Books by Lorie Ann Grover

Books by Lorie Ann Grover
Kirkus Starred Review, Firstborn: "A fantasy that reads like a lost history tome and deftly examines issues of gender...An engrossing story with welcome depths."

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Happy Book Birthday: I Believe in Me!

He's here! He's born! The second book of the Wonderful Me series launches today.

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Do you believe in yourself? Find out in this sweet padded storybook full of wonder, self-esteem, and love!

I can stand, clap my hands.
I can zoom 'round the room.
I can dance. Underpants!

When you believe in yourself, you open up a world of possibility! That's because you cherish and value the wild, wonderful ways that make you, you! With charming illustrations and a sweet, bouncy text that begs to be read aloud, this padded board book is a joyous reminder to little ones that no matter who they are, they can become the awesome, loving, and helpful people who can change the world -- one step at a time. A glorious celebration of self-esteem and self-reliance filled with an inclusive range of kid characters that's full of humor, love, and heart.

"This rhyming text is a joyous celebration of all the things that very young children can do as they grow from babies into toddlers....Joy abounds." 
Kirkus Reviews

by Lorie Ann Grover
illustrated by Carolina Búzio
Scholastic, Cartwheel, January 7, 2020

Monday, December 30, 2019

The Baby's Coming! I Believe in Me

The baby's coming! Big Sister, I Love All of Me is anticipating the release of Little Brother, I Believe in Me, on January 7, 2020! Preorder celebrations are happening!



This rhyming text is a joyous celebration of all the things that very young children can do as they grow from babies into toddlers....Joy abounds
Kirkus Reviews


by Lorie Ann Grover
illustrated by Carolina Búzio
Scholastic, Cartwheel, January 7, 2020


Monday, December 9, 2019

Figure Drawing at Tacoma Art Museum

After thirty-four years, I was able to return to the studio for a figure drawing session. I believe the following drawings were ten and twenty minute sessions. What a delight to return to this setting. The Tacoma Art Museum hosts these monthly events for local artists. I'm hoping to attend again soon! 






Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Happy Book Birthday: I Love All of Me


  • Today! She's born! Celebrations!

Happy book birthday to I Love All of Me! Thank you for sharing the joy in this virtual launch party. Feel free to spread the word. May she be held by many tiny hands who know they are worthy, wonderful, and welcome in our world. Huzzah!

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Best Board Book of the Season

From “wiggle toes” and “smelly nose” to “blinky eyes” and “bendy knees,” this is a delightful, affirming ode to toddler parts. The smile-inducing rhymes beg to be repeated again and again, while the bold palette and cheery images heighten the book’s enthusiastic tone. 
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Grover’s rhyming text soars, and reading the words aloud almost feels like singing a song...a vibrant and lyrical ode to bodies ideal for those learning to explore their own. 
KIRKUS REVIEWS

Grover’s book gets right to the point in an unfussy and streamlined way; it’s a breath of fresh air and just right for sharing with the toddlers in your life....With a book like Grover’s at the ready, that grownup can say to a child: I love you just the way you are, and I want you to do the same. What a powerful and compassionate sentiment.
KIRKUS REVIEWSJulie Danielson

I Love All of Me
by Lorie Ann Grover
Cartwheel Books, Scholastic, September 17, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Language of Fire: Stephanie Hemphill


Celebrations for Stephanie Hemphill and her recent work The Language of Fire! The Printz Honor Winner has reimagined the life of Joan of Arc for today's reader. In lyrical verse, we follow the young, illiterate peasant as she leads an army to victory at the cost of her life. With an infectious bravery, single-mindedness, and passion, here is an example for all.

"The only sound
piercing the smoky air
is the scream of a girl
named Jehanne.
But
I became so much more."

Hemphill's words resonate as they bring Joan's truth forward:

"One life is all we have
and we live it
as we believe in living it
that to sacrifice what you are
and to live without belief
that is a fate more terrible
than dying." 

In the concluding Author's Note, we are called.

"This generation has embraced and championed awareness. Joan found a way to action. Combine awareness and action without repercussion and there is not only forward movement, but a tectonic shift." 

May it be so.

Finishing this treasure, I was completely surprised and honored to find my name in the acknowledgements. 


Find this beauty. Share it. Let us hear our own higher purpose and march forward together. 

by Stephanie Hemphill
Balzer + Bray, 2019