This Press/Media Kit for children’s author Miranda Paul consists of the following elements:
- PHOTO/IMAGE DOWNLOAD LINKS
- AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES
- BOOK INFORMATION
- INTERVIEW LINKS
- CONTACT INFO
PHOTOS/IMAGE DOWNLOAD LINKS (right click below to save or open in new window)
BOOK COVER IMAGE FILES – click below
ONE PLASTIC BAG Book Cover – 1280 x 1074 Hi-res – click here
WATER IS WATER Book Cover Hi-res – 792 x 936 – click here
WHOSE HANDS ARE THESE? Book Cover – 625 x 615 – 450K/med. size – click here
TRAINBOTS Book Cover – 300 x 231 – 1.5MB/hi-res, small – click here
10 LITTLE NINJAS Book Cover – 4.9 MB/hi-res, large – click here
BLOBFISH THROWS A PARTY Book Cover – 2700 x 2700, 5 MB, hi-res, large – click here
ARE WE PEARS YET? Book Cover – 1 MB / 1300 x 1000 – hi-res – click here
THE GREAT PASTA ESCAPE Book Cover – medium, low-res – click here
Isatou Ceesay + Miranda Paul together – 3888 x 2592 – 6 MB full size – click here
Miranda Paul Author Visit Sample Flyer Template (for schools/orgs.) – click here
For a list of Miranda’s upcoming events and appearances, please visit mirandapaul.com/events
FRONTLIST BOOK INFORMATION
Blobfish Throws a Party
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Illustrator: Maggie Caton (debut!)
Publisher: little bee books, a division of Bonnier Publishing (dist. by S&S)
Synopsis: Blobfish is lonely and wants lights and delicious treats. But his solution—to throw a party—doesn’t quite work out when his invitation continues to be misheard around the world.
Awards/Honors/Reviews: Kirkus Review, Free Book Friday, more to come
10 Little Ninjas
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Illustrator: Nate Wragg
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House)
Synopsis: A sensei-tional bedtime book about not-so-sleepy toddlers who sneak, creep, and tumble their way out of bed.
Awards/Honors/Reviews: Amazon Best Book of the Month (August 2016), Amazon #1 New Release in Children’s Counting Books, Review in School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly
Note: This book is a title included in National Ninja Day Storytime.
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Illustrator: Shane McG
Publisher: Little Bee (distributed by Simon & Schuster in the U.S. and Canada)
Awards/Honors/Reviews: Reviewed in School Library Journal, Foreword Reviews
Synopsis: A group of industrious robots making a special delivery are derailed by a band of evil bots in this action-filled picture book.
Whose Hands Are These? A Community Helper Guessing Book
Official release date: February 1, 2016
Publisher: Lerner Publishing, Millbrook Press
Cover/List Price: $19.99
Format: Hardcover, full color, 32 pp.
Synopsis: A rhymed guessing-game book that introduces and celebrates a diverse range of community occupations.
Awards/Honors/Reviews: Kirkus Review, Booklist
Illustrator: Luciana Navarro Powell
Note: Book Trailer Available Here
Release Date: February 1, 2015
Publisher: Lerner Publishing, Millbrook Press
Cover/List Price: $19.99
Format: Hardcover, full color, 40 pp.
Synopsis: This narrative picture book tells the story of how five Gambian women sparked a movement that would restore beauty to their village and increase their own economic capacity.
Awards/Honors/Reviews: 2016 Children’s Africana Book Awards (Notable), 2016 Green Earth Book Awards (Honor), 2015 National Social Studies Trade Book, 2015 Eureka! Honor Award from California Reading Association, A Junior Library Guild selection, SLJ Starred Review, Amelia Bloomer Project List 2016, A Mighty Girl 2015 list, 2017 Monarch Awards Nominee (Illinois School Library Media), New York Public Library 100 Titles for Young Readers (2015), Chicago Public Library (2015) list, 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, ALA Notable discussion book at ALA Annual 2015, The Horn Book review, Kirkus Review, Publisher’s Weekly review, Booklist review
Illustrator: Elizabeth Zunon
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Macmillan, Roaring Brook Press (A Neal Porter Book)
Cover/List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, full color, 40 pp.
Synopsis: This poetic story follows two siblings—and all the water around them—through a year’s worth of movements and changes. Includes back matter facts about the science behind the story.
