March 12, 2013: On April 9, Oklahoma will be nuts about reading! Come join the fun at the OKC Zoo for Read Across Oklahoma. Rumor has it kids will get to enjoy all this: free books, live music from performer Spaghetti Eddie, tattoos, bookmarks, acorn capes (each school will have a designated cape design), beanie type hats to serve as acorn toppers, a special chipmunk dance, nutty crafts, Cutesy, Blinky, and Bob (the stars from the book OH, NUTS!), a picnic lunch and more.....
March 6, 2013:
Check out the fangtastic trailer for NUGGET & FANG.
March 5, 2013:
PRINCESS IN TRAINING is a finalist for the 2013 SCBWI Crystal Kite Members Choice Award.
March 1, 2013: Ooga! ME WANT PET! is in the March 2013 Scholastic Book Order!
February 24, 2013: PRINCESS IN TRAINING, BAWK & ROLL, and THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN OKLAHOMA are finalists for the 2013 Oklahoma Book Award.
February 23, 2013: NUGGET & FANG has reeled in more great reviews!
"The text's cadence is well-timed for sharing aloud, and both narrative and illustrations zing with humorous touches. An entertaining tale that sends a positive message about the power of friendship and the importance of individuality."—School Library Journal
"Kids are likely to snap it up hook, line, and sinker."—Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
January 31, 2013:
I'm happy to sink my teeth into the latest reviews of NUGGET & FANG (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2013).
"It's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero."—Kirkus
November 5, 2012:
I helped Versailles Elementary kick off their Scholastic Book Fair.
November 4, 2012:
I had the honor of speaking at the SCBWI-OK Picture Book and Novel Revision Retreat.
October 26, 2012:
Fa-la-la-la-la! THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN OKLAHOMA is now available!
August 30, 2012: Check out the hilarious trailer for OH, NUTS!
August 25, 2012: BAWK & ROLL was accepted into the 2012 New York Society of Illustrators' prestigious Original Art Show. Congratulations to Dan Santat!
July 1, 2012:
Looking forward to being a part of the Summer Reading Programs this month in Cherokee, Stillwater, and Mustang.
June 17, 2012: I spent the weekend presenting at the SCBWI Florida Mid-Summer Workshop in Orlando. Oh, how I love those Floridians and their happiest place on earth. :)
April 23, 2012: My experience as a part of the Western Washington SCBWI Spring Conference faculty was so amazing I wish the people of Seattle would adopt me and the other Sauers.
February 27, 2012:
Behold! Princess Viola Louise Hassenfeffer will be zip, zup, zooming into a kingdom near year October 2012.
February 23, 2012: Hooray! MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS is a finalist for the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award.
February 9, 2012: *blushes* Today I received a wonderful testimonial:
"Heritage Hall had an exceptional opportunity when Tammi Sauer came to speak with our children about her books and good writing habits. In all my years of teaching (that would be 37) I have never had an author connect so perfectly with children. She used her personal experiences with writing and then gave the kids ten top tips to being a great writer. Tips that they can understand and actually put to positive use. My kids continue to talk about those tips when we are writing. I love that they remember them and find them so helpful. Tammi's hilarious sense of humor and engaging ways to get kids involved in the presentation kept the pace moving. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and felt it was time well spent.I've heard from teachers in other grade levels about what a fine job she did in making her presentation age appropriate and meaningful. We are lucky to have had Mrs. Sauer share her craft in such a pleasurable way. Thank you Tammi!"
--Jan Bradford, 4th grade teacher
February 8, 2012: Kirkus gave BAWK AND ROLL a bawtastic review:
"Can you say superstars? Sauer dispenses her many puns with an appealingly deft touch, offering a genuine lesson on friendship. Santat's illustrations are similarly droll, featuring several clever and surprising page designs, making the most of the opportunity offered by the contrast between stage and audience. This flock rocks."
February 7, 2012: Mr. Duck was spotted at the Scholastic Book Fair. Yay!
January 23, 2012: Hooray for healthy minds! Hooray for healthy bodies! MOSTLY MONSTERLY is a 2012 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories selection!
