My Books

Monday, May 20, 2013

celebrating books

There's so much to celebrate lately—I'm having a hard time keeping up with all the book goodness! But I'll try...

My new book IT'S A FIREFLY NIGHT by Dianne Ochiltree was released last Tuesday and I had the pleasure of sharing it for the first time with Fairfield Elementary, Keyser Elementary and attendees of Claire's Day. What a special few days of giving presentations, meeting students, and celebrating books together. It was an honor to be part of the events and enthusiasm surrounding Claire's Day—if you haven't heard of it, you can read more about it here. I have so much respect for the Rubini family—they have truly turned the tragedy of losing their young daughter into a positive force that now touches and uplifts the lives of so many.

Also, if you haven't been to the children's section of the Toledo Public Library, you are missing out! It's incredible—more like a children's museum—with original artwork from well-known children's book illustrators lining the walls. I'm excited to share that my piece below from TONS OF TRUCKS by Sue Fliess has been acquired for the collection, and will soon be on display in the main library for at least a year.

I have a few pre-Father's Day book events coming up that I wanted to share as well. Author Dianne Ochiltree and I will be doing a IT'S A FIREFLY NIGHT talk/story time/craft at the Strongsville Branch Library on Tues., June 11 at 7pm. Registration here.

I will also be doing a story time and craft on Sat., June 15 at 11am at the Learned Owl Book Shop in Hudson, Ohio. I'll be featuring my newest books IT'S A FIREFLY NIGHT and I HAIKU YOU.

I'd love to see some familiar and new faces at my June events!

Friday, April 19, 2013

unplug & read!

Screen-Free Week is almost here! Random House is encouraging everyone to make the pledge to "unplug and read". Thanks to Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts for spreading the word and their lovely review and feature of I Haiku You .

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

I Haiku You poetry month giveaway!

April is national poetry month! Join me all month in tweeting a haiku a day for a chance to win a signed copy of my picture book I Haiku You! To enter, follow @betsysnyderart on Twitter and tweet your original haiku (in 5 syllable/7 syllable/5 syllable format) with the hash tag #ihaikuyou. One entry per person per day.

Sample tweet below:

Teachers, have your class play along! For a classroom submission, tweet "HAIKU KIDS #ihaikuyou" and attach an image (.jpeg or .pdf) of all your students' haiku (photo or text, whatever works). Each student will get their own entry—one entry per student per day. Just for fun, I'll also share student submissions via Twitter and/or a special blog post.

Entries accepted through April 30, 2013. A winner will be selected randomly on May 1 and contacted via Twitter by May 7. Please spread the word and pass it on—happy haiku-ing! 

For general info on writing haiku:

Friday, March 29, 2013

sue fliess, you're it!

I'm tagging the talented Sue Fliess, author of Tons of Trucks, for the Global Blog Tour (see previous post). I loved the text for Tons of Trucks at first-read, and I'm so glad we got paired up for that book. Sue has lots of exciting book projects in the works, so check out her blog post and find out what she's up to! Thanks for playing along, Sue.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

the next big thing: a global blog tour

I was tagged to participate in this global blog tour by Jennifer Goldfinger, an author-illustrator friend I met at Kindling Words last year. Please check out her wonderful work (sample below) and her own global blog tour post!

© Jennifer Goldfinger
Below is the blog tour Q/A about my upcoming book, due out May 14, 2013:

1) What is the working title of your next book?
It's a Firefly Night, written by Dianne Ochiltree.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I'm not sure where Dianne got her idea for the text, but for me, the manuscript was love-at-first-read. It brought me back to times spent with my own dad and grandparents at our little mountain cabin in Pennsylvania—fishing, catching salamanders, toasting marshmallows by the bonfire, and chasing fireflies, of course!

3) What genre does your book fall under?
It's a counting book, a bedtime book, a nature-themed book and a great fit for Father's Day. It also has fun firefly facts in the back, for a touch of nonfiction.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Hm, I would chose my six year-old niece Ava. Any friendly, nature-loving dad will do. And the fireflies in my own backyard.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Capture the magic of fireflies while counting up and down from one to ten. 

6) Who is publishing your book?
Blue Apple Books

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Zero time, since I didn't write it. I took me about six or seven months (on and off) to do the sketches and art. But that was also mixed up with art for two other books—it was a busy summer!

 8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The closest comparison I can think of is Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle.

 9) Who or what inspired you to write and/or illustrate this book? 
The images were inspired by nostalgic childhood moments spent exploring in nature. See #2.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest? 

Preview more images at:

Also, this book has been waiting almost 6 years to finally be published. The original publisher was sold in 2007, right when I delivered the final art. The author Dianne and I are tickled to have found the book a new home with Blue Apple and to finally be able to share it!

Stay tuned for another post that shares the author-illustrator(s) I am tagging for this global blog tour!

Monday, February 11, 2013

i haiku the new york times

I Haiku You just appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. I'm tickled—what a compliment to be compared to "Gyo Fujikawa."