Helen Frost & Rick Lieder at Book Beat, Sat., April 8th!

Book Beat and the Sierra Club present poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder at Book Beat on Saturday, April 8th from 1:00-4:00pm to celebrate the release of their latest collaboration, Wake Up! Wake Up! –the follow up to their three previous critically-acclaimed collaborations: Step Gently Out, Among a Thousand Fireflies and Sweep Up The Sun. They will be speaking and signing copies of their work. You can download and share a poster of the event here: Sierra Club 8.5×11

In addition- to help highlight the need for protecting our local natural environment- Book Beat will be donating 20% of all customer purchases on April 8th directly to the South East Michigan Group (SEMG) of the Sierra Club. Join us to celebrate these two extraordinary artists and help protect our local natural community at the same time.

On April 29th, there will be a bus leaving Detroit full of people joining the People’s Climate March. For more information, please see this flyer: Bus Flyer

Books will be available for purchase at the event. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Book Beat (248) 968-1190. Book Beat is located at 26010 Greenfield Rd., Oak Park, MI 48237.

The world is wide awake — are you? Stunning photos and poetic text usher readers into the early moments of life all around them.

Wake up! Come out and explore all the new creatures being born — just-hatched birds in the trees, tadpoles in the pond, a baby fawn in the woods. In their latest collaboration, poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder, the creators of Step Gently Out, Sweep Up the Sun, and Among a Thousand Fireflies, invite readers to wake up, open their eyes, and see the awe-inspiring array of new life just outside their door.

Lieder again demonstrates that he is not only a master of catching light where it falls, but capturing intimate moments only the most patient of observers would notice…Frost notes “New life is everywhere — / open your eyes.” Descriptive endnotes lend additional context to the species on display. Stunning as ever: another irresistible imperative from Frost and Lieder to get up and out into nature.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The collaboration of poet Frost and photographer Lieder continues in this handsome volume celebrating new life emerging in the natural world…An inherently joyful celebration of new life, this picture book is a natural for spring read-aloud sessions.

Young children will love identifying the creatures that they see on the pages and guessing at the riddlelike stanzas of the poem…A delightful combination of fine poetry and photography, this is a seasonal treat that should be shared widely.
—School Library Journal

Helen Frost is one of Book Beat’s favorite authors for young people and we are excited to share this event with the community. We encourage teachers, school, library, and mother-daughter book clubs to choose one of Helen’s titles for their February or March selection. A book club outing can be organized and readers will get a rare opportunity to meet the author. Book Beat offers discounts for bulk book club orders, please call (248) 968-1190 for more details. Click this link to Book Beat’s guide to more information for parents and teachers as to which titles may be most suitable for their readers.

Helen Frost is an award-winning poet- winner of the Women Poets Series Competition in 1993. She is also the recipient of the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and the Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award, from the Poetry Society of America, as well as winner of the Michael L. Printz Honor in 2004. She is the author of Crossing Stones, Diamond Willow, Hidden, and Keesha’s House, amongst many others.


Painter and photographer Rick Lieder’s art has appeared on award-winning novels ranging from mysteries and science fiction, to books based on the X-Files TV series and Newbery Award-winning books for children. His work with Helen Frost- Step Gently Out and Sweep Up the Sun– has been cited by the American Library Association as a 2013 Notable Book and Kirkus Reviews as a Best Children’s Books of 2012. His fine art has been exhibited in galleries in the Midwest and Canada, and include painting, photography, and digital art. Visit his website here for more.

Sierra_club_logoThe Southeast Michigan Group (SEMG) of the Sierra Club is the local voice for the Sierra Club, our nation’s oldest, largest, & most influential grassroots environmental organization. SEMG’s 6,500 members work together to protect our communities and our planet. Visit their website here for more information.

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