I never post on Saturday!
Well, hardly ever. . .
But today is a special day.
We’re having a baby shower!
Because. . .
COMING SOON. . .
Yes! It’s true!
I’m having a book!
Come on. . .
Have a look at the ultrasound!
Isn’t it cute?
It’s not due until October 25th, but I couldn’t wait to give you a little peek!
Even though it seems like forever when I’m so looking forward to meeting this baby in real life, October 25th is just a little over 4 weeks away. And after 9 years (yes, you read that right, Guinness Book of World Records gestation 🤣) oh! how I want this book baby to get a good start in the world!
If you’d like to give it a baby shower gift, here are a few ideas:
- Click HERE to add it to your Good Reads “Want To Read” Shelf and help create a little buzz!
- Share the cover on Social Media so lots of people get to see this soon-to-be-here li’l cutie!
- Ask your local public or school library to order a copy! Libraries want books on their shelves that their communities want to read.
- Ask your local bookstore to order copies! Bookstores do not automatically stock every title.
- Mention it to your friends (especially parents and grandparents, teachers, and librarians)! Word of mouth will help this baby find the love it needs!
- Pre-Order A Copy (or two!)! Pre-orders count toward a book’s first sales week, and how a book does in its first week can determine whether it thrives or languishes. A high sales rank out of the starting gate gains the book traction and visibility, which helps more readers to see it and, hopefully, bring it into their homes and hearts.
As a small thank you for helping my little one get a good start, I want to give a little present to YOU!
I will give away 3 personalized signed copies to 3 randomly selected winners who do one or more of the above and let me know about it in the comments below. You get a chance for each thing you do. Tag me if you post on social media so I see you (I’m on FB, Twitter, and Instagram). Let me know what bookstore or library you asked to order a copy so I know where my Alphababy might turn up. And if you preorder, let me know that too and I’ll be happy to send you a personalized signed bookplate to place inside your book – for yourself or for the little one, preschool, school, or library you purchase it for.
I will draw the winners in 2 weeks on Sunday October 9th. I’m hoping I might have books by then. . . but I might not. . . so the winners may have to wait just a little for their present!
❤️ Thank you all so much in advance for helping me celebrate this upcoming arrival! I’m so excited about it, and I hope you’re going to love it as much as I do!
(P.S. ALPHABEDTIME will be having a little blog tour between October 25th and November 15th or so, and there will be more chances for giveaways then!)
Enjoy your weekends, everyone, and thank you again! 😊
A few details about the book if you’re interested:
written by Susanna Leonard Hill
illustrated by Betsy Snyder
Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House
October 25, 2022
Bedtime is busy for the Alphabet family – after all, there are 26 kiddos to tend to. A, B, and C declare they are not ready, and Impish I and Jazzy J just don’t want to settle down, but by toothbrushing time the crew seems to be headed in the right direction. Of course, there is still bath time which is super splashy, and getting into jammies which is no joke. But finally, after a story’s been read and they are tucked in tight, peace reigns. Or does it? Toddlers are sure to get a kick out of this lively Alpha-family – and hopefully following each and every letter’s antics will tucker them out!
This spirited family is full of personality. . . . The illustrations capture the bustle of a house bursting with children. . . . The rhyming text bounces along, an easy read-aloud, with rich vocabulary like impish, jazzy, and scramble making for a fun, silly, relatable read with detailed, appealing illustrations. . . . A playful approach to teaching kids the alphabet.” —Kirkus Reviews
84 thoughts on “Ooh! A Baby Shower! (With A Present For YOU!)”
Congratulations, Susanna! I just emailed the Forest Grove Library (in Forest Grove, Oregon), to recommend they purchase your book. I hope the launch goes beautifully!
Oh, thank you SO much, Steph! Imagine my little book in a library in faraway Oregon! Thank you, thank you!
Congrats! Very happy for you. Best wishes.
Thank you so much, Leslie!
I’ll get right on this. Library. Twitter. Local bookstore. Crit group. Goodreads.
All the best!!!
Oh, my goodness! Thank you SO much, Phyllis! I truly appreciate it! (And so does my little book baby 😊)
Congratulations, Susanna! Wishing you the best.
Thank you so much, Katie!
Wonderful, Susanna! I can’t wait!
Thank you, David! Me either!!! 😊
Congratulations on the imminent arrival of your bundle of joy, Susanna! Just requested copies at the Weston and Wellesley (MA) libraries, Wellesley Books (Wellesley, MA) and pre-ordered. Look forward to reading it!
Oh my goodness, Deborah! Thank you SO SO much! My little Alphababy and I are so grateful!!!
I’ve already done the marked it to-read on Goodreads and will share on social media. This sounds like a fabulous new bedtime book – just in time for reading to my first grandson! Congratulations on your newest book baby!
