Packages from Publishers


I’ve never had a disappointing package from a publisher. (Disappointing rejection letters, yes, but no one has ever sent me a rejection package.) Even when I’ve seen all of the illustrations in advance for a picture book, and even if I’ve seen a previous version of the book itself, it’s always exciting to peel open an envelope and pull out an advance copy.

In this case, my package contained the new board book version of Old Manhattan Has Some Farms from Charlesbridge, slated for release in spring. It feels great to have a new (old) book hitting the shelves again.

Old Manhattan Has Some Farms

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Time for a little shameless self-promotion: My new picture book, Old Manhattan Has Some Farms, hits bookstores and online sources today. Introducing children to urban agriculture, it takes a lighthearted look at how communities are adding locally grown foods to the menu through container gardens, reclaimed vacant lots, beekeeping, hydroponics and composting. Old Manhattan highlights cities across North America, including New York, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, depicted here with the dancing worms.

Old Manhattan coverOn a high rise here,
in a backyard there —
climbing up, hanging down,
spreading green all over town

Old Manhattan has some farms.

And while I can’t think of a way to connect it to my blog’s theme of letters, I’m just so thrilled to have a new book on the shelves I had to say something!

A Book Is Born!

Old-Manhattan-Has-Some-FarmsI just received an advance copy of my new book, Old Manhattan Has Some Farms. It doesn’t matter how many PDFs or galley copies I’ve already seen; a book only becomes real to me when I hold it in my hands. That may pose a problem as society moves more towards ebooks, but for now, I can still enjoy the genuine article.

Old Manhattan Has Some Farms highlights how communities across North America can add locally grown foods to the menu. Each verse is set in a different city—Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta—and covers topics that range from beekeeping to hydroponics to container gardens. Anyone can grow good food, E-I-E-I-Grow!

Charlesbridge Publishing will release Old Manhattan this summer on August 5.