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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 fifth 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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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.

 

 

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.

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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.

 

 

Download my Author Visit Brochure to get detailed information about my school and library presentations, along with testimonials and pricing.
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Upcoming Events

  • September 28, 2019

    Saugatuck StoryFest

    Westport Public Library

    Westport, CT 06880

    https://www.ssfteenboard.com

    Connecticut Nutmeg Book Awards Panel 

    Featuring: Jake Burt, Susan Hood, Geoff Rodkey, Ibi Zoboi

    Meet past and current nominees of the Connecticut Nutmeg Book Awards, a statewide literary award voted on by Connecticut students.

    12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • 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
  • 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