Thank you SO much, Patricia! And congratulations on your first grandson! So exciting!!! Is he due soon?
Already born – June 2022! I already have many books for him plus his own bookshelves (and a spreadsheet to keep track of the books). Will definitely be adding your latest to the shelves. Which indie bookstore has signed copies?
Oh, my goodness! How did I miss that? Congratulations! ❤️ Yeah, you should see my granddaughter’s book shelf – it’s going to collapse from all the books before she’s even 1 🤣 Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook will have signed copies when they come in, or I can always send you a signed bookplate.
Congratulations, Susanna! Such a fun title and the cover looks adorable. I’ve added to my Goodreads want to read list and shared on Twitter. I can’t wait to read your book baby!
Thank you SO much, Kim! I truly appreciate it! The text is fun (I hope!) and I can’t wait for everyone to see Betsy’s AMAZING art! 😊
Congratulations Susanna! This really looks so cute and is perfect for my granddaughter who spouts her ABCs at the drop of a hat, or a blankey, or a handful of Cheerios! I requested my library system purchase it, tweeted it and pre-ordered a copy which I’ll gift to my granddaughter on Halloween. After I’ve read it a few times, of course. 🙂
Thank you SO MUCH, Tim! I’m so grateful for all the sharing and for the purchase! Email me and tell me your granddaughter’s name and I’ll send you a bookplate for her book! 😊
YAY! Congratulations and good luck with this baby! It sounds like a blast!
Thanks, Genevieve! I am eagerly awaiting its arrival!!! 😊
Congratulations! This is an adorable and fun take on a bedtime story. I added it to my Goodreads and shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to help spread the word about your book baby!
Thank you so, so MUCH, Danielle! The Alphababy and I truly appreciate it!!! 😊❤️
Huge congratulations! Can’t wait to A B See it! 😉
Haha! I C what you did there, Lauri 😊 Thank you! And I can’t wait to A B See it either!!!
Sounds adorable! I added it to my Goodreads list and had our Indie bookstore pre-order it for my purchase. Can’t wait! Congrats!
Eau Claire, WI
Oh, that was SO nice of you, Karen! Thank you so much! I love to think of Alphababy in a bookstore in WI! 😊
Congrats, Susanna! This sounds adorable! I’ve added it to my Goodreads list. And will talk to my two local libraries next week. Yay.
Oh, my gosh! Thank you so much, Marty! That is so nice of you!!! 😊
Congratulations! I’ve added your title to my TBR list.
Thank you so much, Charlotte! 😊
Hi Susanna, I want to let you know that I’ve shared this big news on Twitter (@PBPAL1), Goodreads, our local library, my critique groups (one of whom is the library director in her city), and our local bookstore. I was unable to Tag you on Twitter since I included a photo of your beautiful book.
Wow! Thank you so much, Phyllis! You are AMAZING! 😊
My pleasure. It’s the least I could do 🙂
Congratulations on your new baby. Great review too. I haven’t been so excited about alphabets since pouring AlphaBet cereal in a bowl, splashing in the milk, and waiting for the oat letters to float up. What word(s) would I spell with them? Can’t wait to read it. Going to post on twitter @benson_bru.
I LOVE Alphabits, Bru! I haven’t had them in years… like, decades 🤣… but I think I see quite a few boxes in my future with this book! I’m so glad you’re excited for the book, and thank you so much for posting on twitter!
Oh Susanna, such exciting news! I have pre ordered on Amazon, will contact our local Library in Merchantville and Surf city NJ, goodreads! ! Looking forward to reading this PB! 🙂 I will also add to Twitter, FB and Instagram!
You are an absolute gem, Susan! Thank you so, so MUCH! 😊❤️
SO excited for you!! I posted on Twitter and mentioned it to my favorite local bookstore and ALL my teacher friends and friends with young kiddos. I will email my library next. 🥰
Thank you SO SO much, Jenn! That is incredibly wonderful and helpful of you!! I so appreciate it! (And so does Alphababy 😊)
Congratulations! Sounds like the perfect book to read to my 4yo that’s in pre-k. I shared on Twitter, marked To Read on Goodreads, and placed an order request at my local library: Heartland Library Cooperative.
Oh, Ashley! Thank you SO much! I truly appreciate it! And I hope your 4yo likes it! 😊
Went to Good Reads “Want To Read” Shelf and clicked on your book, posted on Facebook in my author’s group. and on Twitter. It’s such a creative approach to launching your book. Love it!
Thank you SO much, Ellie! You’re very kind! I’m so grateful for the help getting the word out! And I’m glad you’re enjoying the baby shower 😊
Congratulations, Susanna! I’m adding to Goodreads and asked my library to order it! I have an unrelated book question for you and have two different email addresses for you. Let me know if you don’t hear from me.
