Book Release Party+Pics

I want to give a huge shout out to everyone who helped us celebrate the official release of The Boy Who Grew A Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng. Special thanks to Barnes & Noble and Chets Creek Elementary for hosting the party! I enjoyed sharing Jadav's story with everyone and making many new friends. Thanks also to Valencia for featuring this event on her YouTube series. Having a TV camera show up was an unexpected surprise! You can view the full YouTube episode by clicking the link below: (The book launch is featured at the 3 min mark) YouTube: https://youtu.be/41OTrpSlj1c Thanks again!

Guest Blog: Planning For Your Book Release

I've written a gust blog post about planning for a book release. Check it out with the link below: "Let’s talk about what happens after a book sells. Beyond waiting for edits, revising, approving drafts and various other things over the course of months; there’s the actual book launching. Truthfully, the possibilities are endless when it comes to publicity. So, I’m going to break down what I did and how I found it helpful...." CLICK HERE for the full post

Starred Review

*A stared review for The Boy Who Grew A Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng. "Gholz's respect for Jadav's accomplishments shines through in her endearing presentation of his life. The book's back matter adds biographical details, word definitions and directions on how to "Plant a Forest of Your Own." And while readers learn Jadav was actually a teenager when he started his forest, the younger depiction of him at the start of the book allows the intended four- to eight-year-old audience better to relate to him. Accompanying Gholz's uplifting tale are stunning illustrations by Kayla Harren...The bold colors and distinct textures of Jadav's island home are so realistic, one almost expects to

The Buzz TV Interview

I was nervous to be interviewed on TV for The Boy Who Grew A Forest. Thanks to the staff at The Buzz for being so kind and thanks to everyone who gave me pre-interview advice. Below is a link to my full interview. If you'd like to see some behind-the-scenes photos, visit my Facebook author page by clicking HERE. For more, click HERE.

Reviews & Features for THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST

NOTE: This post has been edited to include the latest reviews and news. ~ CLICK HERE to view the full book trailer for The Boy Who Grew A Forest. Awards & Nominations: Florida State Book Award Gold Medal, Young Children's Literature. — CLICK HERE for more. Green Earth Book Award Honor, The Nature Generation. — CLICK HERE for more. 2020 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner, Southeast Region. — CLICK HERE for more. SONWA Award Winner, Children's Literature. — CLICK HERE for more. Eureka! Nonfiction Honor Award, The California Reading Association — CLICK HERE for more. Keystone to Reading Book Award shortlist, Intermediate Elementary. — CLICK HERE for more. Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Youn

Amazon #1 New Release

Huge thanks to everyone who has helped make The Boy Who Grew A Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng is an Amazon #1 New Release in two children's book categories: Children's Forest & Tree Books and Children's Asia Books. I am overwhelmed by all of the support and enthusiasm this book has received. I hope readers connect with Jadav's story as much as I did. Plant on!

The Journey Behind My Book

I'm featured on Kathy Temean's blog, Writing & Illustrating, where I talk about the journey behind my book and my path to publication. Please CLICK HERE or use the link below. Be sure to leave a comment on Kathy's blog or share the post via social media to enter the book giveaway. The Boy Who Grew A Forest book journey

The Gift of Rejection

I wrote a guest blog for Rate Your Story this month. Want to know how many rejections I have received? Take a look at my post on The Gift of Rejection. Also, I should note that my query tally does not include the queries I sent for conferences and other events. The query number in my blog only includes cold queries. Click HERE for more.

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