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About Joanna Cotler
I am lucky to have spent my life both listening to the voices of other as a children's book editor and developing my eye as an artist to appreciate more deeply the world around me. It's those years of listening, reflecting, responding, practicing, looking and making books and art that have brought me to this moment where I finally feel I can hear my own voice and have something to say, sometimes in words and sometimes in words and pictures. SORRY (REALLY SORRY), illustrated by Harry Bliss, was published in the spring 2020, and IF I WERE A DOG, written and illustrated by me, will be available in the spring of 2021. In my decades long career as a book editor, including as the publisher of the award-winning imprint, Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins Children's Books, I published more than 50 national bestsellers which received innumerable awards and accolades. You can find me at: joannacotlerbooks.com
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* "The animals, rendered expressively by Bliss, learn what kids already know and adults too easily forget: the capacity to say "I'm sorry"--and mean it--is no small thing."--PW (starred review)
A sweet and thoughtful picture book about how one act of kindness can change the world, written by publishing legend Joanna Cotler and illustrated by New York Times bestseller Harry Bliss.
Cow was in a nasty mood. When Duck came along Cow kicked mud in her face.
"Why'd you do that?" asked Duck.
"I felt like it," said Cow. "And I'm not sorry."
Little did Cow know that her bad mood would spread to the whole farm. But it does when Cow passes her anger along to Duck who takes it out on Frog who is mean to Bird who upsets Goat who bothers Pig. Until good-hearted Dog turns things around by showing kindness to Pig, turning not sorry into sorry (really sorry). But will that be enough to mend all of the hurt feelings on the farm?
With a charming text by Joanna Cotler and beautiful artwork by New York Times bestseller Harry Bliss, this is a picture book about the power of reactivity and how to diffuse it with love. Being sorry (really sorry) can make a world of difference and make your world different too.
Praise for Sorry (Really Sorry):
"Funny and touching and had a nice, rhythmic feel to it that I think would work well in storytime." --Jean Little Library
A beautiful picture book that illustrates the relationship between a young girl and her canine best friend, written and illustrated by publishing legend Joanna Cotler.
If I were a dog . . .
I'd be silly or patient,
or happy or shy.
Sometimes I'd be grumpy.
Sometimes I'd be playful.
Just like me.
In a celebration of both what it means to be a dog and what it means to be human, If I Were a Dog shows us how much we all have in common--with each other, and with our animal friends.
Praise for If I Were a Dog:
"A sweet treat for dog lovers." --Kirkus Reviews
"An intuitive, joyful book that gives children agency to imagine their own doggy selves, but also creates a foundation for discussions on differences and similarities." --School Library Journal