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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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JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER VACATIONS

Happy to announce that THE TOOTH MOUSE is now available as an e-book

for the iPad, Kindle, Nook, Kobo and for libraries using Overdrive. Just love

the voice reading the story!

MORE ABOUT NEW YORK STATE'S 2014 CHARLOTTE AWARD

Many thanks to students from Mrs. Toomajian’s class at Tamarac Elementary in Troy, NY,

who interviewed me and Melissa Sweet about our book SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER,

which is on the ballot for the 2014 Charlotte Award. See our Q & A here! Live in New York

and want to vote? Find a complete list of resources here and ballots and complete voting

instructions here. And congrats to all the other nominees!

 

MY FIRST BOOK AWARDS CEREMONY   

Last week I attended my first book awards ceremony—the 15th International

Latino Book Awards held at the beautiful Instituto Cervantes in New York City.

Here's our group shot of all the nominees. That's me, last row in the center behind

the woman in red, and Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street's Maria, is in the white dress

on the right.

 

SPIKE was nominated in a children's picture book category and I'm thrilled to say

it won! Muchas gracias to sponsors Libros Publishing and Scholastic and congrats to

all the children's book winners listed here.

 

 

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.

 

 

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