Sarah Dillard Book Reading at Unlikely Story Bookstore
August 4, 2017
On Wednesday, August 9th, Sarah Dillard will be reading from her early chapter book Mouse Scouts. The reading will take place at the Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe in Plainville, Massachusetts. From 3 to 5 pm, there will be reading, book signing, and the opportunity to earn your very own Mouse Scouts badge! If you’re a fan of the series or looking for a way to brighten up your Wednesday, Sarah would love for you to drop by!
Sarah Dillard’s Artwork on Display at Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History
June 14, 2017
From June 13th to October 15th, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History will be presenting an exhibit of artwork by Vermont natives. Entitled Draw Me a Story — Tell Me a Tale: Vermont Children’s Book Illustrators & Authors, the exhibit features 18 children’s book illustrators/authors. Sarah Dillard, author of Extraordinary Warren and the Mouse Scouts series, is one of these chosen authors! The exhibit includes two images from Warren and several more from Mouse Scouts. The image on the left from Extraordinary Warren is also featured on museum post cards. If you’re in Vermont in the upcoming months, make sure to check out this great display!
More information about the exhibit is available here.
Seven of Painted Words’s Authors/Illustrators Books Included in Bank Street’s Best Children Books of the Year 2017
May 2, 2017
Every year, the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education compile a list of the best children’s books of the previous year. Based on criteria such as literary excellence, quality of illustration, diversity, and emotional impact, these books are recommended for parents, librarians, and children. This year, Bank Street has chosen seven of Painted Words’s books as some of the best books of 2016!
- Spare Dog Parts, written by Alison Hughes and illustrated by Ashley Spires
- Who Wants a Tortoise?, written by David Keane and illustrated by K.G. Campbell
Five to Nine:
- The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison
- Mouse Scouts: Make a Difference, by Sarah Dillard
- Don’t Call Me Grandma, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by Liz Zunon
Nine to Twelve:
- Fluffy Strikes Back, by Ashley Spires
- Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths, written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josée Masse
Bank Street’s full list of recommended books can be found here. Congratulations to our Painted Words artists and authors!
Sarah Dillard’s Mouse Scouts: Camp Out Now Available For Purchase
The third volume of Sarah Dillard‘s adorable early chapter book series is now available for purchase! As the title suggests, Mouse Scouts: Camp Out is about the hardworking Mouse Scouts working to earn their camping out badge. But not all of the Scouts are looking forward to a night beneath the stars. When one of their own goes missing, can they work together to find her?
To find out, you’ll have to read the new volume! You can order it online here.
New York Times Reviews Sarah Dillard’s Mouse Scouts Series
April 6, 2016
The New York Times reviewed Sarah Dillard‘s latest series, Mouse Scouts, in this Sunday’s issue. Mouse Scouts is a series of illustrated chapter books for early readers about the adventures of a scouting troupe of young mice. The Times wrote, “These books manage to be modestly funny while eschewing burps, boogers and earwax,” and compared the series to beloved authors Beatrix Potter and E.B. White. The first and second books in the series are currently out. You can purchase Mouse Scouts (book 1) here and Mouse Scouts: Make a Difference here.
Sarah Dillard Promotes Her New Series Mouse Scouts at The Flying Pig
February 17, 2016
Sarah Dillard spent a fun day promoting her new book series Mouse Scouts at The Flying Pig bookstore in Vermont this past weekend. Mouse Scouts is an adorable series about young mice earning badges and learning about friendship, so naturally the Mouse Scouts event involved giving children a chance to earn their own mouse scout badges. With Sarah’s help, the kids planted seeds, camped out, and brainstormed for charity. Everyone, including Sarah, had a great time! The Flying Pig writes, “What I love about Sarah Dillard’s stories and characters is that they are cute without being cloying, and sweet without being saccharine. Like real children, her characters are a mixture of sweetness and rough edges, kindness and pinchiness. Fans of Ivy and Bean will LOVE this series.” For a fun write up of the whole event, plus cute pictures of kids enjoying Mouse Scouts and the related events, check out The Flying Pig’s post here. You can order Mouse Scouts online here.
Sarah Dillard’s Mouse Scouts Now Available
January 13, 2016
Sarah Dillard‘s new chapter book series Mouse Scouts is now available from Knopf Books for Young Readers. The first two books in the series, Mouse Scouts and Mouse Scouts Make A Difference were released simultaneously at the beginning of the month. Kirkus calls the books “a welcome series for new readers.”
Order your copies here.
Booklist Reviewed Sarah Dillard’s Upcoming Mouse Scouts
November 30, 2015
Booklist reviewed Sarah Dillard’s Mouse Scouts, an upcoming chapter book about a troop of young mice learning lessons and earning badges in skills such as gardening. Booklist calls Mouse Scouts, the first in the series, a “cheerful series starters,” and praises the illustrations. They conclude, “Readers won’t have to be scouts to enjoy this agreeable tale of friendship.” Mouse Scouts goes on sale this January. You can pre-order a copy here!
Publisher’s Weekly Praises Sarah Dillard’s Mouse Scouts
November 16, 2015
Publisher’s Weekly praised the first book in Sarah Dillard’s upcoming series Mouse Scouts. Sarah Dillard’s adorable books tell the adventures of a scouting troupe of young mice as they work to earn their badges. Publisher’s Weekly admired the illustrations and wrote, “It’s easy to imagine children finishing this book with an increased interest in both gardening and scouting.”