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!
TIME TO JUST SAY BOO!
Happy Halloween to one and all!
Illustration from JUST SAY BOO by Jed Henry (HarperCollins)
THE BEST ILLUSTRATORS OF 2014
A highlight of the month was attending the Society of Illustrators
Original Art show where Lane Smith and Arnold Lobel were given
Lifetime Achievement Awards. I was lucky enough to interview
Arnold Lobel for a magazine many years ago. He is missed.
FALL IS HERE AND IT'S TIME FOR . . . BOOK FESTIVALS!
I look forward to these children's book events all year. First up:
Poster by my friend Dan Yaccarino!
Who else will be there? Check out the all-star lineup here.
Then next weekend, September 27, many of us get together
again for the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, in
Chappaqua, NY. Click here to see the list of more than 80
favorite authors and illustrators reading and signing their books.
This is going to be fun!
Poster by Matthew Van Fleet
SLIDING THROUGH SUMMER
Wow, where did the last two months go? July and August have been a rush of writing, revising (and revising and revising), looking at illustrations, traveling, and sailing. Highlights were sailing to Martha's Vineyard and a trip to Toronto where I got to visit my friends at Kids Can Press, publisher of THE TOOTH MOUSE and my new book TICKLY TOES. Every office should be this much fun!
NEW WORK AHEAD
Feeling excited and challenged as I work on my first nonfiction picture book. Immersed in research and busy setting up interviews right now. More news to come!
In the meantime, I'm thrilled to provide a sneak peek of my new baby board book called TICKLY TOES (see cover above), available August 1 from Kids Can Press. With pictures by French illustrator Barroux, this book is a celebration of baby's first playthings—her toes—and her first success—getting those toes into her mouth!
Kirkus says, the "rhymes beg to be read aloud as they speak directly to the baby in the story and to little listeners snuggled up for a bedtime story and perhaps a toe-tickling of their own. A lovely addition to the bedtime storybook shelf." For the full review, click here.
THANKS TO THE NEW YORK TIMES!
In 2012, The New York Times was kind enough to review my book THE TOOTH MOUSE online and it was such a thrill! It was a big, beautiful article for which I am so grateful.
So why is it that a tiny blurb in the print version of the Sunday Book Review is so exciting? I think it was this quote: "ROOTING FOR YOU is a cheerful alternative to Dr. Seuss's OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!" And if that wasn't enough, I get to share the page with my old friend Sarah Albee from Sesame Street.
I'd love to come to your event! Click here to contact me about scheduling a visit to your school, library, bookstore or book festival.
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Edgewood Elementary School
1 Roosevelt Place
"Once Upon an Author" Program
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
Reading Public LIbrary
64 Middlesex Avenue
Warwick Children's Book Festival
West Harrison, NY
Details to come!
Chappaqua Children's Book Festival
West Harrison, NY
Details to come!