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Vanessa Roeder’s The Box Turtle Makes Spring 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List

Congratulations to our member Vanessa Roeder on her picture book, THE BOX TURTLE, being included on the Spring 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List!

Here’s a description of the book: Terrance the turtle was born without a shell, so he uses a cardboard box instead. Terrance loves his box. It keeps him dry on soggy days, safe from snooping strangers, and is big enough to cozy up with a friend. But when another turtle points out that Terrance’s shell is, well, weird, he begins to wonder whether there might be a better shell out there… Eventually, and through much trial and error, Terrance learns that there’s nothing wrong with being different–especially when it comes to being yourself.

The Indie Next List is compiled by the American Booksellers Association based on recommendations from booksellers at independent bookstores across the country.  Tildy Banker-Johnson at Belmont Books in Belmont, MA nominated THE BOX TURTLE saying, “Terrance, a little box turtle, is too cute for words. This is a great story about being more than what you look like, and what it means to be a good friend, too. Kids will identify with learning to be okay with being themselves — even if it means being a little weird.”