February 2013

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.