I'm so excited to share the cover of my first book with Abrams Appleseed--BARNYARD BOOGIE! Music has always been a big part of my life, and as soon as I got into children's publishing I knew I wanted to write a book about music.
With pitch perfect illustrations by Allison Black, BARNYARD BOOGIE! introduces young kids to the sounds musical instruments make while telling the tale of a Cow who just wants to be in the band. BARNYARD BOOGIE comes out May 2017 and is available for pre-order now.


BITTY BOT's Kirkus Review

BITTY BOT received its first review this week, and it came from Kirkus! I'm happy (and so relieved) that it was resoundingly positive:

"What happens when robots wind down? Do they actually sleep? Yep, they do, according to this charmer with a mechanical twist. Told in jaunty, rollicking rhymes that are enlivened by colorful, humorous digital illustrations, this robot version of a bedtime story demonstrates that, no matter how energetic a little “bot” may be, there inevitably comes a time when batteries are running low!"

"Young techies may or may not want to zoom into bed right after listening, but they’ll be more than a little “bitty” ready for repeat readings."

You can read the entire review, which includes a neat little nod to Star Wars (Woo!) at https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/tim-mccanna/bitty-bot/.

WATERSONG cover reveal!

What a treat to share the gorgeous cover for Watersong, with illustrations by Richard Smythe. And being the typography junky that I am, I especially like the little wave that is formed by the connection between the R and S. This beautiful book comes out January 31, 2017 and is available for pre-order now.


Read About Robots

My childhood was filled with robots from TV and film: R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars, Twiggy from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Maximilian from The Black Hole, Bubo from Clash of the Titans, Rosey from The Jetsons, B-9 from Lost in Space, and Mechagodzilla from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla rounded out the all-stars.

So naturally, when I first started writing books for kids, one of my earliest manuscripts was a rhyming robot picture book. Five years later, Bitty Bot (gloriously illustrated by Tad Carpenter) will be published by Simon & Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books in October 2016. Two other robot books for kids are coming out this year as well. Peter Brown's middle grade novel, The Wild Robot, releases in April, and Miranda Paul's Trainbots, with illustrations by Shane McG releases in June.

That got me thinking about all the bots from books that preceded ours--the Tik-Toks, Robot Zots, and Iron Giants of the world. And boy, are there a lot. Until now, all those robot books have been scattered willy-nilly across the internet. Well, I'm pleased to announce the launch of READ ABOUT ROBOTS, a new website celebrating 150 years of robot books. That's right, people were writing books about steam-powered metal men back in the 1800s! Along with a growing chronological gallery of over 100 robot book covers, we'll have monthly articles, interviews, a robot drawing contest for kids, and more. Plus, on October 11th, we're celebrating Read About Robots Day. Stay tuned!

You can dive into this amazing world of literary robots at http://readaboutrobots.tumblr.com/. And be sure to Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/readaboutrobots/.


BITTY BOT Cover Reveal!

I am so happy to finally share Tad Carpenter's beautiful and delightful cover art for BITTY BOT, my first picture book with Simon & Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books!

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but forget that. I can only promise that it's merely the tip of the robot iceberg. Every page inside BITTY BOT is filled to the brim with Tad's incredible, colorful artwork, including tons of super fun details for young readers to discover. I just can't wait to read this book aloud with kids! Aaaah! WARNING. WARNING. EXCITEMENT OVERLOAD.

BITTY BOT touches down October 4, 2016 at a bookstore near you.