Awards/Honors/Reviews: 2016 Maryland Blue Crab Award (Winner – Beginner Nonfiction), Junior Library Guild selection, 2016-2017 Star of the North Award Nominee, Best of 2015 from School Library Journal, Top 10 of 2015 from Booklist, Starred Review from School Library Journal, Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly, 2016 ALA Notable book, Charlotte Zolotow 2016 Highly Commended title, Capitol Choices Seven to Ten Nomination, Indie Kids’ NEXT List Summer 2015 (ages 4-8), Kirkus Review, Huffington Post Best Creative Nonfiction of 2015, SLJ/Fuse8’s “Newbery / Caldecott 2016: Summer Prediction Edition”
Illustrator: Jason Chin
Miranda Paul is a award-winning children’s author of One Plastic Bag and Water is Water, both named Junior Library Guild selections. Her titles have received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named to several recommended and “best of” reading lists. 10 Little Ninjas also was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month (August 2016). Miranda makes regular appearances at schools, libraries, and bookstores, and has been a guest presenter at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center along with environmental activist Isatou Ceesay. Miranda also serves as Mentorship chair for We Need Diverse Books™ (www.diversebooks.org), volunteers for Books for Africa, and is a regional advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers (Wisconsin Chapter). She believes in working hard, having fun, and being kind. Learn more about her current and forthcoming titles at www.mirandapaul.com.
From jacketflap of One Plastic Bag:
Miranda Paul has been an avid recycler since elementary school, when she won a contest by transforming a discarded cereal box into a beautiful holiday ornament. She still loves rummaging for treasures but now spends most of her time teaching and writing books for children. Over the past decade, Miranda has traveled to the Gambia as a volunteer teacher, a fair‐trade and literacy advocate, a freelance journalist—which led her to the subject of her new book, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia. The book has garnered a starred review from School Library Journal and was named a Junior Library Guild selection. Miranda lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with one husband, two kids, ten bookcases, and a hundred new ideas. Find her online at www.mirandapaul.com, and discover more about her latest book at www.oneplasticbag.com.
From jacketflap of Water is Water:
Miranda Paul has written everything from articles on gardening to poems about the life cycle of a butterfly. She enjoys swimming, scuba diving, and dipping her toes in water . . . unless it’s below zero. In that case, she can be found sledding, skiing, or skating on it. She lives a short drive from the shoreline in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband, children, and two friendly cats who love taking baths.
From jacketflap of Whose Hands Are These?
Miranda Paul is an award-winning children’s book author. Besides writing, her hands are good at cooking, playing games, and tickling kids. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and two children. Find out more at www.mirandapaul.com.
NEW! More honors and awards have come in. Please see the awards page for a more complete list.
Eureka! Honor Award, California State Reading Association (for One Plastic Bag)
Junior Library Guild Selection (for One Plastic Bag and Water is Water)
Starred Review, School Library Journal (for One Plastic Bag and Water is Water)
Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly (for Water is Water)
2015 SLJ Best Book of the Year (for Water is Water)
2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (for One Plastic Bag)
2016 Children’s Africana Book Award Notable (for One Plastic Bag)
2016 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title (for Water is Water)
Indie Kids’ NEXT Pick Summer ’15 (for Water is Water)
SLJ Best Book of the Year 2015 (for Water is Water)
Huffington Post Best Creative Nonfiction 2015 (for Water is Water)
New York Public Library 100 Notable Titles 2015 (Water is Water & One Plastic Bag)
Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best” 2015 (Water is Water & One Plastic Bag)
Silicon Valley Reads 2016 (for Water is Water)
Amelia Bloomer Project Title 2016 (for One Plastic Bag)
Capital Choices Nominee – Seven to Ten (for Water is Water)
2015 Mighty Girl Books: A Year in Review (for One Plastic Bag)
Amazon Best Book of the Month – Ages 3-5 – August 2016 (for 10 Little Ninjas)
2017 South Carolina Book Award Nomination – Picture Book (for 10 Little Ninjas)
2016 Best in Rhyme Award Longlist (for Trainbots)
2016 Maryland Blue Crab Award Winner (for Water is Water)
Praise for Trainbots
from School Library Journal:
“This delightful, simple story is told in a fun rhyme that makes it a great read-aloud. […] The size of the pictures and text makes this a perfect book for storytime. […] VERDICT The surefire combination of trains and bots make this a great selection for library collections and program planning.” —May 15, 2016
from Foreword Reviews:
“With inventive rhymes and colorful, action filled illustrations, Trainbots delivers fun to young children as surely as the title characters deliver toys to girls and boys. Most appropriate for ages 4 to 8, the book is likely to expand young vocabularies while entertaining kids with a silly story and amusing artwork.” —Foreword Reviews, 2016
Praise for Whose Hands Are These?
from Kirkus Review:
“Rhyming verses and illustrations of hands working give readers the opportunity to guess what community jobs people do. […] In both the pictures showing only hands and in the full-page reveals, people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities are displayed. […] A great addition to libraries’ and teacher’s shelves for units on community helpers.”
—Kirkus Review, December 2015
from The Horn Book:
“The guessing-game format will keep children engaged; this is a good choice for classroom use and one-on-one readings.”
—”Civics and Community” – The Horn Book, January 23, 2017
“Beyond the content, the text is linguistically complex and fun, helping readers to build vocabulary with words associated with the professions…An engaging, well-executed resource.”
—Booklist, Dec. 15, 2015 issue
Praise for One Plastic Bag
from School Library Journal (STARRED):
★ “Simple but lyrical text conveys this beautiful, thought-provoking tale of ecological awareness and recycling […] An inspiring account.”
—Dorcas Hand, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston, TX, Published in December issue of School Library Journal
from Kirkus Review:
Paul […] tells this story in a straightforward fashion, deftly including words from the Wolof language and including details about Ceesay’s village life. A map, author’s note, glossary, timeline and excellent suggestions for further reading set this example of a woman who made a difference in a larger context. […] The easy connection makes this a welcome addition to the small shelf of examples of ingenuity in developing nations.
—Kirkus Review, Nov. 15, 2014 issue
from The Horn Book Magazine:
“This handsome presentation of grassroots environmental activism is certain to inspire young readers.”
—The Horn Book Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015 issue
from Publisher’s Weekly:
“Notes of hope, determination, and empowerment suffuse Paul’s story…. Incorporating real plastic bags into her mixed-media collages, Zunon, who grew up in West Africa, juxtaposes the brown, dusty landscape against splashes of color and vibrant printed dresses and head coverings worn by the village women.”
—Publisher’s Weekly, January 2015
from author Laura Purdie Salas:
“This is a beautiful, inspiring, true story. The text is spare and effective…Miranda Paul brings Gambia to life through all the senses…. Let kids learn how one young person can change the world for the better!”
—Laura Purdie Salas, author of A Leaf Can Be
Praise for Water is Water
from Huffington Post:
“Creative nonfiction at its best.”
—Minh Le, Huffington Post Books, Feb. 13, 2015
from Publisher’s Weekly (starred):
★”…as enchanting as it is informative.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
from School Library Journal (starred):
★ “A first-rate introduction to the water cycle for young readers.”
—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato
from Kirkus Review:
“A biracial brother and sister explore the out-of-doors (and a bit of mischief) through the four seasons in this poetic look at the many forms water takes…An engaging and lyrical look at the water cycle.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Feb. 3, 2015
“Chin brings to life this infinitely simple, but incredibly clever, explanation for very young children of the water cycle in its different forms… It’s worth considering at the very least.”
—“Newbery / Caldecott 2016: Summer Prediction Edition”
Michael S. Glaser Creative Writing Award (2004, SMCM)
Natalie and Ben Parran Award for Excellence in Education (2003, SMCM)
Ethics in Business Award Finalist (2008, American Foundation of Counseling Services)
All booking/event inquiries (workshops, school visits, conferences, festivals)
Lee Rawlings, booking assistant
Publicist for One Plastic Bag and Whose Hands Are These?:
Lindsay Matvick, Lerner Publishing Group
Bulk, discount, international or special sales of One Plastic Bag or Whose Hands Are These? Email email@example.com
Publicist for Water is Water or Are We Pears Yet?:
(request review copies, illustration image files, or other publicity materials)
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Bulk, discount, or special sales of Water is Water or Are We Pears Yet?
