Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Dummies I have made: a Webinar presentation for scbwi

Below are some of the images from the webinar I presented to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators of NC two nights ago.
Above: An overview of various dummies I've made: 
My dummy for Little Red Writing is shown here, juxtaposed with Melissa Sweet's final illustrated cover on the published book. And My Zero the Hero dummy is front and center. Far right: a text-only dummy for an Ant Hill easy-to-read.
Above and below: The storyboards I sent to Abrams Appleseed and the mini-dummies I made from them. Abrams acquired the Mini Myths board book series based on these storyboards. The series brings mythology to preschoolers in an parallel story based on the myth, with a summary of the myth on the final page. Children ages 1-4 can experience Hercules's Twelve Labors (which he performs in order to right a wrong done to his family--in this case, to his little sister). And Pandora's humorous struggle not to open the box.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Be Patient, Pumpkins! Halloween's almost here.

Mini Myths: bringing mythology with a twist
to preschoolers!

are the first two titles in this board book series for ages 1 to 4.
by Joan Holub
illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli
(Yummy Yucky; Quiet Loud). 
Be Patient Pandora received a

Dresser repurposed as a dollhouse! Adorbs

http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Myths-Be-Patient-Pandora/dp/1419709518/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409258996&sr=1-1&keywords=be+patient+pandora
sitting pretty in the drawer of a dresser re-purposed as a dollhouse
at Suzanna's, a shabby chic store in NC.

Babe Ruth sighting near the Louisville Slugger factor and museum


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Goddess Girls, Grimmtastic Girls, Heroes in Training in the Spooktacular Hop

Thanks for stopping by.
One winner will receive 3 autographed books,
one from each of these 3 series I co-author with Suzanne Williams.
(photo depicts series, but not the actual titles to be given away)

Winners will be posted in the rafflecopter within 5 days after hop ends. 

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop: Mini Myths: bringing mythology to preschoolers!

Thanks for stopping by.
My giveaway is the 2 board books pictured, both autographed by me.

Be Patient, Pandora! and Play Nice, Hercules! 
are the first two titles in this board book series for ages 0 to 4.
by Joan Holub
illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli
(Yummy Yucky; Quiet Loud). 
Be Patient Pandora received a

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hercules 12 Labors on Mini Myths building blocks

Leslie Patricelli illustrated all 12 of Hercules's Labors,
one on each of the blocks in his little sister's castle,
which gets knocked down . . . twice
in Mini Myths: Play Nice, Hercules!

Mini Myths: bringing mythology with a twist
to preschoolers!

are the first two titles in this board book series for ages 1 to 4.
by Joan Holub
illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli
(Yummy Yucky; Quiet Loud). 
Be Patient Pandora received a


Mini Myths: Be Patient Pandora is one of 25 on A Mighty Girl!

http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=7557
Mightily pleased to find Mini Myths: Be Patient, Pandora celebrated on A Mighty Girl, the world's largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls. Check out the whole list. http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=7557

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Signing books at Barnes & Noble

Signing Goddess Girls, Mighty Dads and 
Grimmtastic Girls books at Barnes & Noble Southpoint.

Which reprinting is this book?


Look on any book's copyright page and
you'll see a line of numbers. 
The lowest number tells you which
reprinting the book is in.
The first Goddess Girls book,
is in a 14th.

Play Nice, Hercules photo sent from Maryland bookstore

A shout-out to Maryland bookstore peeps
Katy and Alan at Booksity
for this cute display for Play Nice, Hercules!
I spotted it this week when I was out this way.

Mini Myths Barnes & Noble signing

Busy night at B&N Southpoint, 
so I am balancing books on my lap as I sign
and setting them on the floor
so the sharpie ink can dry.

Book signing time!


Boo Who? sighting in B&N



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed!

September 26, 1774

Keep on Trike-in'

http://www.joanholub.com
are the first two titles in this board book series for ages 1 to 4.
by Joan Holub
illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli
(Yummy Yucky; Quiet Loud). 
Be Patient Pandora received a

Monday, October 6, 2014

On this day in 1926...


I grew up in Pigtown. 
I went to reform school at age 7. 
On this day in 1926, I tripled a promise I made to a boy in the hospital, 
hitting a record 3 home runs in a World Series game. 

http://www.amazon.com/Who-Babe-Ruth-Joan-Holub/dp/0448455862/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310084578&sr=1-1
 The King of Crash. 
The Prince of Pounders. 
The Sultan of Swat.
The Babe!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mini Myths get mini toasty at Harris Teeter!

http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Mini_Myths__Be_Patient,_Pandora!-9781419709517.html 
are the first two titles in this board book series for ages 1 to 4.
by Joan Holub
illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli
(Yummy Yucky; Quiet Loud). 
Be Patient Pandora received a


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sweet! In the Walgreens aisle.

