessa Takes Wing:


“No one answers.”


“Goody, she thinks and jumps up herself …”


“… then open a book …”


“and another … and another.”


“… except for his tail. Thump, thump! Thump!”


“Uh-oh, Bingo. Daddy will hear.”



Sneak peek at Julie’s next illustrated book,
written by Candace Fleming:


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BABY’S FIRSTS. Text copyright © 2018 by Nancy Raines Day. Illustrations copyright © 2018 by Michael Emberley and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Charlesbridge, Watertown, MA.

TESSA TAKES WING. Text copyright © 2018 by Richard Jackson. Illustrations copyright © 2018 by Julie Downing. Published by Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, New York. Illustrations reproduced by permission of Julie Downing.

YOU AND ME. Text copyright © 1998, 2018 by Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Illustrations copyright © 2018 by Susan Reagan and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Creative Editions, Mankato, MN.

Closing preliminary illustrations by Julie Downing are used by her permission.

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