23 September

ZONDERKIDZ TO PUBLISH BROADCASTER RAYMOND ARROYO’S NEW
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK SERIES, TURNABOUT TALES

The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison releases March 2023

Grand Rapids, MI – September 23, 2022 – Zonderkidz is pleased to announce that New
York Times
bestselling author, broadcast journalist and producer Raymond Arroyo will publish
a new children’s picture book series titled Turnabout Tales, with the first book arriving in stores
on March 21, 2023, titled The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison. Illustrated by Kristina
Gehrmann, the book will be for children 4-8 and beyond who will enjoy learning how small
moments and events in one’s life can create a big change, much like Edison’s life did.

Based on the younger years of inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the book highlights the support of
his mother, Nancy Edison, who understood Thomas had a special curiosity and went on to
school him at home to help expand his worldview and understanding of all things nature and
science. Edison’s curiosity often got him into trouble, but also led to his love of chemistry, the
mechanics of the telegraph and more. His struggle with deafness at an early age also compelled
him to become a compulsive reader. Edison’s mother was his biggest advocate, and he opened
up an “invention factory” in 1876 to honor her after her unexpected death.

The Turnabout Tales series will feature pivotal moments in other historic lives, each revealing
challenges faced, paths changed and history turned. More books will be announced later in 2023. This series was acquired by Zonderkidz Publisher Megan Dobson and Senior Acquisitions
Editor Katherine Jacobs, from agent Chip Flaherty of Bamtrey Strategies.

Zonderkidz is happy to bring these unique stories from Raymond to a wide audience who will
appreciate history and the hidden backstories of characters that can inspire children and their
families even today,” says Megan Dobson, Vice President and Publisher of Zonderkidz. “We seek
to highlight tales that bring light and joy while also delivering inspiring yet little-known stories
that bring history to life for kids in an all-new, fun way. Acquiring this series fits perfectly within
our mission.”

“We often forget that talent is nurtured by love and belief. I was drawn to Edison when I read a
comment where he attributed his entire career as an inventor to his mother,” says Arroyo, host
of the global news program The World Over Live on EWTN, and a Fox News Contributor. “At a
critical point, when he was tossed from school, it was Edison’s mother who recognized his spark
and changed the trajectory of his life. My hope is that the whole series will inspire kids and their
families to be open to the direction of their children’s gifts and interests. Often it is by looking
back that we can see the best way to go forward –and that’s what I hope to do with Turnabout
Tales
.”

The book includes an author note and bibliography for further reading. A Teaching Guide and
Activity Guide will also be available for free download to parents and educators at
www.zonderkidz.com.

“…the light of the invention within Tom might have never illuminated the world, had it not been
for a mother who first saw the glow of curiosity in her Al.” – The Unexpected Light of Thomas
Alva Edison

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison
By New York Times bestselling author Raymond Arroyo
Illustrated by Kristina Gehrmann
Hardcover w/Jacket, $17.99
9780310799238
March 21, 2023 On Sale

Advance copies of the book and interviews are available upon request; a multi-city media tour in
several U.S. cities in the spring featuring visits to media and schools is in process. Please contact
Publicity Director Jessica Westra at [email protected] for more information.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“This moving, hidden story of one of our great inventors, in Raymond Arroyo’s skillful hands,
becomes a lesson in the power of love and family. This Turnabout Tale will touch any parent
who has ever defended or encouraged their child and inspire any student who has been
underestimated. There’s true light in this tale.” – Kathie Lee Gifford, Best-selling author and
4-time Emmy award winning entertainer

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Raymond Arroyo is an internationally known, award-winning journalist, producer, and New
York Times
bestselling author. As a Fox News Contributor and Editorial Advisor to the top rated, The Ingraham Angle, he has created the popular “Seen and Unseen” and “Friday Follies”
segments that have become audience favorites. He regularly files reports for Fox News and
appears across the network.

As founding News Director, Managing Editor and Lead Anchor for EWTN News, he is seen in
more than 350 million homes on six continents each week and heard on more than 500 AM/FM
affiliates and a stand alone Sirius channel throughout the U.S. Arroyo established EWTN News
and The World Over Live in 1996, which he hosts from Washington D.C. each week.
Known for his penetrating interviews, Arroyo has interrogated the leading figures of the day.

