about the book
“On very hot days, as the sun rises, an orange glow shines in the water of the pond… Good morning park!”
Visitors are already coming and going from the city park as the sun rises. Every hour is different.
At six o’clock in the morning, several dogs and their people head toward the pond as everyone else still sleeps. Time to go swimming!
By seven, two babies and their grown-ups come, snacking on a bagel and apples. Their moms chit chatting away.
What else will happen at the park this day?
She discovered her love for writing by watching rehearsals of her father’s plays. The story would change with each revision and cut. She even wrote two novels in third grade, but then got distracted by theater.
In high school, she went to summer drama school at Northwestern and the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. She later went to Vassar College and has a PhD in English literature from Columbia University.
Her book That New Animal received the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor. Other picture books include: Lemonade in Winter, Toys Meet Snow, The Fun Book of Scary Stuff, and Water in the Park.
Emily is currently a vegetarian but has been vegan, and her favorite food is guacamole. She is a good cook, enjoys yoga, making home movies, keeping up with photo albums, and reading.
She teaches creative writing at Hamline University’s MFA program and currently lives in the New York City area. Emily also writes for young adults under the pen name E. Lockhart.
Also by Emily Jenkins:
Toys Meet Snow. Schwartz & Wade. 2015.
A Fine Dessert : Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat. Schwartz & Wade. 2015.
Lemonade in Winter : A Book about Two Kids Counting Money. Schwartz & Wade. 2012.
Small, Medium, Large : A Book about Relative Sizes. Star Bright Books. 2011.
Skunkdog. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 2008.
That New Animal. Frances Foster Books. 2005.
Stephanie Graegin was born during a blizzard on Groundhog’s Day in Chicago, Illinois. She knew by the age of five that she wanted to illustrate picture books, so she spent a lot of her time drawing.
It wasn’t until after she graduated with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in printmaking that she really started to focus on making her dream a reality. Stephanie created a portfolio and sent it out to 250 editors and art directors.
Stephanie has now illustrated several picture books and middle grade novels, including Forget Me Not, You Were the First, Water in the Park, and Don’t Feed the Boy.
She can’t draw as well large which is why her illustrations begin as very small pictures in pencil. She then scans the drawing in very high-resolution, blows the picture up, and adds color digitally.
Stephanie works out of her small apartment in Brooklyn, New York, and often draws at her kitchen table. She has one orange cat named Bustopher.
Also by Stephanie Graegin:
How to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 2015.
Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox. Dial. 2015.
Forget Me Not by Nancy Van Laan. Schwartz & Wade. 2014.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Silver Penny Stories by Diane Namm. Sterling Publishing. 2013.
Sleeping Beauty (Silver Penny Stories by Deanna McFadden. Sterling Publishing. 2013.
Hansel and Gretel (Silver Penny Stories by Deanna McFadden. Sterling Publishing. 2012.
A Fine Dessert : Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins
Blackberry fool is a delicious dessert. Over four centuries, how has the food and the technology used to make this tasty treat changed? Find out as these four different families show us!
Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre
“Rain plops. / It drops. / It patters. / It spatters.” Celebrate rain from the beginning of a storm to the return of the sun, with this photo-illustrated text!
Water Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas
Water can be many things in many situations. It can quench your thirst, a “thirst quencher,” and as it runs through a sprinkler it can be a “kid drencher.” It can be that which fluffs the clouds, a “cloud fluffer,” and (expressed in rhyming text) it can be a “fire snuffer.” What do you think water can be?