Today I Will

A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself

By Eileen Spinelli; Jerry Spinelli; Julia Rothman (Illustrator)
(Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375840579, 384pp.)

Publication Date: October 13, 2009

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Description

Reassuring advice for every day of the year

From an esteemed husband-and-wife team comes a book of daily advice and insight. In dated entries meant to be read one per day, the Spinellis open with a brief quote from children’s literature, write a paragraph of lively advice inspired by that quote, and end with a “Today I will . . .” promise. The entries range from the broad (self-esteem, the environment, gratitude, and openmindedness) to the simple and specific (Today I will call a grandparent . . . smile at a new kid . . . take a walk . . . and send a snail-mail letter.).

With wide appeal to fans of both children’s literature and advice books, this cozy page-a-day volume (with black-and-white spot art) offers inspiring quotes, gentle guidance, and 366 “Today I will . . .” promises to thoughtful readers everywhere.




About the Author
Eileen Spinelli is the author of many picture books and poetry collections, including A Big Boy Now, Hug a Bug, and the bestselling When Mama Comes Home Tonight, among others. When she writes a story, she has an instant audience: her twenty-five grandchildren and husband, Jerry (also a writer). Aside from story making, Eileen teaches creative writing and poetry. The Spinellis live in Media, Pennsylvania.

Jerry Spinelli received the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee and a Newbery Honor for Wringer. His other books include Smiles to Go, Loser, Space Station Seventh Grade, Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?, Dump Days, and Stargirl. His novels are recognized for their humor and poignancy, and his characters and situations are often drawn from his real-life experience as a father of six children. Jerry lives with his wife, Eileen, also a writer, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Julia Rothman works from her studio in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. Her clients include Chronicle Books, Target, Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, " the New York Times", the" Washington Post", "Bloomberg Businessweek", Urban Outfitters, The Metropolitan Transit Authority, The Land of Nod, Kashi, Design*Sponge, "Food and Wine", "New York Magazine", and Victoria's Secret. Rothman is also part of a small design firm with partners Jenny Volvovski and Matt Lamothe. Check out the websites, animations, books, and print projects they have worked on together atwww.also-online.com. Rothman has a book blog (www.book-by-its-cover.com) where she writes and shows pictures of art, design, and comics or children's books.
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