Sorting through Spring

Silence, Spring, and Saskatchewan

My name badge from the TD Book Week kick off party.

I really must quit putting all sorts of other things ahead of blogging. I like blogging, I really do. But sometimes I obsess too much over what to say. So much so that I’m often paralyzed with indecision and then just end up saying nothing. Bad, no?

So I’m going to try to kick that and, in the next few days, blog about my awesome trip earlier this spring for Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013! I was honoured to be chosen to talk to many children in communities across northern Saskatchewan about “Sorting through Spring” as well as my other books.

Blogging preparations are underway! I promise.

© Lizann Flatt,
No part of this blog may be used without written permission from the author.

My Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing is a global blog tour, started in Australia, to showcase authors and illustrators and their current work.  I was tagged by the talented Cynthia Cotten. Thanks Cyndy! And I should also give a nod to another talented friend, Mary Cronk Farrell, because she tried to tag me earlier this year and I was too swamped to participate.

So now I’ll answer some questions about my newest book, then pass the Q&A along to two others who’ll pick up the tour next week.

1) What is your next big thing?
That would be my newest book Sorting through Spring.

“Sorting through Spring,” by Lizann Flatt and Ashley Barron

2) Where did the idea for the book come from?
My kids would complain that doing math patterning problems seemed to have no purpose. It made me think what if…? What if you could see animals and nature making patterns and sorting all around you?

3) In what genre does your book fall?
It’s a nonfiction picture book.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Well, since there are only animals in the book, I’d hope Disney’s Pixar would make the movie. I can see them having fun with the schools of smelt and the mosquitoes. Think this or this.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
If animals and nature knew numbers like you, can you imagine the sorting and patterning they’d do?

6) Who published your book?
OwlKids Books. Find them here:

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took about a month, but before that it took a lot of time to decide the content and focus of the series. I’d say nearly a year till the four-book format was set. (Sorting through Spring is book two in the series– Counting on Fall is the first, Sizing up Winter will be the third, and Shaping up Summer will be the fourth.)

8) What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?
It deals with some of the same ideas as Math for All Seasons. These books, in a running story format, go into deeper detail about math concepts that are in my book:  The Great Graph Contest, A Very Improbable Story.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
It sounds cliche, but Nature fascinates and inspires me all the time. Math was never my favourite subject. Put one with the other and hopefully it results in some fun with both math and nature.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The art is gorgeous and invites you to touch the page. I think with the different spring nature phenomena and some rhythmic or rhyming language it’s a less serious way to talk about math, plus you can use the book with young children as a segue into more math, language, or science.

Now I get to tag a couple other lucky people. Hope you’ll drop in next Thursday, April 25th to these blogs for their next Next Big Thing:

Rachel Eugster

Peggy Collins

You won’t be disappointed!

And thank you for stopping in here to help me celebrate my “Next Big Thing.”

© Lizann Flatt,
No part of this blog may be used without written permission from the author.