Shirley's Latest News!

15. 07. 26
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This is so neat! A Thai publisher has purchased translation rights to Bears on Chairs. A bilingual edition is planned, with the book in both Thai and English. Can't wait to see it!

This follows translation rights sold to a German publisher and to a publisher in Finland who is publishing in four Scandinavian languages: Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.

The bears have received a wonderful welcome by Japanese readers where BEARS ON CHAIRS was the 9th most favorite picture book during the year it was first published. Japanese companies have even produced plush bears, bears on teacher's smocks, on stationery and on many other items.

I love knowing the little bears are enjoyed by children in so many countries!

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."