The Children’s Book Committee at the
Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators,
parents, grandparents and other interested adults to the best books for
children published each year. The all-volunteer committee includes educators,
librarians, authors, parents and psychologists who share a passion for and
expertise in the world of children’s literature. Young reviewers from all over
the country, ages 2–18, read and evaluate many of the books as well.
I was delighted to learn that they selected June Jam in the Adventure and Mystery
category for readers aged five to nine.
My niece and nephew helped me out by posing for me for June Jam.
June Jam is
the sixth book in The Calendar Mystery
series. The series features a mystery for every month of the year. We started
with January Joker and February Friend, hit our stride with March Mischief, got through Spring of
last year with April Adventure and May Magic. June Jam was published last
March, and that brings us up to July
Jitters and August Acrobat,
which came out this past summer.
Ron Roy is writing The Calendar Mysteries as a follow up to his hit series TheA to Z Mysteries, which I also illustrated. The main characters in The Calendar Mysteries, (Bradley, Brian, Nate and Lucy), are the younger siblings and cousin of the three main characters in the TheA to Z Mysteries (Dink Josh and Ruth Rose).
I finished September Sneakers and am currently
working on the illustrations for October
Ogre. The A to Z series was based on the alphabet; this one is based on the
calendar. Both were, and are, fun while they lasted, but what I need is a series that’s
based on numbers so I won’t need to worry about it coming to an end!