I’m happy as can be to share with you a first look at — and some great news about — my upcoming 24th published book:

Glitter Everywhere! Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going is written by me and illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat. This nonfiction picture book will be out at the end of June from Charlesbridge, which also published Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions as well as my debut, The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors.

From the front flap of the sparkly book jacket:

If you love glitter, this book is for you.

If you hate glitter, this book is also for you.

Everyone seems to have strong feelings about glitter. But how much do you actually know about it?

Who invented glitter?
How is it made?
Why does it stick to everything?
Is it bad for the environment?*

And of course:

What makes glitter . . . glitter?

With style and humor, Chris Barton and Chaaya Prabhat explore the good, the bad, the tiny, and the shiny of all things glitter.

* Spoiler alert! Traditional glitter can be bad for the planet. That’s why the jacket of this book uses a glitter lookalike.

As for that good news I mentioned, it’s displayed on the book’s back cover —

— but let’s zoom in a little for a better look:

Yes, we were still putting the finishing touches on Glitter Everywhere! when we learned that the book had already been deemed a Gold Standard Selection by Junior Library Guild.

I hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as JLG does.