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Social media sharing and promotion on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Newsletter featuring interviews with poet and illustrator, glimpses at the creative process and an excerpt from the book (poem + corresponding illustration) Sending review copies to appropriate blogs, illustrators, and reviewers-especially those run by mothers Promoting the book to doula organizations, motherhood scholars, hospitals (gift shops, parent education programs, etc.) Releasing the book before Mothers Day 2018 and promoting it as a holiday gift book Bringing Alessandro to the US to promote the book-painting workshops with pregnant mothers (as Alessandro has done in Italy) at childbirth education organizations, stores that offer products and classes for new mothers and babies, bookstores, libraries, etc.

About the Author

Paola Quintavalle was born in Rome, Italy. She has worked with kids and in the world of books in a variety of contexts. She has held classroom workshops based on Bruno Munari's methods and ideas on book construction. In 2003, she joined Orecchio Acerbo Editore, a prestigious Italian publisher specialized in illustrated books. There, she learned most of what she knows about children's books and illustration. In 2010 she moved with her husband and their two children to New York, where she opened an agency representing illustrators and children's book authors. Crescendo is her first book.
Born in 1975, Alessandro Sanna is considered one of Italy's leading contemporary illustrators. He has earned wide recognition across Europe as an illustrator and author, and his work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker. He is a prolific and popular creator of illustrated books for children and readers of all ages and has received many awards and had many exhibitions. He lives and works in Mantua, Italy.


"Sublime." --Kirkus Reviews
"Addressed directly to an unborn child, this luminous Italian import presents a fetus's in-utero growth with whimsy and sophistication. ... Young children won't need to understand the meaning in every line to appreciate this original offering, which brims with warmth, love, and wonder." --Publishers Weekly
"Visual metaphors drawing on the lives of other beings -- a bird, a horse, a flower, a school of fish -- populate Sanna's watercolor score of Quintavalle's spare, poetic chronicle of becoming, their geometry cleverly mirroring the curvature of the mother's belly that frames the story."--Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
"A charming, heartfelt story about the stages of development and the undeniable love of a mother." --Powell's Books
"Is there a picture book out there that better marries art and science? Sanna seems to be working in watercolor with a brush dipped in celestial light and fairy dust, and yet Crescendois deeply scientific. Quintavalle has loaded her pen not with sunshine and moonglow but with information about human gestation; her narrative, utterly faithful to the stages of embryotic and fetal growth, concludes with the section "Developmental Facts That Inspired the Text." Crescendo is a book that belongs on multiple shelves in the kids' section of a bookstore or library, but the truth is, it wouldn't be out of place in an adult's collection." --Shelf Awareness, Nell Beram, freelance writer and YA author

"A gracefully beautiful and thoroughly 'kid friendly' picture book, 'Crescendo' is appropriate for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections." --Midwest Book Review "A poetic tribute to motherhood and the miracle that is birth." --Michelle Sterling, Avery and Augustine

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