Deborah Copaken & Randy Polumbo

Deborah Copaken

RandyPolumboDeborahCopakenDeborah Copaken is the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Book and Shutterbabe, as well as a screenwriter, award-winning and internationally exhibited photographer, and former Emmy award–winning news producer at ABC and NBC. Her writing and photography have also appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Nation, among many other publications worldwide. She lives at the tippy-top of Manhattan and is a proud mother of three.

Randy Polumbo

Randy Polumbo is a renowned sculptor, photog­rapher, and illustrator. His art has been privately collected and publicly exhibited, both in the United States and abroad. He lives at the southernmost tip of Manhattan and is the proud father of a nearly adult daughter.

The ABCs of Parenthood: An Alphabet of Parenting Advice

The ABCs of Parenthood: An Alphabet of Parenting Advice (Chronicle Books, August 29, 2017)

A wise, warm, and witty gift for new (and gently used) parents seeking to raise positive, thoughtful children, this alphabet book brims with the advice only those who’ve been there can give. From “D is for Dog” (get one) to “P is for Praise” (do it often but appropriately) to “R is for Romance” (keep it alive after the kids come), each mini essay is coupled with a smart, letter-appropriate full-color photograph in these delightfully grown-up ABCs.

Praise and Press for The ABCs of Parenthood

“You will come back to The ABCs of Parenthood again and again, whenever you need to remember the big picture or the fact that children are as breathtaking as the images on these pages.”
– Diane Debrovner, Parents Magazine

The ABCs of Parenthood is a warm, witty, wise and visually delightful book. Absolutely essential reading for anyone who’s had a parent, been a parent, wants to be a parent or knows a parent. An utter gem!
– Julie Klam, author of You Had Me at Woof

Deborah Copaken and Randy Polumbo are the Buddhas of soulful parenting. They’ve broken it down into easily digestible A-Z concepts which promote kindness, compassion, self-reliance, and love. Plus they’re both artists, so the stunning photo illustrations are works of art in and of themselves. This book will teach you to stop hovering and worrying and start letting go and enjoying the ride. I plan on giving it to every new parent I meet.
– Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Treasure


The ABCs of Adulthood (Chronicle Books, April 19, 2016)

Here’s a book full of honest, warm, and funny advice that’s perfect for anyone celebrating a graduation or coming-of-age birthday—or who’d just welcome some need-to-know pointers on navigating the twists and turns of adulthood. From New York Times bestselling author Deborah Copaken and noted artist Randy Polumbo, these ABCs range from the practical (B is for Bed—the joys of making it) to the profound (R is for Risk—always worth taking it). With street-smart photography to accompany each letter and good spirit on every page, The ABCs of Adulthood is a world-wise introduction to the joys of being all grown up.

Praise and Press for The ABCs of Adulthood

“The ABCs of Adulthood is the perfect combination of humor, wisdom, practical advice, and gorgeous photos. An invaluable resource for anyone grappling with the challenges of being a grown-up (and isn’t that all of us?).”
– Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

“I read The ABCs of Adulthood thinking it would be appropriate for my kids, and found its wise and witty lessons relevant for myself, too. And I’ve been making my bed every morning ever since!”
– Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Treasure