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ADA'S VIOLIN just won a Flora Steiglitz Straus Award from the Bank Street Center for Children's Literature, alongside Congressman John Lewis's MARCH and Caren Stelson's SACHIKO. The award is given annually to "a distinguished work of nonfiction which serves as an inspiration to young people." As a long-time fan of Bank Street, this recognition means the world to me. Heartfelt thanks to the Children's Book Committee! 

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HALLOWEEN TREATS

                                         Little Red at the Watertown Library

 

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                              Face paint, balloons and boo-ing at Milly's NYC

 

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            Making lollipop spiders at the Fairfield University Bookstore

 

AXOLOTLS IN THE NEWS—"Mexico's Mythic Salamanders"

Here's the story behind the story of SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER

reported in this New York Times article on October 31. Efforts to save the

axolotl are crucial to science and medicine because of the animal's

amazing power to regrow almost any body part—limbs, tail, internal organs,

even parts of its brain and spinal cord!

 

"WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING"

Neither rain nor wind nor gloom of night (nor power outages) can stay

some amazing bloggers from their posts. Kathy Temean conducted this

interview right before Hurricane Sandy!

 

STORY TIME

                                             Ellie reads aloud to baby brother James

 

NEW REVIEWS FOR SPIKE

"A CHARMER"

"Sometimes kindness trumps scariness when it comes to being an

effective monster. That's the theme of ... [this] slyly engaging

picture book. ... A charmer."  Thanks to Jenny Brown, children's editor

at Shelf Awareness, for this wonderful new review of SPIKE.

 

"TINY, BUT MIGHTY"

"...author and illustrator establish a tale of unlikely friendship, while inviting

young readers to consider what it means to have courage. ... Spike will delight

children with his tiny but mighty ways." —Angie Zapata in Booklist

 

 

BOO, MR. SCHU & AN INTERVIEW

Find out about my most beloved Halloween costume, see favorite spooky

stories and try my writing advice to second graders in this Q&A with Mr. Schu,

K-5 teacher-librarian and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. 

 
"Reading is like a magic mirror. Look in a book and reflect on yourself."

"BRILLIANT!" SAYS THE JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD

So honored to have SPIKE listed with the likes of Mo Willems in

this article in School Library Journal"On the Radar: Top Picks

from the Editors at Junior Library Guild."

 

SPIKE'S BOOK BIRTHDAY IS TODAY — SEPTEMBER 25

                 A cake for SPIKE's launch baked by Karen Jordan, a friend and fellow author

 

Way back in summer of 2009, SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER

went to auction with three publishing houses bidding. Heady stuff

for a new picture book author! 

 

When it came time to think about illustrators, our top pick was

Melissa Sweet, who had just won a Caldecott Honor Medal for

A RIVER OF WORDS: The Story of William Carlos Williams by

Jen Bryant. Given that award, Melissa was booked solid through

2009, 2010 and into 2011, but she said she was "over the moon

about Spike!" So we waited. And now the big day is here. It was

worth the wait!

 

CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY AT WASHINGTON IRVING'S SUNNYSIDE

Felt starstruck to be in the company of children's literature greats like

Jerry Pinkney, Peter Sis, and Ed Young (to name just a few) last Saturday

at this wonderful event organized by Susan Brandes and Beth Vetare Civitello.

How fitting that it was held at the Hudson River "cottage" of Washington Irving

(you know, author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle"), the

first American to make a living solely from writing. A few tidbits about Irving:

 

* He first wrote under pen names, including Diedrich Knickerbocker. That last name

soon came to be was associated with "New Yorker" and that's where the Knicks

basketball team got their name!

 

* He was named after George Washington, who he met as a boy. The General

patted Irving's head and the author later joked that that's why he had a bald spot

there.

 

For more about kid-friendly tours of this historic house and a "Legend Days"

classroom curriculum guide, click here.

 

BOOKLIST'S REVIEW OF THE DAY — September 10

"How charming is this?" begins the starred review of THE TOOTH MOUSE

in today's "Review of the Day" featured on the home page of the

American Library Association's Booklist site. "..such a unique ending

that listeners and their parents will smile with the cleverness of it all."

 

THAT'S A WRAP!

Break out the candy corn! Our book trailer is out just in time for Halloween.

Thanks to all these sweet trick-or-treaters for just saying "BOO!"

 

JUST SAY BOO! Book Trailer

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MY BOOKS ON TV

Wow! I walked in the door from our lake vacation in Maine to find all three of my books

featured on News 12 Connecticut.

 

News 12 Connecticut - PAL Winning Books Build Language and Reading Skills

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PAL AWARDS

Thanks to Play on Words speech and language expert Sherry Artemenko for

naming my books PAL (Play Advances Language) Award winners! The award

"recognizes exceptional toys, games and books that encourage language,

spark fun and invite creative play." What I love about Sherry is that she

selects her favorites and then tests them with kids. Here's what Sherry and

her young readers had to say about JUST SAY BOO, THE TOOTH MOUSE

and SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER. 

 

BONJOUR, SOPHIE! THE TOOTH MOUSE IS HERE

Did you know that kids in France don't have a Tooth Fairy? They have a Tooth Mouse.

So do kids in Argentina, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Mexico, Russia,

South Africa, Spain and many other countries around the world. That's why I wrote

THE TOOTH MOUSE, just released August 1. "Beautifully executed," says Kirkus.

"Hood masterfully spins her story with lush language sprinkled with some French....

Readers will pour over the "exquisitely drawn details...." Here's a sneak peek!

 

 

 

STARRED REVIEW FOR BOO

More news! Jed Henry and I got a starred review for JUST SAY BOO! Thanks, Publishers Weekly!

See what they had to say here.

 

¡MUCHAS GRACIAS!

SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER  was also named a Junior Library Guild selection for 2012.

To find out more, click here.

BOOK BIRTHDAY

JUST SAY BOO releases on July 24th. Find Halloween games and activities based on the book here.

JLG PICK

Many thanks to the Junior Library Guild for choosing THE TOOTH MOUSE as a 2012 Selection!

See more here.

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