July 3 was my book birthday for Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper – book 4 in the chapter book series about a spunky 8-year-old Japanese American girl!
Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper by Debbi Michiko Florence, Illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
Farrar Straus Giroux/ 2018
Junior Library Guild Fall 2018 Selection
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Now that all four books in the Jasmine Toguchi series are available both in paperback and in hardcover, here are two ways you can win the set this summer (2018)!
1. Post or send a photo of one of the Jasmine Toguchi books at a bookstore or library (and identify the bookstore/library) by August 3 and be entered in a drawing to win a paperback set of all four Jasmine Toguchi books for your home or classroom.
2. Post or share a photo of you or your child reader and any of the Jasmine Toguchi books on vacation with you by August 31 and be entered in a drawing to win a hardcover set of all four Jasmine Toguchi books for your home or classroom.
Winners must have a U.S. or Canada mailing address. When you share on social media, be sure to tag me on Twitter @DebbiMichiko or Instagram @jasminetoguchi. Or you can email me the photo for me to share online. Winners will be contacted by DM or email.
Please indulge me once more as I share the cover of the first book in my Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series:
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen (FSG/July 11, 2017)
Eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is a flamingo fan, tree climber, and top-notch mess-maker!
She’s also tired of her big sister, Sophie, always getting to do things first. For once, Jasmine wishes SHE could do something before Sophie―something special, something different. The New Year approaches, and as the Toguchi family gathers in Los Angeles to celebrate, Jasmine is jealous that her sister gets to help roll mochi balls by hand with the women. Her mom says that Jasmine is still too young to join in, so she hatches a plan to help the men pound the mochi rice instead. Surely her sister has never done THAT before.
But pounding mochi is traditionally reserved for boys. And the mochi hammer is heavier than it looks. Can Jasmine build her case and her mochi-making muscles in time for New Year’s Day?
Big thanks and appreciation go to talented illustrator Elizabet Vukovic and awesome designer Kristie Radwilowicz! I’m so in love with this cover! The bright colors and overall design take me back to the manga I used to love to read as a child. And Jasmine – I just love her in her flamingo shirt and crown, holding a tray of delicious mochi.
Believe it or not, you can already pre-order the books!
Thanks for letting me share the joy with you all!
Thursday, stay tuned for my Spotlight on a debut middle grade author and a chance to win a signed copy of her book!