Friday, August 1, 2014

Cover Reveal!

Being an author certainly has its ups and downs, but seeing your cover for the first time— and loving it— is definitely an UP!

I wasn't prepared for how emotional seeing the book cover for the first time could be. When I opened the email from my editor a few weeks ago (yes, I had to wait to share this with you!), the memories of interviewing the women of Gambia about their hardships and successes, coupled with the years of challenges in writing and publishing this book, flooded me.

Elizabeth Zunon has masterfully combined many artistic techniques to bring not only the setting and culture to life, but the women's spirit of piecing together what they could find to create something beautiful.

There is so much I could write about this book, and this cover, but I'm currently traveling (when am I not traveling, right?) it is! The front cover for One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia!

Front Cover: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia
(Lerner/Millbrook, Feb. 1, 2015)

Although not shown here, the back cover is also something to behold. The team at Millbrook Press (Lerner Publishing) really came up with some stunning designs and the quote on the back (from the real Isatou Ceesay) sums up the power of the story:

"People thought I was too young and that women couldn’t be leaders. I took these things as challenges; they gave me more power. I didn’t call out the problems—I called out solutions." —Isatou Ceesay

Wow, right?

And one more slice of good news—the picture book will be released a little sooner than originally scheduled. It will launch on February 1, 2015. That will give the book plenty of time to work its way into homes, stores, and classrooms before Earth Day. I'll update you when pre-orders are available.

Thanks again to everyone who has been a part of this book's long journey!
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