Bringing mythology to preschoolers.
are the first two titles in this board book series for ages 1 to 4.
by Joan Holub
illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli
(Yummy Yucky; Quiet Loud). 
Be Patient Pandora received a


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mini Myths Kindle Fire Giveaway

229 giveaway  
It’s time for the next $229 Kindle Giveaway Hosted by I Am A Reader.
We are giving away 2 great prizes both valued at $229.
Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!
 
The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below.
The 2nd is available only to those share this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.

Win a Kindle Fire HDX 7", Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (US Only) The price of this Kindle recently dropped to $199. The winner will still receive a prize valued at $229.
  Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)
  Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)
Each of these bloggers/authors paid to help sponsor this giveaway.    
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I Am A Reader Feed Your Reader Inspired Kathy Bonnie Blythe Pure Romance Bella Street Time Travel Romance Bette Lee Crosby BookBunnyPR SA Larsen Kindle and Me Alecia Stone Dana Masting Cynthia Luhrs Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek Jennifer Laurens Author Simple Wyrdings A Leisure Moment: A Casual Conversation about our Love for Literature Artist/Author BT A&E KIRK, YA Paranormal Authors MoreThanaReview Author Claudia Burgoa Laurie Treacy, Author Talia Jager, Author Author Zoe Forward Helen Smith (author) MyLadyWeb: Women's History & Women Authors Mini Myths: Be Patient Pandora! / Play Nice, Hercules! Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book Author - Cindy A Christiansen Felicia Starr - Author C.M. Brown Librarian Lavender Romance Under Fire Megan Crane LeahSay's Views Laurie Here - Contemporary Fiction and MORE Author Kimber Shook MamaNYC Melissa McClone, Author Crystal's Tiny Treasures Deanna Lynn Sletten, Author Page Flipperz Ya Sarah Ballance C Family of 6 Danyelle Ferguson, Author YA Author Fabio Bueno Lori's Reading Corner Books are my life BookHounds Author Inger Iversen E.B. Black
Sign up to sponsor the next Kindle Giveaway here: http://www.iamareader.com/category/kindle-giveaway-sign-ups   Giveaway Details 1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only), $229 Amazon.com Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International). Ends 10/27/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mini Myths brings mythology to preschoolers with Play Nice, Hercules!

Happy Book Birthday to the Mini Myths series!
are the first two titles in this board book series for ages 1 to 4.
by Joan Holub
illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli
(Yummy Yucky; Quiet Loud). 
Be Patient Pandora received a

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Autographed Mini Myths proof sheets giveaway to educators!

Yay! The first 2 Mini Myths will be in stores this week!
So I don't need these proof sheets of
(on lightweight board).
I'm autographing and giving them away to
teachers, media specialists, and librarians.
Just email me at
joanholubauthor4 at aol dotcom
with your school or library address.
(When I run out, I'll post a notice here in comments.)
 
Be Patient, Pandora! and Play Nice, Hercules! 
are the first two titles in this board book series for ages 0 to 4.
Both debut on September 16.
by Joan Holub
illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli
(Yummy Yucky; Quiet Loud). 
Be Patient Pandora received a
Thanks!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Play Nice, Hercules! is an Amazon Best Book of the Month


Play Nice, Hercules! is an
Amazon Best Book of the Month
for preschool ages.
Talk about nice!

Be Patient, Pandora! and Play Nice, Hercules! 
are the first two titles in this board book series for ages 0 to 4.
Both debut on September 16.
by Joan Holub
illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli
(Yummy Yucky; Quiet Loud). 
Be Patient Pandora received a

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mini Myths: 3rd annual September is for Sequels giveaway hop!


Be Patient, Pandora! and Play Nice, Hercules! 
are the first two titles in this board book series for ages 0 to 4.
Both debut on September 16,
so it's hard to say which is the sequel.
Two winners will each receive one autographed book.
Not entering would be a big mythstake.

by Joan Holub
illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli
(Yummy Yucky; Quiet Loud). 
Be Patient Pandora received a
starred review in Publishers Weekly:
"less a retelling of the story
of Pandora than a modern (and entirely delightful) twist on it.
Instructed by her mother not to open a neatly wrapped box,
Pandora grins mischievously at readers. “I am not opening the
box. I am only touching it.” Luckily, after bouncing on the box
causes it to fly open, it isn’t the evils of the world that pour out.
Patricelli’s preschool-age Pandora couldn’t be cuter, and an
endnote explains the original myth in greater detail. 
Genuinely funny and sweet."

Click to visit other participating blogs:
http://misclisa.blogspot.com/2014/08/september-is-for-sequels-giveaway-hop.html







 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Make No Mythtakes! Mini Myths Board Books debut in 3 weeks. Giveaway now.

