Posts by Thelma

HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN has had a great year! Awards Starred Review Kirkus Reviews Best of the Best Books Chicago Public Library Charlotte Zolotow Award – Highly Commended Title Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Oneota Reading Journal Sprout’s Bookshelf Blog Midwest Book Review The Horn Book Booklist Online Shelf AwarenessIcon-star School Library Journal Kirkus ReviewsIcon-star Publishers Weekly BookDragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center




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Brooklyn NY School Visits

What a wonderful time I had in October visiting four schools in Brooklyn.  Thank you to the Brooklyn Public IMG_0234IMG_0244 IMG_0282 IMG_0251 IMG_0240 IMG_0254Library for contracting me to do the visits.  And thank you to all the great students who enjoyed THE HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN and my presentations.

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The Wauwatosa Public Library was the perfect place to launch HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN. Thank you to Anne Kissinger at the Wauwatosa Public Library for helping me with a wonderful launch. A wonderful time was had by allDSC_0204DSC_0221DSC_0228DSC_0237DSC_0252DSC_0272

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I’m so excited to announce that HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN will be released by the end of the May 2014. The illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton are absolutely beautiful and I’m pleased to share them.Image 3

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My first picture book, THE HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN is being published by Lee & Low Books. It is scheduled to be released in spring 2013. I am beyond thrilled that artist/illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton will be the illustrator. To see her portfolio check out the link icon on this website.

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