EMILY OF DEEP VALLEY, meet my friends!

I'm thrilled to announce that today is the publication date for EMILY OF DEEP VALLEY by Maud Hart Lovelace, re-issued with love from Harper Perennial. You might remember how I felt about editor Jennifer Hart's invitation to write the foreword to this novel. Here are the first two paragraphs of that foreword:
One Saturday morning when we were new to America, my sister and I walked to the Flushing Public Library, two miles from our apartment. It was my first visit to a library. I wandered through the stacks wide-eyed, fingering spines of unread books like a beggar in a bakery. I could take seven of them home with me! I chose carefully, knowing I'd savor them later on the fire escape, my secret reading sanctuary.

It didn't take long to find Maud Hart Lovelace's concoctions. Her classic novels served as a superb orientation for a newcomer eager to understand the history and heritage of a new world. They took me back to the early 1900s, a time when America shared many of the values that resonated in my old-world home, but they also sparkled with timeless humor that made me laugh out loud on the fire escape.
So please, please, please, don't hesitate to introduce EMILY to young readers everywhere. Or do yourself a favor and get a copy for you. It's also the release day for CARNEY'S HOUSE PARTY AND WINONA'S PONY CART, with a delightful, inspiring new foreword written by Melissa Wiley. Happy Book Birthday, Maud Hart Lovelace!