January 15, 2012: Kirkus gave ME WANT PET! a great review:
"Sauer's bare-bones, Stone Age lingo ("Me sad," says Cave Boy. "Want pet") meshes nicely with Shea's heavily outlined, primitive caricatures. His uncluttered, digital compositions sport bold color contrasts and pleasing patterns, offering a comprehensible but dynamic interpretation of this satisfying, circular tale. Readers may wish for a return to simpler times, if getting your heart's desire could be guaranteed to come in triplicate. This account of the age-old bond between animals and children is ideally paced for read-aloud pleasure." OOGA!
January 10, 2012: Spent an amazing day at Jefferson Elementary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Annnd I have something to quack about--MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS is a 2012 Nominee for the North Carolina Children's Book Award. Thank you, North Carolina!
October 14, 2011: Still need the perfect Halloween costume for your little boy or ghoul? Check out this Bernadette-inspired costume in this month's issue of Scholastic Parent & Child. It's spooktacular! http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3756408
September 20, 2011: The chickens are baaaaa-aaaaack! Coming to a school, library, bookstore or barn near YOU April 3, 2012.
September 15, 2011: Hooray! I'm both honored and thrilled! MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS is a nominee for the 2012 North Carolina Children's Book Award.
September 1, 2011: Look what showed up in the Fall 2011 Scholastic flyer!
August 14, 2011: Gearing up for another great year of school visits. I'll be kicking things off this Friday at Kaiser Elementary in OKC.
August 4, 2011: Holy chicken! I have the art for BAWK & ROLL (the sequel to CHICKEN DANCE) in my hot, little hands. Illustrator Dan Santat has made Elvis Poultry into a bit of a diva. Who knew?!
July 22, 2011: Ooh. La. La. Some VERY good news came my way, but I am sworn to secrecy, and I am trying to be a grown up about it. Why does secrecy have to be SO hard?!
April 9, 2011: I am both thrilled and honored to announce that MOSTLY MONSTERLY won the 2011 Oklahoma Book Award.
March 20, 2011: Big news! MOSTLY MONSTERLY is a finalist for the 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award.
February 27, 2011: I'm a cover girl!
February 18, 2011: Wuhooh! MOSTLY MONSTERLY is a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Cupcakes for everyone!
February 10, 2011: MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS is featured on Rat Chat! http://www.ratchatreviews.com/?p=498
January 25, 2011: Cue the stampede! MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS is now available.
January 1, 2011: Yahooh! School Library Journal likes MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS! Evidence? "Sauer's clever use of language—'Mr. Duck grumbled. He mumbled. He flip-flop-fumbled'—will engage children and help soften the getting-along message in a humorous and likable way. Mack picks up on this note, filling the pages with color and action."
December 1, 2010: Phew! Kirkus Reviews likes MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS! Evidence? "Sauer's dour and disciplined duck and his rhyming hissy fits will most definitely entertain. Mack's furry and feathered wide-eyed animals rendered in ebullient acrylic are a great match for this fine farmyard fable."
December 1, 2010: There is a brief MOSTLY MONSTERLY video at scholastic.com. Actors(!!) were selected for the parts of the mother and the daughter. I played a mini role as well. Ooh.
November 24, 2010: Wuhooh! MOSTLY MONSTERLY was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Scholastic Parent & Child. Click here for the full list: http://ow.ly/3gYl3.
October 9, 2010: I had an amazing time presenting and doing booksignings at Encyclo-Media and the Annual ECAO Conference. Librarians and teachers are some of my Very Favorite People. :)
August 31, 2010: MOSTLY MONSTERLY is officially Out There. I hope you get your claws on a copy and sink your teeth into it. Mwhahahahaha.
August 13, 2010: MOSTLY MONSTERLY has been getting some great reviews. Kirkus says my writing is "winning" and that Bernadette is "a fanged, horned charmer." School Library Journal says this about the book: "A fun and delightful read for all children who have both a monsterly and a kind side." Yay! Cupcakes for everyone!
June 21, 2010: I celebrated the first day of summer with students at Crutcho Elementary and some Oklahoma dignitaries at the OKC Summer Learning Extravaganza. The event was done in conjunction with First Book, Feed the Children, and OEA.
April 17, 2010: Bawk-bawk-ba-gawk! CHICKEN DANCE won the 2010 Oklahoma Book Award!