by Alison McGhee
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
is a "storybook for all ages" that celebrates the potential
we see in our children and the yearning for them to live life to
its fullest. This is one of my favorite themes. I was so excited
when I first read the manuscript sent by my agent, Holly at Pippin
Properties. It wasn’t until after I wrote back and shared
that I thought this was a universal theme and destined to resonate
with millions that she told me who the author was — her sister!
Glad I said I loved it!
A special salute
to Caitlyn Dlouhy, my editor at Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum
Books for Young Readers. She was a joy to work with. She had the
patience to let me explore the text in a variety of ways until we
arrived at an interpretation that felt just right.
I often draw
several versions of every page and especially the cover. Here is
an early sketch and watercolor of the cover. It looks very similar
to the final cover, but if you notice, the baby is wearing a hat!"
Behind the Scenes
Bonus Scoop: As I was working on the final version of Someday, illustrator
David Small (“So You Want To Be President?” and “The
Journey”) sent me an e-mail with some pix of his home. I was
searching for a flower for the mother in Someday to be fond of –
something to be a constant reminder of her long after she leaves
us. This is the photo of lilacs at David’s home. When I saw
them, I had my flower!
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(a New York Times #1 Bestseller!) at The
Blue Bunny bookstore, or your local bookstore.
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