I’m thrilled that Sumo Joe shares a book birthday with Rajani LaRocca’s Midsummer Mayhem!
She held a wonderful book launch party at The Concord Bookshop and it was fun to see other authors including Carol Gordon Ekster, Alison Goldberg, Susan Tan, Hayley Barrett, and Lisa Rogers. (Lisa is also part of my New in ’19 picture book group and I would see her again at Erin Dionne’s Secrets of a Fangirl book launch at Wellesley Books). My fellow Cybils Picture Book judge (and picture book author) Kirsti Call was also there. Kirsti also runs Reading for Research, ReFoReMo.
I always love hearing about the inspiration behind a book and loved learning about Rajani’s love of Shakespeare since a child. What’s really amazing about Rajani is that not only is she an author, but she’s also a primary care doctor and mother of two children! Writing was on the backburner while she attended medical school and did her residency but med school also kept that spark alive as you will learn in this video clip…
Midsummer’s Mayhem is a fun mashup of Shakespeare meets Masterchef Junior! Rajani reads from her book here:
I can’t wait to read Midsummer’s Mayhem! How about you? Have you been to author book events recently? Who did you see?
My Book Lists: South Asian Books for Kids
It was sad to find that most of the books on this list were out of print. There are some great ones lately but with such a large population of Southeast Asian Americans, I’m hoping more books in this genre will be published.
Sheela Chari’s debut mystery chapter book is award winning!
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