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TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team is now available 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 its sixth printing and is nominated for state awards in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Vermont! It has been named an 2019 ALSC Notable Book, a 2019 Bank Street Best Book of the Year and the winner of the 2019 SCBWI Golden Kite Award for middle grade fiction. (See the NYC awards ceremony below!) And now you can get it as an audiobook!

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GREAT WAY TO START THE MONTH

Hope you'll join me and more than 50 other children's book

authors working their magic on November 1! For more

information, click here.

 

 


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.

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Upcoming Events

  • October 20, 2019

    Connecticut Book Awards

    Connecticut Center for the Book

    Hartford Public Library

    500 Main Street

    Hartford, CT 06103

    Keynote speaker: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Philip Caputo

    Ceremony followed by reception and book signings

    3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • October 21, 2019

    Author Palooza

    CASL CECA 2019 Conference

    Connecticut Convention Center
    100 Columbus Boulevard
    Hartford, Connecticut

    (All day)
  • November 2, 2019

    nErDCampLI

    James H. Boyd Intermediate School

    286 Cuba Hill Road 

    Huntington, NY 11743

    (Details to come!) 

    (All day)
  • February 29, 2020

    Pequot Library Writers' Series

    720 Pequot Avenue

    Southport, CT 06890

    information@pequotlibrary.org

    Join me and other esteemed picture book authors and illustrators for a panel discussion about a child's first books.

    12:00pm to 1:00pm