Join us for cookies and picture books with wonderful children's authors Alison James and Jennifer K. Mann showcasing their newest book together
Maple & Rosemary a touching story about a sugar maple tree who finds a lifelong friend when a young girl comes to seek comfort in its branches. For the longest time, Maple was on her own, ignored by the cedars and the pines. All she wanted was a friend she could talk to. Then one day, Rosemary climbs into her branches, sad and searching for a friend of her own. Together they form a bond as real as roots.
"James’ gentle, straightforward prose is striking in its simplicity, capturing the strangeness and joy of new friendship as well as the ache of loneliness. . . . Mann’s sweeping, digitally collaged landscapes glow in a warm welcome to young viewers, with a combination of painterly and penciled textures bringing depth. . . . Honors the depth and longevity of friendship, even with the inevitability of loss."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Alison James is the author of the picture book, The Drums of Noto Hando, and two novels, Sing for a Gentle Rain, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and RUNA, as well as the translator of more than seventy books for young readers including The Rainbow Fish. She is also the co-founder of the Kindling Words Writing Retreat. She lives in Vermont.
Jennifer K. Mann was an architect before turning to children’s books full time. Her book, The Camping Trip, has received four starred reviews. She is also the creator of the picture books Josie’s Lost Tooth, Sam and Jump, Two Speckled Eggs, and I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard. Jennifer K. Mann lives on an island near Seattle with her husband, children, cats, dogs, and chickens.