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TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team launches this month from my good friends at HarperCollins. I'm thrilled to team up with Thai journalist Pathana Sornhiran who was reporting outside the Tham Luang Nang Non Caves last summer as this mesmerizing story unfolded. Take a peek at the "Behind the Art" book trailer created by talented illustrator Dow Phumiruk. 

 

Super honored that LIFEBOAT 12 is now in it's fifth printing and is nominated for state awards in Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Vermont! It has been named an 2019 ALSC Notable Book and a 2019 Bank Street Best Book of the Year. 

  

 

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TIME TO JUST SAY BOO!

Happy Halloween to one and all! 

 

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Illustration from JUST SAY BOO by Jed Henry (HarperCollins)

 

THE BEST ILLUSTRATORS OF 2014

A highlight of the month was attending the Society of Illustrators

Original Art show where Lane Smith and Arnold Lobel were given

Lifetime Achievement Awards. I was lucky enough to interview

Arnold Lobel for a magazine many years ago. He is missed.

 

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FALL IS HERE AND IT'S TIME FOR . . . BOOK FESTIVALS!

I look forward to these children's book events all year. First up:

          Poster by my friend Dan Yaccarino!

 

Who else will be there? Check out the all-star lineup here.

 

Then next weekend, September 27, many of us get together

again for the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, in

Chappaqua, NY. Click here to see the list of more than 80

favorite authors and illustrators reading and signing their books.

This is going to be fun!

    Poster by Matthew Van Fleet

 

 

 

SLIDING THROUGH SUMMER

Wow, where did the last two months go? July and August have been a rush of writing, revising (and revising and revising), looking at illustrations, traveling, and sailing. Highlights were sailing to Martha's Vineyard and a trip to Toronto where I got to visit my friends at Kids Can Press, publisher of THE TOOTH MOUSE and my new book TICKLY TOES. Every office should be this much fun!

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NEW WORK AHEAD

Feeling excited and challenged as I work on my first nonfiction picture book. Immersed in research and busy setting up interviews right now. More news to come!

 

In the meantime, I'm thrilled to provide a sneak peek of my new baby board book called TICKLY TOES (see cover above), available August 1 from Kids Can Press. With pictures by French illustrator Barroux, this book is a celebration of baby's first playthings—her toes—and her first success—getting those toes into her mouth! 

Kirkus says, the "rhymes beg to be read aloud as they speak directly to the baby in the story and to little listeners snuggled up for a bedtime story and perhaps a toe-tickling of their own. A lovely addition to the bedtime storybook shelf." For the full review, click here.

THANKS TO THE NEW YORK TIMES!

In 2012, The New York Times was kind enough to review my book THE TOOTH MOUSE online and it was such a thrill! It was a big, beautiful article for which I am so grateful.

So why is it that a tiny blurb in the print version of the Sunday Book Review is so exciting? I think it was this quote: "ROOTING FOR YOU is a cheerful alternative to Dr. Seuss's OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!" And if that wasn't enough, I get to share the page with my old friend Sarah Albee from Sesame Street.

ON THE ROAD

April was a blur of author visits and I have to thank each and every school, bookstore and book festival for inviting me. A highlight was a two-day gig at Miller Driscoll in Wilton, CT: 2 days, 8 presentations, 900+ kids!

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Author Visits

I'd love to come to your event! Click here to contact me about scheduling a visit to your school, library, bookstore or book festival.

 

 

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Upcoming Events

  • October 5, 2019

    Chappaqua Children's

    Book Festival

    Robert E. Bell Middle School
    50 Senter St, Chappaqua, NY 10514

    ccbfestival.org

    10:00am to 4:00pm
  • October 12, 2019

    Warwick Children's Book Festival
    c/o Albert Wisner Public Library
    1 McFarland Drive
    Warwick, NY   10990
    845.986.1047
    warbookfest@rcls.org

    11:00am to 4:00pm