Baby Shower Gifts for Lawyers

We know a lot of lawyers with children of all ages, which is part of the inspiration behind L is for Law, so I’m always on the look out for baby shower and baby gift ideas for them. Here are a few of my go-to gifts and other ones that I’ve bookmarked.

This plastic gavel is perfect for babies and toddlers who love to object to everything their lawyerly parents might ask of them.

I Dissent is a great biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by a local author, Debbie Levy, here in Washington, D.C.

For older kids 5 and up, this 3D puzzle of Independence Hall in Philadelphia can be a good conversation starter about the history of our democracy and the Constitution and a great activity for the whole family to enjoy together for some screen-free time.

This new release, Turning Pages, by Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a testament to the power of books and an inspiring life story. This picture book autobiography is also available in Spanish.

And for the littlest preschool lawyers, please don’t forget about my book, L is for Law, which should keep babies engaged and lawyer parents entertained.

My Author Interview with Melissa Mollet at NBC Washington

Thank you so much to Melissa Mollet at NBC Washington for giving me the opportunity to talk about the books last week! Below is the video:

L is for Law Out Today!

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L is for Law is officially out today! It's a fun, colorful alphabet book for preschool-age children (or for actual lawyers who need to brush up on their ABCs). The book features a new legal term for every letter of the alphabet, illustrated by full-color, playful images to entertain parents and children alike as you move from A to Z.

And if you know any baby lawyers or lawyerly parents who would appreciate the book -- and I know you know A LOT of lawyers -- please spread the word. And if you happen to order a copy and enjoy the book, please leave a review! 

Special thanks to Nicole Jones Sturk, the talented illustrator of the book. 

The Baby Bookworm Reviews L is for Law

One of my favorite kidlit reviewers, The Baby Bookworm, wrote a comprehensive, honest review of L is for Law. I'm so happy to hear that they enjoyed it!

"Hello, friends! Our book today is L Is For Law, written by Veronica Goodman and illustrated by Nicole Jones Sturk, an alphabet book for aspiring esquires.

Following the same format as its prequel, E Is For Economics, little readers are introduced to various concepts and terms from the legal world: A is for Attorney, B is for Bar Exam, C is for Class Action, and so on. Each letter and term is accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek illustration that interprets the definition of the term in either a literal or comedic way."

Read the entire book review here.

Tips From An Author On Successful Self-Publishing (Interview with Ariel Mendez)

Ariel Mendez, a fellow children's book author in the D.C. area, interviewed me for her blog on the topic of self-publishing. 

"Veronica Goodman is the author of the debut picture book, E is for Economics, and the subsequent book, L is for Law. Veronica and I first met on Instagram, where I learned she leads a local picture book club. I met Veronica in person at one of the meetings, along with other local writers and authors. Veronica has successfully self-published her children’s book. Now we get to hear about her self-publishing journey. Thanks for sharing, Veronica!"

Read the entire interview here.

Legal Cheek Reviews L is for Law

Thank you to Legal Cheek for this delightful review of L is for Law

"When it comes to children’s books, you won’t find many (or any at all) gracing the shelves of your law school library. Enter L is for Law — a new picture book aimed at demystifying legal concepts for kids."

Read the entire review by Aishah Hussain here.

E is for Economics Instagram Giveaway!

Three Delightful Books About Cities for Children

Summer is my favorite season because of all of the adventures, both at home and away, that it brings. To introduce my daughter to places that we've traveled together as a family, or before she was born, I've sought out books about some of my favorite cities in the U.S. and abroad. Here are a couple of our favorites:

London: A Book of Opposites by Ashley Evanson

The illustrations and concepts are colorful, adorable, and bring back fond memories from across the pond. This board book is a hit with any Anglophile or aspiring one looking to learn about opposites in a creative, worldly way. 

Paris: A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson

This is another favorite by the same author of London: A Book of Opposites in the Hello, World series. While my daughter has never visited Paris, she marvels at the dreamy shapes of Versailles, the Louvre, and other Parisian treasures. It was also the way she learned her shapes so early! 

The ABCs of Washington, D.C. by Baby Ventures

Being a proud Washingtonian, I was extra critical of which children's book I would choose to get for my daughter. Some of the other ones on the market have errors or don't highlight aspects of D.C. life that I value. This board book has fun illustrations and feature parts of the city that my daughter has grown up learning about and seeing on our trips around D.C. It makes a great gift for other families, too. 

 

D.C.'s Awesome Independent Bookstores

I feel blessed to live in a city with so many independent bookstores. I feel even more lucky to have E is for Economics on the shelves at a number of them.

You can find E is for Economics on the shelves at all three Politics and Prose locations around DC, including the new Union Market and The Wharf shops, and at East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill. Hooray for awesome independent bookstores! The Connecticut Avenue Politics and Prose location and East City Bookshop have especially large children's books sections - so much so that I have to stop myself from going sometimes because I leave with way too many books!

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Let the Querying Adventures Begin!

This month, I sent my first query letter to an agent for a new manuscript that I've been working on. It's been exciting to finally go from the editing and revising stage to sharing it with others. Alas, that agent passed but as I've heard from many others, it's a numbers game and worth it to find the right agent who will connect with the story and serve as the best advocate for it. Fingers crossed!

I did not approach any agents or publishers for E is for Economics or L is for Law (more to come on why in an interview I did with another local author next month!) so it was a learning process in writing the letter and researching literary agents.

To others who are curious about the querying process, I've found a lot of resources from literary agents on Twitter, especially their blogs, through the hashtag #amquerying. Please wish me luck!

Picture Book Club -- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus/SkippyJon Jones

I had a blast this morning at the second meeting of a picture book club of local kidlit authors. We discussed a compare and contrast of Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. The overwhelming majority favored the latter. I'm biased because I love all Mo Willems books! Looking forward to the next meeting. It's such fun to listen to what inspires others and what they're working on.

Read.Learn.Repeat. Reviews E is for Economics

Thank you to Read.Learn.Repeat. for this themed review of E is for Economics! Below is an excerpt.

The first step toward mastering any new subject is acquiring the associated language. But the language of finance is often absent from early childhood, and probably from most conversations with children. Authored by an Economist who noted this absence,  this book is designed to build foundational language and facilitate further education.

Read the rest of the review here

Picture Book Club -- First Meeting and Last Stop on Market Street

I recently founded a picture book club for local authors to discuss successful picture books and the first meeting is this week. We're going to read and discuss the award-winning picture book, Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de le Peña. It's easy to see why it's so highly regarded. I can't recall the last time I was so moved by a kid's book. It reads more like a poem or a song, and lifts up the reader with its soaring message. If the news this week has you down, pick up a copy for a timely reminder of how we can nurture empathy in little ones and inspire them to see and create beauty in a world that is often imperfect.