October 2012

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."



September 2012

"BRILLIANT!" SAYS THE JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD

So honored to have SPIKE listed with the likes of Mo Willems in

this article in School Library Journal"On the Radar: Top Picks

from the Editors at Junior Library Guild."

 

SPIKE'S BOOK BIRTHDAY IS TODAY — SEPTEMBER 25

                 A cake for SPIKE's launch baked by Karen Jordan, a friend and fellow author

 

Way back in summer of 2009, SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER

went to auction with three publishing houses bidding. Heady stuff

for a new picture book author! 

 

When it came time to think about illustrators, our top pick was

Melissa Sweet, who had just won a Caldecott Honor Medal for

A RIVER OF WORDS: The Story of William Carlos Williams by

Jen Bryant. Given that award, Melissa was booked solid through

2009, 2010 and into 2011, but she said she was "over the moon

about Spike!" So we waited. And now the big day is here. It was

worth the wait!

 

CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY AT WASHINGTON IRVING'S SUNNYSIDE

Felt starstruck to be in the company of children's literature greats like

Jerry Pinkney, Peter Sis, and Ed Young (to name just a few) last Saturday

at this wonderful event organized by Susan Brandes and Beth Vetare Civitello.

How fitting that it was held at the Hudson River "cottage" of Washington Irving

(you know, author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle"), the

first American to make a living solely from writing. A few tidbits about Irving:

 

* He first wrote under pen names, including Diedrich Knickerbocker. That last name

soon came to be was associated with "New Yorker" and that's where the Knicks

basketball team got their name!

 

* He was named after George Washington, who he met as a boy. The General

patted Irving's head and the author later joked that that's why he had a bald spot

there.

 

For more about kid-friendly tours of this historic house and a "Legend Days"

classroom curriculum guide, click here.

 

BOOKLIST'S REVIEW OF THE DAY — September 10

"How charming is this?" begins the starred review of THE TOOTH MOUSE

in today's "Review of the Day" featured on the home page of the

American Library Association's Booklist site. "..such a unique ending

that listeners and their parents will smile with the cleverness of it all."

 

THAT'S A WRAP!

Break out the candy corn! Our book trailer is out just in time for Halloween.

Thanks to all these sweet trick-or-treaters for just saying "BOO!"

 

JUST SAY BOO! Book Trailer

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