I’m pleased to announce the release of my newest children’s book, The Noise in the Woods, in both English and Spanish versions. This is my fourth children’s book, and its theme is imagination. My previous three books explore other ideas; Father and Sister Radish and the Rose-Colored Glasses is about friendship, The Box of Toys is about generosity, and The Boy and His Mountain is about how children see the world differently than we adults do. All four are available in both languages, and all four are illustrated by A. B. Walker, who always brings a new and unexpected perspective to my work, for which I am grateful. Collaboration is an exercise filled with possibility and surprise, and we could all use a little more of that, I think.
Not coincidentally, until a month ago I had four grandchildren (hence the four books); Kavya’s arrival calls for a fifth book in the near future. Because of distance and the pandemic, I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her and haven’t begun thinking in any specific way about the upcoming book. That will come later, I’m sure. For those of you fortunate enough to have grandchildren, I can recommend them as a source of inspiration. If you don’t, hang around with the very young now and then; it’s good for the soul.
Links for purchasing these and also my books written for adult readers can be found on my website, housemountainviews.com. You can find links to my podcast, and I have a blog there that meanders from subject to subject in no discernible pattern.