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Thrilled to announce that LIFEBOAT 12, my debut middle grade novel about a true but little-known WWII event, just won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for middle grade fiction. (See below for photos of the awards gala.) In a *STARRED* review, SLJ says, "This stirring novel-in-verse based on a true story is an edge-of-your-seat survival tale, an extensively researched work of historical fiction, and an exemplar of the form." The Nerdy Book Club called it one of the best novels in verse of the year! 

 

Also new is SHAKING THINGS UP: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. Take a look at my interview with Mr. Schu and the book trailer here.

  

 

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 A SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT'S COMING THIS FALL

                    Poster by 2012 Caldecott Honor Medalist John Rocco

 

Can't wait to be part of this! 85 children's authors and illustrators

are headed to Princeton on September 21, including Avi, Sophie

Blackall, Nick Bruel, Bryan Collier, Edward Hemingway, Kate Hosford,

Leonard Marcus, Roxie Munro and so many others! For the complete

lineup, click here.

 

Photo credit: Richard Lewin

 

A perfect summer day at the East Hampton Children's Fair. Many thanks to

Alexandra Giambruno for running such a well-organized, super fun event.

 

JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER VACATIONS

Happy to announce that THE TOOTH MOUSE is now available as an e-book

for the iPad, Kindle, Nook, Kobo and for libraries using Overdrive. Just love

the voice reading the story!

MORE ABOUT NEW YORK STATE'S 2014 CHARLOTTE AWARD

Many thanks to students from Mrs. Toomajian’s class at Tamarac Elementary in Troy, NY,

who interviewed me and Melissa Sweet about our book SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER,

which is on the ballot for the 2014 Charlotte Award. See our Q & A here! Live in New York

and want to vote? Find a complete list of resources here and ballots and complete voting

instructions here. And congrats to all the other nominees!

 

MY FIRST BOOK AWARDS CEREMONY   

Last week I attended my first book awards ceremony—the 15th International

Latino Book Awards held at the beautiful Instituto Cervantes in New York City.

Here's our group shot of all the nominees. That's me, last row in the center behind

the woman in red, and Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street's Maria, is in the white dress

on the right.

 

SPIKE was nominated in a children's picture book category and I'm thrilled to say

it won! Muchas gracias to sponsors Libros Publishing and Scholastic and congrats to

all the children's book winners listed here.

 

 

SUMMER READS

Almost time to break out the hammocks! Many thanks to Linda Williams for selecting both

SPIKE and THE TOOTH MOUSE as this summer's recommended reads for CT! You can find the whole list here.

 

2013 INTERNATIONAL LATINO AWARDS

SPIKE is a finalist and I'll be attending the awards ceremony in New York City

later this month. Muchas gracias for the nomination!

 

NEW YORK STATE READING ASSOCIATION CHARLOTTE AWARD

SPIKE is also nominated for the 2014 NYSRA Charlotte Award!

As Charlotte would say,

For more information and how to vote, click here.

It's been a busy month of panel discussions, school visits and book signings!

 

 

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Author Melissa Stewart introduces Leslie Bulion, Carol Peacock, Melissa Sweet and me

at SCBWI's educator's event at the Eric Carle Museum. Thanks to Dr. Grace Enriquez,

Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy at Lesley University, for putting together

a fabulous teacher's guide to our books! You can find her ideas and resources

for teaching SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER on The Classroom Bookshelf.

 

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Our panel was followed by Holly Berry, Leda Schubert

and Tanya Lee Stone talking about their picture book biographies.

 

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Celebrated Earth Day at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium

in CT where I got to talk about SPIKE with live visual aids—

the aquarium's real axolotls!

 

 

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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