Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Meet Mrs. McGee

Meet Mrs. McGee, the teacher in my upcoming children's picture book: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE? Isn't she adorable? I just love her. The illustrator, Leo Silva, did a fabulous job creating Mrs. McGee as well as other characters in my book.

On the first day of school, Mrs. McGee challenges the students with that important question and gets a variety of answers (excitedly and sometimes shyly) including dancer, fireman, baker, mommy, astronaut, and many more careers written in verse. The teacher also emphasizes why learning is so important.

During our economic downturn and high unemployment, children hear dreary news daily and retain more than we give them credit for. My goal in writing this book was to instill hopes and dreams in children that they can be whatever they want to be.

Yesterday, I saw the cover art, which was an exciting day. I'll let you know when I have a release date but it's looking like October or early November--just in time for the holidays! I'll keep you posted.


  1. I love this pic every time I see it! I'm so happy for you. AND the book coming in time for the holidays is WONDERFUL! Can't wait to pick one up for my niece!
    Congrats :)

  2. Darling! I love her and want her to meet my grandchildren!

  3. Thanks so much, Jennifer and Linda. I love her, too! Mrs. McGee makes me smile. I pull her up throughout the day for my happy fix.

    Can't wait for her to meet your niece and grandchildren either! Thanks for your support.

  4. I'm so excited, Beth. Can't wait for the first booksigning. And what a wonderful idea this book is. Can't wait to get it for my granddaughter. She asked me the other day if Beth's book was out yet!!

  5. Awww, Shirley, that makes me feel so good. I wonder if she was talking about the other one (the PB series) that I pitched? I think she'll like this one, too. :)

    When I get a release date, I'll start working on signings. I've got some leads now. :)

  6. What a cute little lady! I bet the cover art looks just as awesome!

    Also, I’m a new follower— wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :)

  7. Thanks for the follow--and the compliments, Rachel. I will follow you as well.

    I'll be sharing cover art soon. And the new release date is September, 2011. Yippee.