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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. Congrats to all the winners. 

 

My newest book DOUBLE TAKE comes out from Candlewick on June 13! See the adorable art by illustrator Jay Fleck below. 

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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.

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.

ON THE ROAD

April was a blur of author visits and I have to thank each and every school, bookstore and book festival for inviting me. A highlight was a two-day gig at Miller Driscoll in Wilton, CT: 2 days, 8 presentations, 900+ kids!

NEW BOOK DEBUT!

On March 11, my newest picture book called ROOTING FOR YOU (see cover above) sprouts from Hyperion. It's about a tiny seed intent upon staying put in the cozy soil—"I am NOT coming out!" But with the encouragement of a friendly worm, the seeds plucks up the courage to bust out and bloom. Featuring fold-out pages that mimic putting down roots and sending up shoots, the book culminates in a three-page-tall burst as the seed breaks ground and blossoms in the sun.

 

Why did I write this one? I must have been working in our big vegetable garden. I had just switched fields, going from editor to author and was thinking about all the thrills and challenges of the unknown. Kids face new experiences every day—starting a new school, welcoming a new baby, moving to a new town. And these transitions can be scary! So this book is about new growth and the friends and family who are there rooting for you!

 

Here's what Booklist had to say:

"It’s an overall wonderful lesson in moving out of fear and inertia and into exploration and growth, with big Mo Willems–style art that makes simple shapes into highly emotive characters and backgrounds." For the full review, click here.

SHOW 'EM THOSE PEARLY WHITES! 

The Tooth Mouse is celebrating National Children's Dental Health Month with a Tooth Pillow Pouch kids can make! Children just cut it out, glue up the sides, place a lost tooth inside, tuck under their pillows and see what's inside the next day. They can also keep a record of each tooth lost by coloring in the appropriate number of teeth on The Tooth Mouse's Baby Tooth Tracker

 

Below, five-month-old Molina gets an early start learning about the Tooth Mouse, thanks to her grand-mére from Paris!

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Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Storytime Reading 

    THE FIX-IT MAN

    with MakerSpace Activities!

    Fairfield Public Library

    1080 Old Post Road

    Fairfield, CT 06824

    203-256-3155

    fairfieldpubliclibrary.org

    10:00am to 11:00am
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    "Build a Better World"

    Storytime Reading

    and Activities

    Stepping Stones Museum

    for Children

    Matthews Park

    303 West Avenue

    Norwalk, CT 06850

    203-899-0606

    steppingstonesmuseum.org

    10:30am to 11:30am
  • Friday, September 22, 2017

    2017 CLASP

    Américas Award Ceremony

    Library of Congress

    Washington, DC

    Details to come! 

    2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Warwick Children's Book Festival

    Albert Wisner Public Library 
    1 McFarland Drive
    Warwick, NY   10990

    845/986-1047
    warbookfest@rcls.org

    11:00am to 4:00pm
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    School Visits

    West Harrison, NY 

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    Chappaqua Children's Book Festival

    20 S Greeley Ave
    Chappaqua, New York
    (914) 263-5566
    10:00am to 4:00pm
  • October 18-19

    School Visits

    West Harrison, NY 

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