What's New?

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 the winner of the 2019 Connecticut Book Award! Now in its sixth printing, it is also nominated for state awards in 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 in paperback and as an audiobook!

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WHEW! WHAT A MONTH! 

November was a whirlwind of book conferences and festivals!


BOSTON BOUND

I was delighted when Kids Can Press invited me to sign THE TOOTH MOUSE at my very first NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Convention in Boston. I hope to go back every year. I signed about 75 copies of the book, met some lovely teachers and attended the kinds of discussions that make me so thankful to be in this business. Add in scads of fellow authors / friends and free loot! I'm a fan.

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Top right photo: the lovely ladies of Kids Can Press, Editorial Director

Yvette Ghione (left) and Marketing Manager Naseem Hrab (right).

 

Superstar authors were around every corner. Happy to visit with some of the talented folks

I worked with at Nick Jr. Magazine. And dinner was courtesy of Simon & Schuster where I got

to dine with the very first person I ever interviewed—Judy Blume!

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Photos clockwise from upper left: Walter Dean Myers, Jon Scieszka

and Chris Raschka.

 

SPEED-DATING WITH LIBRARIANS

Never did I ever think I'd agree to speed-dating, but it's hard to say no to librarians who want to get to know you and your books. Held at the American Association of School Librarians Conference in Hartford, it was actually kinda fun. Authors sit at a table with 10 librarians, rattle on about their books for five minutes and then switch tables! As one author put it, it's like talking with the fast forward button on! 

 

R.L. STINE WAS IN THE HOUSE

...along with a slew of other big talents at the second (we hope biennial)

Pequot Library Children's Book Festival in my hometown of Southport, CT.

 

Authors and illustrators in attendance (front row, l to r): Laura Toffler-Corrie, Barbara Mariconda,

Jennifer Berne, Ann Haywood Leal, Deborah Freedman, me; (middle row, l to r): Marc Tyler Nobleman,

Dan Yaccarino, Brian Collier, Michael Rex; (back row, l to r): Tony Abbott, Bruce Degan and R.L. Stine.

Missing from this photo was Patricia Reilly Giff.

 

Okay, pop quiz: Can you pick out who in this group is one of two United States nominees

for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition

given to an author and an illustrator of children's books? It's illustrator Brian Collier!

 

Here are some of my other favorite shots from the day!

Thanks to the library staff and extra special thanks to MaryJo Scott (center in red scarf)

for all her time and energy organizing this festival. Photo credits: Adair Heitmann, Pequot Library

 

CHAPPAQUA CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL

Join me and more than 70 authors this Saturday, October 5

from 10am - 4pm!

For a list of authors, click here. And for directions and more

about this FREE rain-or-shine event, click here.

IT'S BOOK FESTIVAL SEASON!

Can't wait to meet readers, writers and picture book lovers at the

upcoming fairs and festivals scheduled for this fall. Check the calendar

at right for details.

 

BOOKING AUTHOR VISITS NOW

I'm also busy booking author visits for winter 2013 and for

spring 2014 when my brand-new picture book hits the shelves

from Hyperion. If you're interested in scheduling a visit at your

school, bookstore, library or conference, find out more here.

 

 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.

 

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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

  • December 8, 2019

    Author Visit

    Greenfield Hill

    Congregational Church

    Fairfield, CT 06824

    I'll be speaking about my new book Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team. Several books will be available for purchase and all proceeds go to GHCC Missions, courtesy of Finley's Fiction in Southport.

    9:00am to 10:00am
  • 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