10th Children's Choice Book Awards

Not a sheep or a lamb, but for me March ushered in ELEPHANTS.  My book, Once Upon an Elephant, is a finalist in the 10th Children's Choice Book Awards.  I am over the moon - and I could use your help!  Voting began today and runs each day until May 7th.  Vote for Once Upon an Elephant, here, and share and spread the word!  Thank you! 

I am so excited to have Once Upon an Elephant on this award voting list. Not only is it a great book, but it will help children (and the adults in their lives) understand the important role this keystone species plays on the African savanna. It's up for 3rd-4th grade but any age can vote for the book! https://www.dogobooks.com/…/2017-childrens-choice-book-awar…
Help spread the word...and please vote for it! Thanks.

I cannot tell you how much I loved illustrating Once Upon an Elephant. I have always been fascinated with elephants, my mother bought me replica elephants when I was a little girl - I played safari in our grassy yard. Through my illustrations, I wanted to take the reader on a little journey of Africa, I wanted little children's fingers to touch the animals on the pages and pretend they are on their own safari. I believe through Linda Stanek's words and my art that goal has been accomplished. Check out the book, feel the sun baked Earth, smell the grass, hear the elephants trumpet. Read about how essential elephants are to their environment. Let me know what you think.  

Check the book out over at Arbordale 
On Amazon here
Read more about the 10th Children's Choice Book Award on Publisher's Weekly.
Read Arbordale's Press Release.



From slowing wildfires to planting seeds, one animal is the true superhero that keeps the African savanna in balance. Elephants dig to find salt that other animal lick, their deep footprints collect water for small creatures to drink, and they eat young trees to keep the forest from overtaking the grasslands. In every season, the elephants are there to protect the savanna and its residents – but what would happen if the elephants were only “once upon a time”? Read along to discover the important role this keystone species plays in the savanna and explore what would happen if the elephants vanished.

About the award:
Launched in 2008 by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, the awards provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about new books being written for them.

How were these finalists chosen? Each year, over 36,000 children from different regions of the U.S. read, discuss, and choose their favorite new books, with supervision from the International Literacy Association. The most popular books in each age group become the Children’s Choice Book Award finalists. 

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