Monday, April 30, 2012

Hot off the press!

Actually it's still on the press.  I'm hopeful for Wednesday, when the printer is promising me a stack of glossy, freshly bound copies of a little something I've been working on lately.

A children's book.

A children's book!

Little did I know that when I became a parent over eight years ago, I would slowly, undeniably fall in love with children's literature.  It started with Sandra Boynton; then grew to Dr. Seuss; included Russell Hoban; then Laura Ingalls Wilder, E. B. White, Mo Willems, Tomie de Paola, Christopher Paul Curtis and a host of others soon followed.

Then I developed a heart for Detroit and all its gardening potential.  Over 100,000 vacant lots!  That's a lot of tomatoes.

Combine that with a Food And Farm Tour of the city, a blog referral, and a sharp pencil, and the result is a sweet little picture book about a little girl who moves to Detroit, misses her garden back home, gets some help planting in a nearby vacant lot, and finds joy in urban gardening.   And it even slips in a definition of compost.

That was about a year ago.  It was only recently that I came upon an all-Michigan publishing house, that seeks to connect Michigan authors and illustrators, and employs a unique (and healthy!) business model to put more profits in the hands of the authors.  (I have learned that typically the author only receives 10% of the cover price of most books.)  A talented illustrator has really transformed this little book into something special.

If you'd like to see it in person, come on over to either of the Book Launch Events that I've got planned.  One will be the Lunasa Open House Market at the Washtenaw Food Hub on Tuesday, May 8th.  The other will be the Mix Marketplace in downtown Ypsilanti on Saturday, May 12.

The book will also be available online through my publisher in the next week or so.  In the meantime, check out my author bio.

So, I think that officially makes 2 goals met, of the 3 for this year.  I'm still putting the 3rd into motion and hope to have news about that by summer.  It's also around that time that I'm hoping to discover our first egg, proof of goal number 1.

I hope you are as charmed by this book and its topic as I am.  And I hope to see you at the upcoming events!


  1. Congratulations Keri! I am THRILLED for you!
    Mentioned this to the Humanities kids today, they are super excited at the thought. Are we on for the 10th?

  2. Congratulations, Keri! Will there be a way for those of us who no longer live in Michigan to purchase your book?

  3. Elaine, yes! Let's connect by phone and email :)

    Erin, yes! I'll have a link to the publisher on the blog's sidebar soon, or you can arrange any purchases with me directly (phone or email). I hope you and the family are doing well!

  4. Looking forward to seeing the book at Lunasa next week! Congrats!

  5. Congratulations! This is awesome!

  6. Congrats, Keri! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to check out this book.

  7. Jen WeatherstonMay 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Hooray! So happy for you! Exciting stuff!

  8. This is so exciting! I love children's literature too. Still have a couple hundred of my kid's books that I couldn't part with. Can't wait to get an autographed copy at Mix Marketplace!

  9.'s always good to see the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor pay off. From one South Arbor writer mom to another, I know there was hard work put into your endeavor.

    Keep pushing forward.