E is for Economics and L is for Law Book Art Now Available for Prints and More!

The artwork from E is for Economics and L is for Law is now available on my online store here. The art can be printed on posters, framed prints, onesies, kids’ t-shirts, adult t-shirts, mugs, and other items. Click the links below for the available art from each book:

You can also click on any of the pages below to see some examples of the fun stuff the pages can be printed on. If you have any issues or questions, please reach out to me at bookishv (at) gmail.com.

M is for Medicine Cover Reveal and Release Date

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I’ve been working this spring and summer on the next book in the series, M is for Medicine, and I am so excited to announce that it’ll be released on September 3, 2019! Here is the cover reveal. Stay tuned for sample pages and other behind the scenes posts soon.

M is for Medicine is a humorous, colorful introduction to the language of medicine for preschool-age children. The book features a new medical 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.

While I wouldn't recommend that you use this book to study for the MCAT or instead of seeing a doctor, if you want to teach your child the alphabet, this is the book for you!

P is for Psychology -- Available Now!

I was excited last year when Natasha Schvey reached out to me about collaborating on a psychology book for the series. I had never considered such a partnership but I’m so happy that I could help her bring P is for Psychology to life. It was a fun project and it was fulfilling to help a fellow mom create a special way to share her work with her child. The book is out now, getting wonderful reviews, and oh so entertaining.

Drop by Amazon now and order a copy or support a local bookstore, Politics and Prose, by ordering a copy here.

Author Visit to the LANK School

This month, I had a blast visiting the LANK school in Virginia to read E is for Economics and L is for Law to some adorable preschoolers as part of their annual book fair. We enjoyed learning our ABCs for the younger students and discussing economics concepts at a basic level for those in their PreK year. Many thanks to them for hosting me!


Adorable Bedtime Board Books from Politics and Prose


My daughter is signed up for the book-a-month program from Politics and Prose bookstore and it’s been such a fun surprise each time we get a package from them. If you have little ones in the D.C. area, I highly recommend it. This month, we received two bedtime board books and both have been a huge hit with her. The art is excellent and engaging in both and the length is perfect for turning in. You can customize the types of books that you’d like to receive based on the child’s age and interests.

Holiday Gifts for Lawyers

If you are looking for holiday gifts for a lawyer in your life, here are a few ideas to consider:

1. Fountain Pen – A fountain pen is an elegant and traditional choice that will stand out in today’s digital world. While fountain pens can span a tremendous range of price points, consider this offering from Waterman at $85.  I have personally used Waterman fountain pens and enjoy writing with them.  Keep in mind that writing with a fountain pen may take some getting used to if you are only familiar with ball points.

2. Gavel Set – A personalized gavel set makes an excellent decorative addition to a lawyer’s office.  If you look around online, there are various sellers who offer customized gavel sets, such as this one.

3. Portfolio – Lawyers often value a nice folder to organize their papers or hold their notepad during important meetings. Try this Etsy search for a variety of options from different vendors with various possibilities for customization.

4. Lawyerly Art Prints – What about a framed piece of law-inspired art? Art.com has a whole category of art for lawyers, including both traditional legal scenes and more humorous selections, like this New Yorker cartoon.

5. L is for Law – This one is no surprise for readers of this blog. Consider giving a copy of L is for Law to all your lawyer friends with toddlers!

Happy Holidays!



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!


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.