Highlights include: The first exclusive, sit down interview with Mel Gibson about his film, “The
Passion of the Christ”; Mother Teresa of Calcutta; Placido Domingo; Presidents George W. Bush
and Donald Trump, a groundbreaking interview with comic legend, Jerry Lewis, and the first
and only English language interview with Pope Benedict XVI.

Before coming to EWTN, Arroyo worked for the Associated Press, The New York Observer and
the political columnist team of Evans and Novak. Arroyo is a graduate of New York University’s
Tisch School of the Arts. He has acted and directed in New York and London.

In addition to his work at EWTN, Arroyo has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning
America
, CNN Headline News, Access Hollywood, and NPR. His work has appeared in the Wall
Street Journal
, The Financial Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, and
elsewhere.

Five of his adult books, including his biography of Mother Angelica, were all New York Times
bestsellers. His first picture book, The Spider Who Saved Christmas, was also a New York
Times
bestseller. Additionally, he is author of the bestselling Will Wilder series for young
readers. In 2015, Arroyo founded Storyented.com, a literacy initiative to inspire reading by
connecting the world’s great authors and their readers. Arroyo resides in New Orleans and
Washington D.C. with his wife Rebecca and their three children.

https://raymondarroyo.com/
https://twitter.com/raymondarroyo
https://www.facebook.com/ArroyoRaymond
Literary Initiative: storyented.com

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through
imaginative, innovative and educational resources that represent a Christian worldview and
build up God’s children and teens. For additional information, please visit
www.zonderkidz.com.

Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.
Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational
Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and
digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200
languages. Zondervan’s offices are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For additional
information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

Media Contact:
Jessica Westra
Director of Publicity, Zonderkidz
[email protected]
616.403.6628


13 September

Internet Sensation Fiona the Hippo Celebrates Love at the Zoo with New Picture Book from Zonderkidz  

Fiona Love at the Zoo releases November 15 and highlights the affections of Zoo animal families 

Exclusive pre-order print features Fiona and her new sibling, Fritz 

Grand Rapids, MI — September 13 — Zonderkidz, the children’s division of Zondervan, will release a new illustrated picture book in November in partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, one of the top zoos in the nation. Fiona Love at the Zoo features artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator and Cincinnati native, Richard Cowdrey. 

This is the sixth picture book from Zonderkidz featuring the world’s most famous hippo. The New York Times bestselling Fiona the Hippo picture book was a hit with Fiona fans around the globe. Fiona is a worldwide internet sensation and the star of the Cincinnati Zoo, thanks to her spunk and the fighting spirit that helped her overcome all odds when she was born six weeks premature.  She is now over 5 years old and much heavier than her 29-pound birthweight! 

To celebrate the book, a free, exclusive pre-order print from Zonderkidz is available to the first 500 fans who order the book from their favorite retailer prior to November 15, 2022 and fill out the form on here. The 5×7 colored print, drawn by Fiona book illustrator Richard Cowdrey, shows Fiona lovingly snuggling with new baby brother, Fritz. Suitable for framing, the print highlights Fiona with the new baby hippo who was born this August to much fanfare worldwide.    

In the latest book, Fiona is illustrated discovering how her animal friends at the Zoo have lots of little ways of showing affection to each other – like wrapping necks as giraffes do, swans water-dancing, seals booping noses, and peacocks striking dramatic poses.  

“This book is a celebration of love, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect as the Cincinnati Zoo recently welcomed Fritz into their hippo “bloat” family,” says Megan Dobson, VP and publisher of Zonderkidz. “We appreciate working alongside the Zoo and helping them support their mission. And yes, Fiona the Hippo fans should be delighted to know that Fritz will be in an upcoming book in 2023…so stay tuned!”   

