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Thank You, Earth Plus 3 New in 2019

November 12th, 2018

 

2018 brought Warbler Wave (see post below) and Thank You, Earth.  New in 2019 will be three books: BLOOM BOOM, my latest photo-illustrated book from Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, celebrates plant growth, wildflower bloom, and botanical garden tulip/daffodil display. It arrives Feb 2nd in time for Valentines Day! Kirkus already gave it a starred review!

Then it’s LIKE A LIZARD, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis, from Boyds Mills Press. It’s a preschool imitate-and-learn fest for young readers and reptile fans.

Finally, there’s DID YOU BURP? How to Ask Questions (Or Not) in early August, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez for Charlesbridge Publishing.  It’s a unique nonfiction/fiction mix that allows kids to play with question forming via a group of fictional characters in a classroom setting.

New Book Backstory: Warbler Wave

January 6th, 2018

Warbler Wave will be released by Beach Lane, Simon & Schuster on February 13, 2018. See some spreads on S&S website. This book is the fulfillment of a dream, part of my life goal to share wonder. The text and photos are by me (April), with a bit of help from Jeff (a couple of photos, years of camera carrying, pointing out warblers, loving support, reviewing text, scientific fact checking, driving thousands of miles, 28 years of marriage, daily partnership in learning about nature).  We are both birders and the migratory journey of these amazing avian athletes is the highlight of our year. Below are some identification notes and discussion of the birds in the book.  Read more »

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  August 29 2017. Happy to say it has received three starred reviews (Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal). 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

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 4.33.15 PM Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 4.33.58 PMThe Slowest Book Ever
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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 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.

About Me
April Sayre

April Pulley Sayre is a photo-illustrator and award-winning author of over 65 books including Bloom Boom, Warbler Wave, Full of Fall, and Thank You, Earth.  Her read aloud picture books, known for their lyricism, playful voice, and scientific precision, have been translated into Korean, French, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic. Sayre’s ten photo-illustrated books include the classic Rah, Rah, Radishes and Raindrops Roll, which was both an ALA Notable and a NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book. Best in Snow received four starred reviews and was on many 2016 best book lists.  Learn more…



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