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1. LA Times Festival of Books

Angela and I will be presenting and signing at the LA Times Festival of Books on Saturday, April 12th, at the University of Southern California.

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The presentation schedule is here and we will both be signing throughout the day.  I am on a panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. titled “Young Adult Fantasy: Worlds Beyond Imagination” along with Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Hawkins and Neal Shusterman. There will be a signing afterwards. Also, you can check in at the Simon & Schuster booth for my additional signing times.

Seeya there!

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2. APRIL UPDATE!

BIRDth-DAY! April 1st marks the 11th anniversary of the publication of my first book, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Because of the support of Librarians, Teachers, Parents, Grand-Parents, and Fans the last 11 years have been a wonderful ride filled with opportunities for me to write, draw, and meet fantastic kids and grown-ups all over the world. Thank you for this gift.

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3. The Battle for WondLa May 2014 Tour Dates

I’ve finally received my May tour dates to support the fantastic finale to the WondLa trilogy.

My presentation includes drawing and discussing how the WondLa books came to be. Attendees will receive the third limited edition WondLa sketchbook for free. And, of course, I will sign just about any book (or gaming materials) that you bring – though different stores have different signing policies, so its best to check with them beforehand.

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As well, Angela and I will both be attending the LA Times Festival of Books in April at the USC campus. Though The Battle of WondLa will not be available for sale then, I will be signing all my previous titles. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

PS – I am hoping to add some additional dates for our local friends in Massachusetts, so stay tuned…

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4. MARCH UPDATE!

 COMIX! I'm on sabbatical for the year.  While I will be making various appearances in Europe and beyond, mostly I'll be spending time at the home base in Paris, France drawing and doodling.   You can check out my experiments over at Universal U-Click for a comic-strip-doodle-thingie called PARIS DOODLES . The strip runs drawings, dining room dinner doodles, and photos on weekdays.

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5. It’s time for YallFest Y’all!

The schedule has been posted, the streets of Charleston cordoned off, and locals are hiding their cookie jars because the authors are coming to town!

 

Here’s the schedule for this weekend’s festivities, but I’ll point out a few things I’ll be involved in below (The Storyball will be particularly nuts):

SATURDAY NOV. 9TH PANELS

1PM

CMH: THE MIDDLE GRADE STORYBALL Pseudonymous Bosch, Adam Gidwitz, Lisi Harrison, Alexander London, Lisa McMann, Barnabas Miller, Lauren Oliver, Carrie Ryan, Natalie Standiford, JE Thompson, Sean Williams (All Middle Grade Authors will be on stage!) Moderator: Matthew Cody

4PM

BALLROOM: WRITING FOR KIDS Matthew Cody, Adam Gidwitz, Lisa McMann, Carrie Ryan,, C. Alexander London Moderator: Pseudonymous Bosch

6PM

CMH: YA Smackdown SOLD OUT


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6. Starred Review for WILL IN SCARLET!

I’m currently in lovely Saratoga Springs visiting the equally lovely Northshire Bookstore, but I wanted to take a moment from the road and share this very nice review from The Bulletin. They say so many nice things I’m going all blushy.

«Cody, MatthewWill in Scarlet.Knopf, 2013[272p]
Trade ed. ISBN 978-0-375-86895-5$16.99
Library ed. ISBN 978-0-375-96895-2$19.99
E-book ed. ISBN 978-0-375-89980-5$10.99
Reviewed from galleys    R*Gr. 5-7
With his father off crusading for King Richard, thirteen-year-old Will Shackley must leave childhood mischief behind him as he takes on the responsibility of governing the Shackley estate. He makes a fine start, slaughtering two wolves during a hunt with his father’s men, but when Prince John’s thugs later attack Will’s home in an attempt to force fealty, the boy flees the battle to survive. Finding refuge among a merry band of thieves (including a drunken archer named Rob) in Sherwood Forest, Will sets out to plan his revenge but is soon confronted with the possibility that injustice is not simply the fault of one bad man. The punches packed in this historical action tale are both physical and emotional, as Will discovers that the sheltered world he grew up in is a privilege for very few and a distant dream for most. Cody’s pacing is a clever construction of frenzied but focused fight sequences balanced with quiet, subtle moments of self-reflection on Will’s part. Rich characterization does justice to each of the main players here, especially the villains: their motivations are made clear and understandable so that readers, like Will, come to realize the world is a complicated place with room for good and evil and much in between. Early scenes of wolf hunting and thrilling ambushes will likely draw even the most reluctant reader in, while the careful prose and likable hero will see them through to the satisfying conclusion.  KQG

