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Mary Had a Little Glam, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

06 Jul 2016


Pirasaurs!, Illus. by Michael Slack, and Mary Had a Little Glam, Illus. by Vanessa Newton, Make 2016 Best In Rhyme List

February 1, 2017

Angie Karcher, a children’s author and blogger, has nominated her top ten rhyming children’s books for 2016, and two books illustrated by our artists made the cut. Pirasaurs!, written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Michael Slack, tells in rhyme the story of a tiny piratical dinosaur. Mary Had a Little Glam, written by Tammy Sauer and illustrated by Vanessa B Newton, takes the story and rhyme scheme of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and retells it as a story of a fashionable little girl and her attempts to glamorize her classmates. Both have been praised for their fun story and playful rhymes as well as their bright, energetic illustrations.

The final award announcements will be streaming on KidLitTV February 12th at 8 pm ET. Make sure to check it out!

The full list of rhyming winners can be found on Angie Karcher’s blog herePirasaurs! can be purchased here and Mary Had a Little Glam here.

Gene Barretta, Gerald Kelley, Elise Gravel, Vanessa B Newton, and Josée Masse Nominated for CYBIL 2016 Award

October 10, 2016

The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary (CYBIL) Awards is an award given out every year for juvenile and children’s books that successfully combine literary merit and popular appeal. Every year, a list of nominees is created, and from this list, the winners are chosen. This year, five of our authors/illustrators were nominated for six different books!

Juvenile and Elementary Nonfiction:

Fiction Picture Books/Board Books:

Middle Grade Fiction:


Congratulations to our talented authors and illustrators! To find out more about the CYBIL awards and who else has been nominated, visit their site here.

More Great Reviews for Mary Had a Little Glam, illus. by Vanessa Brantley Newton

September 12, 2016

The recently released picture book Mary Had a Little Glam, has been receiving tons of praise. This rhyming picture book, written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, retells the story of Mary and her lamb with Mary as a fashionable little girl who shares her glamour with her classmates and friends. Check out some of the praise below!

“Illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton adds diversity not just in the styles of dress, but also in the makeup of Mary’s class.” –The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mary Had a Little Glam is wonderful book that has a beautiful carefree black girl as the main character. This is a book that promotes having positive self-esteem…Mary Had a Little Glam will make a great addition to any little girl’s library.” –Brown Mamas blog

“I love how the author, Tammi Sauer, and the illustrator, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, tied in bits and pieces of the original story. But Mary was FAB-U-LOUS in this book! Outside of being incredibly cute and glam, I loved how secure with herself she was and how she loved making her friends feel good about themselves as well.” –The Crunchy Mommy blog

You can order Mary Had a Little Glam online here.

Tons of Praise for Mary Had a Little Glam

August 4, 2016

Mary Had a Little Glam has been receiving great publicity and has been featured on multiple blogs and book review sites! Check out some of the awesome praise below.

The Children’s Book Review featured Mary Had a Little Glam author, Tammi Sauer, in a Selfie and Shelfie feature.

The blog Grandma’s Cookie Jar reviewed Mary and is doing a free giveaway of a copy of the book. They called Vanessa’s illustrations “colorful and fun” and praised the diversity of the story.

Picture Book Builders, a blog run by picture book writers including Tammi Sauer, interviewed Vanessa and also ran a giveaway of Mary. Check it out here!

The blog Pickle Corn Jam also ran a giveaway for Mary, and wrote a review

HubPages praised Mary in their review.

There Is A Book For That included a review of Mary in their weekly reading round up.

Mile High Reading wrote a review and ran a giveaway.

Here We Read praised Mary highly in their review.

Night Owl Reviews ran a giveaway.

Mama Smith’s Blog included Mary in their annual reading list.

Wonderful Review from Kirkus of Mary Had a Little Glam, Illus. by Vanessa Brantley Newton

July 6, 2016

The upcoming picture book, Mary Had a Little Glam, written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, received a starred review from Kirkus. Mary Had a Little Glam is the fun, rhyming story of a fashionable little girl who transforms her drab fairy tale classmates into young fashionistas. Kirkus praised the positive story and smooth rhymes, and wrote that, “Brantley-Newton’s bright, fun-filled illustrations teem with energy and life.” Kirkus particularly pointed out the diversity in the story. “Whether by happenstance or by design, this delightful picture book positively answers the call for more books about children of color.” You can read Kirkus’s full review on their site.

Mary Had a Little Glam comes out August 2nd. Pre-order it here!