Room for the Baby

The Next Big Thing: A Global Blog Tour


The Next Big Thing: A Global Blog Tour has finally arrived here.  Thank you Anna Levine and Anne Ylvisaker for tagging me.


Now it’s my turn to share my book and tag others.


1) What is the title of your book?

 Room for the Baby

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

That’s a great question.

I have always loved making things. Through the years, I have made pot holders, lanyards, crepe paper flowers, and hand looms. Once I even made an angel from an old paperback book. The craft that stuck was knitting. But that's another story.

The idea for Room for the Baby comes from a lifetime of making and remaking. The mother in the book is like many crafters I know, saving the bits and pieces of what others give them.


3) What genre does your book fall under?

Room for the Baby is a picture book.


4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Don’t you think Julia Roberts would be great as the mother. Plus she’s a knitter.  How about George Clooney for the dad? I do like handsome fathers. Any ideas for the narrator? I'm stumped.


5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

“A little boy frets that the sewing room where his baby sister or brother will sleep will never be emptied of things his mother has collected from neighbors for years, but she uses those things to sew and knit everything from diapers to Hanukkah gifts.”

Aren’t editors brilliant at condensing a picture book story into one sentence?


6) Who is publishing your book?

 Random House


7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Would you believe I wrote the first draft of Room For the Baby more than 25 years ago? It took me maybe a week to write it and a quarter of a century to revise it. Back then it was called Yetta the Scrap Saver.




8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Sims Tabac's telling of the classic tale of repurposing a coat -- Joseph had a Little Overcoat. 


9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The original inspiration for this story came from many places: the Coney Island neighborhood where my grandmother Yetta Skale lived, my childhood memories of celebrating the Jewish holidays, and my love of making and remaking.


10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

Jana Christy's illustrations. I hope readers will visit her website  and check out her latest work.


Thank you for stopping by.

Let Next Big Thing Blog Tour continue!

Tagging ...

Jeannie Brett

Wild About Bearswritten and illustrated by Jeannie Brett

Take a bear-by-bear journey to learn about the world’s eight bear species in this nonfiction picture book.



Dori Butler


The Buddy Files #6: Case of the school Ghost (which comes out in paperback next month).

When therapy dog, Buddy, attends the fourth grade sleep over in the school's library, he solves the mystery of the school ghost.



Lela Nargi

The Honeybee Man illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker.

A story inspired by a real Brooklyn apiarist and his delicious honey. 



Liza Woodruff



If It's Snowy and You Know Clap Your Hands written by Kim Norm.

A fun filled romp through winter -- to the tune of If You're Happy and You know It. Sterling, Fall 2013



Anne Ylvisaker


Button Down 

Ned, of the comically unlucky Button family, hasn't caught a thing in his life until he faces bully Burton Ward in a challenge to catch their town hero's football.


Room for the Baby


First Review!

Everyone is thrilled that there’s going to be a new baby, but where will the child sleep?
Mom’s sewing room would be perfect, but it is full to the brim with worn-out clothes, leftover yarn and boxes of odds and ends donated by neighbors who know Mom is a master at recycling and repurposing. As months pass, filled with weekly Sabbath celebrations and Jewish holiday traditions, Mom and all the neighbors are busy, happily sewing, knitting and crafting, making diapers, baby clothes and mittens for anyone who expresses a need. The whole family gets into the act; Dad makes a crib from a steamer trunk, and the young narrator organizes a giveaway of free stuff. The sewing room is gradually transformed into a beautiful room for the baby, who receives a joyous welcome. Edwards moves the events through the year, introducing a warm, loving, traditional Jewish family and a close-knit multicultural city community. Information about Jewish holidays, especially the food, is neatly and deliciously incorporated. Underlying themes focus on the processes and satisfaction of creative arts and crafts as well the green concept of reusing found items for new purposes. Christy’s bright illustrations, as well as the endpapers, are filled with amusing details, patterns and textures, along with a sense of movement and busy endeavor.
Warmth and comfort abound. (Picture book. 3-8) Kirkus, July 2012

Available soon!
On Sale: September 25, 2012
Pages: 32 | ISBN: 978-0-375-87090-3