The Gorilla Picked Me Children's Book Spotlight & Giveaway

Okay.  I was SO this little girl.  The only recess school team I was ever picked for was for soccer matches--but, you could count on me being picked at least somewhat early for spelling bee challenges or weird "Jeopardy" games at school...& sometimes math fact races on the old-school chalkboards.  But.  I remember very well when Manuel, a sombrero wearing, Spanish singer chose to "sing to me" during a high school Spanish club outing to a local college event.  Bumping the top of my head with his silly sombrero.  But.  He picked me.  While I was certainly embarrassed by the attention at the time--I was really pretty happy that he picked me.  (And I still know the words to De Colores..really..seriously...all of them..)  Getting "picked" matters--and I am excited to feature The Gorilla Picked Me in my book spotlight today! Check out the book and learn about the author--and enter to win a copy of the ebook in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Children’s Picture Book
Date Published: Spring 2018

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About the Book
Olive felt ordinary. Always last to be picked for teams at recess and never a Valentine placed on her desk. Olive blended in. Until one day at a daddy-daughter dance, the dancing gorilla picked her from the crowd!

He scooped her up and twirled her around the dance floor. Olive's soul sang! THE GORILLA PICKED ME is a fun, sentimental story that reminds little girls that they are all worthy of attention.  No little girl is ordinary! 

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About the Author

Michele McAvoy is an award-winning children's picture book author. Her debut picture book MY SUPERHERO GRANDPA received a 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Michele grew up in a small town in northern New Jersey until she moved to New York City where she attended NYU and law school. Michele enjoyed the crazy, busy, single life of New York for over 15 years until she got married and had her first child.

With a small one bedroom apartment and a baby that did not sleep, Michele moved back to her small hometown. She settled back to her roots and traded in the noisy city streets of NY and extra dirty martinis at trendy bars for manicured lawns and backyard BBQs. When she's not being a lawyer or a mom, Michele writes uplifting, whimsical stories to help children understand and respect their emotions. You can see more about Michele and her books at

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