Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2018 Indie Children’s Book list

Though the year isn’t over, I’m still continuously humbled by the response and recognition If You Look Up to the Sky has received. It is with great honor to announce that the book received a Kirkus Review Starred Review and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2018 Indie Children’s Book list!

My favorite quote from the review is:

“Fosters familial connection and resilience; told in luxurious prose with illustrations worth framing.”


Again, there are so many people who helped to make get this book into the world, and it’s times like these that I’m forever grateful for their help and support. And to you! Thank you for your continued support and sharing of the book. It means so much to me.

If You Look Up to the Sky is an award-winning book!

In March, I received notification that If You Look Up to the Sky was up for two IBPA Ben Franklin award nominations: Best New Voice in Children’s/YA and Children’s Book 4 to 7. My husband and I flew to Austin, TX last Friday for the ceremony and were beyond excited to bring home the Gold for Best New Voice in Children’s/YA and Silver for Children’s 4 to 7!!!!!



It was such an incredible evening of meeting new authors and seeing my publisher Lily Coyle from Beaver’s Pond Press.

Me with my publisher Lily Coyle and new author friend Angela Halgrimson


I’m so grateful for having this awesome experience that I will never forget.





If You Look Up to the Sky receives two award nominations!

If You Look Up to the Sky has been nominated for two 2018 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards!


The first nomination is in the Children’s Book 4 to 7 years old category.


The second is for Best New Voice in Children’s/Young Adult.

I’m so honored that If You Look Up to the Sky has been recognized in both categories, and is included among other incredible titles. I’m looking forward to attending the ceremony in Austin, Texas (I’ve never been!) on April, 6th and meeting all the other authors!

Publisher’s Weekly Review

I’m excited to announce that If You Look Up to the Sky received a wonderful review from Publisher’s Weekly!


The review had many lovely descriptions for Margarita’s amazing illustrations, and I was humbled by this particular part:

“Writing with tenderness and warmth, Dalton emphasizes that  there is comfort to be found in both the memories of lost loved ones and in the great expanse of the universe.”

I feel so incredibly honored to receive this from such a highly regarded publication. You can read the full review here.

So She Writes Book Review

If You Look Up to the Sky received another wonderful and amazing review – this time by @sodrewrites!


“One thing I love about If You Look Up to The Sky is it’s a strong reminder that anything is possible. There’s no need to be fearful or worry about anything, because even the sky itself is a symbol of all the beauty and hope in the world. Storms and rainbows remind us that hard times will come, but they will pass. Stars remind us that each of us is just as special as the single stars that adorn the sky and are just as important.” – So She Writes


photo by @sodrewwrites

I love what she and her family took away from the message, that they love the artwork, and that it is a favorite among all of her kids – even the teenagers.

You can read the full interview here: #kidlit | If You Look Up to the Sky

If You Look Up to the Sky received its first book review!

I’m very excited and honored to share this incredible book review from the amazing children’s book blogger @Hereweeread!

“Just like the ocean, I adore the sky. It’s as if it’s constantly trying to teach me to remain calm whatever the situation may be. That’s the same overall message I took away from this book.” – Here Wee Read

Read the full review here: If You Look Up to the Sky by Angela Dalton (A book review)




First Book Signing!

I had my first book signing for If You Look Up to the Sky on November 25, 2017, at the Barnes & Noble in Minnetonka, MN!

First book signing! Barnes & Noble, Minnetonka, MN

As part of a collaboration between B&N and Beaver’s Pond Press, I was invited to be a part of their in-store local author series. It was the perfect way to wrap up a wonderful Thanksgiving trip back to my hometown of Minneapolis.

To say I was nervous would be a serious understatement – terrified is probably more accurate. But the day exceeded my expectations; and, to be surrounded by so many friends, family, and holiday shoppers (I didn’t forget you!) for the entire two hours was humbling.


I also had the opportunity to share the experience with my amazing illustrator, Margarita Sikorskaia.

Angela Dalton, Author and Margarita Sikorskaia, Illustrator

Thank you again to all who came out. Your love and support mean the world to me and continues to make the success of the book possible.

The Books is Here and Available Online!

I’m very excited to announce that the book is finally here and it is beautiful!

Book available now!

I still can’t believe the day is finally here and I’m holding it in my hands. It is a dream come true.

The book is also available to purchase online! You can get your copy from Itasca Distributors. I would love to know what you think of the book so please leave a review.