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New Book Backstory: Full of Fall

March 23rd, 2017
Full of Fall, my new photo-illustrated picture book, will be released by the superb team at Beach Lane/S&S in September, 2017. Many devoted readers had questions about species and details in Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow. (Readers, thanks for embracing Best in Snow, which received four starred reviews and lots of coverage nationwide!) Below I’ve shared more details, in an informal way, for those of you digging into Full of Fall. I’m busy writing, traveling, and photographing for the release of four books in 2018 and 2019.

Full of Fall: Growing up in the foothills of the Appalachians, I came to a love of Autumn very early. I spent a lot of time wandering the woods of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. I loved studying fall leaves and leaf shapes.

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Four New Books!

May 31st, 2016

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Happy to announce four books for 2016. Go, Go, Grapes board book debuted in the Little Simon Classic Board Book line in Feb. The Slowest Book Ever, (Boyds Mills Press) came out in April. In October get ready for Best In Snow (Beach Lane/S&S)  a photographic sister for Raindrops Roll. In November, my next work with Steve Jenkins/Holt, Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep will jump onto bookstore and library shelves.

Slowest Book Ever

February 1st, 2016

BMP_1783_CS 1P.indd“The Antidote for a Hurried Childhood” was what the Huffington Post called my middle grade nonfiction book, The Slowest Book Ever (Boyds Mills Press, release in April, 2016) in a sneak peek article late by Vicki Cobb last year.  This book has line drawings by the fabulous Kelly Murphy.  It’s reviewed by the esteemed School Library Journal in their upcoming (February) issue.  The wonderful Junior Library Guild will be sharing it with their subscribers in July, 2016.

ALA Notables: Raindrops Roll, Woodpecker Wham

February 1st, 2016

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Raindrops Roll and Woodpecker Wham were both named ALA Notables! So thankful to the folks who put time and energy into serving on the ALA Notable Committee and also those on the NCTE Orbus Pictus committee, which recognized Raindrops Roll. This means a lot, encourages my work (and Steve Jenkins’ work on Woodpecker Wham), and hopefully helps readers find these books. There are lots of yummy books on the Notable List this year, check it out: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb.

NCTE, NSTA, Kirkus Raindrops Roll

November 23rd, 2015

Raindrops RollFloored and thrilled that RAINDROPS ROLL was just named

An Orbis Pictus Recommended Book by NCTE, the National Council of Teachers of English. This award for the best nonfiction of 2015 considers ALL the nonfiction books, K-8. They choose a winner, five honor books, and eight recommended books. (Bronze award sticker for recommended.)

An Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2015 by NSTA, the National Science Teachers Association. I’m so excited that folks are loving not only the words but also the photos I took. I work hard to make sure my photos bring wonder and science content so their approval means a lot.

One of the 12 Best Informational Picture Books of the year according to Kirkus.  It’s also honored in what is my favorite award category name ever:  The Best Picture Books For the Sense-of-Wonder Shelf, again by Kirkus. Doesn’t every library and classroom and home need a “Sense-of-Wonder” shelf?  Isn’t that what’s it all about? I’m going to rush out and read the other titles, fiction and nonfiction. As many of you know, even when I was college I identified my goal in life as “helping people feel a sense of wonder in nature.”  Feels like life moment achieved that my book fit in such a category.

 

About Me
April Sayre

April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children’s book author of over 65 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. She is best known for pioneering literary ways to immerse young readers in natural events via creative storytelling and unusual perspectives.

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