Don't myth out on this Mini Myths board book giveaway
are the two debut board book titles,
Not entering would be a big mythstake, doncha think?
http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Mini_Myths__Be_Patient,_Pandora!-9781419709517.html 
by Joan Holub
illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli
(Yummy Yucky; Quiet Loud). 
*Be Patient Pandora received a





Friday, August 22, 2014

Free deck of Who Was? Biography series playing cards at B&N



Got this deck of "Who Was" chapter book biography series 
playing cards free with the purchase of 2 "Who Was" 
books at Barnes & Noble. Such a deal! 
Guess who the king is in the deck? 
(hint: Egypt) Each card has bio facts. 
(Thank you to my neighbor for letting me 
photograph on his man cave game table.)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Play Nice, Hercules! Be Patient, Pandora!

Coming September 16, 2014!
The first 2 books in the Mini Myths board book series:
Illustrated by the amazing, bestselling Leslie Patricelli.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mighty Dads is a New York Times Bestseller



http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2014-06-29/picture-books/list.html
Mighty Dads
James Dean, illustrator
Joan Holub, author
NYTimes list
Buy links
Thank you, Jeff, James, Ken, David, Liza, and the Scholastic team.
Hooray for dads and their little ones!
 


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Little hands getting creative with Mighty Dads at B&N

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mighty-dads-joan-holub/1116995778?ean=9780545609685&itm=1&usri=9780545609685
What a fun time with little hands and might dad hands
getting creative at Barnes & Noble Cary, NC the day
before Father's Day in celebration of my picture book,
illustrated by James Dean, creator of Pete the Cat
Scholastic

Friday, June 13, 2014

MIGHTY DADS at B&Ns everywhere this Saturday!

Sat 11am: 
Barnes & Noble stores around the USA 
will celebrate MIGHTY DADS 
my picture book with Pete the Cat creator James Dean
with storytime and craft-time!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mighty-dads-joan-holub/1116995778?ean=9780545609685&itm=1&usri=9780545609685
 
In MIGHTY DADS, the dads are bulldozers, forklifts, 
and other construction trucks.
And they're showing their little trucks love and giving them advice 
to help them roar, roar, ROAR through life!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

James Deans' Mighty Dads in PW Children's Bookshelf!


Joan Holub and James Dean, creator of Pete the Cat
Scholastic Press

Thursday, May 8, 2014

USA Today Dad Book Roundup

Mighty Dads is featured in a round-up of picture books about moms and dads in today’s issue of USA Today! (circulation 1.7 million)
 
“Illustrated by the creator of Pete the Cat, this construction book is perfect for reading aloud with plenty of sound effects.”
The online version also features 3 interior spreads of the book. To view, please click link:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2014/05/07/picture-books-about-moms-and-dads/8762315/

MIGHTY DADS
By Joan Holub
Illustrated by James Dean
Scholastic Press; April 29, 2014; $16.99; ISBN: 978-0-545-60968-5

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mighty Dads illustrated by James Dean! Scoop, scoop, scoop!

http://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Dads-Joan-Holub/dp/0545609682/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389317753&sr=1-1&keywords=mighty+dads
A new book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean (and me) hits stores today!

Mighty dads, strong and tall,
help their children, young and small.

They keep them safe and bolted tight
and show them how to build things right.



"When my editor told me Grady, Dumpy, Boomer, and the rest of the crew that James Dean had agreed to illustrate Mighty Dads , we went roar, roar, ROAR!" ~ Joan Holub

Mighty Dads is dedicated to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on. It means so much when Mighty Dads say, "I'm proud of you."

My dad:


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Author: Joan Holub
Constructastic illustrator: James Dean

Monday, April 21, 2014

Grimmtastic Girls giveaway hoppity hop hop!

http://www.amazon.com/Grimmtastic-Girls-Cinderella-Stays-Late/dp/0545519837/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389320824&sr=1-1&keywords=cinderella+stays+late
Grimmtastic Girls
is a new Scholastic series for ages 8-12
by the authors of Goddess Girls.
Set at Grimm Academy in faraway Grimmlandia,
fairy tale characters
Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Rapunzel
must navigate the ins and outs of middle school
as they fight an evil society, deal with friendship drama,
and try to keep their grades up.

“plenty of momentum . . . appealing heroines . . .
highly diverting . . . a beginners’ Hogwarts”
~ Booklist

EIGHT WINNERS
will each receive a book autographed by
authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams.
Cinderella Stays Late
Red Riding Hood Gets Lost
Snow White Lucks Out
Rapunzel Cuts Loose
Hop with me from April 22nd to May 3.
USA only.
(Winners will be chosen May 4 and contacted within a week.)
The Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop.