Friday, December 27, 2013

Celebrating Debutantes 2013: Jessica Young (13 Random Facts + Giveaway)

Let's welcome the first picture book debut author to feature for Celebrating Debutantes on the blog!

Jessica Young

13 Random Facts

1. I've planted over one thousand trees in a day.

2. In 7th grade I dressed up as a giant carrot for Halloween. (What was I thinking?)

3. I love black licorice and salt and vinegar chips.

4. When I was young, I wanted to live in a house with no furniture – just styrofoam packing peanuts that I could rearrange into "beds" and "chairs."

5. The only phrase I remember from my high school Italian class is: "Io sono tanto innamorata di te." (I am madly in love with you.)

7. I love trying to play fiddle and guitar, and I sing loud while I'm driving.

8. I'm scared of lightning (unless I'm inside, away from windows and plumbing, in which case I like it).

9. Some of my favorite smells are woodsmoke, rosemary, tomato leaves, pine needles, and bread baking.

(Sidenote: Mmm, yes.)

10. The first book I remember making was a collection of animal traps when I was about five or six. One trap had an upside down box with straws going into it and a sign on a toothpick that said: "Ants, there's sugar in here."

11. When I was little, the snowbanks in front of our house were sometimes as tall as my dad. I used to make tunnels and forts in them, digging out the softer snow and leaving the hardened crust on top.

12. My favorite childhood book was a Helen Oxenbury-illustrated version of Edward Lear's The Quangle Wangle's Hat. I loved the parade of fantastical creatures, including the Attery Squash, the Pobble Who Has No Toes, and the Dong with the Luminous Nose:

13. Growing up, my special place was a good climbing tree in the park down the street.


More about Jessica!

I grew up in Thunder Bay, a small Canadian city on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It was a wee bit chilly but really beautiful.

Somehow I made it through high school, college, and a Master’s degree without realizing how much I loved writing. It wasn’t until I had my first child and wrote a picture book for him that it occurred to me I might want to be an author.

Find her: Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

Check out Jessica's debut [picture] book!

My Blue is Happy
by Jessica Young

Published August 6th 2013 by Candlewick Press

Blurb (Goodreads):
What is your blue like? A lyrical ode to colors — and the unique ways we experience them — follows a little girl as she explores the world with her family and friends.

Your neighbor says red is angry like a dragon’s breath, but you think it’s brave like a fire truck. Or maybe your best friend likes pink because it’s pretty like a ballerina’s tutu, but you find it annoying — like a piece of gum stuck on your shoe. In a subtle, child-friendly narrative, art teacher and debut author Jessica Young suggests that colors may evoke as many emotions as there are people to look at them — and opens up infinite possibilities for seeing the world in a wonderful new way.

The Escapist

Head over to Oops! I Read A Book Again for debut author Lindsay Ribar!

Yesterday: Rachel Waxman (The Crickhowell School for the Muses) and Mindee Arnett (The Nightmare Affair)
Tomorrow: Kelsey Sutton (Some Quiet Place) and Piers Torday (The Last Wild)

Calling YA/NA/MG debut authors of 2014! Want to join us on this fun event? Fill out this form! Don't forget to spread the word with your debuting friends!

- copy of My Blue is Happy
- open to US/Can only
a Rafflecopter giveaway

1 comment:

  1. I have a niece who is just the right age for this book! :D It looks very cute and I can't wait to read it.


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