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."

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Review in Publishers Weekly!

Before I even got my press release together, this came through from Publishers Weekly! Woohoo! And can I just give them a BIG hand for reviewing board books? Excellent!

Here's to the launch of my latest board book!

Coming June 1, 2009

From Publishers Weekly:

All Aboard!

Here are some fun board book picks for summer.

Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish Lorie Ann Grover, illus. by Debra Ziss. Scholastic/Cartwheel, $6.99 (14p) ISBN 978-0-545-12823-0

This board book bids good night to sea creatures amid crisp, soothing images of stars, seaweed, bubbles and waves. “Night is dark, baby shark,” says a little, orange fish to the nonthreatening shark, adding, “Make no fuss, octopus,” to a haughty, pink cephalopod on a later spread. In the end, a large yellow goldfish kisses the little fish good night: “Time for sleep in the deep, deep, deep.” Utterly serene from start to finish, with the bonus of introducing some interesting sea creatures. Up to age 3. (June)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Can You See It? Calm-A-Sutra Competition

After a day of filming and editing, here's Em's video for the Tea Council of the USA, Inc., 2009, Calm-A-Sutra! Please watch and let others know who might be interested. The more hits the higher her chances of winning! Which could be very helpful.

Whatever the outcome, we had a blast today. Just watch...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Poetry Friday: Repose

I found and cropped this image from photobucket as it was so similar to what I just saw. This haiku was sparked.


Warmly curled around
the thoughts of a cool morning
on a metal curve.

Catch the full roundup with Irene Latham at Live. Love. Explore!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Poetry Friday: Highlighted


The light brushes my
frame, illuminating age
but backlighting joy.

Catch the roundup with Susan Taylor Brown at Susan Writes.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Audio of Ellen as Berthe in Pippin!

Much to my daughter's TOTAL embarrassment, I have to post this slow slide show and audio recording where the mic fails once. Sorry, no video was allowed during the Sumner High School performance of Pippin!

The 5th Avenue Theatre (where we in Western Washington go to see shows prior to them heading to Broadway and those that then tour from NY) just nominated Ellen for her role as Berthe as:

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Ensemble Role
for their High School Musical Awards 2009!

June 8th we are off to the awards ceremony.

"This exciting, Tony Awards-style show was created to honor the work, talent and commitment that students, parents and faculty devote to their school’s yearly musical productions. To acknowledge the value of high school theater programs and give drama students the same recognition that high school athletes receive."

Thanks to the director Ms. Street, vocal coaches Miss Miles and Ms. Bozzo, choreographer Brenda Henson, the entire cast and the pit, led by Mr. Carl! Congrats, El! (And sorry for the embarrassment.)

Leading Player: Deborah Boggs
Pippin: Justin Niedermeyer
King Charles: Kyle Billings
Lewis: Kenny Valenta
Fastrada: Alexandra Montano
Catherine: Katie Egbert
Berthe: Ellen Grover

Here's a sneak listen in to Ellen as Berthe in Pippin with the cast from Sumner High School!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mourning for ADAM

WHAT? Are you kidding me. Bring it on. ADAM is my American Idol. Period. Exclamation point! What in the world happened? I called for 1 1/2 hours last night!

I am having a very sad moment here, peeps. Here's to Adam. My American Idol.

Now listen to my playlist. *sigh*

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Wild Wild West

Okay, my friend David Hammermaster always laughs at my cougar concern. But come on! I live in Washington! Wild life abounds.

Just this morning a HUGE possum was trucking it across the next door church's lawn. Holy Possum, Batman! It looked like this one:

I know, like right? And the above mentioned Mr. Hammermaster went jogging past moments later. What little did he know!

Then I drive my daughter to choir, and the radio announces black bear spottings in Ballard. Ballard is a CITY, everyone. A black BEAR.

Then my girls are going hiking later today with a family that keeps an eye out for cougars on their property. COUGARS.

This is the Wild Wild West, so everyone can just stop laughing at me. Do you hear that, Mr. Hammermaster? I say, "Jog a little faster."

Friday, May 15, 2009

Poetry Friday: Hats Haiku


Isn't the day just
better with a frog hat or
pill bug on your head?

Catch the full roundup with Kelly Polark at Kelly Polark.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

OOPS: Rainy Day Slug Hardback

I have an OOPS (Out of Print Sadly) report. But it's not so sad, which I'll explain.

My hardback print run of Rainy Day Slug has completely sold out.

There aren't even any remainders for me to snatch up. Here ends the life of the hardback, apart from those in libraries and in homes. On the good side, if you have one, they might gain value!

The great news is that the paperback did launch April 1st.

The story lives on! It's always so fun to spot this work on my ventures into Seattle.

If you visit the needle, look for a copy in the gift shop. :~) Thanks to all the slug lovers who have sustained this work! And a special thanks to author Mary Palenick Colborn. Onward!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Poetry Friday: 15 Words or Less, Look

Photo: Luc Viatour


My world
and echoed
until I see

15 Words or Less with Laura Salas. Catch the Poetry Friday roundup with Anastasia Suen at Picture Book of the Day.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Celebrating in Seattle!

I'm celebrating! It's such an honor that the National Book Foundation chose to award rgz in their first ever Innovations in Reading Grant.

Here was the criteria for their site:

The Foundation's first year of offering the Innovations in Reading Prize (IRP) saw 150 applications from 30 states. Applications fell into the following categories:

Education & Community Outreach
Tools & Technology
Schools & School Libraries
Public & University Libraries
Literary Magazines & Publishers
Book Clubs, Reading Series & Performance

A selection process was created based on the following criteria: level of innovation, impact and need, with innovation always carrying the most weight. Impact and need came into play only in cases where two programs were judged to be equally innovative. “Innovation” was not limited to meaning only technologically innovative. In some cases, innovation meant identifying a need in the community and developing a program to address that need in a simple and effective way. In all cases, selections were made to reward programs that create and sustain a life long love of reading.

The three active co-founders from left to right:
Justina Chen Headley, Dia Calhoun,
Lorie Ann Grover.

The whole story is here. And we hit Publishers Weekly this morning, too! I'm off to a meeting now with the divas: Justina, Dia, Holly Cupala, and Melissa Walker. If you hear a squee from the Northwest, it's us!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Poetry Friday: Red Glass

In honor of Latina Book Month and rgz guest author, Laura Resau, I wrote this for Poetry Friday.

Poetry Friday

Red Glass

Latina Month fires
piercing light through pure red glass,
to emblazon souls.

Catch the full roundup with the wonderful Maya Ganesan at Allegro.

Little Willow has just posted the Red Glass Roundtable. Check out the discussion this month!