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.