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Jessica Verdi | Young Adult Author

I’M NOT A GIRL Cover Reveal!

I am beyond thrilled and honored to share the cover for our upcoming picture book I’M NOT A GIRL, co-written by Maddox Lyons and myself, illustrated by Dana Simpson.

This book has already been on quite a journey, and I’m so excited for it to finally be published on May 26, 2020. Maddox (who, by the way, is the coolest 12-year-old on the planet) and Dana did something really special here, friends. There are no words to express what a privilege it’s been for me to help bring it to fruition.

Thank you thank you thank you to our agent Kate McKean, our editor Megan Abbate, and everyone at Macmillan/FSG/Roaring Brook. 💞💞💞 #protecttranskids #transisbeautiful#ownvoices #kidlit

Illustrator On Board for I’M NOT A GIRL!

First, Rachel Lyons’s and my upcoming picture book, formerly known as The Haircut and Hannah Is a Boy, has a new title. It’s now called I’m Not a Girl!

Next, and even more exciting, our FIRST CHOICE illustrator has joined the book’s creative team, and we couldn’t be happier! Thank you, Dana Simpson, for joining us on this journey.

Just wait until you see her illustrations, friends. Swoon!

All Out Now

I’m SO thrilled to be part of this upcoming LGBTQIA+ anthology! A huge thank-you to editor Saundra Mitchell!

My story is called Star-Crossed in D.C., and I can’t wait for you all to meet Savannah and Emily!!!

AND SHE WAS is in bookstores TODAY!!!

Eeeep!!!

Buy the book that Kirkus Reviews calls “A triumph”:

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And if you’re international and can’t find AND SHE WAS in your local bookstore, The Book Depository offers FREE worldwide shipping!

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Order Your Signed and Personalized Copy of AND SHE WAS Now!

Interested in a signed and personalized hardcover of AND SHE WAS, but can’t get to New York for the launch party? McNally Jackson (a fantastic indie bookstore in Soho) has got you covered! Order here! 😃💜

ABA Winter Institute

This week I had the absolute pleasure of attending the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute in Memphis, TN! Alongside my fellow Scholastic authors Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, Kheryn Callender, Brian Selznick, and Sayantani DasGupta, I was given the opportunity to present AND SHE WAS to a huge room filled with independent booksellers from across the United States. Special thanks to Nichole Cousins, a bookseller from White Birch Books in New Hampshire, for her amazing, heartfelt introduction!

Kirkus Reviews Calls AND SHE WAS “A Triumph”!

When you send a book out into the world, you never know how it’s going to be received. Readers and reviewers may love it, hate it, or—perhaps the worst possibility of all—forget about it immediately after reading it.

I’m thrilled that (the notoriously hard-to-please) Kirkus Reviews loved AND SHE WAS—so much so that they gave it a starred review! ⭐️ Thank you so much, Kirkus, for “getting” the book! Read the full review here, or check out the screenshot below:

Picture Book News!

I am SO THRILLED to announce that my debut picture book, co-written with the amazing Rachel Lyons, will be published by FSG Books for Young Readers! When Rachel’s son came out as transgender, their family discovered there were NO picture books for children about trans boys. We set out to fix that. I’m so honored to be a part of this important project.

Here’s the announcement from Publishers Weekly:

Can’t wait to share illustrator news! 🙂

New Book Title!

After a whole lot of brainstorming and discussion with the amazing folks at Scholastic, we’ve finally landed on the perfect title for my upcoming novel. It’s called… AND SHE WAS.

This is actually the name of my favorite Talking Heads song, and I think it encapsulates Dara and Mellie’s story just right, and in so many ways. I love it!

I should have a cover to share soon, but in the meantime, here’s “And She Was” by the Talking Heads. 🙂

Rock the Vote 2016

The YA community is getting together to share their “first time voting” stories for Rock the Vote! Check out my story below, and be sure to visit RockTheVote.com and follow #FirstVote16 for more info on how to register to vote!

 

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