I just found out (from my mom, who’s a teacher!) that the second book in the Sparkle Spa series, Purple Nails and Puppy Tails, is recommended as a great summer read for kids who are going into 2nd or 3rd grade in the fall. (Though personally, I think ALL the Sparkle Spa books are great summer reading! And possibly for kids going into 3rd and 4th grade too!) If you want to check out the other books on the suggested summer reading list, you can click right here. I hope you find some great books to read around the pool, at the beach, at the park, and on the couch. (Those are four of my favorite reading places.)
Earlier this month I spent the day at the San Diego French American School and had a great time writing mysteries with the super imaginative 4th-8th graders there. If you want to see some photographs, you can click here to visit the school’s blog post about it. A big thank you to all the kids and teachers who shared their stories and ideas and questions with me.
Just jumping on here to say that it’s now official! There will be a Sparkle Spa #9 and #10! Not completely sure what the story lines will be yet, but I promise they will be very sparkly.
The children’s bookstore in my neighborhood, Bank Street Book Store, moved to a brand new (beautiful!) location recently, and to celebrate had a ton of authors reading and signing books yesterday. I got to sign a whole bunch of Sparkle Spas (books 1-5!) and talk to some adorably sparkly kids about the series. (There were even sparkly nail stickers for everyone who came by.) Here are a few pictures from the event.
I’m so excited to be able to share with you the cover art for Sparkle Spa #6: A Picture-Perfect Mess! I love all of Cathi Mingus‘s art for this series. The images really make me smile. (And I really love Brooke’s butterfly clip.)
(A Picture-Perfect Mess will be available June 9, 2015.)
I couldn’t stop myself from celebrating the Bad News Nails publication with a matching manicure…and couldn’t stop myself from sharing it with you on here! (I did the polishing myself, which is why you can only see my thumb. Aly and Brooke would’ve totally done a better job. Probably Suzy too.)
There’s another lovely review of Love on the Lifts, this time on the Into the Hall of Books blog! If you’d like to read the whole thing, you can find it over here. This part is my favorite:
“Love On The Lifts by Jill Santopolo is fun. It isn’t a long read or a heavy read. It’s perfect for someone that is looking for something light, cute, and happy – EXACTLY what I’ve needed in my life right now, actually.”
I’m so glad!
Book #5 in the Sparkle Spa series was released into the world this past Tuesday, February 17 (happy book birthday, Bad News Nails!). In honor of that release, I visited the Vermont College of Fine Arts launchpad blog and talked a bit about why I write the Sparkle Spa books the way I do–and how I think girls can be strong, smart and sparkly all at once. The post is right here, if you’d like to check it out.
The regional advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in Belgium interviewed me on Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Cynsations blog. We talked about writing, editing, books, theater and diversity. If you want to read it, you can check it out here.
Hey everyone! In celebration of Valentine’s Day and Love on the Lifts, I’m running a contest on my Twitter feed. If you retweet this tweet before 2/14/15, you’ll be entered to win one of five autographed copies of Love on the Lifts and a surprise gift that has to do with one of the thirteen endings. (I’m having fun coming up with the surprise gifts…) So, if you’d like a Valentine’s (or Galentine’s!) Day present, go on over to Twitter and retweet me!
I learned a new word today: Galentine’s Day. And I learned it thanks to The Reading Date’s lovely review of Love on the Lifts! If you’d like to read the whole thing, it’s right here. If you’d just like to read an excerpt, these are my favorite lines, mashed together: “This book is fun and cute, and I love that there is a variety of options to choose from…. Since there are thirteen endings, each story is short and sweet so you’ll want to follow different paths to see all the options…Love on the Lifts would make a great Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day gift!” Thank you for this sweet review!