Deborah Diesen

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Welcome!Youíve arrived at the web site of childrenís book author Deborah Diesen.To send me a message, or to arrange a school, bookstore, or library visit, click here.For information about ordering signed books or bookplates, click here.

My and Dan Hannaís newest book, Smile Pout-Pout Fish, is a mini-adventure that introduces the character of The Pout-Pout Fish to babies and very young children.Itís a board book thatís twelve pages long with just one line of text per page.

The Pout-Pout Fish, a rhyming children's picture book illustrated by Dan Hanna and published by Farrar Straus Giroux, spent two weeks on The New York Times Book Review Children's Picture Book Best Sellers list and was named by Time Magazine as One of the Ten Best Children's Books of 2008.

A sequel to The Pout-Pout Fish, called The Pout-Pout Fish In The Big-Big Dark, came out in August 2010.Kirkus Reviews calls it ďan entertaining read-aloud and a nice lighthearted vehicle for dealing with fear.Ē School Library Journal says, ďthe playful, rhyming verse is well matched with Hanna's funny cartoon illustrations.Ē

The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade, illustrated by Tracy Dockray and published by Tricycle Press, was published in the spring of 2010.The book is funny and silly, but itís also a sentimental story in disguise; itís ideal for baby showers and for elder siblings of new babies.  Booklist calls it "a great early read-aloud, with a thumping, rhythmic text that kids will want to hear many times over."  And School Library Journal says it's "great fun."

Picture Day Perfection, illustrated by Dan Santat, is a fun story about a school picture day.

Here at my site, there's an area just for kids (and the young at heart) where you can play word games and download a fish-themed fortune-teller (a.k.a. a "cootie catcher"). Other areas of my site have book info and free Pout-Pout activity sheet downloads for home, bookstore, and library use.  You can also find my bio and my appearances schedule.

In addition to my site, I have a blog called Jumping the Candlestick. At my blog, you'll find updates and current information about me.  In addition, most Mondays on my blog, I run a profile of of a Michigan author or illustrator (some of books for kids; others of books for grown-ups). The writers and illustrators of Michigan constitute one of its great natural resources, so I always enjoy featuring Michigan writers on my blog.

Thank you for stopping by my site!