2023: Wrapping Up an Extraordinary Year in Children's Books!
Hey there, fantastic readers and fellow book enthusiasts! As the year comes to a close, we’re throwing a big, joyous bash to celebrate a year filled with imagination, adventure, and, of course, tons of amazing books. So, grab a cup of cocoa, cozy up in your favorite reading nook, and let’s embark on a journey through the pages of the incredible year we’ve had at Lawley Publishing!
A Whopping 73 New Books!
Can you believe it? We’ve danced through the world of storytelling and delivered a grand total of 73 new books into the hands of eager readers like you. That’s right—73! Now, let’s take a look to see the enchanting stories we’ve woven into the tapestry of children’s literature.
35 New Releases: Where the Magic Begins!
We kicked off the year with a bang! In the first quarter alone, we released 11 new titles that whisked readers to unexplored lands, introduced unforgettable characters, and sparked imaginations in ways only a good book can. From whimsical picture books to heartwarming middle-grade tales, we’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions together.
But that's not all...
38 Secondary Releases: The Adventure Continues!
Not content with stopping at 35, we kept the excitement alive with 38 secondary releases that added paperback and Spanish versions to our literary collection. These additional options allowed more readers to experience exciting worlds, surprising twists and turns, and magical stories. And hey, we didn’t forget our bilingual buddies—8 of these secondary releases were in Spanish, inviting more young minds into the embrace of storytelling.
The Stories That Made Us Laugh, Cry, and Cheer!
Now, let’s chat about the heart of it all—the stories that became cherished companions, whispered secrets in the night, and fueled the dreams of the little ones (and not-so-little ones).
This year unfolded with a collection of journeys, a diverse array of new friends, magical and unexpected adventures, and intriguing mysteries that sparked exciting new ways of thinking. Our explorations took us from the conflicted streets of Boston to the breathtaking landscapes of The Grand Canyon and then to experience food that spanned the globe. From joyful dancing in the desert to visits at birthday parties, a silly library, an art museum, a zoo, a miniature circus, and a pirate lagoon missing its treasure of pearls, our escapades have been nothing short of extraordinary.
Through some of our pages, we reassured children about the existence of a safe and enjoyable place for those who’ve passed away, offering comfort and hope to those of us left behind.
In the realm of learning, we delved into the nuances of manners, the inevitability of making mistakes, and the art of making the most of glitches. Engaging in scientific experiments, traversing realms with gnomes and fairies, and unraveling the mysteries of various dragon species filled our days. Artistic endeavors with an elephant and a spider, lessons in kindness and friendship from new bird companions, moments of reflection with a young man and his grandpa, and the revelation that riches aren’t everything rounded out our busy agenda.
We also witnessed acts of bravery and doing hard things alongside a mouse, a runaway boy, and a loving sister. And we have explored themes of identity through the lens of a “bad dog,” discovered the blessings of sharing hobbies, and delved into the art of solving crimes with math. In essence, our days were a whirlwind of learning, and our schedule was jam-packed with captivating adventures!
Beyond the Pages: Engaging with Our Amazing Readers!
Our journey doesn’t end when the book hits the shelf; it continues with the incredible connection we share with you—our readers! From book events to social media shenanigans, we’ve loved every moment of engaging with you this year.
A Fiesta of Success at the Tucson Book Festival!
Let’s teleport ourselves back to the sun-soaked streets of Tucson in February, where we reveled in the literary fiesta that is the Tucson Book Festival. Our books found new homes, and our authors were greeted with smiles, cheers, and enthusiastic readers. The festival buzzed with the energy of book lovers, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have been part of this celebration of words and wonders. Tucson, you sure know how to throw a book party!
A Tale of Teamwork and Triumph!
This year, we joined forces with the incredible teams at Barnes & Noble for a series of author signings and story time sessions. From giggles echoing through the children’s section to the hum of excitement during book signings, these events pulled our stories off the pages and into the hearts of readers in a way that made us all feel like literary rock stars.
Cheers to the Holidays: A Giveaway Extravaganza!
Speaking of celebrations, our recent Holiday Giveaways were nothing short of magical! The response from our incredible community left us wanting to cheer from the rooftops. Your enthusiasm, heartwarming comments, and shared excitement made our holiday season truly special. We loved being part of your festivities and gifting you the joys of great books.
A Symphony of Talent: Our Amazing Team!
As we reflect on this extraordinary year, we can’t help but celebrate the heartbeat of our success—the incredible team that makes the magic happen. Each member of our Lawley Publishing family brings a unique spark to the table. However, it’s with a touch of nostalgia that we bid farewell to a few cherished members who have moved on to new adventures. Their contributions and laughter will be dearly missed. But, in the spirit of growth, we’re thrilled to welcome new faces into our story. Our newest additions bring fresh perspectives, boundless creativity, and an undeniable passion for sharing great stories. Together, we’re ready to make next year an even more enchanting chapter in our literary journey. So here’s to the old friends and the new, because with this incredible team, we know the best is yet to come!
Looking Forward to the Future: A Sneak Peek!
Oh, buckle up for a ride into the whimsical wonderland of next year because guess what? We’re head over heels for the upcoming tales, and 2024 is about to unleash a whole new wave of enchantment! While we can’t spill all the beans just yet, here’s a little taste of what’s bubbling in the cauldron of creativity at Lawley Publishing.
So, grab your imagination and hold onto your hats because we’re going to kick off next year’s excitement—after taking a deep breath—with a pooch party! Senor Picante might just be making a new lizard buddy, and Thaddeus, after some serious research, is probably glad to be back on land, ready to share his latest guide (and trust us, it’s a good one!). Oh, but that’s not all—brace yourselves for more dragons, dinosaurs, chapter book escapades, and whimsically playful picture books that will have both kids and grown-ups grinning from ear to ear!
A Heartfelt Thank You!
Before we wrap up this grand celebration, we want to extend our sincerest gratitude to each and every one of YOU. To the readers who embarked on adventures with us, the parents who shared the joy of reading with their little ones, and the educators who made our books part of their classroom magic—THANK YOU! Your support has been the fuel propelling us through this fantastical journey, and we can’t wait to continue sharing stories with you for years to come.
So here’s to the end of an extraordinary year and the beginning of even more magical tales ahead! May your holidays be filled with warmth, laughter, and, of course, a good book or two. Until next time—happy reading and happy holidays!
Written by Stephanie Morris, Marketing Director.
Here’s a list of our 2023 New Titles (*chapter books):
- The Cactus Dance/La
- Danza Del Cactus
- Harry Can Hear
- Wait For Me
- Elephants Are Not Artists
- Thaddeus Thayn’s Guide to Dragons
- When Zissel Got Rich
- Time Writer*
- The Great Cold Queen*
- Caesar & Reagan
- Holly’s Hollyhocks Around The World
- Hop Vroom Skitter
- Bertie & Owl-Bertie Makes a Friend
- Polly Sumner-Witness To The Boston Tea Party*
- Everlasting Icicles*
- Dash & The Fibonacci Fungus*
- The Circlemaker*
- Ditch The Glitch*
- Grandma Heaven
- Grandpa Heaven
- New School For Mouse
- The Case of The Missing Title
- Woof Woof, The Bad Dog
- The Hair Fairies Halloween
- Patrick’s Perfect Mistake
- Daisy’s Extraordinary Ordinary Day
- Bertie & Owl-Bertie Learns To Fly
- Never Take a Pirate’s Pearls
- Even Fleas Say Please
- The Majestic Pigeon
- Art Museum Spider
- The Traveling Tales of Nacho & Lola-The Grand Canyon
- New Friend For Mouse
- As You Watch Over Me