It’s ALPHABLOGTIME!

Get out your party hats, everyone!

We’re having a birthday party!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, ALPHABEDTIME!
Happy Birthday to you!!! 🎉🎁🧁🎈⭐️

Of COURSE we will have cake!!!

And of COURSE it will be chocolate, even for a welcome baby cake because really, what other kind is there? 😊

Since today is the Alphababies’ birthday, Betsy and I are kicking off our ALPHABLOGTIME Tour because we want to celebrate with you and make sure you get plenty of chances to take our book baby home with you!

Today we will be featured on Simply 7 with Jena Benton, and also on Critter Lit with Lindsay Ward! (Both with Giveaways!)

Absolutely Bounce over and Celebrate, Dance, Eat cake, and Feel Free to enter the Giveaways!

Also learn all kinds of interesting stuff about how this book came to be.

For those who would like to follow along, here is the graphic to look for:

The link will take you to a list of all kinds of news, in-person events, blog stops, and giveaway opportunities, plus we’ll have some fun crafts and activities for you to share with your little ones.

We hope to see you and chat with you along the way!

Thank you all so much for helping us welcome our new little book! 😊😊😊

October 16 – Writing and Illustrating – Kathy Temean (plus Giveaway)

October 25 – Simply 7 with Jena Benton (plus Giveaway)

October 25 – Critter Lit with Lindsay Ward (plus Giveaway)

October 27 – YABC Author/Illustrator Chat (plus Giveaway)

October 28 – KidLit411 Giveaway (please scroll down)

October 28 – Perfect Picture Book Friday and Mystery Interview with Beth Stillborn

October 29 – Will Write For Cookies Interview with Vivian Kirkfield (plus Giveaway)

November 1 – Review and Interview with Maria Marshall (plus Giveaway)

November 5 – Alphabet Cookies with Julie Abery (plus Giveaway)

November 7 – Review and Activities – Laura Sassi (plus Giveaway)

November 8 – Interview with Laura Roettiger (plus Giveaway)

November 8 – Picture Book Look Podcast

November 8 – Stefanie Hohl Blogpost and Giveaway

November 13 Lauri Fortino Author/Illustrator Chat and Fun Craft! (plus Giveaway)

Ooh! It’s A Winner! X3! – ALPHABEDTIME Giveaway Winners!

Dear Steph, Leslie, Phyllis, Katie, David, Deborah, Patricia, Kim, Tim, Genevieve, Danielle, Lauri F, Karen, Marty, Charlotte, Bru, Susan, Jenna, Ashley, Ellie, Laura, Mary, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Cathy, Angie, Jilanne, Jen, Ingrid, Lauri M, Sarah, Sandy, Lorelei, Jessica, Judy, and Lindsey,

Thank you all so much for coming to the baby shower, and for ALL the wonderful gifts you brought! With 16 days to go until its arrival, Betsy and I are thrilled that, thanks to YOU, our alphababy has been added to 20 Goodreads shelves, been shared on Twitter 18 times, on FB 5 times, and on Instagram 3 times, requested for purchase by 20 libraries from NH all the way to OR, requested for stocking at 5 Indie bookstores, and pre-ordered by 6 of you! Our alphababy is so lucky to be joining such a generous and welcoming family! Betsy and I thank you with all our hearts! Thank you, thank you! ❤️

And now, I’m delighted to announce the winners of the 3 giveaway copies of ALPHABEDTIME, personalized and signed by me (and if we can manage it, 😊 Betsy as well!)

Winners were drawn by entering every gift given into random.org and generating a random list from which the top 3 were selected

Congratulations to you all, and thanks again to everyone who helped share ALPHABEDTIME! Winners, please email me with your snail mail addresses and who you’d like the book signed to and we will get them out to you as soon as we can!

ALPHABEDTIME will be having a blog tour which will be properly announced with graphics and link list, along with possible additions or alterations, but you can look forward to seeing it at the blogs below between October 16 and November 13!

October 16: Book Journey with Kathy Temean plus GIVEAWAY

October 25: Simply 7 Author/Illustrator Interview with Jena Benton plus GIVEAWAY

October 25: Author/Illustrator Interview with Lindsay Ward plus GIVEAWAY

October 28: Perfect Picture Book Friday Review and Interview with Beth Stillborn plus GIVEAWAY

October 28: KidLit 411 Giveaway

October 29: Will Write For Cookies Interview with Vivian Kirkfield plus GIVEAWAY

November 1: Review and Interview with Maria Marshall plus GIVEAWAY

November 5: Review and Alphabet Recipe with Julie Abery plus GIVEAWAY

November 7: Book Related Activities with Laura Sassi plus GIVEAWAY

November 8: Review and Interview with Laura Roettiger plus GIVEAWAY

November 8: Picture Book Look Podcast with Author and Illustrator

November 13: Author/Illustrator Interview and Craft with Lauri Fortino plus GIVEAWAY

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. . .

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:

ALPHABEDTIME

written by Susanna Leonard Hill
illustrated by Betsy Snyder
Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House
October 25, 2022

https://susannahill.com/
https://www.betsysnyder.com/

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
Indiebound
Amazon
Barnes & Noble