I am delighted to share that my Owl & Penguin characters will soon be appearing in a graphic novel for beginning readers to be published by Holiday House in 2022. These characters started as a small 8"x8" painting - funny how they've managed to find a life all their own :)
Woohoo - My book, A Hatful of Dragons, has been selected for the 2021-2020 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List - one of the most distinguished reading lists for kids across the United States! This is a rare and prestigious honor - only 20 books are selected for this list every year, and kids in Texas in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 are asked to read books from this list 'just for fun' - as a way to promote reading and literacy. Last year over 130,000 kids participated in this reading program! Read more about it here: https://txla.org/news/2021-2022-texas-bluebonnet-award-master-list-released/
“The Texas Bluebonnet list is a prestigious list composed of titles from diverse, imaginative and creative authors. The titles on the list offer students in grades 3-6, quality literature that is both fiction and nonfiction to be read for pleasure,” said Jacqui Bridges-Sheppherd, TBA coordinator. “Titles were chosen that allow the books to act as windows into reality and imaginary worlds while offering a view into someone else’s experiences; and mirrors that reflect a reader’s own life or culture while building their identity. This literature also takes the student’s interests in mind and provides positive reviews for parents, teachers and librarians.”
I was honored to be invited by the prestigious School Library Journal to take over their Instagram account on 4/24/2020 and present my work and new book to school librarians, teachers, and the general public. The session is now available on Youtube for everyone to watch:
Post Launch Update: If you missed the launch event, you can watch the video here:
With social distancing in place and all physical venues closed, please join me in an online celebration of my book release!
I will be streaming on Instagram, Facebook and Zoom and you can join in on any of those. Zoom lets you join into the conversation on Video, with FB and Instagram you'll primarily be watching and commenting.
I'll be doing the event in 2 parts so hopefully you can join in wherever in the world you are:
To join the event on ZOOM, register in advance for one (or both) of these meetings:
Apr 11, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Apr 12, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
To join the event on FACEBOOK:
Go to my Facebook Art Page https://www.Facebook.com/ArtByVikram at the meeting time and join the LIVE VIDEO
To join the event on INSTAGRAM:
Go to my Instagram Art Account https://www.Instagram.com/ArtByVikram at the meeting time and watch the LIVE VIDEO
Best way to get a reminder is by responding to this facebook event:
There will be poetry reading, book signings, magic tricks, learn how the book was made, see behind the scene pictures.. and plenty more!
Kid-friendly and dog-friendly event - bring the kids and dogs to meet the author.
The virus sure makes this an interesting time to release a book given the impacts to publishers, printers, distributors, bookstores, and libraries. I probably can't do author appearances for a while so I hope you will join me at this online event.
I will be doing an online book tour via blogs introducing my new book and giving folks a behind-the-scenes peek into the book. I'll add links here as the blog posts go live:
* Suma Subramanian's Mixed-Up Files:
* Jane MacCulloch's DeoWriter Blog
* Matt Forrest's Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme Blog
* Sylvia Vardell's Poetry for Children Blog
* Irene Latham's Live Your Poem Blog
* Sylvia Vardell's Poetry for Children Blog (2nd Appearance)
* Linda Mitchell's A Word Edgewise Blog
* Mrs. Knotts Book Nook
Many thanks to my publisher, Boyds Mills Kane, and to Kerry McManus and Chelsea Abdullah for organizing this tour.
For my humorous poetry book releasing in March 2020, 'A Hatful of Dragons: And More Than 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems', I have been working on various iterations of the covers for the last year. Here is the current finalist for the front:
And here are some variations for the back. I made several different ones so we could accommodate varying amounts of back-cover text (such as blurbs and reviews). We won't actually know how much space we need for the text till very late in the game, so making lots of variations gives the book designer flexibility:
As you can see there is a ton of work that goes into the making of a book that is invisible to the reader.