Tammi Sauer, Children's Book Author

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May 9, 2016

"A lesson in sharing that goes down as easily as, well, cake.” –Kirkus


“Readers will ask for seconds of this fun title. Super fun for storytime or one-on-one sharing.School Library Journal

March 28, 2016
Ooh. La. La. MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM debuts on August 2!

Here she is at the 2016 Bologna Book Fair:

March 28, 2016
*throws confetti*

January 22, 2016
NUGGET & FANG has been selected as the Read Across Oklahoma Book for 2016!

January 1, 2016
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre is currently performing CHICKEN DANCE THE MUSICAL. More than 50 performances are scheduled for spring 2016.

Click here for more information.

December 8, 2015
YOUR ALIEN was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2015!

Click here for the list.

November 11, 2015
Attention, earthlings! Out of this world singer/songwriter Emily Arrow created a YOUR ALIEN song.

Click here for the video.

November 9, 2015
NUGGET & FANG is a nominee for the 2016 New York State Reading Association's Charlotte Award! Best fishes to all the other nominees.

October 23, 2015
Fang-tastic news:  The kindergartners at OCS made a NUGGET & FANG float for their school's homecoming parade. The homecoming theme was "Under the Sea."

September 22, 2015

Click HERE for the ROAR! trailer!

The trailer for ROAR! includes cameo appearances from some of today’s fiercest authors and illustrators. You’ve been warned. Please view responsibly.

ROAR! (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster)

August 29, 2015
I presented my all-day Picture Book Workshop to a full house in Texas. Yeehaw!

August 7, 2015
NUGGET & FANG is a 2015 Colorado Children's Book Award nominee! Fang you very much, Colorado. :)

July 9, 2015
Mayor Lamb and the Edmond City Council proclaimed July 9, 2015, to be Tammi Sauer Day in Edmond, Oklahoma! To celebrate, I had a launch party at Best of Books that featured my latest book GINNY LOUISE AND THE SCHOOL SHOWDOWN and offered a sneak peek at my upcoming release YOUR ALIEN.

Some of the goodies I gave away:

My family (including my mom!) with the official Proclamation signed by the mayor:


Taking a Party Pic with my SCBWI-OK friends....

Click here for further information about Tammi Sauer Day.

July 7, 2015
This is the best alien invasion ever! YOUR ALIEN lands in stores on August 4.

June 19, 2015
I will signing GINNY LOUISE AND THE SCHOOL SHOWDOWN at Best of Books in Edmond, OK, on July 9 from 5:00-6:30. I'd love for you to stop by! :)

June 17, 2015
More out of this world news--YOUR ALIEN received a STAR from Kirkus!

"Will likely inspire preschoolers to stare hopefully heavenward looking for their own close encounters."--Kirkus

Click here for the full review.

June 16, 2015
There's a new hedgehog in town....GINNY LOUISE AND THE SCHOOL SHOWDOWN (Disney*Hyperion) debuts today!

May 25, 2015
Attention, Earthlings! YOUR ALIEN received a STAR from Publishers Weekly!

"Not since E.T. has extraterrestrial entertainment stood such a good chance of making kids (and their parents) tear up."--Publishers Weekly

here for the full review.

May 18, 2015
Hooray! GINNY LOUISE AND THE SCHOOL SHOWDOWN received another wonderful review!

"Lively illustrations, the subtle western theme, and a positive message will have kids kicking up their heels in their own hoedowns. Yippee-ki-yay!"--Booklist

May 13, 2015
Honk! Honk! TRUCK, TRUCK, GOOSE and a second book that stars Goose have just been announced on PW Children's Bookshelf. Zoe Waring is set to illustrate.

Click here for details.

May 7, 2015
Oh, happiness and joy! Kirkus gave GINNY LOUISE AND THE SCHOOL SHOWDOWN a wonderful review.

"Never underestimate the power of good, especially when it's wrapped up in as sweet a package as Ginny Louise."--

Click here for the full review.

April 7, 2015
Attention kids, grown-ups, and dragons. Get ready to....ROAR!!!!!!
(Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, 9/29/15)

February 12, 2015
Hey, buckaroos! It's the COWBOY CAMP board book.

February 6, 2015
Attention, Earthlings! YOUR ALIEN debuts August 4, 2015.

January 15, 2015
Want to see my favorite segment on the 2015 Scholastic Book Fair Video? It stars Nugget, Fang, and ME!  Millions of kids in schools all across the nation will see this in conjuction with their book fairs.

My segment is the first one. 

January 12, 2015
I'm happy to announce my 2-book deal with Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins! *throws confetti*


December 17, 2014
I'm thrilled to share the cover of my upcoming book with Disney*Hyperion, GINNY LOUISE AND THE SCHOOL SHOWDOWN. It debuts June 2015. Bonus News:  there's a sequel! GINNY LOUISE AND THE SCHOOL FIELD DAY comes out June 2016.

October 25, 2014
Just a regular Saturday with the Scholastic Book Fair guys shooting part of the Spring 2015 Book Fair DVD IN MY LIVING ROOM!!!!!

October 14, 2014
MOSTLY MONSTERLY Disclaimer: This author is not responsible for any lurching, growling, and mayhem-making caused by the reading of this book. Please read responsibly.

October 1, 2014
This just in...NUGGET & FANG (and yours truly) will be featured on the 2015 Scholastic Book Fair DVD which will be seen by millions of kids across the nation!

August 18, 2014
Yay! Best of Books in Edmond, Oklahoma, really likes me. :)

July 14, 2014:
Psst. I have THREE new books sales to add to the mix. I can't announce any details until the contracts are signed, but this means I now have ten(!!!) new books in the works. Nine of these books already have been paired with amazing illustrators!

July 9, 2014:
It's official! I sold MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM to Sterling Publishing.

May 16, 2014:
Check out my interview with The Busy Librarian at the "Let's Get Busy!" podcast. We chat about weird stuff, the ideas behind some of my books, creating ARF characters, and MORE.

April 18, 2014:
NUGGET & FANG is a finalist for the 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award!

April 12, 2014:
NUGGET & FANG won the 2014 Oklahoma Book Award!

April 8, 2014:
Over 1,400 pre-k kids were bussed to the OKC Zoo for Read Across Oklahoma 2014! These are HALF of them! Can you spot me on the stage? Loved celebrating reading with kids, teachers, volunteers, sponsors, and the supremely fun band Spaghetti Eddie. Each kid received a free copy of MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS.

March 21, 2014:
Ooh! La! La! It's the French edition of ME WANT PET!

March 13, 2014:
Best. Picture. Ever.

March 8, 2014:
I'm both happy and honored to announce NUGGET & FANG is a finalist for the 2014 Oklahoma Book Award annnnd it made the 2014Texas 2X2 List.

December 2, 2013:
Tomorrow kicks off another School Visit Extravaganza. Can't wait to meet the kids at Mustang Creek Elementary, Sunset Elementary, Heritage Trails Elementary, Townsend Elementary, Wayland Bonds Elementary, Stone Ridge Elementary, Charles Haskell Elementary, and Cross Timbers Elementary. Woo!

August 13, 2013:
 Recently, some librarians have asked about my dance move "The Librarian" as well as the music for the move. I've included links to both right here. Ooh!




July 12, 2013:
This is the Hebrew version of PRINCESS IN TRAINING. Royally cool!

May 15, 2013:
Not only is NUGGET & FANG in the Scholastic Book Fair, Scholastic Australia just picked up the book, too. 

March 12, 2013:
On April 9, Oklahoma will be nuts about reading! Come join the fun at the OKC Zoo for Read Across Oklahoma. Rumor has it kids will get to enjoy all this: free books, live music from performer Spaghetti Eddie, tattoos, bookmarks, acorn capes (each school will have a designated cape design), beanie type hats to serve as acorn toppers, a special chipmunk dance, nutty crafts, Cutesy, Blinky, and Bob (the stars from the book OH, NUTS!), a picnic lunch and more.....

March 5, 2013:
PRINCESS IN TRAINING is a finalist for the 2013 SCBWI Crystal Kite Members Choice Award.

March 1, 2013:
Ooga! ME WANT PET! is in the March 2013 Scholastic Book Order!

February 24, 2013:
PRINCESS IN TRAINING, BAWK & ROLL, and THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN OKLAHOMA are finalists for the 2013 Oklahoma Book Award.

February 23, 2013:
NUGGET & FANG has reeled in more great reviews!

"The text's cadence is well-timed for sharing aloud, and both narrative and illustrations zing with humorous touches. An entertaining tale that sends a positive message about the power of friendship and the importance of individuality."—School Library Journal

"Kids are likely to snap it up hook, line, and sinker."—Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

January 31, 2013:
I'm happy to sink my teeth into the latest reviews of NUGGET & FANG (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2013).

"It's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero."Kirkus

"Sauer creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout."Publisher's Weekly

January 1, 2013:
ME WANT PET! was named a BCCB 2012 Blue Ribbon book. OOGA!  http://bccb.lis.illinois.edu/BlueRibbons/blue12.html 

December 16, 2012:
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN OKLAHOMA was featured in The Daily Oklahoman.

November 27, 2012:
Please check out my very picture book-y interview with superstar librarian Mr. Schu. It even comes with dance moves. Ooh.


August 25, 2012:
BAWK & ROLL was accepted into the 2012 New York Society of Illustrators' prestigious Original Art Show. Congratulations to Dan Santat!

July 1, 2012:
Looking forward to being a part of the Summer Reading Programs this month in Cherokee, Stillwater, and Mustang.

June 17, 2012:
I spent the weekend presenting at the SCBWI Florida Mid-Summer Workshop in Orlando. Oh, how I love those Floridians and their happiest place on earth. :)

April 23, 2012:
My experience as a part of the Western Washington SCBWI Spring Conference faculty was so amazing I wish the people of Seattle would adopt me and the other Sauers.

February 27, 2012:
Behold! Princess Viola Louise Hassenfeffer will be zip, zup, zooming into a kingdom near year October 2012.

February 23, 2012:
Hooray! MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS is a finalist for the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award.

