I have been waiting to share this beauty since the moment I first saw it. But here’s a secret. You won’t see it here but over at The Nerdy Book Club today. If you don’t know Nerdy, you’re in for a treat. It’s a blog that celebrates children’s literature with posts from teachers, librarians, readers, and authors.
Before you head over, though, I wanted to show you a little something. In February, when I knew my editor and Penguin’s art director were starting to think about a cover, I thought I’d try my hand at creating my own. I did this with MAY B. So did my older boy. With BLUE BIRDS, one image stood out. I tired to capture it here:
When my editor sent me the initial sketch from illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso, there were goosebumps. Truly. Head over to the Nerdy Book Club to see why!