Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 29, 2020

Book Giveaway: SING SOME MORE! by Deborah Diesen

Deborah Diesen has written a new picture book, SING SOME MORE!, illustrated by Howard Gray. It’s published by Sleeping Bear Press and hit the bookstores on August 15. Sleeping Bear Press has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner.

All you have to do to get in the running is 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 other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Deborah and Howard.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


Before the sun even rises and through the end of the day, four spirited birds combine their vocal talents in a day-long concert for their neighborhood.

We perform our songs for others
And we hope they’ll sing along.
We have tunes for all occasions,
And our harmonies are strong.

They perform solos and acapella and arpeggios. And they sing and sing–and sing some more! Until the day comes to an end and they decide…they’re actually pretty exhausted. But come morning, they have big plans to SING SOME MORE!!!

Written in rhyme, this exuberant musical celebration is perfect for anyone who has awakened to the sound of birdsong, welcome or otherwise! Bright, colorful and humorous illustrations add a parallel storyline about a family trying to enjoy their day. In additional to the musical fun, Sing Some More! is perfect for bedtime reading.


I’ve always loved birds.  I enjoy watching the birds that visit the trees, feeders, and bird baths in my yard, and I also enjoy stalking birds with my camera when I take walks at the local park.  I’m strictly an amateur birdwatcher (my bird identification skills are quite limited) but I derive a great deal of enjoyment from my casual pastime.

The aspect of bird identification that I am least skilled with is identifying birds by their songs.  Though there are a few songs I can match up with their birds, for the most part if I can’t clearly see the bird that’s singing, I have no idea what kind of bird it is.  One day I was reflecting on this and I indulged in a bit of whimsy.  I thought to myself, “I wish the birds that make the music up in the trees would introduce themselves to me!”

A thought like that in the mind of a writer inevitably leads to a story.  And so began Sing Some More.

The first line was easy:  “We’re the birds that make the music that you hear up in the trees!”  Once I had that on paper, my feathered friends flew me forward.  Stanza by stanza they enthused about their vocal talents, in an increasingly over the top manner.  It was delightfully fun to write!

But as I got further into the text, I began to think, how the heck am I going to end this thing?  I hadn’t planned ahead when I set out on my writing, and I was starting to get a little weary of all the unrelenting birdsong.  I thought to myself, “Won’t these birds ever pipe down????”

And that was a thought that led to the end of the story.  Because even the most enthusiastic of vocalists does eventually need to call it a day.  🙂

95% bird silliness and 5% bedtime story, Sing Some More was a thoroughly enjoyable writing journey!


Deborah Diesen is the author of many children’s picture books, including the NYT-bestselling The Pout-Pout Fish.  She loves playing with words and rhymes and rhythms.  She has worked as a bookseller, a bookkeeper, and a reference librarian.

Deborah’s book The Pout-Pout Fish was chosen by Time Magazine as a Top 10 Children’s Book of 2008. It was also selected for the Michigan Reads! literacy program. Diesen lives in Grand Ledge with her family live in Michigan.


Howard got a BSc in Zoology to study animals! During that time he kept doing art, by doing various pieces of wildlife artwork and displaying them at a couple of exhibitions. After he graduated he decided he wanted to make a career by illustrating children’s books and studied long-distance at the London Art College and then decided to pursue a PhD in Arabian bottlenose dolphin genetics. This research took him to Oman where he worked with a team studying the amazing diversity of marine life in the Arabian region, such as humpback whales, sperm whales, dolphins (of various shapes and sizes) and of course sea turtles! It took him six years to complete this research on a part-time basis, doing bits of environmental consultancy work as well as the occasional graphic design and illustration project to keep baked beans in the cupboard, all the while keeping one eye on the children’s book industry.

After he finished his PhD, he illustrated his first picture book Danny and the Dream Dog by Fiona Barker in 2018. Now this year he illustrated Sing Some More for Sleeping Bear Press. Howard was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Click here to view.

Deborah, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I love how this book introduces musical vocabulary to children in a fun way including words like vocalize, arpeggios, harmonies, a cappella, ballads, and anthems with the back matter and provides definitions for these musical terms. Howard did a great job making the whole book sign with his colorful illustrations. Good luck with the book!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. what a beautiful book!


  2. Lovely! I know some birds by song and recognize their calls. But only the locals. This looks like a fun read! Congrats! Thanks for sharing with us.

    Sharing on Twitter and I follow your blog by email, Kathy. 🙂


  3. Congrats, Deborah and Howard! I’m signed up for emails and I shared on Twitter.


  4. This looks absolutely delightful! As a birder who also can’t recognize birds by their songs, I’m looking forward to reading this book! Congratulations!


  5. Congratulations, Deborah. Lovely rhymes. I liked the part about the birds being pretty exhausted, a cute deviation. Howard’s illustrations are beautiful. I shared this post on my twitter feed.


  6. Reblogged this on Terry Pierce and commented:
    Deborah Diesen (of POUT POUT FISH fame), has another terrific picture book coming out. And she’s doing a giveaway over at Writing & Illustrating.


  7. I have been seeing this book being written about. It looks great. Thanks for your post.


  8. What a great premise and I would never know specific birds by their song either…except the mourning bird which is the only one that actually grates on my nerves! lol The illustrations are amazing too! Sharing, of course 🙂


  9. Love bird songs!


  10. Looks like a cute story! Congrats, Deborah! Great illustrations, Howard!


  11. I’d love to win a copy, and of course, this is a perfect book to TWEET!


  12. Looks like a such fun book! We have mockingbirds that visit our yard, and they are notorious for imitating other bird’s songs. Plus they sing morning, noon, and night. I LOVE them!


  13. We have lots of birds that sing every day in our neighborhood, we even had a local peacock for a while but that was not as pleasant a sound as some of the others. Thanks for the chance to win this fun book.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and shared an image on Pinterest too:
    I also follow your blog daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks again, have a great day everyone!


  14. The book looks charming. I look forward to adding it to my collection.


  15. How fun! I love silly bedtime stories. Congratulations, Deborah


  16. I’m also an amateur birdwatcher (and even have rescued a few birds while dog walking)! This colorful book sounds like something to sing about–can’t wait to read it:-) Kathy, I follow your blog.


  17. Woohoo!! I adore Debbie and her books! Congrats to her and Howard!


  18. Sounds delightful! I like this story idea!


  19. This looks like such a fun book!


  20. Alaska is a wonderful place to live…but I really, really miss the songbirds that are so plentiful in warmer parts of the U.S.. Now I enjoy listening to ravens, which have an amazing variety of vocalizations. I look forward to reading your book! (Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.)


  21. This looks adorable! And I’m always happy to see another rhyming picture book out in the world! (And, by the way, I’m a HUGE fan — The Pout Pout Fish is one of my — and my boys’ — favorites. That book inspired me on my own journey as a rhyming picture book author and poet. THANK YOU!)


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