Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 27, 2020

Book Giveaway: WAITING TOGETHER by Danielle Dufayet

Author Daneille Dufayet has a new picture book titled, WAITING TOGETHER, illustrated by Srimalie Bassani and published by Albert Whitman & Company hits book shelves on September 1st. Danielle 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 Danielle and Srimalie!


Waiting is not easy! And waiting can take a long time. Like waiting on the drip, drip, drip of rain to stop or the ding of the timer for cookies to be done baking. But there’s one thing that can make waiting go a little bit faster—a friend! A perfect read aloud, this book encourages readers to enjoy every kind of wait.


Although You Are Your Strong and Fantastic You were my first picture books, it was Waiting Together that landed me an agent in the first place. Inspired by Deborah Underwood’s The Quiet Book, I asked myself: what is another thing that’s really hard for kids to do? Immediately I thought that it was waiting for something.

Waiting Together is a fun book about all the different kinds of waits kids do and I wanted to include the senses. What’s a noisy wait? A scary wait? A long wait? I wanted the take-away to be: waiting is hard, but always better with a friend!

My first draft was funny, in a dead-pan kind of way. I submitted on my own and got some very promising interest. Then, when I found my agent (Karen Grencik) she took over and started to submit it to editors. Unfortunately, at that time (2014) there were two books by famous authors about waiting: WAIT! by Antoinette Portis and WAITING by Kevin Henkes. Karen felt like I should put my manuscript away for a few years. Then, in March, 2019, I woke up one morning and decided that this was the day I was going to ask Karen to start submitting Waiting Together again. By now, I had revised it numerous times (needed more of an arc -language more lyrical and more onomatopoeia) and knew that it was ready (Thanks to my wonderful critique partners too!)

In only two short months, Albert Whitman made an offer! Albert Whitman was wonderful to work with. They asked me to make only a few little changes; and, they paired me up with a great illustrator, Srimalie Bassani.

What this journey has taught me is: Never give up on a manuscript you whole heartedly believe in. You may have to put it away for a while, but don’t forget about it. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of timing.


Danielle Dufayet knew she wanted to write children’s picture books at the age of 18. She wrote on and off for about 30 years until in 2010 she decided that she was going to put in all her effort to find an agent and get published – it was do or die. In 2019, Her debut picture book, You Are Your Strong by Magination Press won the 2020 Teacher’s Choice Award followed by her second book, Fantastic You.

When she’s not writing, Danielle’s painting in bright, vivid colors, riding her bike, or snuggling with her two grandsons. She lives in San Jose, CA



Srimalie was Born in 1986. She lives and works in Mantova (Italy).
Since Srimalie was a child her mother gave her the passion for drawing and painting, and she had always encouraged her artistic expression.
Srimalie attended the art school and the Academy of fine arts, and later was selected for a Master’s degree in Illustration Editorial “ARS in FABULA” in Macerata.

Her work is always full of surprises. She likes to diversify her style based on the story she is illustrating. She enjoys drawing in pencil, and then applying color with the graphic tablet. The result is much more immediate than traditional techniques.
Some of her drawings were selected from the monthly magazine “LOGOS” in 2012. That same year she published with Bacchilega Editore the book titled: “La storia più bella”, and in 2014 she will publish two books for Lantana Editore, and she will publish children’s book titled: “il maialino salvadanaio” for Gilgamesh Editions in September 2014.

Danielle, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I don’t have a copy of the book, but you tackled a big problem, because waiting is hard, especially for children. Srimalie’s illustrations are wonderful. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congratulations Danielle! The book looks amazing and you’ve been ‘waiting’ a long time for it to be out in the world.

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  2. Waiting is hard for me! I want to read this book. Great subject for all ages. Congrats!

    Sharing on Twitter 🙂

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  3. Thank you, Angie! Yes, waiting is hard for everyone, but it’s part of life so might as well enjoy it. 🙂


  4. I bet you couldn’t wait for your book to come out!

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    • Lol. I couldn’t wait. but I had no choice! So glad I didn’t give up! 🙂


  5. Thank you, Kathy Temean, for featuring me and my newest book! xoxo


  6. What a great concept for a picture book! The text and illustrations blend so well together. I’ve shared on facebook, twitter and reblogged.

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  7. Reblogged this on Writer-Reader-Teacher and commented:
    What a great concept for a book. The story and illustrations blend so well together.

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  8. Wow, what a great looking book! I’m so glad it is coming out. Congrats, Danielle and Srimalie!

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  9. This sounds like a great book!! Congrats!

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  10. Congrats, Danielle and Srimalie! (I RTed this, too)

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  11. Sounds like a sweet book and that little dog is so cute. He reminds me of my own Rocky. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and pinned an image on Pinterest with a link as well:
    Thanks again. Safe day everyone!

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  12. Congratulations, Danielle, on the publication of Waiting Together. Your persistence is inspiring – and I love the shout-out to your critique partners. Where would we be without them?


  13. Congratulations to you both. Danielle, you write wonderful books. And Srimalie’s illustrations are amazing and look like the perfect fit for this story.

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  14. Congrats! This looks adorable and a great concept!

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  15. What a wonderful topic! I’d love to win a copy and am happy to give shout outs on FB when it arrives.

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    • Thank you, Barbara! Yes, I wanted to write about a topic that everyone can relate to!


  16. Patience is not my long or strong suit. This book sounds perfect for kids. Thanks for telling me about it.

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    • Hi Rosi,
      I’m not a patient person either, per se, but I have learned to appreciate waiting as best I can -after all, it’s such a big part of life.


  17. I think every aspiring writer needs to find a positive way to view waiting. This business is certainly filled with it! Sounds like your book has a message for all ages! (Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.)

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    • Hi Janet, Yes writers, especially, need to be OK with waiting because the publishing world is so slow! Patience truly develops character!


  18. […] Nozell won WAITING TOGETHER by Danielle […]


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