Monday, April 11, 2022

HERE WE COME! Starred Review & Appearances, Too!

What a delight to kick off the release of HERE WE COME! with a starred review from the Horn Book, lovely posts from book bloggers, visits to PreK classes at The Oaks Academy Fall Creek & Brookside, a Kids Ink Children's Bookstore launch party in Indianapolis, signing at Parnassus Books in Nashville...and more fun to come! Illustrator Christine Davenier and my editor/publisher Allyn Johnston's team at Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster did such a beautiful job preparing this book for little readers. My heart-felt thanks to them for partnering with me.💝

For various purchase options & two adorable coloring pages, visit this Simon & Schuster link (scroll down to "Resources/Downloads" then "Activity Sheets" for coloring pages):!/Janna-Matthies/9781534417878

Thursday, March 10, 2022

HERE WE COME! trailer & song!

HERE WE COME! is all about the joys of making music and inviting others to come along. It's a rhythmic, rhyming read-aloud that I plan to sing-aloud, too! This little trailer gives you a taste 🎶:

Monday, February 7, 2022

HERE WE COME! coming 3/15/22

With whimsical watercolor illustrations by Christine Davenier, my new picture book HERE WE COME! is almost here! Inspired by my pre-K and kindergarten students and the belief that there's a musician inside us all, this book is a cumulative, rhyming read-aloud that features a parade of little musicians under the moonlight. 

The first review is out, and The Horn Book gives HERE WE COME! a 🌟. How appropriate for a dreamy, night-time celebration of music.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Sammy the Toucan & Me: The Interview!

Suzanne Walker, Director of the Indiana Center for the Book, is the brainchild (and puppeteer) behind "Toucan Tuesdays"--a series of interviews promoting Indiana authors and their books. I was recently the honored guest and had SUCH A FUN TIME! Click the link to enjoy the 12-minute show:

Monday, June 7, 2021


Join me Thursday, June 10, anytime between 5 and 6:30pm for hellos, a couple singalongs, and signing of my new board book, illustrated by Airin O'Callaghan.

As if life isn't complicated enough, the past year-plus has offered plenty of bumps and bruises. GOD'S ALWAYS LOVING YOU provides comfort and reassurance that, no matter what, God and his truest-of-all love is right here with us.

Hope to see you! 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

GOD'S ALWAYS LOVING YOU...coming soon!

With sensitive illustrations by Airin O'Callaghan, my new board book for little ones facing hard moments (and good ones, too) comes out June 7 of this year.  Here's a peek at the front and back covers!

Monday, September 14, 2020

HERE WE COME! has an illustrator!

Christine Davenier, prolific author/illustrator of both French and American children's books, has agreed to illustrate my upcoming musical picture book, HERE WE COME!  I'm honored to share this book with her, and it'll be headed your way in the spring of 2022 from Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster.  

Among Christine's better-known American projects are THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS titles by Julie Andrews, ME I AM by Jack Prelutsky, THE OTHER DOG by Madeleine l'Engle, and many others. Here's an example of her colorful, emotive style: