Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 28, 2015

The Spinelli’s – Sassi – Books & Book Trailers

mama seeton cover

Most people think Middle Grade and Young Adult Books when they hear Newbery Award-winning author Jerry Spinelli’s name, but Jerry also writes picture books. This book is his third PB. I have read it and it is certainly worthy of joining Jerry’s other award winning books. It has a sweet lyrical text and is illustrated New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham’s charming illustrations show the timeless love between a mother and her children.


When Mama Seeton whistles, her children run home for chocolate cake, hugs, kisses, and shared memories. But as time passes, they travel farther and farther away from the familiar sound. Can mama’s whistle be heard all over the world, and bring her children home one more time?


Now here is the other half of the fabulous Spinelli duo. I think you will enjoy Eileen’s new book trailer. Here is the link to the give-away post that featured THANKFUL. I know that I am thankful for both Eileen & Jerry.

Laura Sassi new book hits the bookshelves on October 6th. You can pre-order it on Amazon but click here. You can participate in the Goodreads book give-away by clicking here.

Good Night MangerBelow is Laura Sassi’s new book trailer.

STORY SYNOPSIS: It’s bedtime for baby Jesus, but who knew a stable could be so loud? Mama, Papa, and all of the animals try to lull the baby to sleep, but between itchy hay, angels singing, and three kings bearing gifts, it’s too noisy. Cuddle up as everyone tries working together to shepherd Baby into peaceful dreams.

BIO: Laura Sassi has a passion for telling stories in prose and rhyme. Her poems, stories, articles and crafts have appeared in numerous family publications including Highlights for Children, Cricket, Ladybug, Spider, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. and FamilyFun. She is the author of two picture books, GOODNIGHT, MANGER (Zonderkidz 2015) and GOODNIGHT, ARK (Zonderkidz, 2014). She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children, and a black Cockapoo named Sophie. She is represented by Lara Perkins of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.


Talk tomorrow,



  1. Can’t wait to read these books!


  2. Can’t wait to read both of these!!! Oh the illustrations…delightful!


  3. Haven’t read the Spinelli’s books, but I can highly recommend GOODNIGHT, MANGER. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy at the ALA Convention back in June. Delightful!


  4. I’ll be ordering these books. Thanks for sharing, Kathy. 🙂


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