About the book: 

Fiona Love at the Zoo

www.fionathehippobook.com 

Fiona Love at the Zoo 

Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey 

On sale November 15, 2022  

$18.99 Ages 4 – 8 

9780310770855  

From Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan, a HarperCollins company 

For pre-order print

About the Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey is well known for illustrating many beautiful children’s picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Fiona the Hippo and Bad Dog, Marley! Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Cowdrey graduated from The Columbus College of Art and Design. Richard’s love for family and nature overflows into his illustrations which are enjoyed by children around the world. The artist lives in Ohio with his wife and has four grown children and five grandchildren. When not painting in his studio, Richard enjoys visiting schools to share with children his love of illustration.  Richard is available for interviews, school visits and store and library story time events about Fiona. 

About the Hippo:  Fiona was born January 24, 2017, six weeks before her due date. At 29 pounds she was very small for a Nile hippo. The whole world watched as Fiona learned to walk, eat and swim. Her challenges were big, but her spunk and incredible will helped her prevail time and again. Since her birth, millions of people from around the world have been pulling for Fiona to keep fighting. As she grew older, so did her social media following.     

#FionatheHippo #TeamFiona #FionatheHippobook #Zonderkidz 

About the Zoo:  The world-famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is committed to inspiring visitors to care about wildlife and wild places.  It has been rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey.  It has also received rave reviews from Child Magazine, Parents Magazine, USA Today and TripAdvisor. Over 1.6 million people visit the Zoo’s award-winning habitats, and more than 500 animal and 3000 plant species annually. 

About us: Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imaginative, innovative, and educational resources that represent a Christian worldview and build up God’s children and teens. For additional information, please visit www.zonderkidz.com

Zondervan is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.  The company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages.  For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com 

Media Contact:

Jessica Westra

Publicity Director, Zonderkidz

[email protected]

616-698-3208

21 July

ZONDERKIDZ TO PUBLISH BOOK FROM “DAILY AFFIRMATIONS WITH SCARLETT” MOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO

I’m Going to Have a Good Day! book from viral video stars Scarlett Gray and Tiania Haneline releases January 24, 2023

Grand Rapids, MI – July 21, 2022 – Zonderkidz is pleased to announce that TikTok and YouTube sensations Scarlett Gray and Tiania Haneline will publish their first book together, titled I’m Going to Have a Good Day!, illustrated by Stephanie Dehennin, on January 24, 2023.

This uplifting book for kids ages 4-8 will teach kids that by reciting daily affirmations, they will be able to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, similar to how 5-year-old Scarlett and her mom Tiania have inspired millions around the world. The mother-daughter duo have been recording their affirmation routine while Tiania does Scarlett’s hair since 2020, garnering millions of fans on TikTok (5.8 million followers, with 247 million likes) and other media platforms.

“When our team first learned of Tiania and Scarlett through their videos on social media, we were so charmed by them both and drawn to their practice of daily affirmations,” says Megan Dobson, Vice President and Publisher of Zonderkidz. “It’s been a privilege to partner with them to create I’m Going to Have a Good Day!, and share a story that highlights the powerful impact daily affirmations can have on children, building their self-esteem and reminding them how truly special and loved they are. We hope so many families are inspired by this book to begin their own practice of daily affirmations with their children.”

The book is now available for pre-order anywhere books are sold. Scarlett and Tiania shared news about the book on their social platforms. Tour dates and appearances with Scarlett and Tiania will be announced this fall. A full-scale marketing, digital and publicity campaign for the book is in process.

Advance review copies will be available upon request; please contact Publicity Director Jessica Westra at [email protected].

ABOUT THE BOOK:

I’m Going to Have a Good Day! Written by Tiania Haneline with Scarlett Gray

Hardcover w/Jacket, $18.99

978-0310771296

40 pages

On sale January 24, 2023

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Tiania Haneline and Scarlett Gray Smith make up one of TikTok’s most positive (and self-love-centric) mother/daughter duos. The East Coast-based pair is well-known for their sweet affirmation videos, with their most viral moments attracting the attention of Good Morning America, POPSUGAR, USA Today and more. Growing up in an affirming household herself, Tiania was determined to pass the same values onto Scarlett and her two sons, Walker and Reice. She began repeating affirmations with Scarlett while doing her hair every morning, teaching her to embrace the beauty of her skin, curls, kindness and every trait in between. With the power of TikTok, Tiania and Scarlett are spreading that joy and self-love to an audience of more than four million.

