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15. 03. 14
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BEARS AND A BIRTHDAY celebrated its very own birthday as publication arrives! In the 4th book of the series, Big Brown Bear feels left out when his four little friends won't let him peek into the kitchen, but the surprise is all for him. David Walker's illustrations are irresistably sweet, as always. I want to pick the bears from his artwork and give each one a big hug!

Kirkus Reviews calls the book "Gentle and full of charm." School Library Journal says, "The text is light and fun with an easy-to-read rhythm and rhyme. Booklist Online says, "This is a sweet story of friendship and birthdays, which would be a good pick for storytime or sharing one-on-one."

14. 11. 20
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Junkudo, Japan 2014
In November, artist David Walker visited Japan on invitation from our Japanese publisher. Candlestick editor Sarah Ketchersid joined the group for signings at three large bookstores, two in Tokyo and one in Osaka. Large audiences enjoyed extensive displays of the series and boxed sets of the little stuffed bears from the books, as well as meeting the artist. It's so exciting to see all this happen as a result of watching my granddaughter Elizabeth as a not-quite-three year old playing with bears and stuffed animals during a visit to a bookstore all those years ago.

Libro, Japan 2014

The bears are now in several Scandinavian countries, as well. I'm thrilled that Candlewick sent me copies of toddler-size Bears in Beds and Bears in the Bath published in Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian languages. I hope the bears are welcomed to those countries with the enthusiasm shown by child readers in Japan.  

Mukahari, Japan 2014