Email Dustin Ross at Dustin.Ross@macmillan.com
Workshops/Festivals that will be giving away Water is Water or Are We Pears Yet?, contact:
Kelsey Albertson, Macmillan Children’s, 646-407-5442
Publicity/Sales for Trainbots, Blobfish Throws a Party, and The Great Pasta Escape
Caitlin Casey (marketing); Crystal McCoy (publicity) Sarah Rucker (sales)
little bee books – a division of Bonnier Publishing
New York, NY 10003
For rights/sales/licensing info (all general inquiries):
Karen Grencik, literary agent
Red Fox Literary
129 Morro Ave.
Shell Beach, CA 93449
WEB EXCLUSIVE – “Revisions, Rejections, and Rewards” Bookpage Author Interview
An intimate profile of children’s author Miranda Paul in her own backyard, as reported by reviewer and librarian Sharon Verbeten.
PREDICTION LIST – Betsy Bird / Fuse 8 / SLJ Summer Caldecott Prediction Edition
Miranda Paul’s text is described as “infinitely simple, yet incredibly clever” and Jason Chin’s artistry is noted for “his customary beauty and skill” in this post that names Water is Water as a title to be considered for the 2016 Caldecott Medal.
PODCAST – Picturebooking Podcast – Episode #31 – “The Long Journey of Storymaking”
Podcast host Nick Patton interviews Miranda Paul about her currently released titles and the years of research and exploration leading up to their releases.
NPR RADIO – Miranda Paul & Isatou Ceesay on Public Radio – Delmarva Today
In this NPR affiliate’s radio episode, Miranda Paul and Isatou Ceesay discuss the book One Plastic Bag and diversity in children’s literature along with guests Kwame Alexander and Susanne Gervay in preparation for the 2015 Salisbury University Children’s Literature Festival.
VIRTUAL TOUR – Studio Tour of Miranda’s Underground Lair
See photos of where she works most days on Andrea Skyberg’s Website
ARTICLE INTERVIEW – Interview with Miranda Paul about One Plastic Bag
Miranda shares a bit about the true story behind One Plastic Bag on Alison Goldberg’s blog site for “young activists”
ARTICLE INTERVIEW – A Review, An Interview, And Writing Advice
Sylvia Liu reviews One Plastic Bag, and interviews Miranda about her writing process, breaking the rules, and forthcoming books
ARTICLE INTERVIEW – How Environment and Poetry Merge to Enlighten
An interview of Miranda Paul by author-activist Ann Angel on the social justice and children’s literature blog The Pirate Tree
BLOG INTERVIEW – Coffee and Conversation with Miranda Paul – SCBWI MD/DE/WV Blog
Read an interview in which she reveals her favorite books and more
ARTICLE ESSAY – 12 x 12 Picture Book Group Author of the Month (June 2014)
A post in which she speak about the importance of being many things beyond a writer, and how to help diversify our bookshelves (Hosted at Julie Hedlund’s website)
READING LIST – “The Best is Yet to Come: A 2015 Picture Book Preview”
Miranda Paul and Jason Chin’s Water is Water appears on this list of “brilliant” picture books due out in 2015 from the Huffington Post.
BLOG INTERVIEW – Miranda Paul Answers Writers’ Burning Questions
A post on the Group Blog by writer/librarian Kathy Halsey with some craft-based tips from Miranda Paul.
FUTURE/FORTHCOMING TITLES IN FALL 2017 & BEYOND
Are We Pears Yet?
Release date: September 19, 2017
Illustrator: Carin Berger
Publisher: Neal Porter Books, Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan Children’s)
Cover Price: $17.99
Synopsis: Two quirky, impatient seeds must endure each other’s company on the long journey toward bearing fruit.
The Great Pasta Escape
Release date: August 29, 2017
Illustrator: Javier Joaquín
Publisher: little bee books (a division of Bonnier Publishing; dist. by Simon & Shuster)
ISBN-13: coming soon
Cover Price: $17.99
Format: Full color, picture book, 32 pp.
Synopsis: At the beginning of their lives (which was earlier that morning), the pasta at the factory followed the rules—which meant sticking to their own kind. But once fettuccine alerts everyone that humans EAT noodles, they must work together if they want to cook up a plan of escape.
ADVENTURES TO SCHOOL
co-authored with Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Isabel Muñoz – summer 2018, little bee books
MIA MOVES OUT
illustrated by Paige Kaiser – fall 2018, Knopf Books for Young Readers
illustrated by Jason Chin – winter 2019, Neal Porter Books (Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan Children’s)
I AM FARMER
illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon – spring 2019, Lerner/Millbrook Press