Shirley's Latest News!

15. 12. 29
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I hope you all had warm and wonderful Holidays!

GOOD NEWS! February is going to be a big month for my bears. The 5th picture book in the series, BEARS IN A BAND, will be launching. As always, David Walker's illustrations are irresistible. Along with the new picture book are two more exciting launches. BEARS IN THE BATH will go on sale as a toddler boardbook. And - cue the trumpets! - BEARS ON CHAIRS as a toddler board book will be paired in a special gift box with soft, stuffed YELLOW BEAR! I can hardly wait!

Merchants in Japan keep coming up with new and terrific ways to present the bears. On the day before Christmas, our doorbell rang. When we answered, we found the mail carrier had left a large box marked fragile at the door. It was from Candlewick. Books aren't usually fragile. With rising curiosity, I carried it to the kitchen table and slashed open the tapes. Inside were two large and two smaller boxes. The large boxes each held a bamboo-framed illustration from BEARS IN BEDS. The slightly smaller, rectangular boxes each held an aluminum-framed illustration from BEARS IN A BAND.

Both are now displayed on my walls. I absolutely love them!

Writing has always been my passion. But it has never been as much fun as when I began sharing it with Big Brown Bear and his four little friends!


15. 11. 05
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The Candlewick Spring-Summer catalog for 2016 (pages 8 and 9) just arrived in my mailbox. I'm thrilled to see two pages taken up with my bears. BEARS IN A BAND has an entire page and will reach bookstores in February. The facing page of the catalog shows BEARS IN THE BATH which is already out as a full-size picture book. "Splish! Splash! Sploosh!" In February, it will be released as a toddler board book to remind all the youngest readers that bath time is fun.

Most exciting of all is the third item. So many times over the years, I've paused in the children's departments in bookstores to admire book characters made into toys and sold in gift sets with the book. Now I will have a set with my own book and character!!! (Yes, to me, that deserves three exclamation points. And a cheer. YAY!). Little Yellow Bear has been created as an adorable plush toy. Beginning in February, he will be sold in a gift set with a toddler version of BEARS ON CHAIRS. It may still be finessed a bit, but here's a preview from Candlewick's website.

Illustrator David Walker has taken the little bears in my imagination into irresistible illustrations. And now Yellow Bear can be held, carried about and loved.


Bears on Chairs