Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dasher is available TODAY!



Dasher is a brave little doe with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life — one in which her hooves tread in soft, cold snow under the glow of the North Star.

And one day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. It’s not too long before she meets a nice man in a red suit with a big sleigh. And soon, with the help of a powerful wish, Christmas will never be the same.

Here's the trailer...


And for anyone who would like to buy a copy (please do!), here are some links:

Indiebound: bit.ly/2JedkzI 
Amazon: amzn.to/2W0m7vh 
Books A Million: bit.ly/2YDofet 
Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/2JulkMB

I'll be heading out on tour soon. Here's where I'll be...

For more information about Dasher, visit tavaresbooks.com. Thanks!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Dasher Tour!

Looking forward to hitting the road soon for the Dasher book tour! If you're going to be near any of these places, come say hi!



Thursday, February 14, 2019

Dasher

I'm excited to share the cover of my next book, Dasher! I answered a few questions about it on the Mile High Reading blog.

Dasher comes out on September 10, but for now it's available from pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or an independent bookstore near you

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

20 years ago today...


Twenty years ago today, on February 13, 1998, I walked into the Candlewick Press office for the very first time. That was the day I found out that Candlewick wanted to publish my first book. That was the day my dream of being a children's book author-illustrator came true.

There were a few milestones in the months leading up to February 13, 1998. There was the day I met my agent, Rosemary Stimola, in June of 1997. And the day when Rosemary emailed me in early February saying that "something was happening" with Candlewick, but she "still had a bit to go".  But twenty years later, I think of that meeting at Candlewick on February 13, 1998, as the day my career as an author-illustrator began.

It's been a pretty amazing twenty years. Of course, there have been ups and downs. It hasn't always been perfect. Not every book is a hit. Not every review is a star. But for the most part, it has been a dream. I get to spend my days making books and sharing them with young readers. Even after twenty years, I still can't believe I get to do this.

So I just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU to all the great people at Candlewick who I've had the pleasure of working with during these past twenty years. The 42-year-old me is eternally grateful that you took a chance on the 22-year-old me.

Twenty years is a long time, but I still feel like I'm just getting started. So here's to the next twenty!

And hey, look at all these books we made together!

Zachary's Ball, 2000


'Twas the Night Before Christmas, 2002


Oliver's Game, 2004



Mudball, 2005


Jack and the Beanstalk, 2006


Iron Hans, 2007


Lady Liberty: A Biography, 2008


The Gingerbread Pirates, 2009


Henry Aaron's Dream, 2010


Over the River and Through the Wood, 2011


There Goes Ted Williams, 2012


Becoming Babe Ruth, 2013

Jubilee, 2014


Growing Up Pedro, 2015


Crossing Niagara, 2016


Lighter Than Air, 2017


Red & Lulu, 2017


I won't ramble on any longer, because I'm busy working on my next Candlewick book RIGHT NOW!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Thank you

I love seeing that people are still reading Red & Lulu, even after the holiday season is over. I've heard from so many teachers, librarians, parents and kids who have enjoyed the book, and every time it makes my day.

Thank you to everyone who has helped this book soar.

Monday, December 18, 2017

2017 SIBA holiday catalog cover

Check out the cover of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance's 2017 holiday catalog cover, featuring artwork from Red & Lulu. Such an honor to know that nearly a million customers across the southern United States will see/have seen this. Thanks, SIBA!




Wednesday, December 13, 2017