February 7, 2012:
Mr. Duck was spotted at the Scholastic Book Fair. Yay!

January 23, 2012:
Hooray for healthy minds! Hooray for healthy bodies! MOSTLY MONSTERLY is a 2012 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories selection!

January 15, 2012:
Kirkus gave ME WANT PET! a great review: 
"Sauer's bare-bones, Stone Age lingo ("Me sad," says Cave Boy. "Want pet") meshes nicely with Shea's heavily outlined, primitive caricatures. His uncluttered, digital compositions sport bold color contrasts and pleasing patterns, offering a comprehensible but dynamic interpretation of this satisfying, circular tale. Readers may wish for a return to simpler times, if getting your heart's desire could be guaranteed to come in triplicate. This account of the age-old bond between animals and children is ideally paced for read-aloud pleasure." OOGA!

January 10, 2012:
Spent an amazing day at Jefferson Elementary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Annnd I have something to quack about--MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS is a 2012 Nominee for the North Carolina Children's Book Award. Thank you, North Carolina!

November 22, 2011:
Wuhooh! MOSTLY MONSTERLY got to rub shoulders with Al Roker on The TODAY Show.

October 14, 2011:
Still need the perfect Halloween costume for your little boy or ghoul? Check out this Bernadette-inspired costume in this month's issue of Scholastic Parent & Child. It's spooktacular!

September 20, 2011:
The chickens are baaaaa-aaaaack! Coming to a school, library, bookstore or barn near YOU April 3, 2012.

September 15, 2011:
Hooray! I'm both honored and thrilled! MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS is a nominee for the 2012 North Carolina Children's Book Award.

September 1, 2011:
Look what showed up in the Fall 2011 Scholastic flyer!

August 14, 2011:
Gearing up for another great year of school visits. I'll be kicking things off this Friday at Kaiser Elementary in OKC.

August 4, 2011:
Holy chicken! I have the art for BAWK & ROLL (the sequel to CHICKEN DANCE) in my hot, little hands. Illustrator Dan Santat has made Elvis Poultry into a bit of a diva. Who knew?!

July 22, 2011:
Ooh. La. La. Some VERY good news came my way, but I am sworn to secrecy, and I am trying to be a grown up about it. Why does secrecy have to be SO hard?!

May 2, 2011:
Hooray! MOSTLY MONSTERLY won the 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. For more information:  http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Current-News?2011-SCBWI-Crystal-Kite-Awards-Announced-

April 9, 2011:
I am both thrilled and honored to announce that MOSTLY MONSTERLY won the 2011 Oklahoma Book Award.

March 20, 2011:
Big news! MOSTLY MONSTERLY is a finalist for the 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award.

February 27, 2011:
I'm a cover girl!

February 18, 2011:
Wuhooh! MOSTLY MONSTERLY is a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Cupcakes for everyone! 

February 10, 2011:
MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS is featured on Rat Chat!

January 25, 2011:
Cue the stampede! MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS is now available.

January 1, 2011:
Yahooh! School Library Journal likes MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS! Evidence? "Sauer's clever use of language—'Mr. Duck grumbled. He mumbled. He flip-flop-fumbled'—will engage children and help soften the getting-along message in a humorous and likable way. Mack picks up on this note, filling the pages with color and action."

December 1, 2010:
Phew! Kirkus Reviews likes MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS! Evidence? "Sauer's dour and disciplined duck and his rhyming hissy fits will most definitely entertain. Mack's furry and feathered wide-eyed animals rendered in ebullient acrylic are a great match for this fine farmyard fable." 

November 24, 2010:
Wuhooh! MOSTLY MONSTERLY was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Scholastic Parent & Child. Click here for the full list: http://ow.ly/3gYl3.

October 9, 2010:
I had an amazing time presenting and doing booksignings at Encyclo-Media and the Annual ECAO Conference. Librarians and teachers are some of my Very Favorite People. :)

October 1, 2010:
Spooktacular news:  MOSTLY MONSTERLY is featured in the October 2010 issue of FamilyFun Magazine. Click here for the online version: http://familyfun.go.com/playtime/halloween-reads-930053/.

August 31, 2010:
MOSTLY MONSTERLY is officially Out There. I hope you get your claws on a copy and sink your teeth into it. Mwhahahahaha.

August 13, 2010:
MOSTLY MONSTERLY has been getting some great reviews. Kirkus says my writing is "winning" and that Bernadette is "a fanged, horned charmer." School Library Journal says this about the book:  "A fun and delightful read for all children who have both a monsterly and a kind side." Yay! Cupcakes for everyone!

July 17, 2010:
Click on the link for the Official MOSTLY MONSTERLY Book Trailer and Bernadette's Top Secret Cupcake Recipe: http://tammisauer.com/Mostly_Monsterly.html.

June 21, 2010:
I celebrated the first day of summer with students at Crutcho Elementary and some Oklahoma dignitaries at the OKC Summer Learning Extravaganza. The event was done in conjunction with First Book, Feed the Children, and OEA.

April 17, 2010:
Bawk-bawk-ba-gawk! CHICKEN DANCE won the 2010 Oklahoma Book Award!

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