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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In honor of the release of L is for Law next week, I'm giving away three signed copies of E is for Economics on Instagram. The winners will be announced Monday afternoon via my Instagram stories here. Good luck to all who enter!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
We're excited for the release of L is for Law next month. Here are two sample interior pages:
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.