LOVE, MAMA is fiction, but the illustrations in the book are based on my research into the animals and built environment on real Antarctic islands. I even had the chance to talk with scientists who work in the Southern Ocean about the animals they saw in their work - and what kind of souvenirs are available in Antarctic research station gift shops.
Chinstrap penguins actually collect rocks. They will even give them to each other as gifts. (And also fight over them, like human siblings.)
Kipling and his Mama live on an imaginary island in a real part of the world. Chinstrap penguins make their homes on the rocky islands in the Weddell Sea - between the southern tip of Argentina and Antarctica. All of the animals in LOVE, MAMA live or migrate in this part of the southern ocean.
This is the southern-most post office in South America - located in Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina. It is staffed by human postal workers, but it looks like birds and seals could easily take over.
Interested in learning more?
Download this free educational guide created by Deb Gonzales! It's full of STEAM-infused activities and printables for K-2 students. All are aligned with common core standards.
It's never to early to plan out your social calendar for that all-important party weekend of January 6th! Please join me at Books on the Square for a special story hour and book launch PARTY at 11am. There will be snacks. And books. And crafts. And what more could you ask for to brighten those post-holiday blahs?
LOVE, MAMA LAUNCH PARTY
Where: Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906 (Parking in rear or on street)
When: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11am.
Ensure you get a signed copy of LOVE, MAMA by pre-ordering from Books on the Square!
Call: 401-331-9097 or 1-888-669-9660 (toll free), or,
Order online: BOTS on IndieBound, Check the "pick up in store" box, and write "For LOVE, MAMA launch party January 6th" in the comments box at checkout.
Do you want to do something great for your school or library while also helping those affected by hurricane Harvey? Bidding is now open for KidLitCares. Organized by Kate Messner, this fundraiser brings together an amazing amount of talent to offer almost 200 amazing items from book critiques to classroom visits to original art.
Want to have me visit your classroom or library? Then bid on my auction item, and receive an awesome package in Winter 2018. I can teach a mini writing workshop for your K-2 students, talk about the process of writing, or simply read my book aloud for story time.
I'm offering - as one auction item:
Bidding starts at $50.00.
Winning bidders will donate directly to the red cross, and provide a receipt of their tax-deductible donation.
Click on the cover image below to go to the auction page:
And don't take my word for it! The list of authors, illustrators, editors, and agents who have items available for bidding is amazing. www.katemessner.com/kidlit-cares-our-hurricane-harvey-relief-effort/Bid on them all!
Check out the 2018 picture book debut authors & illustrators at our new Epic Eighteen website!
Keep track of what we are up to, and see the latest book cover reveals by checking out our twitter hashtag #epic18. It's gonna be epic...
I'm celebrating my favorite flightless birds by sharing the cover for my upcoming picture book LOVE, MAMA!
When Mama goes on a trip, her baby penguin Kipling knows she’ll return home soon—yet he still can’t help but miss her. After all, Pillow Mama won’t read, Picture Mama won’t laugh, and Snow Mama is too cold to cuddle.
LOVE, MAMA is being published by Roaring Brook Press, and will be in bookstores in early 2018. I can't wait to share it with you.
To preorder, ask your favorite indie bookseller for ISBN 978-1-62672-949-0.
Roaring Brook Press, mackids.com