I'm thrilled to share that the project is no longer a secret: My book will be a book! Always Forever Maybe sold to Rosemary Brosnan at HarperTeen last fall, and yesterday the announcement went live on Publishers Weekly Here it is:
And here I am a few days ago, practicing my Very Professional Author Face with the first finished copies of the book.
As you can already tell from the cover, Meg Park's illustrations for this book are ridiculously adorable. Here's a little peek inside....
If you'd like to snag your own copy of the book to read or take selfies with, it's available now in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. You can order it online at Indiebound, B&N, Amazon, BAM, Target, or iTunes, ask for it at your favorite local bookstore, or request it at your library. Thanks for your support!
I'll be visiting eight terrific elementary schools in the next few weeks to talk with the kids about creativity, books, and writing. If you'd like to see photos, please follow my adventures on Instagram. You'll find me there and on Twitter at @anicarissi.
(Fun fact: In Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten, Anna and her friends belong to a club at school called String Club. I got the idea from the third graders in Mrs. Donnelly's class at Springfield Estates Elementary School, who introduced me to their version of String Club when I spoke at their school last year.)
March comes in like a lion, goes out like Bananas....
I'm pleased as punch to get to write two more books in the Anna, Banana series (books seven and eight!). Thank you to all the readers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents whose support is making this possible. And thanks to illustrator Meg Park, editrix Alexa Pastor, agent Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, designer Laurent Linn, and the whole fabulous team at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. I'm having a lot of fun creating these stories and can't wait to see where the adventures lead next!
Here's the official announcement from Publishers Marketplace:
The first four books in the series will soon be available in Danish as well. Here are the covers for the first two translations, coming from Carlsen publishers in May 2017. Google tells me the titles translate to "Enemies" and "One, Two, Many." Please tell all your friends in Denmark!
There's still time to preorder book five, Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten, which comes out in hardcover, paperback, and ebook on May 2nd. You can find it online at Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, Target, BAM, and iTunes, or ask for it at your local bookstore or library. Thanks for your support! Here's Rooga reviewing the first typeset pages:
What did you read in 2016? Here are the books that shaped my year, not including picture books, books read in part, or books I wrote (more news on that topic coming soon!).
In the final weeks of 2016, I sent more than four-hundred Anna, Banana books to classrooms and libraries in high-poverty elementary schools in twenty-three states. Thanks to all who helped spread the word about that giveaway.
If you're looking for a pup-tastic, purple-covered paperback start to 2017, I've got good news: the paperback of Anna, Banana, and the Puppy Parade hits stores on January 3rd--and it contains a sneak peek at Anna, Banana book five, Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten, which comes out in hardcover, ebook, and paperback this May (for pre-order links, please click here). 2017 is also the year of The Teacher's Pet, my first picture book, illustrated by the wonderful Zachariah OHora (available in June, and pre-orderable now).
Whatever's on your TBR, I hope the story of your year will be a good one.
This fall, I'm hoping to donate Anna, Banana chapter books to high-poverty public elementary schools* (meaning either Title I or schools where more than 70% of the students qualify for free or reduced-price meals). If that's your school, please be in touch! My email is anicamroserissi at gmail dot com.
Last year, I sent 159 books to 53 schools in 21 states and the District of Columbia. I'd love to send out even more this year.
If you'd like to pre-order a copy (thank you!!), here are the links for B&N and Amazon. You can also request it at your local bookstore or library by telling them the ISBN: 978-1-4847-4364-5. To add the book on Goodreads, please click here.
Here's what the book is about:
On the day the tadpoles hatch, the whole class is amazed—they've never seen their teacher so excited. Mr. Stricter has always wanted a pet, so he tells the students they can keep just one. The class chooses Bruno, the smallest of the bunch. But Bruno doesn't stay small for long. Soon he's grown into a giant, classroom-wrecking creature: He eats desks, farts for show-and-tell, and sneezes slime all over everything! Everyone can see that Bruno is trouble. Everyone except Mr. Stricter.
With their teacher blinded by love for the pet, the students must step up and take matters into their own heroic hands.
I had a lot of fun writing this story, and even more fun seeing Zach's illustrations bring it to life. Here's one of my favorite interior spreads:
I can't wait for you to see the whole thing!
Introducing...Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten.
I'm delighted to share Meg Park's adorable cover art for the fifth book in the Anna, Banana series. Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten will come meowing into a bookstore or library near you (in hardcover, paperback, and ebook!) on May 2, 2017.
If you'd like to pre-order a copy, please follow these links for B&N, Amazon, BAM, or iTunes, or ask for it at your local bookstore or library. To add the book on Goodreads, click here. Thanks for your support!
Here's what it's about:
It's Anna's lucky day: She found a stray kitten! But when her dog, Banana, scares the kitten away, it's up to Anna and her friends to find him again.
Catching the kitten is trickier than Anna expects—kittens are easily scared and very sneaky. And even a small kitten can cause big trouble, as Anna and her friends soon discover. They want to help the kitten find a good place to live, but is saving the kitten worth breaking the rules?
In other news: Anna, Banana, and the Big-Mouth Bet (book three) is now available in paperback (click here to find where to buy it). And the first four Anna, Banana hardcovers now come in a beautiful boxed set called Anna, Banana, and Friends: A Four-Book Collection. I love that the boxed set art is the same as the cover for book one, only with Sadie smiling. Here's where to find it: Indiebound | B&N | Amazon | BAM | Target.
So...what do you think Anna and Banana should dress up as for Halloween?
"Sometimes the best way to write your novel is to do something else instead."
I wrote a piece for the August 2016 issue of The Writer magazine on Productive Procrastination--tips for getting your brain unstuck and your creativity flowing, while allowing your mind to wander deeper into the world you're creating. Writing this piece was a fun and productive way for me to procrastinate. Click here to read it.
(and also, cheaper!)
Anna, Banana, and the Monkey in the Middle (book two in the Anna, Banana chapter-book series) is available in paperback, starting today! The paperback edition is bendier, floppier, lighter, cheaper, and more paperback-y than the hardcover, and it's still chock full of friendship fun (and also: cute zoo animals).
Friends in northern Virginia and downeast Maine, I hope you'll join Anna, Banana and me for two free, fun events this summer. I will be telling stories and signing books at the Mount Vernon Park Association in Alexandria, Virginia at 4pm on Thursday, July 14th, and at noon on Saturday, August 13th at The Periwinkle in Deer Isle, Maine. I'd love to see you there!
This calls for cake.
One year ago today, my first book was born. I've been celebrating all week by making up new stories with the creative kids in the Princeton Young Achievers program—and by eating chocolate cake with pink vanilla frosting (Anna and Sadie's favorite). Thank you to all the readers, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and friends who made this such a fun year for Anna, Banana, and me.
If you've been waiting for Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split to be cheaper and more bendable, wait no longer! It is now out in paperback. Here are some of the places you can find it: Indiebound, Amazon, B&N, BAM.
I just sent the manuscript for Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten (book five) to my editor. I'm excited for you all to read it. But first: revisions (and more cake).