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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. See photos below. 

 

My newest book DOUBLE TAKEpublished by Candlewick, is in stores now! See the adorable art by debut illustrator Jay Fleck below and my guest post and book trailer on Mr. Schu's blog Watch. Connect. Read. More than simple opposites, this rhyming concept book introduces relative terms and perspective, showing kids how point of view can affect what you see. "A powerful and timely message," says School Library Journal. "Highly recommended." 

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IT'S BOOK FESTIVAL SEASON!

Can't wait to meet readers, writers and picture book lovers at the

upcoming fairs and festivals scheduled for this fall. Check the calendar

at right for details.

 

BOOKING AUTHOR VISITS NOW

I'm also busy booking author visits for winter 2013 and for

spring 2014 when my brand-new picture book hits the shelves

from Hyperion. If you're interested in scheduling a visit at your

school, bookstore, library or conference, find out more here.

 

 A SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT'S COMING THIS FALL

                    Poster by 2012 Caldecott Honor Medalist John Rocco

 

Can't wait to be part of this! 85 children's authors and illustrators

are headed to Princeton on September 21, including Avi, Sophie

Blackall, Nick Bruel, Bryan Collier, Edward Hemingway, Kate Hosford,

Leonard Marcus, Roxie Munro and so many others! For the complete

lineup, click here.

 

Photo credit: Richard Lewin

 

A perfect summer day at the East Hampton Children's Fair. Many thanks to

Alexandra Giambruno for running such a well-organized, super fun event.

 

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!

 

 

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