Thank you so much, Laura! I truly appreciate it! If I have an email address for you, I’ll email you so you can see mine 😊
Congratulations Susann! What a clever name…ALPHABEDTIME! This is such a great way to promote your book. I have posted and tagged you on Twitter and my Facebook page and you are on my “Want to Read” shelf on Goodreads! I will be asking my librarians to purchase copies next time I’m in, which will be soon! I’m looking forward to reading it and purchasing copies for gifts!
I’m so glad you like the title and the baby shower, Mary 😊 Thank you so, so much for FB and Twitter and Goodreads and the librarians! Every single thing makes a difference and I so appreciate it!
Congratulations, Susanna! I can’t wait to read it!
Congratulations on your new addition! It looks super-cute!
Thanks so much, Jennifer!
Love the ‘ultrasound’! Congrats Susanna!
Haha 🤣 It’s a pretty good quality ultrasound 😊 Thanks, Cathy!
Congratulations on the new baby! Love the theme! I shared on Twitter, added it to Goodreads, and asked my library to purchase it. Yay! So adorable!
You are lovely, Angie!!! Thank you SO MUCH!!! 😊
I already heard back from my library! They are ordering Alphabedtime and I’m first in line to read it! Yay!
❤️❤️❤️ Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️
Oooh, this looks fabulous, Susanna! I’ve shared the cover on Twitter and IG, added it to my Goodreads “to read” list, put it on hold at my library (it’s already on order), pre-ordered it through my local indie (it was already on their buy list), and will give everyone at my regional SCBWI picture book discussion group the heads up at our next meeting. Can’t wait to see it!
Oh, my gosh, Jilanne, you are AMAZING!!! Thank you so much!!! And it makes me very happy to know that your library and local indie already had it on their buy list – that has to be good, right?! 😊
Yes, indeedy! That’s a very good thing! And I would add that everyone should put it on hold at their libraries, if it’s already on order, so that the library knows that there’s a demand for it, and will add more to their order if the demand appears to be strong. Cheers!
What a good idea! Thank you!
Congrats Susanna! This book looks absolutely adorable! I added to Goodreads, shared on Twitter (I tagged you) and just ordered from my public library in Portsmouth, NH. I can’t wait to read this! 🙂
Oh, how wonderful! Thank you SO much, Jen! I truly appreciate it! And I hope you like it when you get to read it! 😊
I’ve added this to my “want to read” Goodreads list as well as my Amazon “wish list”!
Looking forward to reading this one- it looks adorable and fun! Always a good combo!
Thank you so much, Ingrid! I truly appreciate it! And thank you for your kind impressions of ALPHABEDTIME – I hope you like it when you get to read it! 😊❤️
Congrats on the cute new edition!
Thank you, Lauri!!! 😊
Congratulations, Susanna! Can’t wait to read it! I added Alphabedtime on Goodreads, requested my local library purchase it, and preordered it to read to my little ones. Happy book baby shower!
Aw! SOO nice of you Sarah! Thank you so much!!! Where is your library? (Just curious – I ‘m hoping my alphababy will get to be in every state and at least every English-speaking country 😊)
Mooresville, NC 🙂 That’s a super goal!!
Ooh! Fun! I don’t have a NC yet! 😊
Hi, Susanna. I recommended purchase by both the libraries I use in Flower Mound and Lewisville, Texas. Congratulations!
Thank you so much, Sandy! Texas! Wow! 😊 And thanks for the congrats – we are so excited about this book!
Congrats, Susanna! I put it on my GoodReads list and I will let my library in Leland, NC know about the new arrival! Can’t wait to read it!
Thank you SO much, Lorelei! I so appreciate it!!! ❤️
Congratulations, Susanna!! This is so exciting, and your book looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to read it 🙂
I did the following:
– added it to my GoodReads list
– shared/retweeted your tweet with the cover on Twitter
– Requested it at my local library for purchase (Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls)
So excited for you and your book baby!!!
Oh, my gosh! Thank you SO MUCH, Jessica! This is amazing! I truly appreciate it! 😊❤️
I added ALPHABEDTIME to my Goodreads want to read, posted on Twitter, liked Susan Schipper’s FB post. Looks wonderful! What a gorgeous cover.
Thank you SO much, Judy! So kind and helpful of you! I truly appreciate your support! And I’m glad you like the cover 😊
Wow! Congratulations! Your announcement was the cutest!! So clever and fun. I can’t wait to read ALPHABEDTIME with my girls. I shared this on Twitter. 🙂
Thank you so much, Lindsey! I really appreciate that! And I hope you and your girls enjoy the book! 😊