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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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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.

 

 

BOOK NEWS FOR THE NEW YEAR

 

"HIGHLY COMMENDED"

Over the moon to be included in the Charlotte Zolotow Award

Committe's list of "Highly Commended" Picture Books of 2013.

Such an honor! I remember reading WILLIAM'S DOLL for the first

time. It showed me the power of picture books. Congratulations

to Jacqueline Woodson and all the other winners listed

here. For the CCBC's review of SPIKE, click here.

 

SPIKE'S IN "THE PICNIC BASKET"

Thanks to Deborah Sloan for serving up the story behind

SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER in The Picnic Basket, 

her "delicious blog for librarians, teachers and other gluttons

for good books." School and library professionals, you can

whet your appetite with a FREE review copy. Read the book,

then post your reviews on the blog for your colleagues

to read. First-come, first-served! (And scroll down to see

the September blog post about THE TOOTH MOUSE.)

 

USING PICTURE BOOKS IN THE CLASSROOM

Melissa Sweet and I will be speaking at the Eric Carle Museum

on Saturday, March 23, along with six other authors and illustrators

in a program called From Creative Process to Curriculum Connections.

Intended for teachers, librarians and other educators, panels focused on fiction,

picture book biographies and the craft of research and writing will provide

plenty of ideas to take back to the classroom. For more information and

registration, click here.

 

A LOOSE TOOTH KIT!

How cute is this?

If you know a child about to lose a tooth, ROMP store offers

THE TOOTH MOUSE complete with a ballerina mouse and a sweet

tooth box. To order, click here.

THE SEASON'S BURNING QUESTION

“How do I choose a book as a gift for a kid

I don’t know very well or see very often?"

Lisa Von Drasek, former librarian for New York’s

Bank Street College of Education, answers that

question on EarlyWord: "For young children,

we want picture books with writing that sings,

outstanding art that expands on the words,

and stories or information that are developmentally

appropriate." See all of Lisa's picks "for the family

with the new baby, the grandchildren who live

across the country, the godchildren who have

arrived for the weekend and to amaze your nieces and

nephews with your superior intuitive abilities, chosen

from the thousands of children’s books published this year."

 

SANTA CAME EARLY THIS YEAR

And he delivered the best present ever—a

lovely review of THE TOOTH MOUSE in

The New York Times! Pamela Paul

calls the book "charming" and says,

"these mice could even teach the tooth fairy

 a thing or two." Read the entire review here.

 

HOLIDAY READINGS AND SIGNINGS

Saturday, December 1 at 12 noon

Barnes & Noble with Melissa Sweet

86th & Lexington Ave
150 East 86th Street,

New York, NY 10028

212-369-2180

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4059015

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Sunday, December 2 from 1-3pm

Books of Wonder with James Howe, Corey Rosen Schwartz,

Lane Smith, Bryan Collier, Melissa Sweet, Douglas Florian

and Michelle Knudsen

18 West 18th Street

New York, NY 10011

212/989-3270

http://www.booksofwonder.com/events.asp

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Tuesday, December 4 at 2:15pm

Easton Public Library
691 Morehouse Road
Easton, Connecticut 06612

203/261-0134

www.eastonlibrary.org

 

Saturday, December 8 at 2pm

The Hickory Stick Bookshop

with Barbara McClintock

2 Green Hill Road

Washington Depot, CT 06794

860-868-0525

www.hickorystickbookshop.com

 

Monday, December 10 at 10am

Southport Congregational Church Preschool

524 Pequot Avenue

Southport, CT  06890

(203) 255 -1594

UPCOMING READINGS & SIGNINGS

 

NOVEMBER, 2012

Saturday, November 10 at 3pm

The Yale Bookstore

77 Broadway @ York Square
New Haven, CT 06511
203/777-8440

www.yale.bncollege.com


Sunday, November 11 at 11am

JOIN US AT THE CONNECTICUT CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR!

This wonderful annual event is planned for this weekend,

November 10 and 11, in Storrs, CT. Excited, and yes, a little

starstruck to be in this esteemed company! I'll be presenting

on 11/ 11 at 11am.

 

 

Saturday, November 17 at 11am

The Greens Farms Academy Book Fair

Barnes & Noble

Post Plaza Shopping Center
1076 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880

203/221-7955

 

Friday, November 30 from 1-4pm

The Fairfield Women’s Exchange

332 Pequot Avenue

Southport, CT 06890

203/259-5138

HALLOWEEN TREATS

                                         Little Red at the Watertown Library

 

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                              Face paint, balloons and boo-ing at Milly's NYC

 

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            Making lollipop spiders at the Fairfield University Bookstore

 

AXOLOTLS IN THE NEWS—"Mexico's Mythic Salamanders"

Here's the story behind the story of SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER

reported in this New York Times article on October 31. Efforts to save the

axolotl are crucial to science and medicine because of the animal's

amazing power to regrow almost any body part—limbs, tail, internal organs,

even parts of its brain and spinal cord!

 

"WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING"

Neither rain nor wind nor gloom of night (nor power outages) can stay

some amazing bloggers from their posts. Kathy Temean conducted this

interview right before Hurricane Sandy!

 

STORY TIME

                                             Ellie reads aloud to baby brother James

 

NEW REVIEWS FOR SPIKE

"A CHARMER"

"Sometimes kindness trumps scariness when it comes to being an

effective monster. That's the theme of ... [this] slyly engaging

picture book. ... A charmer."  Thanks to Jenny Brown, children's editor

at Shelf Awareness, for this wonderful new review of SPIKE.

 

"TINY, BUT MIGHTY"

"...author and illustrator establish a tale of unlikely friendship, while inviting

young readers to consider what it means to have courage. ... Spike will delight

children with his tiny but mighty ways." —Angie Zapata in Booklist

 

 

BOO, MR. SCHU & AN INTERVIEW

Find out about my most beloved Halloween costume, see favorite spooky

stories and try my writing advice to second graders in this Q&A with Mr. Schu,

K-5 teacher-librarian and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. 

 
"Reading is like a magic mirror. Look in a book and reflect on yourself."

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