BUDDING AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS
At a school visit today, fourth grader Lila greeted me
with her recreation of this scene from THE TOOTH MOUSE.
I was impressed! Turns out Lila is also working a
comic book with friends and that many other kids
in the class have picture books, chapter books and
a play in the works! Here's to creative writing making
a comeback in the schools! Thanks to Jack, his mom
and Miss C. for having me.
AUTHORS LOVE SANDY HOOK
A huge shout-out to Marc Tyler Nobleman who organized
a day I and my fellow authors and illustrators will
never forget. With the help of Isabel Almeida from the
United Way, Sandy Hook School Librarian Yvonne Cech
and many others, Marc gathered 12 kidlit authors and
illustrators to visit the school for its first school assembly
since the tragedy. Billed as a type of "Authors Got Talent"
Variety Show, we spoke (joked, read, drew, sang) first at
Sandy Hook and then split up into smaller groups
to visit the three other Newtown Elementary Schools.
The day was a blessed reminder to ALL of us that
despite everything, there are still puppets and poetry,
ducks and dinosaurs, songs and silliness, laughs and
lovely everyday fun. See more photos and read about how
the day happened (and how it almost didn't!) on Marc's blog
Noblemania and hear a podcast courtesy of Katie Davis. It
was an honor and a joy to be a part of this.
Back row (l to r): Alan Katz, Bruce Degen, Tad Hills, Katie Davis,
Vincent X. Kirsch, Bob Shea, Meghan McCarthy. Front row (l to r):
me, Mike Rex, Tracy Dockray, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Daniel Kirk.
LOST A TOOTH?
Make your own Tooth Mouse Tooth Pouch to tuck under your pillow!
To download the pattern for this and a Baby Tooth Tracker, click here.
Psst: The Tooth Mouse Tooth Pouch works for Tooth Fairy visits, too!
THE TOOTH FAIRY MEETS THE TOOTH MOUSE
It's National Children's Dental Health Month. Thanks to Ellie and Ashley for
these wonderful pictures. To see more from the Holland Hill Brownie Troop,