What's New?

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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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT

I'm very pleased to annouce my newborn book—a picture book for expectant big brothers

and sisters. Due date: February 2015. It received a big welcome from Publishers Weekly

in a featured review!

To read the whole review, click here.

GREAT WAY TO START THE MONTH

Hope you'll join me and more than 50 other children's book

authors working their magic on November 1! For more

information, click here.

 

 


TIME TO JUST SAY BOO!

Happy Halloween to one and all! 

 

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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Upcoming Events

  • 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