Cover Reveal: Rosie Stronger Than Steel by Lindsay Ward

In 2012, I first discovered Lindsay Ward’s work in her book When Blue Met Egg.


In listening to her describe her creative process with paper cutting, I was truly in awe and I continue to be in awe of her work. Her upcoming book, Rosie: Stronger Than Steel, which releases in April 1, 2020 will be out at the end of Women’s History Month but in time for the 75th anniversary of V-E Day. This book seems to be a bit of a departure in terms of text/story for Ward, as she explores mixing fiction with history in a celebration of the hard-working women in the United States and Great Britain during World War II. The author’s note at the end provides readers with information about the women factory workers in the US and the Women’s Land Army in England and how these women worked incredibly hard and made a significant contribution to the war effort.

Though the book does not release until April 2020, I hope that the cover gives you enough of a glimpse to get as excited about this book as I am.

So, here is the cover reveal….


Rosie: Stronger Than Steel
by Lindsay Ward
Two Lions Publishing (April 1, 2020)
Fiction * Women’s History * War
Audience: Ages 4 to 8

Description of the book:
This is our Rosie,
stronger than steel.
She’ll plow all the land
with a turn of her wheel.

Built by women in the United States and sent to England to dig and plow alongside female farmers during World War II, Rosie the tractor does whatever is needed to support the war effort. She works day and night to help grow crops for the troops…even when she has to hide in the fields. This is because she knows, like the women who built her and the women who farm with her, that they all must do their part.

Inspired by the group of American women collectively known as “Rosie the Riveter” and the British Women’s Land Army, this is a story about taking action and coming together for the greater good.

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Mark your calendar for April 2020 so that you don’t miss Rosie: Stronger Than Steel.


About the author/illustrator:
Lindsay Ward is the creator of the Dexter T. Rexter series. Although she isn’t afraid of flying, she always looks forward to cookies during her flights. She is also the author and illustrator of Brobarians, Henry Finds His Word, and When Blue Met Egg. Her book Please Bring Balloons was also made into a play.

Lindsay lives with her family in Peninsula, Ohio, where she often sees tractors from the 1930s and 1940s. Learn more about her online at or on Twitter: @lindsaymward.

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Cover Reveal - Seashells: More Than a Home

Though I love many of Melissa Stewart’s books. one of my favorites is Feathers: Not Just For Flying.


When I heard about a companion book, I selfishly wanted it to be released immediately. Yet, writing and illustrating and publishing takes time. I might want to wish for a book to be released quickly but honestly, I want an author or illustrator to do their best work and if that means waiting, then I wait.

I am excited to share that the creative team of Melissa Stewart and Sarah S. Brannen are back with their companion book, Seashells: More Than a Home.

And now for the cover reveal…

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When I first saw the cover of the book, I wanted to reach out and touch the picture. I almost expected to be able to feel the sand on the cover of the book.

Here’s a description of the book:
Young naturalists discover thirteen seashells in this elegant introduction to the remarkable versatility of shells. A dual-layered narrative highlights how shells provide more than a protective home. The informative sidebars underscore characteristics specific to each shell. Elegant watercolor illustrations create a scrapbook feel, depicting children from around the world observing and sketching seashells across shores.

Now for a sneak peak of the inside…


Stewart is a master at crafting engaging text. I always feel like each and every word is chosen with care to communicate content but to also draw readers in and keep them reading. Seashells: More Than a House is another excellent example of Stewart’s skill in writing for young readers. I look forward to sharing this with students and utilizing the book as a mentor text for writing.


Congratulations to Melissa and Sarah. Seashells: More Than a Home was selected as a Junior Library Guild pick. Now mark your calendar for April 2, 2019 so you won’t forget when it comes out.


About the Author: Melissa Stewart is the author of more than 180 science-themed nonfiction books for children, including award-winning A Place for . . . series. She holds a degree in biology from Union College and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University. Melissa believes that nothing brings nonfiction writing to life like firsthand research. While gathering information for her books, she has explored tropical rain forests in Costa Rica, gone on safari in East Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands.


About the illustrator: Sarah S. Brannen is the author and illustrator of Madame Martine, Uncle Bobby’s Wedding and the illustrator of Feathers: Not Just for Flying; Digging for Troy: From Homer to Hisarlik; and At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui. She lives in Massachusetts.

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Cover Reveal: Power Up by Seth Fishman

Back in December 2017, I did a guest post with Seth Fishman about his book A HUNDRED BILLION TRILLION STARS. You know I really like a book when I keep including it on lists or through recommendations, blog posts, and in special posts about math and science books. 


So, when I was invited to do a cover reveal for Seth's upcoming book POWER UP: YOUR INCREDIBLE, SPECTACULAR, SUPERCHARGED BODY, I definitely said "yes". 

Here is what Seth has to say about his upcoming book:
"Power Up is a follow up to Isabel and my first picture book, A HUNDRED BILLION TRILLION STARS, but instead of looking at big numbers in the world all around us, the book turns inwards, to the amazing things our bodies can do, both literally and theoretically. For me, the book is just as much about empowerment as it is about fun facts, and I hope readers enjoy and gather as much inspiration as information when reading the pages." 

Are you ready to see the new book cover? Well here goes...

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Power Up: Your Incredible, Spectacular, Supercharged Body
by Seth Fishman; Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg
Greenwillow Books
Nonfiction * Science & Nature * Biology
Pub date: March 19th, 2019
Preorder: IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Description of Power Up: "An exploration of the relationship between the human body and all the energy that it takes to make it go"--

Don't you love the new cover? I know that I am excited to see the final version of this book. Mark your calendar for March 19th or pre-order it on IndieBound or Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 

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About the author: Seth Fishman is a native of Midland, Texas (think Friday Night Lights), and a graduate of Princeton University and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He spends his days as a literary agent at The Gernert Company and his nights (and mornings) writing. He is the author of two young adult books, THE WELL'S END and THE DARK WATER, and the picture book A HUNDRED BILLION TRILLION STARS, which won the Mathical Book Prize and was named a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor.  He lives in LA with his wife and son. 


About the illustrator: Isabel Greenberg is a London-based illustrator and writer. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton and has done work for The Guardian, The National Trust, and The New York Times. Greenberg is the author and illustrator of two graphic novels for adults, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, which won the Best Book category at the British Comic Awards, and The One Hundred Nights of Hero.

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

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