Today I am delighted to be hosting children’s author Julie Abery as we celebrate the release of her darling debut board books LITTLE TIGER and LITTLE PANDA published by amicus ink. Congratulations, Julie! Now, without further fuss, here are FIVE FUN FACTS about the books from the author herself. Take it away, Julie!
Five Fun facts about Little Tiger and Little Panda
by Julie Abery
1. Little Tiger won a contest.
Little Tiger started out as an idea for a book about a paper tiger. I had enrolled in Susanna Hill’s Making Picture Books Happen course and had just finished writing a story about an origami owl entitled Paper Owl. Paper Tiger was my next idea. I had spent time at the library researching tigers and wrote a list of tiger-ish words in my notebook, and soon after I spotted Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Words contest in March 2016. I flicked through my notebook looking for inspiration…and Little Tiger was born. I was overjoyed, astonished and very humbled to be awarded first prize!
2. Little Tiger sold 15 months after it was first written.
In April 2017, my agent, the fabulous Essie White of Storm Literary Agency, received an email from the acquiring editor at amicus ink in the U.S., expressing interest in Little Tiger and Little Panda to publish as board books. Essie asked my thoughts…I don’t think I waited many minutes before responding YES!
3. Where did the idea for Little Panda come from?
Little Panda was written following an editor’s feedback on Little Tiger. She thought that it might be possible to write other ‘little’ books. Plus, of course, Little Tiger didn’t want to be an only book, he wanted to be part of a series!
4. There are two active verbs in every stanza.
Just like human little ones, Little Tiger and Little Panda are all about action. The rhyming stanzas follow the young animals as they venture out on their own and get into a little trouble, but luckily mama is never too far behind.
5. Little Tiger and Little Panda will soon be joined by others in the LITTLE ANIMAL FRIENDS series.
Who will they be? Little Tiger and Little Panda cannot wait to introduce you. Coming Spring, 2020 from amicus ink.
Thanks for having me, Laura!
Thank YOU, Julie! I’m excited that there will be more little animal friends in this charming series. I wish you the very best and enjoy the journey!
Julie Abery is a children’s author and Pre-K teacher. Originally from England, she has spent half her life living in Europe, bringing up her three (now grown up) children and experiencing new languages and cultures. She now calls Switzerland home.
Julie taught Pre-K for many years at international schools. Through those years, picture books were her friends and allies bringing rhyme, rhythm and repetition to the ears of her young students. It is the magic that picture books create for children that inspires her to write.