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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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SUMMER READS

Almost time to break out the hammocks! Many thanks to Linda Williams for selecting both

SPIKE and THE TOOTH MOUSE as this summer's recommended reads for CT! You can find the whole list here.

 

2013 INTERNATIONAL LATINO AWARDS

SPIKE is a finalist and I'll be attending the awards ceremony in New York City

later this month. Muchas gracias for the nomination!

 

NEW YORK STATE READING ASSOCIATION CHARLOTTE AWARD

SPIKE is also nominated for the 2014 NYSRA Charlotte Award!

As Charlotte would say,

For more information and how to vote, click here.

It's been a busy month of panel discussions, school visits and book signings!

 

 

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Author Melissa Stewart introduces Leslie Bulion, Carol Peacock, Melissa Sweet and me

at SCBWI's educator's event at the Eric Carle Museum. Thanks to Dr. Grace Enriquez,

Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy at Lesley University, for putting together

a fabulous teacher's guide to our books! You can find her ideas and resources

for teaching SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER on The Classroom Bookshelf.

 

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Our panel was followed by Holly Berry, Leda Schubert

and Tanya Lee Stone talking about their picture book biographies.

 

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Celebrated Earth Day at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium

in CT where I got to talk about SPIKE with live visual aids—

the aquarium's real axolotls!

 

 

BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR LIST

Thank you to the Cooperative Children's Book Center

for naming both SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER

and THE TOOTH MOUSE to its 2013 best-books-of-

the-year list!

 

CCBC Choices 2013 includes full annotations,

age recommendations, and author/title and subject

indices. It also includes a brief commentary on the

2012 publishing year. Get your copy here.

 

UPCOMING APPEARANCES

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Join me, Melissa Sweet and six other authors!

SCBWI and Lesley University present
From Creative Process to Curriculum Connections:
Children's Books in the Classroom

10:00 am - 3:30 pm

 

This program, intended for teachers, librarians, and other educators,

features eight New England-based children's book authors and illustrators.

Panels focused on fiction, picture book biographies, and the craft of research

and writing will provide educators with plenty of ideas they can take back

to their classrooms. A book sale and signing will round out the day.

Registration includes Museum Admission.

 

 To register, download the following registration form and submit with

 payment to SCBWI: SCBWI Registration Form

 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Greenwich Academy Book Fair

200 North Maple Avenue

Greenwich, CT 06830

2:00 pm

 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Meet the axolotls—the real animals behind SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER!

I'll be speaking at 10:30 am and 11:30 pm.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

10 North Water Street

Norwalk, CT 06854

203/852-0700

www.maritimeaquarium.org

 

LETTERS FROM KIDS

I love hearing from readers. Here's just one

of 22 thank you letters I received after a recent

school visit. I particularly like Will's vote of confidence,

since I've never written a chapter book before!

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Other comments from other letters:

"I admire how you kept editing and editing and

editing when you were writing the story!" —Sean

 

"It made me feel very warm when you smiled. I

forgot to tell you but every month I make a family

newspaper. In the March issue, I added THE TOOTH

MOUSE review!" —Ruthie

 

"One of my favorite parts was when Sophie did

a jeté. I do ballet and we do jetés, too!  —Lanie

 

"I hope to become an illustrator and a writer when

I grow up like you." —Lila

 

"Can you write a story about the tooth pig?" —Colin

 

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BUDDING AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS

At a school visit today, fourth grader Lila greeted me

with her recreation of this scene from THE TOOTH MOUSE.

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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,

click here.

 

 

BOOK NEWS FOR THE NEW YEAR

 

"HIGHLY COMMENDED"

Over the moon to be included in the Charlotte Zolotow Award

Committe's list of "Highly Commended" Picture Books of 2013.

Such an honor! I remember reading WILLIAM'S DOLL for the first

time. It showed me the power of picture books. Congratulations

to Jacqueline Woodson and all the other winners listed

here. For the CCBC's review of SPIKE, click here.

 

SPIKE'S IN "THE PICNIC BASKET"

Thanks to Deborah Sloan for serving up the story behind

SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER in The Picnic Basket, 

her "delicious blog for librarians, teachers and other gluttons

for good books." School and library professionals, you can

whet your appetite with a FREE review copy. Read the book,

then post your reviews on the blog for your colleagues

to read. First-come, first-served! (And scroll down to see

the September blog post about THE TOOTH MOUSE.)

 

USING PICTURE BOOKS IN THE CLASSROOM

Melissa Sweet and I will be speaking at the Eric Carle Museum

on Saturday, March 23, along with six other authors and illustrators

in a program called From Creative Process to Curriculum Connections.

Intended for teachers, librarians and other educators, panels focused on fiction,

picture book biographies and the craft of research and writing will provide

plenty of ideas to take back to the classroom. For more information and

registration, click here.

 

A LOOSE TOOTH KIT!

How cute is this?

If you know a child about to lose a tooth, ROMP store offers

THE TOOTH MOUSE complete with a ballerina mouse and a sweet

tooth box. To order, click here.

THE SEASON'S BURNING QUESTION

“How do I choose a book as a gift for a kid

I don’t know very well or see very often?"

Lisa Von Drasek, former librarian for New York’s

Bank Street College of Education, answers that

question on EarlyWord: "For young children,

we want picture books with writing that sings,

outstanding art that expands on the words,

and stories or information that are developmentally

appropriate." See all of Lisa's picks "for the family

with the new baby, the grandchildren who live

across the country, the godchildren who have

arrived for the weekend and to amaze your nieces and

nephews with your superior intuitive abilities, chosen

from the thousands of children’s books published this year."

 

SANTA CAME EARLY THIS YEAR

And he delivered the best present ever—a

lovely review of THE TOOTH MOUSE in

The New York Times! Pamela Paul

calls the book "charming" and says,

"these mice could even teach the tooth fairy

 a thing or two." Read the entire review here.

 

HOLIDAY READINGS AND SIGNINGS

Saturday, December 1 at 12 noon

Barnes & Noble with Melissa Sweet

86th & Lexington Ave
150 East 86th Street,

New York, NY 10028

212-369-2180

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4059015

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Sunday, December 2 from 1-3pm

Books of Wonder with James Howe, Corey Rosen Schwartz,

Lane Smith, Bryan Collier, Melissa Sweet, Douglas Florian

and Michelle Knudsen

18 West 18th Street

New York, NY 10011

212/989-3270

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Tuesday, December 4 at 2:15pm

Easton Public Library
691 Morehouse Road
Easton, Connecticut 06612

203/261-0134

www.eastonlibrary.org

 

Saturday, December 8 at 2pm

The Hickory Stick Bookshop

with Barbara McClintock

2 Green Hill Road

Washington Depot, CT 06794

860-868-0525

www.hickorystickbookshop.com

 

Monday, December 10 at 10am

Southport Congregational Church Preschool

524 Pequot Avenue

Southport, CT  06890

(203) 255 -1594

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  • September 22, 2018

    Princeton Children's

    Book Festival

    Princeton Public Library
    65 Witherspoon Street
    Princeton, NJ 08542

    Tel: 609.924.9529

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    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

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

    Chappaqua Children's

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    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
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    Warwick Children's

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    Railroad Avenue

    Warwick, NY 10990
    Tel. 845.986.1047
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    attending, click here.

    11:00am to 4:00pm
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    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