Editors' updates

The Not In Here Story Reviewed on Adoption.Com

The Not In Here Story Reviewed on Adoption.Com

It’s always thrilling to see one of our books get reviewed. I guess it’s like watching your best friend hit a home run or get a standing ovation or something. It’s especially thrilling when a book gets reviewed years after its release date.

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Announcing Penny Candy Bundles!

Announcing Penny Candy Bundles!

Penny Candy is all about sparking big conversations between kids and their adults through our thought-provoking picture books. And now, with the introduction of our Bundles, we’ve made it easier than ever to find the right books or book start those conversations!

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Announcing Penny Candy Subscriptions!

Penny Candy Books is pleased to announce its new book subscription service. Penny Candy Subscriptions is available in two different packages: Friends & Family and Books for Good.

Friends & Family Subscription

Want to share our books with your loved ones?

Subscribers to our Friends & Family package receive Penny Candy’s thought-provoking picture books four times a year.

Delivered once a quarter, our Friends & Family package contains a mix of four new and backlist titles that your family will love reading and discussing for years to come. Annual Friends & Family subscriptions are $70 per quarter. Price includes shipping.

Want to help us share our books with organizations doing good work?

Subscribers to our Books for Good package make it possible for us to donate significant quantities of our books to non-profits each quarter.

When you become a Penny Candy Books for Good subscriber at one of three levels, you are helping to put books in the hands of kids and adults who need them most. Give the gift of big conversations by becoming a Books for Good subscriber today. Quarterly payments at three different levels:

  • Patron: $50 a quarter = 3 books donated a quarter

  • Super Patron: $100 a quarter = 6 books donated a quarter

  • Fairy Godperson: $200 or more per a quarter = at least 12 books donated a quarter 

In the coming weeks we’ll be announcing the non-profit will be supporting first. Sign up for our newsletter and stay tuned for details!

Sign up for Penny Candy’s Friends & Family or Books for Good package—or both!—here.

And thank you for your interest in Penny Candy Books!

Roadtrips & Reviews

Our first two books are still feeling the love with two great reviews recently. Check them out:

The Pirate Tree's Lyn Miller-Lachmann writes in "Remembering the Struggles of the Elders: A Review of A Gift from Greensboro," "This brief but powerful book, by the young small press Penny Candy Books, is truly a gift – a gorgeous poem and a story for readers young and old to ponder."

On her blog, Much Ado About Adoption, Merrisa writes, "This sweet book does a wonderful job of breaking down adoption after infertility into an easy-to-tell story. My kudos and gratitude to author Tracey Zeeck and Penny Candy Books for bringing to life a highly relatable, important story that adoptive parents like me can use in this wonderful, challenging journey of adoption."

And, finally, Quraysh Ali Lansana found himself (with yours truly) in Yulee, Florida, last week, where he read and discussed A Gift from Greensboro with 300 third through fifth graders through the Authors in Schools program sponsored by the Amelia Island Book Festival. This was an amazingly attentive and insightful group of kids! Here's a photo of Q signing some books in the school library after the talk: 

Quraysh signing books



Chuck Young in Worcester's Telegram & Gazette

Check out the great article in the Worcester, MA, Telegram & Gazette about Chuck Young and The Day We Lost Pet.

I recently lost two pets, Pikey and Calvin, and this book has been such a balm for me. Not only are Chuck's words so poignant, comforting, and poetic, but Aniela Sobieski's illustrations are masterful, inviting, and other-worldly. Yeah, I know I'm the publisher, and I'm supposed to say nice things, but I can also say that Chad and I don't publish books we're not in love with, and this one has been extra impactful to me as a human. —Alexis

Some interior spreads: