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Anchors aweigh! LIFEBOAT 12, my debut middle grade novel-in-verse, is in bookstores NOW! In a *STARRED* review, SLJ says, "This stirring novel-in-verse based on a true story is an edge-of-your-seat survival tale, an extensively researched work of historical fiction, and an exemplar of the form."

 

Also new for 2018 is SHAKING THINGS UP: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. Take a look at my interview with Mr. Schu and the book trailer here

 

Wow! ADA'S VIOLIN was named an E.B. White Honor Book! Quite the honor indeed to be in the company of some of my favorite picture books from 2016. See photos below. 

 

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SHAKING THINGS UP

14 Young Women Who Changed the World

It's here, it's here! The book I worked on days, nights and weekends all last year is on the bookshelves now. Check out the book trailer, an interview with Mr. Schu, and a podcast on All the Wonders with Matthew Winner. Couldn't be prouder of this book written, illustrated, edited and art-directed by women! And P.S. Check out the gorgeous case cover hiding under the jacket!

 

Highlights

You know what they say about pictures and 1000 words. 

    2017 Américas Award at the Library of Congress with ADA'S VIOLIN illustrator Sally Wern Comport

 

   Chappaqua Children's Book Festival

 

  2017 Connecticut Book Awards at the Mark Twain House with Doe Boyle, Leslie Bulion, Mary-Kelly Busch, Bina Williams, Leslie Connor, winner Karen Fortunati, and Paul Meisel

 

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DOUBLE TAKE Book Trailer

"Who is AHEAD and who is BEHIND is different for everyone standing in line." It's all about perspective! Here's a peek inside my newest book, with art by debut illustrator Jay Fleck, published by Candlewick. Julie Danielson writing in Kirkus Reviews calls it "a thought-provoking book that will prompt questions for child readers about perspective and point of view. ... a powerful notion for children, particularly at the me-me-me stage of development." See more reviews here.

E. B. White Awards

One day ago, on May 31, this happened—the E. B. White Awards at Book Expo America in New York. DU IZ TAK? by Carson Ellis was named the winner and ADA'S VIOLIN was named one of five honor books. (See the complete list here.) I can still hardly believe I got to share the afternoon with these kidlit superheroes!

 

Clockwise from top left: Richard Peck, honoree for THE BEST MAN; Julie Fogliano, honoree for WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES; Marla Frazee and Gene Luen Yang, Indie Champion Honorees. 

The Christopher Award! 

Blown away to have Ada's Violin awarded the 2017 Christopher Award for books, ages 8 and up. The medal is inscribed with the words "Better to Light One Candle Than to Curse the Darkness" and is given annually to books, movies and television shows "that affirm the highest values of the human spirit." Congratulations to all the other winners, including the children's book authors and illustrators of Baby Wren and the Great Gift; What Do You Do With a Problem; Ida, Always; Soar; and Unbound.

 

                                     The awards ceremony with Father Jonathan Morris and Ada's Violin illustrator

                                     Sally Wern Comport

A Day to Remember

On April 6, ADA'S VIOLIN was awarded Bank Street's 2017 Flora Steiglitz Straus Award for children's literature, alongside Congressman John Lewis's MARCH and Caren Stelson's SACHIKO. The award is given anually to a "distinguished work of nonfiction which serves as an inspiration to young people." And I got to meet illustrator Sally Wern Comport for the first time!

 

As a long-time devotee of Bank Street, this recognition means the world to me. Heartfelt thanks to the Children's Book Committee and congratulations to all the other winners. Find out more here

 

 

P.S. It wasn't until I got home that I discovered that LEAPS AND BOUNCE and MISSION: BACK TO SCHOOL were also listed in Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year

 

 

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Upcoming Events

  • September 22, 2018

    Princeton Children's

    Book Festival

    Princeton Public Library
    65 Witherspoon Street
    Princeton, NJ 08542

    Tel: 609.924.9529

    princetonlibrary.org

    For a list of authors

    and illustrators 

    attending, click here

    11:00am to 4:00pm
  • September 25, 2018

    NYC Smith College Club

    "Women Who Changed the World"

    The Culture Center

    410 Columbus Avenue

    New York, NY 10024

    culturecenterny.org

    6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • September 29, 2018

    Chappaqua Children's

    Book Festival

    Bell Middle School

    Chappaqua, NY 10514

    Tel. 914.263.5566

    www.ccbfestival.org

    For a list of authors

    and illustrators

    attending, click here.

    10:00am to 4:00pm
  • October 6, 2018

    Warwick Children's

    Book Festival

    Railroad Avenue

    Warwick, NY 10990
    Tel. 845.986.1047
    warbookfest@rcls.org

    For a list of authors,

    and illustrators

    attending, click here.

    11:00am to 4:00pm
  • October 13, 2018

    Rhode Island Festival

    of Children's Books and Authors

    Lincoln School 

    301 Butler Avenue

    Providence, RI 02906

    Tel. 401.331.9696

    www.lincolnschool.org

    9:00am to 5:30pm
  • October 14, 2018

    2018 Connecticut 

    Book Awards

    Staples High School

    70 North Avenue

    Westport, CT 06880

    ctcenterforthebook.org

    2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • November 7, 2018

    Connecticut Reading Association

    Luncheon Speaker

    Details to come

     

    12:45pm to 1:30pm
  • November 16, 2018

    NCTE Annual Convention

    "Developing Identity, Empathy, and

    Community through Daily

    Picture Book Read Alouds"

    Chair & Presenter

    Jillian Heise

    Grand Ballroom B 

    George R. Brown

    Convention Center

    Houston, TX

    11:00am to 12:15pm
  • December 1, 2018

    NCSS Annual Conference

    Featured Speaker 9-10am

    Book signing 10-12pm

    Hyatt Regency Chicago

    151 E. Wacker Dr.

    Chicago, IL

    www.socialstudies.org

    9:00am to 12:00pm