Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 13, 2019


Jackie Azúa Kramer has a new picture book titled, THAT’S FOR BABIES and illustrated by Lisa Brandenburg. It hits book shleves on June 25th. Jackie has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner.

All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Jackie!


Prunella wakes up on the morning of her birthday and announces, “I’m a big kid now.” She doesn’t want to do any of the things she usually loves. “That’s for babies!” she announces over and over again. Even her favorite doll, Talking Sally, is abandoned. But what happens when a big kid gets scared during the night.

A story about growing up, for little kids and big kids ages 4 and up.


I had chosen a lovely dress for my daughter, Daisy’s Pre-School graduation. That morning she took one glance at the sparkly frock and said, “That’s for babies!” From that moment on, those words became her mantra. All that Daisy loved and treasured before, including her favorite doll, was dropped in a box of cast-off toys.

In That’s for Babies, on the morning of little Prunella’s birthday, she announces she’s a big girl, and ready for adventure. But one dark and stormy night, she discovers that growing up is a series of small milestones…two steps forward and one step back.

I loved writing this story that shares it’s okay for big girls to play and imagine, explore and be vulnerable.

Now you know the back story to That’s for Babies–here’s what happened next on its journey to publication. Every year I look forward to the excitement and book buzz at Book Expo America held in NYC. In 2017, I wasn’t just a fan, my debut picture book, The Green Umbrella launched. I was invited by the publisher, North South, to appear for a signing! Wow…ME! Crazy!

As always, I couldn’t resist visiting the many publishers’ booths and see all the other new books of 2017. But here’s what—a little known secret is that often, editors are there, too. And that’s exactly what happened as I stopped to browse the beautiful picture books at Clavis Publishing. Philippe Werck, the publisher, and I began to chat. I shared that I was an author and wondered if they were accepting submissions. I emailed Philippe a few stories, and almost fell to the floor when within a few weeks, he agreed to publish three of them.

If You Want to Fall Asleep, 2018, was the first, That’s for Babies, 2019 and Miles Won’t Smile (TBD). So, moral of my story–share what you do, and what you’re excited about!


Jackie Azúa Kramer studied acting and voice at NYU and earned her MA, Queens College, Counseling in Education. Jackie has worked as an actor, singer, and school counselor. Her work with children presented her an opportunity to address their concerns, secrets and hopes through storytelling.

Now she spends her time writing children’s picture books. Her picture books include, the award-winning The Green Umbrella (2017 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year) and If You Want to Fall Asleep. Upcoming books- The Boy and the Eight Hundred Pound Gorilla (Candlewick); I Wish You Knew (Roaring Brook); We Are One (Two Lions); Miles Won’t Smile (Clavis).

Jackie lives with her family in Long Island, NY. When not writing, you’ll find Jackie reading, watching old movies and globe trekking.

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Jackie, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I am sure the winner will love adding this to their collection of picture books. Best!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. such a cute book and cute idea! how many times a day do I hear this in my multi-age (3-5s) classroom?!


  2. What a sweet story! I can just hear my 7 year old daughter saying “that’s for babies”….


  3. Congratulations Jackie! What a great story behind the story and a just by chance meeting with a publisher. This was a great interview. And the story sounds like so much fun that all kids could relate to.


  4. Beautiful illustrations and writing. Congratulations. Posting on FB, too.


  5. Congratulations, Jackie! Your book looks adorable!


  6. Very cute! Congratulations!


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