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Fourteen Young Americans Making History

Karen Boss at Charlesbridge has acquired world rights to this picture-book anthology edited by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley, and illustrated by Bradley. It features 14 young contemporary American activists, each spotlighted by a well-known poet. Subjects include literacy activist Marley Dias, water protector Jasilyn Charger, Scouts for Equality founder Zach Wahls, and immigration reformer Viridiana Sanchez Santos. Contributors include Nikki Grimes, Joseph Bruchac, Lesléa Newman, and Guadalupe García McCall.


The little plastic baby traditionally hidden inside a Mardi Gras King Cake is the runaway in this tasty new adaptation of an old folktale. The story sparkles with French phrases, New Orleans colloquialisms, and vibrant, comic-book style artwork depicting the city’s characters and treasures. Includes an easy king cake recipe. Bon appétite!

Where can you catch the baby?

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retail stores. 

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17 Responses »

  1. Dear Ms. Dawson,
    My name is Anthony M. Grimaldi of JourneyManDesigns: Illustrator & Graphic Designer from New York City. Thank you for accepting my invitation to connect with me on LinkedIn. It is my pleasure to make your acquaintance. I therefore respectfully request if my resume and portfolio may be reviewed and considered for collaboration with yourself for possible freelance projects and assignments that my work may be appropriate for.
    As an accomplished artist and illustrator, the primary mediums I create with are pencil, colored pencil, colored marker, charcoal, pastel, pen & ink, and I am exceptionally adept with color and black and white. Each medium is unique because they demand a separate approach and application of my artistic talent, making versatility my primary asset. My talent is flexible and adaptable, allowing me to illustrate in different styles as well, including realism, fantasy, expressive, abstract, cartooning, comic book, and children’s books. My children’s illustrations are colorful, bold, creative, dynamic, exciting, and can be utilized to great effect to capture and ignite the attention and imagination of children and young readers. Illustration is my chosen genre because it is so diverse, creative, abstract, inventive, and fun, allowing a wide range of styles, techniques, colors, layout, and expression. I also possess 12 years freelance experience designing with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks to create and produce custom logos, icons, posters, flyers, and advertisements according to the exact preferences and specifications of deadline driven clients. My technique of unifying illustration and digital art allows me to create with unlimited creativity and visual imagination, offering greater flexibility, variety, and choices, which I assure will produce maximum artistic achievement and impact for every illustration and design.

    I am equipped with an 11″ x 17″ Epson scanner, Alienware laptop, high speed internet, and can submit finished projects through email, Dropbox, Hightail, OneDrive, and WeTransfer, easily allowing me to work remotely.

    If you conduct an online search of JourneyManDesigns, you will readily notice I possess a ubiquitous online presence as a legitimate freelancer, am a member of major social media and portfolio sites, and I am willing to utilize all those that are necessary to market, promote, and advertise all projects I may be directly involved with.

    I believe my portfolio will assure you of my skill and sincerity and can be viewed at JourneyManDesigns.

    I value the opportunity to further discuss with you the skills that I can offer and contribute, and what opportunities we may pursue. I can be contacted at, and 718-753-9321.

    Thank you, Ms. Dawson, for giving me your valuable time and consideration. It is most appreciated.

    Anthony M. Grimaldi

  2. Keila, I plan to feature your book in my brand new blog this coming week. You probably won’t remember me, but I met you (I’m positive!) at the SCBWI booth at the 2014 LA Book Festival. Anyway, I love your book and will direct my readers to your website.
    One more thing…we are having a book festival on Feb. 20th here in Lake Charles. I would like to invite you to come. If you are interested, contact me and I’ll send you more information.

    • Thank you Linda! I did not attend any SCBWI conferences in LA, so perhaps you are thinking of someone else. I no longer live in New Orleans but travel there during Carnival. Sorry I won’t be instate that late in February because I’d love to attend the St. Charles fest. The King Cake Baby and I will be at the King Cake Festival in New Orleans on January 31st. Again, thanks so much for sharing on your blog. Please send me the link.

    • Thanks for stopping by Barbara. The gal who did my book trailer did a great job, love it. Do let me know your thoughts after you read The King Cake Baby. And I can’t wait to read NOLA Gals.

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