The GraciePress Newsletter

By J.R. Spiers (with help from Gracie)

The GraciePress Newsletter brings you the latest news, stories, illustrations, special offers, and free gifts from Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Emily, and Amelia. They are the inspiration behind all of the books published under The GraciePress imprint.

The GraciePress Newsletter brings you the latest news, stories, illustrations, special offers, and free gifts from Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Emily, and Amelia. They are the inspiration behind all of the books published under The GraciePress imprint.

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The GraciePress Newsletter - Christmas Giveaway Contest!

With so many fans and so many copies out in the world, we decided to mark this season with a contest and gift giveaway! And what better gift during the holiday season than a mug for hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows! (Chickens can’t have chocolate or ma…


The GraciePress Newsletter - How Bessie Saves the Flock But at a Cost (Chapters 29 to 32)

When we last left off, Lefty and Rudy had moved out to country and were planning on starting their own little family. The Emperor and the Emperor did the same at a different farm. Gracie and Bessie are the last two chickens left in the backyard garden. After …


The GraciePress Newsletter - How Gracie and Bessie Learned About Friendships (Chapters 25 to 28)

When we last left off, Gracie was working on ballet performances in the backyard, she also learned about The Living Library when her friend, The Robin, visited. Finally, she had her first encounter with The Air Shadows.


The GraciePress Newsletter - About Last Week’s Newsletter

And here is where our drawing and writing (and dancing) led us! We are loving our latest design for “Gracie’s Academy of Dance.” We had originally thought of using “Gracie’s Academy of Ballet,” but there are other kinds of dancing than ballet—just ask Pearl w…


The GraciePress Newsletter - How Gracie Made a Ballet Theater (Chapters 21 to 24)

As the weeks passed, Gracie was still slow to develop, and she seemed to be worried about this. She saw Bessie having fun with the others and doing things that seemed so much more grown-up than the games the two of them had played when they were baby chicks. …


The GraciePress Newsletter - How Gracie Started Building a Dance Troupe (Chapters 17-20)

When we heard what Gracie told the other chickens, the mockingbirds of the neighborhood decided to keep watch in the magnolia tree. It gave a perfect view along the street for approaching vehicles. If anyone came down our street, whichever mockingbirds were o…


The GraciePress Newsletter - How Gracie Learned Dreams Have Risks and Rewards (Chapters 13 to 16)

After what had happened their first day in the backyard, Gracie no longer danced except for a quick leap or a turn on one leg when no one was looking. She never wanted to be laughed at again.Although all chickens dance from time to time, chickens do not dance…


The GraciePress Newsletter - How Nate and Gracie Coped with Their First Setback (9 to 12)

Gracie was as happy as she thought she could ever be. She had not been separated from her best friend Bessie when they left The Feed And Seed Store. She had as much water and food as she wanted in the gray brooder box even though she usually had to wait for t…


The GraciePress Newsletter - How Nate and Gracie Made Promises to Each Other (5 to 8)

Gracie did look different, just as the sales clerk had said. With the others, the feathers above their beaks were even. Gracie’s weren’t, and so her face seemed slightly odd. Even so, you can’t always tell everything about a baby chick by how they look.The fi…


The GraciePress Newsletter - How Nate and Gracie Found Refuge in the Garden (Chapters 1 to 4)

It is so tempting to work on illustrations for this story, but I know I need to get all of the story down before I begin to even consider illustrations. Just like I need to do all of the writing at one time, I also need to do all of the illustrations at one t…


The GraciePress Newsletter - Gracie Past, Present, and Future

This book is intended for middle grade and older readers. It has a main character who is not a chicken, but raises chickens. The book begins and ends with a story frame where we begin with the present time, then go back in time to see how we got to where we a…


The GraciePress Newsletter - Seemingly Endless Vintage “My Life With Gracie”!

If a little chick ever quivers with excitement, it would have to be when they leave the controlled environment of their brooder and stand on grassy lawn for the first time. It’s as if they suddenly realize, “This is too good to be true. This is the life for m…


The GraciePress Newsletter - Still More Vintage “My Life With Gracie”!

Friendship is a curious thing. It’s not always easy to figure out. What makes a friendship happen? What keeps some of the oddest friendships together for life? What makes a friendship end?With friendship for baby chicks, at first they are just a mass of peepi…


The GraciePress Newsletter - Even More Vintage “My Life With Gracie”!

One of the earliest things I learned about baby chicks is they don’t train very well. (For example, when they poop, it’s anywhere. No litter box. No special spot. It’s anywhere.)You may have seen a video of a chicken pecking out a song on a toy piano or perfo…


The GraciePress Newsletter - More Vintage “My Life With Gracie”!

There are some things that baby chicks are designed to do from the moment they hatch. One of those is learning to perch up high, as high as possible.It didn’t take me long to realize this. They would stand on their food bowl simply to be a little higher than …


The GraciePress Newsletter - Our 4-Year Anniversary Month!

People say to be a good writer you should write about what you know and love. For me, that has to be my chickens, and most particularly my Gracie.She and my other chickens have taught me more about life and about myself than I will ever have time to write. St…


The GraciePress Newsletter - “PeeP!” - Chapter 13 - “Blanche and Pearl”

After many almost silent days, Gracie and Bessie came over to me and sat down. They looked at each other to see who would speak first. “We have been wondering if we could get some new chicken friends,” said Gracie. “If we can, then it would be nice if they we…


The GraciePress Newsletter - “PeeP!” - Chapter 12 - “Farewell, Dearest Friends”

“Gracie, does Lefty believe this garden here is A Most Wondrous Place for him to be?”“He has never said. There are times when we must make A Most Wondrous Place for ourselves the best we can,” she said. “And then we must wait.”The idea of waiting brought a he…


The GraciePress Newsletter - “PeeP!” Chapter 11 - “Awkward Apologies”

Late spring became early summer. Then early summer became the peak of summer. Everyone’s attention turned to the garden and particularly the garden’s vegetables. Gardens and chickens naturally go together. Chickens are excellent at scratching up weeds and dig…


The GraciePress Newsletter - Emily’s Summer Drawing Camp

For those of you who are new or may not remember, it all started one day when I was tidying up the garaged and Emily asked about some chalk she found on my workbench. I explained that it was used for marking and drawing. “We chickens are very good at making m…