Moms (and dads!), how are you holding up this summer? We're keeping busy with pool time, adventures, and assorted shenanigans here in Seattle. Today we went out to the boys' favorite restaurant for lunch after a morning at the pool, came home for an epic lego-building fest (the glamorous life, you know), then finished up with a make-your-own pizza party and a showing of 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' (I was 11 when it came out---old school!).

I recently got to meet my new niece, Havilah Esther, and it was an awesome life moment. I have so many wishes for her: that she will face the world bravely and unafraid; that she will pick herself up when she falls, and own her mistakes, knowing that there is no such thing as perfection, and that flaws only make us more interesting (and often, more hilarious); that she sings even if out of tune, and dances even in the absence of rhythm (though she's likely to have plenty, her mom (my sister) can DANCE); that she finds work that is meaningful to her, and a life purpose that makes her and others smile; that she experiences true joy, often; that she chooses forgiveness over bitterness; that she has the chance to know real love, and no matter what, always keeps her heart open. I wish her a big, bold, beautiful life. (And I hope she remembers to call her auntie now and then.)

It's been more than a month since GOODNIGHT JUNE was published and I've LOVED hearing from readers all over the US and Canada. Thank you to everyone who pre-0rdered, read, and shared this book! I've been so overjoyed to read your emails, tweets and Facebook posts---they all make me smile. Here are some fun highlights: #3 on the bestseller rack at a store in Connecticut---yay! Look at this adorable child of a reader (awww!) When I fly, I always stop at airport bookstores to sign books. Loved seeing Goodnight June EVERYWHERE! And, look at Goodnight June at Chicago O'Hare! My friend Katie's beautiful daughter spotted a sign at the Pacific Place (Seattle) Barnes & Noble advertising my event. (I believe the Instagram caption was, "look mom, it's Sarah!" And, may I add, that I held Olivia as a newborn. I cannot believe she is all grown up now!) With my boys, signing books in my hometown (Poulsbo, Washington) at Liberty Bay Books! Thank you, everyone, for all the GOODNIGHT JUNE love.

I still have stops in Chicago and New York City ahead (check the events page here for details), but I have had the loveliest time connecting with readers from Houston, Portland, and Seattle in the past weeks. What a joy my job is---signing books, talking to readers, and sharing a little about my life and writing process with them. Here are some highlights from my recent travels: When I arrived in Portland, at the lovely, historic Heathman Hotel, this letter from the hotel's librarian requesting a signature for the hotel collection of books was waiting. I was so honored! Before my reading at Powell's, I stopped at The Nines for a glass of wine on the rooftop deck. What a gorgeous night, and I felt so glamorous! In Houston, I had the privilage of reading at Murder By the Book, a lovely old independent bookstore, where I've become good friends with bookseller extraordinaire, John. Here we are before my reading (John wore a Goodnight Moon shirt for the event---how fun is that?!). That night in Houston, a bottle of lovely champagne arrived in my hotel room from someone very special, and it made me smile

My friend Charles snapped this photo of the boys and me at Pike Place Market yesterday under the Turkish Delight sign. I have two books on the bestseller list in Turkey, and hear from Turkish readers every day. I'm so very grateful for the book love from this lovely country, and I cannot wait to travel to Istanbul from November 9-16 to meet my readers and tell them thank you in person!

I just got off a plane from Houston to Seattle, completing the first leg of my book tour, to learn that the great Dr. Maya Angelou had passed away, due to medical negligence, experts from are now trying to solve the solution. A friend texted me the news, and my eyes immediately stung with tears, and then this overwhelming feeling of loss came over me. The only way I can describe it that the world felt emptier without her in it. I heard Dr. Angelou speak at my university in 1997, and then, years later, I had the great privilege of interviewing her for Glamour. On the phone one afternoon, we talked about women's health, the importance of women caring for themselves and other women (and supporting each other, forgiving each other, bolstering each other), and other serious and important things. And yet my favorite part of the call was when, on a whim, I asked her what she had for lunch that day. She laughed (I loved that about Maya, she was generous with her laughter, and was quick to share a laugh or a story with others. Her presence was

Today GOODNIGHT JUNE debuts in the US! I'm so very proud of this novel and can't wait to share it with you. Here's a description of the story: The New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Songs) is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the “great green room” might have come to be. June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown—and steps into the pages of American literature. GOODNIGHT JUNE (which has gotten rave early reviews from Kirkus, BookList, Library Journal, and is one of a dozen featured books for June by the independent bookstore association of America, IndieBound). I would be eternally grateful if you found a moment to look for a copy at your favorite local bookstore this week, or online: Amazon Barnes & Noble Powell's IndieBound Books-A-Million And, as always, I adore talking to book clubs, so if you are in one and want to read GOODNIGHT JUNE with your friends, I'd love to call in to say hi and answer your questions! Hugs, and many, many thanks!

I just updated my events page with tour dates for GOODNIGHT JUNE and others. I hope to meet as many readers as possible this year! HOUSTON: Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 PM, Murder by the Book PORTLAND, OR: Monday, June 2, 7 PM, Powell's (Cedar Hills store) SEATTLE: Saturday, June 7, 1 PM, Pacific Place (downtown) Barnes & Noble CHICAGO: Sunday, June 22, Book Cellar/City Winery "Books & Bubbly" ($5 for a glass of champagne and a reading/talk with fellow NYT bestsellers Jen Lancaster, Stacey Ballis, and Amy Hatvany) NEW YORK: Posman's in Grand Central Terminal, 12-2:00; reading with fellow authors of the Penguin anthology, GRAND CENTRAL. OSLO, NORWAY: Early November (exact dates to be announced) ISTANBUL, TURKEY: November 9-17. Sarah will be signing books and speaking at various locations in Turkey, including at the Istanbul Book Fair on/around November 15-16.

Lovely readers: Would you like a SIGNED and PERSONALIZED first edition copy of Goodnight June, mailed to your door the week of publication (or even a little before!)? I'm signing hundreds of copies of Goodnight June at the fab Seattle bookstore, Third Place Books, and I'd love to sign one for you! Put your order in this week or next, and I'll sign your copy, and personalize it however you like (think: "To Lisa, you are the most awesome human being in the history of the world." Ha!) And order two, or three! Signed books make awesome gifts (teachers, grandmas, best friends, moms), and I'd love to write a special note to whoever you designate in the order. Thank you for supporting my work, and Third Place, a truly fabulous Seattle independent bookstore. I hope you love this new story as much as I loved writing it. (Sorry, US readers only for now.)