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It's almost winter and that usually means bundling up, maybe even with a heated blanket and warm-bodied cat in my lap. But this holiday season I'm in Florida and it's in the 80s and humid. I'm sweating while wearing a tank top. Thankfully the beach is only twenty minutes away!

Wherever you're reading this, I hope you're keeping cozy and warm!



What's inside

Book News
In other book news
Meet the #22Debuts
Currently I'm...

Book News

I received a box of ARCs (advanced reading copies) for my debut middle grade novel Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence! Instead of an unboxing video, I did a carousel post on Instagram. For those not on IG, watch the unboxing in still motion here on my blog

I also had my first impromptu book signing! We'd stopped by Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, Oregon and as we were leaving, my friend spotted a stack of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic. It was amazing to see my first writer-for-hire project in a bookstore!!!

I proudly gushed to the bookseller that I was one of the three contributing authors. Next thing I knew, I was signing book stock!!
Author Sonja Thomas wearing a mask signing a stack of books.
Cover of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls in store window with a Signed by Author bookmark sticking out.

In other book news

I made my very first book list!!!

On Afoma's Reading Middle Grade Blog, Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence was included on her "100 Middle Grade Books to Read in 2022." To be alongside some of my favorite authors like Lisa Yee, Erin Entrada Kelly, and Tae Keller is a dream come true!

I was also included in Afoma's Twitter thread where she shared 30 middle grade books she's excited to read in the first half of 2022 and Sir Fig Newton was Pick #5!!! Excuse me while I ugly cry.

Meet the #22Debuts

I'm part of a group of traditionally published middle grade, young adult, and adult authors debuting in 2022 called 22Debuts. It's a wonderful online community where we support one another during this long debut author journey (usually over a two-year period), from book contract acceptance to publishing day and all the millions of things that happen in between.

Not only have we created a website where readers can learn all about over 300 books debuting in 2022 (including mine!), but you can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #22Debuts.

One of the great perks (outside of the constant emotional support), is the chance to read ARCs (advanced reader copies). I'm lucky enough to have already read the following middle grade '22 debuts: Pirate Queens by Leigh Lewis, The Way I Say It by Nancy Tandon, The Unforgettable Logan Foster by Shawn Peters, and Grow Up, Tahlia Wilkins! by Karina Evans. Click on the covers below to read my Goodreads review for that book.

Spoiler alert: Whether reading about real-life female pirates, 80s/90s heavy metal music and the life of Muhammed Ali speech therapy tactics, an orphaned boy with an eidetic memory adopted by superheroes, or getting—and surviving—your first period, every single one of these books are AMAZING & FUN reads!
Book cover of Pirate Queens: Dauntless Women Who Dared to Rule the High Seas by Leigh Lewis & illustrated by  Sara Gómez Woolley from National Geographic with an illustration of a skull and crossbones with glowing eyes, gold crown, and flying blue-gray hair.
Book cover with illustration of two kids riding their bikes, wearing helmets, and the dialogue bubble with the title, The Way I Say It by Nancy Tandon.
Book cover of The Unforgettable Logan Foster by Shawn Peters with a young kid sitting in the movie theater sitting next to superhero parents and about to be grabbed by a buff villain.
Book cover of Grow Up, Tahlia Wilkins! by Karina Evans with two girls staring at their reflection in the bathroom mirror—and Tahlia's big zit on her chin.


Tuxedo cat sleeping in a box that looks like a camper decorated with Christmas lights
Meowy Catmas!!! Whether you're staying home or traveling by plane, train, or camper to be with loved ones, Othello wishes everyone a joyful holiday season and a wonderful new year!

Upcoming Events

February 2, 2022 : World Read Aloud Day

February 19, 2022 at 2pm CST : Author Hour
Panelist on Facebook Live with Metropolitan Library System OK

April 14 - 17, 2022 : Norwescon 44
Panelist (location TBD)


Writes with Sonja Thomas Blog Interview

If you missed my October interview on Instagram Live's Don't Quit Your Daydream with author Charity Alyse, not to worry! Click here to see the recording.

Don't Quit Your Daydream IG Live. Photo of Debut Author Sonja Thomas, holding up her MG novel, and Host, Charity Alyse.

Add Sir Fig Newton to Goodreads
Click Here to Preorder Sir Fig Newton

Currently I'm...

READING: Fresh Brewed Murder by author Emmeline Duncan.
What do you get when you mix a coffee cart in Portland, Oregon with murder? A fun, quirky, page-turner with lots of real deets about PDX and the first book in the Ground Rules cozy mystery series! Can't wait to find out whodunit. 
Fresh Brewed Murder book front facing on a bookstore bookshelf.
WATCHING: Law & Order reruns. Hands down this will forever be my favorite show. It's so much fun to see actors before they were famous, like David Harbour (Stranger Things), Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny), and Ellen Muth (Dead Like Me). Ring in the holidays with my favorite TV sound: Dun, dun! 
Cartoon picture of Law and Order cast Lenny Briscoe, Jack McCoy, and Jamie Ross, along with Batman as Briscoe's partner.

Until next time

Thank you for joining me on this writing journey. Have a wonderful holiday season and see you again in the new year! 

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Author photo. Woman smiling, standing outside by trees and bushes.
Kidlit, Coffee & Cats is a free newsletter by author Sonja Thomas. She writes stories for kids of all ages, often featuring brave, everyday girls doing extraordinary things. Raised in Central Florida—home of the wonderful world of Disney, humidity, and hurricanes—and a Washington, DC transplant for 11 years (go Nats!), she's now “keeping it weird” in the Pacific Northwest.
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