Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 1, 2020

Book Giveaway: E IS FOR EVEREYONE! by Elissa Grodin

Elissa Grodin has written a new picture book, E IS FOR EVEREYONE!, illustrated by Victor Juhasz and publish by Sleeping Bear Press. They will send a copy to the 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 Elissa and Victor.

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!


Civics lessons are always timely, always important, and often very complicated. And despite the easy banter in today’s media, many adult Americans are still in the dark when it comes to knowing their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a democratic society. So how do we help our youngest citizens to understand this important information in ways that make sense? This streamlined ABC approach uses poetry and colorful artwork to explain the basic building blocks of America’s democratic system of government, from its earliest beginnings to how it works in today’s world. From amendments and elections to Congress and our Constitution, E is for Everyone! Every Vote and Every Voice: A Democracy Alphabet helps make our system of government understandable for young readers. Back matter provides further explanation for key concepts such as the Bill of Rights, Founding Fathers, and branches of government. For ages 4‒8, from the author‒illustrator team of D is for Democracy: A Citizen’s Alphabet. 


E Is For Everyone! is a re-tooled rendition aimed at younger readers of its original book form, D Is For Democracy A Citizen’s Alphabet. The unique importance of this year’s elections inspired the publisher to produce a book that would enlighten children of ages 4 to 8 about our system of government, emphasizing the importance of citizen participation to preserve our precious democracy. To that end, we removed expository text from D Is For Democracy intended for older readers (ages 8 to adult), and retained the lively poems and dynamic illustrations.

The original research for these books lasted for a period of months. Once I settled on a topic that would represent each letter of the alphabet, I read extensively on each subject. (The research is every bit as enjoyable for me as the writing.) E Is For Everyone! is my seventh book for Sleeping Bear Press. My introduction to them came when I submitted an original manuscript of children’s poetry. They ended up contracting me to write a handful of books for them, and it has been a very happy union.


Elissa Durwood Grodin is the author of eight children’s books that include: C Is For Ciao; D Is For Democracy: A Citizen’s Alphabet; Everyone who Counts: A Citizen’s Number Book; N Is For Nutmeg; The Happy Prince (a retelling of the Oscar Wilde story); Yankee Doodle Numbers; and today’s giveaway E is for Everyone.

Elissa was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the fourth of six children. One of her earliest memories is attending pre-school at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She attended Antioch and Dartmouth Colleges, and The School of Visual Arts in NYC. When she lived in London she wrote for the Times Literary Supplement. She is married to actor/writer Charles Grodin and lives in Connecticut.


Victor Juhasz was born in Newark, New Jersey. He exhibited an interest in drawing early in life but needed the prodding of his high school art teacher to abandon a fantasy of becoming a cross-country truck driver (in retrospect, a really awful idea) and recognize his calling to be an illustrator.

A graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York City, 1975, Victor began illustrating in 1974 for THE NEW YORK TIMES while still a student. His humorous caricatures and illustrations have been commissioned by major magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, and book publishers, both national and international and his clients have included TIME Inc., Newsweek, The National Observer (Canada), The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, GQ, Men”s Journal, The Village Voice, The Washington Post, Oxford University Press, Harper Collins, St. Martin’s Press, Grove/Atlantic, Sierra, Opera News, The Nation, Bozell, Foote Cone & Belding, Ogilvy & Mather, Werbeagentur Robert Putz (Germany), Proctor & Gamble, Morton Swinsky Productions and Jeffrey Richards Associates (Broadway producers).


Thank you Elissa for sharing your book and journey with us. I like seeing books that presents the good things about our country to our youngest citizens. Victor did an excellent job illustrating the book. It should be a big success. Good luck with the book!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. My son has taken an interest in the election this year. This is the perfect book to get him to learn more about it. I can’t wait to read it. Shared on Twitter.


  2. This book seems like an absolute must to have! I agree that it is so important for children to learn the importance of being involved citizens in order to keep our democracy strong. Every vote and every voice really do matter. I hope this book makes it to many classrooms and library story hours. I would love to read it with my four boys.


  3. And I just shared about this book on Twitter–let’s get the word out about E is for everyone!


  4. Really applaud your effort. Best luck to you!! My group is truing the same, but for adults ages 18 and up. Take a look and let me know what you think – looking to improve and expand!


  5. This sounds wonderful! I would love to read this to my kids


  6. Congrats, Elissa and Victor! This feels very relevant. (I RTed and I’m signed up for the emails.)


  7. Such a special story for now and always! Great work, Elissa and Victor! Congrats!


  8. Can’t wait to see how you tackled such a BIG topic with the youngest readers! The timing of your book’s release couldn’t be better!


  9. I’m grateful to see diverse Americans are included in “Everyone.” I hope your series is shared in classrooms across our country. (Tweeted –


  10. Great marriage between text and illustrations.


  11. Wow…talk about timely! ❤ Sharing…


  12. What a wonderful, timely book. Thanks fro telling me about it.


  13. Great book! Very timely and fun. Congrats to you!

    Will tweet this and I follow by email. 🙂


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