A Kirkus Best Book of the Year!

Today I’m thrilled to share the news that Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy (words by me, pictures by Archana Sreenivasan) has been named one of the best picture books of 2020 by Kirkus. What an honor!

In their starred review earlier this year, Kirkus called DGMB A beautiful and important book about climate change featuring those who are most affected by it.

Here’s some more info about the book (which is for ages 4+). And if you’d like to buy a copy (more links below), please consider supporting an independent bookstore with your purchase. This year, more than ever, they can use the support!

Extreme weather affects two children’s lives in very different ways and shows how the power of nature can bring us together.

One girl. One boy. Their lives couldn’t be more different. While she turns her shoulder to sandstorms and blistering winds, he cuffs his pants when heavy rains begin to fall. As the weather becomes more severe, their families and animals must flee to safety–and their destination shows that they might be more alike than they seem. The journeys of these two children experiencing weather extremes in India highlight the power of nature and the resilience of the human spirit.

Buy your copy from…

Your local independent bookstore: find one here

Bookshop.org (which supports independent bookstores)

Or your favorite national or online retailer:

Penguin Random House * Powell’s * BAM * B&N * Amazon *  Indigo (Canada) * Book Depository (International)

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As always, I will donate an ongoing portion of my royalties from this book to organizations that support pastoralists, like those featured in Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy, in environmentally and culturally sustainable ways worldwide. You can learn more about such organizations, including like Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS) in India, at pastoralpeoples.org/partners.

Great news for THE GREAT HIBERNATION

Hello, readers! I’m so pleased to report a few tidbits of happy news for me and my books.

Great Hibernation coverAccolades
My newest middle-grade novel, The Great Hibernationhas just been named a best book of the year by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC). What a huge honor, and what excellent company it’s in, too.

The Great Hibernation has also been selected for this year’s Spirit of Texas Middle School Reading List! I can’t wait to get more involved with the libraries and schools in my (not-so-)new home state as young readers dive into the story. Happy reading, my fellow Texans.
Events
memberfuse_logoSpeaking of Texas, I’ll be attending at the 2018 TXLA conference on April 3 and 4 in Dallas. You can catch me on the “What’s New With Texas Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors” panel (Tuesday, 4/3, 2:45pm) and at the Texas Author & Illustrator Speed Dating (4pm), and then I’ll be signing my Penguin Random House books at 11am on Wednesday, 4/4. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of librarians!

New additions
During the same crazy week late last year, my debut picture book deal was announced AND I had a baby. So to say that I’ve been keeping busy is kind of an understatement!

 

I hope that 2018 has been treating you well so far. My postings here are likely to be infrequent for a while, but you can always see what I’ve been cooking up on Instagram. And I strongly encourage you to check out #kidlitwomen on Twitter/Facebook this month, which is calling attention to the gender inequities in the world of children’s literature and working on solutions.

 

Crystal Kite winner!

Crystal-Kite-logo1-1024x393I can still hardly believe it as I type this, but All Four Stars has won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the Southwest Region of the United States!

This award means a lot to me because it’s voted on by members of SCBWI (The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)–my children’s-book-creating peers. I can’t say thank you enough to all my colleagues in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Southern Idaho, and Wyoming who took the time to read my book and felt it was worthy of their votes.

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman CoverI’m looking forward to celebrating this fall at my local chapter’s annual conference in Denver. Huge congratulations to all the nominees and finalists, and to the winners in the 14 other SCBWI regions (and especially to my friend and agent-sib Laurie Ann Thompson, whose fantastic debut book Be A Changemaker is the winner for the Western region!)

Happy Monday, all–and hoping to see some of you at my next event, this Thursday evening at Wellesley Books in Wellesley, MA!