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Updated: July 26, 2016

This is part of the super-fantabulous Bonus Page for WHERE ARE MY BOOKS?, Debbie's first solo picture book, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in 2015.

If you're interested in finding out more, please visit the Simon & Schuster website, the WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? Bonus Page or follow my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? Facebook page

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Thanks to Book House (Albany, NY) for the kind staff review of WHERE ARE MY BOOKS?

And thanks also to Laura Hamor for the heads-up!


Los Angeles Times lists WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? in "30 Summer Books That Kids Will Gobble Up"


Librarian's Quest review of WHERE ARE MY BOOKS?

Thanks to Librarian's Question for the wonderful review of WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? last week. Wow, what a detailed and thoughtful review. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Librarian's Quest is a place where students, educators and parents can exchange and express views about the best of books, new technologies and libraries.

To see what others are saying about my first solo picture book, please visit my Press Page.


WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? got a starred review in Kirkus!!! Plus some Kirkus history

The first official review of WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? comes from Kirkus Reviews....and they gave my book a STAR!! I am thrilled, grateful and truly honored. You can read the review here.

For those not familiar with the publication, Kirkus Reviews is a U.S. book review magazine that is often used by librarians and booksellers when they are deciding how to stock bookshelves. They review more than 9,000 books per year.

According to Kirkus: on average, Kirkus' editors award the Kirkus Star to 10 percent of all the books they assign review. "Their decisions are based on their long-running, deep knowledge of contemporary trends in publishing and their appreciation for exceptional writing and illustration." The editors work closely with their reviewers to determine whether a book receives a Star, but the decision belongs ultimately to their editors."


Kirkus Reviews was founded back in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus, who headed a children's book department at Harper & Brothers (which eventually became HarperCollins). After she was told by her bosses that her department was going to be axed, she established her own book review service. Fascinating to read about the history of Kirkus; Virginia sounds like an amazing businesswoman with a ton of energy and determination. Apparently she read and reviewed nearly a thousand books in her first year of business! She worked alone for the first six months, writing all the reviews and mailing the bulletin herself.

To find out more about Kirkus reviews, check out their website and free weekly newsletter,, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube. The website has info about how to get your book reviewed, whether it's for a traditional publisher or self-published.