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After two years full of isolation and social bubbles, it’s almost hard to imagine feeling homesick—and yet, as I prepare for only my second trip since the pandemic started (and my first that involves flying), I know I’ll also be missing home keenly, because it takes some adjustment to move out of hermit habits!

Do you remember the first time you were away from home, as a kid, enough to get homesick? The first slumber party or sleepaway camp or visit to see relatives overnight? It’s such a big moment in the life of a child. And it’s one that Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick have captured perfectly in their newest co-written picture book text, HOMESICK. And they add a little twist: Home is also feeling a little sick without its youngest human. 

Taylor Norman at Chronicle snapped this one up and has brought on the incredible Daniel Miyares to illustrate. Publication is not until fall 2025, but I am absolutely certain that this one will be worth the wait!

Congratulations, Liz and Audrey!

—Erin