It’s Chicken’s second birthday today, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that my first feathered picture book protagonist is still out there, trying to take naps and avoid smelly barnyard cows.

There’s been so much to be grateful for these last two years as an author – including my wonderful editor on Chicken Wants a Nap, Amy Novesky, the beautiful art of Monique Felix, the whole team at Creative Editions, and the response from both child and adult readers! (Yes, I still have my two first pieces of Chicken fan mail, Melody and Joy!)

The critical reception has also been lovely, and I’m so humbled by the starred Kirkus review, a lovely review in School Library Journal, the inclusion of Chicken on Fuse #8’s 2017 Picture Book Round Up by Betsy Bird and the 2019 nomination for the Bridge to Reading Picture Book Awards by the Youth Services Subdivision of the Iowa Library Association.

I also want to thank all my fellow picture book authors and readers who have hosted me on their blogs, or retweeted/shared about Chicken. And of course my #TeamMarchini clients, who have been so supportive of me and each other as we all write and publish for young readers!


Signing copies of Chicken Wants a Nap at Trident Books


So to celebrate, I’m giving away a signed copy of Chicken Wants a Nap, along with some of my wonderful #TeamMarchini books as an agent (including a surprise bonus book!) 

To Enter the Giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post by midnight EST on August 31st. (If you’ve never commented on this blog before, don’t worry if it doesn’t show up at first. I moderate, but check back again as I review.) One comment/entry per person, please.

Librarian/teacher bonus: If you are a teacher or librarian entering on behalf of your classroom library, please note that in the comments for an extra entry!

I’ll randomly draw a winner using the old name in a hat method. Because of shipping, this contest is limited to the continental US. (I wish I could expand, I really do.) Prize cannot be redeemed for cash or other books, etc.

Good luck, and thank you so much for your interest in Chicken and my clients’ books!

Preorders now available for Princesses Can Fix It! on AmazonBarnes &, Indiebound, and you can add the book to your Goodreads.

For a personalized, autographed copy, you can pre-order from The Silver Unicorn

Chicken Wants a Nap by Tracy Marchini

"A surprising gem." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Chicken Wants a Nap is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and your favorite independent bookstore!

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