I Had A Favorite Dress Coming Soon!

I Had A Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn and Julia Denos

My next book, I Had A Favorite Dress, is considered a "fall release", but the actual pub date is August 1st- which is really, really soon! I am so excited for this book to come out- it is one of the favoritest things I've ever written. It was inspired by my daughter, Lily, and it is dedicated to her as "my favoritest girly-girl." Although the voice of the main character is most likely my own (circa 1975), I was never-not-ever a "girly" girl (and neither is my other daughter), so this book is really pure Lily.

The first review, from Kirkus, which you can read in full here, just came in... and it's good! They call it "a charming interpretation of an old story that will speak to young fashionistas." Whew! I could not be more pleased with my first-ever Kirkus review :)

I'm also giving away a signed copy of I Had A Favorite Dress on Goodreads! It's VERY easy to enter and there are 25 days left, so give it a go!

Lastly, if you've never checked out the blog of illustrator Julia Denos, now is the perfect time to do so. She is posting some of the lovely art from our book and has an all-around nifty blog that you don't want to miss. It is positively a feast for your eyes!



Yay! I can finally shout some good news I've been dying to share:

The lovely Julia Denos, who you can learn about


and here

and here

and here, (I'm not a stalker, really, I'm just excited...)

has signed on to illustrate my forthcoming book,
I Had A Favorite Dress, with Abrams!

It took my editor and art director quite a while to find just the right illustrator for this project and I believe her art is the perfect fit. Thanks Maggie and Chad!

Julia's art is so beautiful- I can't believe how incredibly lucky my little book is! Now, not only will it be a fun read-aloud, it will be gorgeous to look at too. I can't wait to see what she does with it...