TikTok: Scarlett and Tiania (@scarlettandtiania) Official TikTok | Watch Scarlett and Tiania’s Newest TikTok Videos

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ScarlettGraySmith

Instagram: Tiania and Scarlett (@scarlettandtiania) • Instagram photos and videos

Website: www.scarlettandtiania.com

I’m Going to Have a Good Day!
Scarlett and Tiania

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jessica Westra

Director of Publicity, Zonderkidz

[email protected]

04 December

Katherine Jacobs named senior acquisitions editor for Zonderkidz

Grand Rapids, Mich. (December 4, 2020) – Zondervan today announced Katherine Jacobs as senior acquisitions editor for Zonderkidz, the children’s imprint of Zondervan.

In this role Jacobs will work to acquire key authors and discover new voices in the children’s publishing space while also leading the editorial process for her acquired projects. Jacobs is a graduate of Calvin University with a master’s in children’s literature from Simmons College. She brings over 13 years of children’s publishing experience, most recently working with Roaring Brook Press, a children’s imprint for Macmillan Publishers. Some of Jacobs’ notable acquisitions there include the Nerdy Babies series of board books, The Unicorn Came to Dinner picture book, and the Woke Baby board book.

“Katherine’s general market experience combined with her interest in faith-based topics and publishing make her a great fit for the Zonderkidz team,” said Megan Dobson, vice president and publisher of Zonderkidz. “We’re thrilled to have her on board and excited to see how her contributions to the Zonderkidz list will inspire young lives and meet the spiritual and developmental needs of children and teens.”

Zondervan

Zondervan, a worldwide leading Christian publisher of books and Bibles, is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. Its publications include a variety of Bible translations for all ages; books in different  genres and subject areas for the general reader; curriculum for individual and group Bible study; books for children and young adults; academic resources including textbooks and reference books; ministry resources; and books on faith and culture. Zondervan is based in Grand Rapids, MI.  For more information, visit www.zondervan.com.

Contact:  Chelsea Taff, Assistant Manager

               Corporate Communications

               tel:   615.902.2137

               web: [email protected]

15 July

Megan Dobson named vice president, publisher for Zonderkidz

Grand Rapids, Mich. (July 15, 2020) — Zondervan today announced Megan Dobson as the vice president, publisher for Zonderkidz, the children’s imprint for Zondervan. She will begin on July 27 and report to Laura Minchew, senior vice president, Children’s and Gift Group publisher for HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP).

Dobson joins Zonderkidz after serving as publisher for ChristianAudio. Prior to this she worked for HCCP for nine years, holding positions in both sales and publishing. Dobson served for two years as director of mass market sales for HCCP, and later shifted her leadership to W Publishing, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. As the imprint’s associate publisher, Dobson led the editorial team, helped drive business strategy, and acquired and edited works from authors including Lindsay Teague Moreno (Boss Up), Jess Ekstrom (Chasing the Bright Side), and Lisa Whittle (Jesus Over Everything). 

As Zonderkidz publisher, Dobson will drive the publishing vision, editorial process, and operational strategies and will ensure growth through strong financial and business leadership. Further, Dobson will acquire key books and maximize the extensive backlist, including industry-leading children’s brands such as The Jesus Storybook Bible and The Beginners Bible. She will be based in HCCP’s Grand Rapids, Mich. office, where the Zonderkidz program is predominantly located.

“It’s an amazing privilege to join the Zonderkidz team in producing inspirational books that speak messages of hope, truth, and love to children and their families,” said Dobson. “I am excited to lead this team into the future while continuing our mission to inspire the world.”

“I am thrilled to have Megan join us in the role of Zonderkidz publisher,” said Minchew. “She has a passion for children’s books and will bring creativity and business acumen to the role. Megan’s experience in leading successful teams in both publishing and sales, and her extensive knowledge of HCCP make her a perfect fit.”

Zondervan

About Zondervan:  Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

Contact:  Chelsea Taff

              Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications

              tel:   615.902.2137

             web: [email protected]