November 2013


November was a whirlwind of book conferences and festivals!


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.



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! 



...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