Ooh! A Baby Shower! (With A Present For YOU!)

I know.

It’s Saturday!

I never post on Saturday!

Well, hardly ever. . .

But today is a special day.

We’re having a baby shower!

Because. . .


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


Jacket Copy:

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!

From Kirkus:

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 impishjazzy, and scramble making for a fun, silly, relatable read with detailed, appealing illustrations. . . . A playful approach to teaching kids the alphabet.” —Kirkus Reviews

Purchase Links:

Penguin Random House
Barnes & Noble

84 thoughts on “Ooh! A Baby Shower! (With A Present For YOU!)

  1. palpbkids says:

    Congratulations, Susanna!!
    I’ll get right on this. Library. Twitter. Local bookstore. Crit group. Goodreads.
    All the best!!!

  2. Deborah Agranat Sullivan says:

    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!

  3. ptnozell says:

    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!

      • ptnozell says:

        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?

      • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

        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.

  4. Kim A Larson says:

    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!

  5. aka Francis S. Poesy (@tcanny) says:

    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. 🙂

  6. Danielle Hammelef says:

    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!

  7. palpbkids says:

    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.

  8. readmybook2002 says:

    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.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      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!

  9. seschipper says:

    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!

  10. jennaejo says:

    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. 🥰

  11. Ashley Sierra (@AshleySierra06) says:

    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.

  12. authorlaurablog says:

    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.

  13. Mary Zychowicz says:

    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!

  14. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    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!

  15. Sarah Meade says:

    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!

  16. Sandy Brown Lowe says:

    Hi, Susanna. I recommended purchase by both the libraries I use in Flower Mound and Lewisville, Texas. Congratulations!

  17. Lorelei Zenk Hauptmann says:

    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!

  18. Jessica Milo says:

    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!!!

  19. Lindsey Aduskevich says:

    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. 🙂

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