November 15, 2015

A Passion for Elephants: The Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss, illustrated by Holly Berry, has been named a National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Book!

June 26, 2015
Wall Street Journal loves Whose Tools? Best quote: "scrupulously diverse in its human portrayals!" Yay Jim Datz!

June 21, 2015
Happy Father's Day, especially to the big Pa around here, Ken! So much fun to see One Cool Friend on this list from Everyday Reading of 100 Picture Books to Read this Summer! 

June 18, 2015
A Passion for Elephants: The Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss, illustrated by Holly Berry, has been chosen to be a Junior Library Guild selection. Yay!

June 9, 2015
I'm so excited to be on a Father's Day blog tour this week for Whose Tools? 

June 8
Kid Lit Frenzy (interview + giveaway)

June 9
Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) (interview + giveaway)

June 10
The Children's Book Review (speed interview)

June 11
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers (giveaway + guest post)

June 12
Wrapped in Foil Blog (review + activities)

March 22, 2015
There's a new children's literature e-newsletter entitled Bookology. It's free to subscribe and there's lots of articles--and author interviews. I was interviewed this week. Hop over to see!

March 20, 2015
Fabulous news for My Bibi Always Remembers today. It is named one of the Bank Street College Best Children's Books of 2015 in the age five-to-nine category!

March 20, 2015
What a glorious first review for Whose Tools? published today by Kirkus. The last line sums up: "A nifty, unexpectedly sophisticated exploration of the tools and professions connected to the world of construction." Publication date is May 5.

March 13, 2015
Two more Skype visits for WRAD (World Read Aloud Day) this week with second graders at George Watkins Elementary School in Quinton, Virginia. They had excellent questions. Here are Mr. Secore and Ms. Rounds' second graders chatting with me.

March 12, 2015
I had so much fun meeting by Skype with librarian Nancy Custer Carroll's second graders at Beeman Elementary School (New Haven, Vermont) last week on World Read Aloud Day. We talked about writing and several of my books, especially One Cool Friend. This week, they read No T. Rex in the Library and sent me this e-mail:
It's a great question. I responded with a question of my own: I wonder whether YOU think the dinosaur was real or in Tess's imagination? Do you think the library was a total wreck when she left with that book?

March 2, 2015

It's so exciting to hear the snippet of the One Cool Friend audio here! I just love the three readers' voices, especially young Owen Tanzer!

February 24, 2015

I'm looking forward to my first (of four) books to be published in 2015--my first board book (and my first informational book) in a new series with Abrams Appleseed. The title of this first volume is Whose Tools? and it debuts on May 5.  

I'm working on the teaching guide right now with help from the awesome educators at the Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center Preschool in Henderson, Kentucky. Watch for its page to launch on my website this week!

February 16, 2015

Happy Presidents' Day! In New England, you are all enjoying a snowy holiday. 

I have wonderful news to share! 

The Weston Woods audio recording of One Cool Friend has been named a 2015 Notable Children's Recording

And the Weston Woods video recording of One Cool Friend has been named a 2015 Notable Children's Video!

February 2, 2015

What a joyful Skype visit I had with the afternoon students at the Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center Preschool in Henderson, Kentucky. Even though we'd planned to Skype on December 15 (as I did with the morning students) the Internet gremlins refused to cooperate. No matter, though. We had a wonderful time today talking about My Bibi Always Remembers, the African savannah, and what it means to be an author. I shared my elephant puppets and answered lots of questions.

Here's a photo from the visit of Ms. Heather Dooley's PM class!

November 21, 2014

A lovely review of My Bibi Always Remembers in the San Francisco Chronicle!

April 8, 2014

What a busy spring it's been for events, appearances, and school visits!

March found me: 
  • Visiting Ashley Hall School in Charleston, South Carolina for a full day of student  and parent evening event.
  • Returning to Laurel Hill Primary School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. I had the joy of meeting with all three grade levels.
No T. Rex in the Library: Puppet Play with Kindergarten
Presenting to Second Grade in the Library
    Laurel Hill Primary sure does know how to put on a dragon parade! (Special thanks to school librarian Marcia Russo, who is the engine behind all this fun.) The dragon parade is inspired by my Mrs. Skorupski book Fire Up with Reading.


    • Presenting at the 2014 SCASL Conference in Columbia, South Carolina.
    • Visiting Pell Elementary School in Newport, Rhode Island.
    • Enjoying the festivities of the March into Reading Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.

    April began with the Maine Literacy Connections Conference in Waterville, Maine. What a delight to visit with so many people dedicating their lives and work to family and lifelong literacy.
    2014 Maine Literacy Connections Keynote
    I'm looking forward to May with two more great speaking opportunities. Meanwhile, I am busy in the writing cottage, working on my next book.

    December 15, 2013
    Hello and welcome to my newly redesigned website, thanks to my awesome designer, Donna Farrell at donnadoodles. I'm so delighted to have you visit. Be sure to click around and see what's new, what's different, and what's exciting.

    Speaking of exciting, I'll be sharing all breaking news here on my NEWS page and updating my CALENDAR page as I add events and visits for the year. Educators, you'll find a wealth of resources to help you to teach using my books. Look for Reader's Theater scripts, Six Trait writing guides, Common Core teaching guides, as well as other teaching guides. Share any of these you like with your colleagues and invite them to visit my site too.

    Best wishes for now, and a very happy new year!