Books of the month of March


Fantoons, an award-winning Los Angeles-based animation studio and publisher of music-themed books with graphic illustrations announces the March 5 release of The Beach Boys, The ABC’s of California.

Available at, online book retailers, and the best bookstores in the U.S. and worldwide, Fantoons invites fans, families, and educators to celebrate learning, music, and the California spirit. 

A collaboration with the iconic Beach Boys—Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Dennis Wilson, and Carl Wilson—The ABC’s of California is a 60-page full-color musical surfin’ adventure through the alphabet and learning the ABC’s with fun and educational illustrations from across sunny California.

The ABC’s of California combines the musical magic of The Beach Boys with the joy of learning the alphabet. Each letter features vibrant and playful illustrations that capture the essence of California’s sun-soaked beaches, laid-back lifestyle and key sights. The enchanting book, designed to engage young readers, makes learning entertaining and memorable.

Growing up in So Cal and growing up listening to the Beach Boys, I found this book delightful!

Key features of The ABC’s of California:

1. Musical Influence: Infused with the spirit of The Beach Boys, the book incorporates elements of their timeless music to create a unique and enjoyable reading experience.

2. Colorful Illustrations: Renowned for their visually stunning creations, Fantoons has brought the ABC’s to life with captivating and vibrant illustrations that transport children to the sunny shores of California.

3. Educational and Fun: While teaching the alphabet, the book also introduces children to the sights, sounds, and spirit of California and The Beach Boys, fostering a love for learning playfully.

4. Perfect for All Ages: Ideal for young readers and their families, The ABC’s of California is a beautiful addition to any home or classroom library, encouraging a love for music and literacy.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Beach Boys on this exciting project. The ABC’s of California is a celebration of the band’s legacy and an engaging and educational journey for young readers. Fantoons is dedicated to creating unique and imaginative works, and this collaboration exemplifies our commitment to blending music and storytelling in a way that resonates with audiences of all ages,” said David Calcano, Co-founder and Creative Director of Fantoons.

With over 100 million records sold worldwide, The Beach Boys are among the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful bands of all time, including 80 songs charting worldwide, 36 in the U.S. Top 40, and four topping the Billboard Hot 100. Their instantly recognizable harmonies are permanently etched in the hearts of millions, with brilliant musical arrangements that spread the love, youth, and surf culture of California to fans all over the globe. 

Everyone’s favorite snail is back in ESCARGOT AND THE SEARCH FOR SPRING

Yay! Finally, Spring is here! I am seriously hoping for warmer weather!

Sick of winter temperatures? Usher in spring early with Escargot and the Search for Spring, a new laugh out loud picture book adventure starring everyone’s favorite snail and a new friend! (on sale 2/6/24)

After a long winter spent indoors, Escargot can’t wait to look outside for the first signs of spring. Will he find a new friend in the fluffy white bunny he meets along the way? From New York Times–bestselling author Dashka Slater and former Pixar animator Sydney Hanson, Escargot and the Search for Spring is an irresistibly sweet and charming story about unlikely friendship, changing seasons, and springtime fun. It’s perfect for Easter, as well as general spring celebrations.

A linguistic mystery! THINGAMAJIG by Rilla Alexander – OnSale 3/26/24

Little elephant’s parent can’t quite remember the name of the thing they’ve lost, but they need it back! While on the hunt for the misplaced thingamajig, little elephant discovers other animals are missing things as well. Snail’s hoo-pull-dee-pewp for staying safe from the sun has disappeared. So has squirrel’s shis-moo for carrying acorns. And all the ladybugs are missing the ha-bee ja-bee they use for a table.

Is there a thief on the loose—or is there a simpler explanation for where all these different doohickeys have gone? Backmatter pages explain the around-the-world origins of each nonsense word appearing in the story.


Rilla Alexander is an Australian designer, illustrator, and artist whose work has appeared on everything from toys and teacups to buses and buildings. She explores creativity, ideas, and language through simple characters, graphic forms, and bold colors, inspiring both children and adults through books and workshops. Her picture books include The Best Book in the World, Your Rule!, Her IdeaThe New Rooster, and The Thingamajig. For more information, visit

Library patrons, Bookworms and cat lovers unite! New picture book by debut author-illustrator Lauren Emmons (out 3/5/24)

From debut author-illustrator Lauren Emmons comes an adorable new story about the love for libraries and books. NO CATS IN THE LIBRARY (Paula Wiseman | On sale 3/5/24) is about a stray cat who follows her love of books all the way to a new library home in this charming picture book.

This is a charming book! I love the library and all animals and I loved this charming story!

A calming experience when you color in this book!

The Color of Calm by Workman Publishing; illustrated by Yuliia Bahniuk (On-sale March 5, 2024; $9.99; ISBN 9781523529315)

A charming pocket-sized coloring book, The Color of Calm is a visual love letter to the spirit of serenity. Create a sense of peace and get lost within 90 pages of immersive patterns and soothing scenes.

I enjoyed coloring in this book and I love that it is small enough to fit in my purse!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. Cover images were also provided.

Speak Your Mind