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7. Super Energetic Author Visit at Binks Elementary

I learned something interesting as soon as I walked into Binks Forest Elementary School in Wellington, FL. The school and the area surrounding it got its name “Binks,” because it was the nickname of the man who used to own the land there. I also couldn’t help but be impressed with how helpful the staff was as soon as I opened the front door. Several smiling people helped me drag my books and props in and out, and they couldn’t be any friendlier.

Well to say the least, this was a very special author visit, as I did two presentations with 500 students in each group! Talk about an energetic crowd!!! You never know what will get kids going, and every author visit I do is different. Well, when the 2nd-5th graders learned that many trees are planted by birds because they poop out the seeds, this caused a hilarious uproar that lasted some time. Naturally it put a huge smile on my face.

With the school’s terrific technology I was able to show my animal posters on a big screen so the crowd could see them better. I was asked some terrific questions about those animals, and one 4th grader let me know he had just been to Costa Rica, where he saw a Howler monkey!

One of the highlights of this visit was telling the children that the paintbrushes I used for my illustrations belonged to my grandfather, and I’ve kept them for 30 years. They sure do love watching the magic of watercolor pencils blending with just a touch of water on a brush.

The students are always shocked when I give them statistics on how “Geography Illiterate” Americans really are. I encouraged them to ask for a wall map for the holidays or their birthday. They’re very affordable, and oh so fun to look at and learn about the world.

Media Specialist Sharon Wedgworth absolutely loves her job and it shows! Her library is big and inviting and the students are welcome to browse the shelves at various times throughout the day. She works with readers of all levels and comes up with creative ways of motivating reluctant readers.

Tell me you wouldn’t want to linger in this library for a few hours! Notice the pile of Lilly Badilly books on the table I autographed.

Binks Forest Elementary’s music teacher, Devon Heinrichs has an incredible music program and provides the children with live performances from every genre of music. His classroom is full of interesting instruments, and his students are so fortunate to benefit from his passion for music. It’s teachers like Mr. Heinrichs who can inspire a child to master a musical instrument or sing like Broadway star. And we all know how much music ability and math success go hand in hand.

Music is not the only wonderful part of the Fine Arts classes at Binks Elementary. Check out these impressive painted self-portrait tiles made by students a few years back.

There are many aspects to being a children’s book author that make it so fulfilling. Without a doubt, one of the best parts is visiting a harmonious school, where the teachers truly care, the parents are hands on, the students are curious, and the resources are abundant. Binks Forest is one of those schools, and how lucky these students are to have the privilege of attending!

Thank you Mrs. Wedgworth for inviting me to your school and putting together such a well organized event. Thank you, too, to all the teachers I met, who were so kind and welcoming.  And of course, I must express my gratitude for 1,000 beautiful, smiling, giggling children, who were eager to learn and who told me how much they enjoyed the visit.

 

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8. A Scurrilous National Book Tour!

I’ll be traveling the country this fall talking about Will in Scarlet to any vagabonds and scallywags that will listen! Below is the schedule of where you can find me and when. Be sure to check back for updates as we get closer to the actual dates!

Huzzah!

Friday, October 4th

Voracious Reader (Larchmont, NY)

 

Sunday, October 13th

New York Comic-Con

 

Tuesday, October 15th 

Lemuria Books (Jackson, MS)

 

Thursday, October 17th

The Country Bookshop (Southern Pines, NC)

 

Friday, October 18th

McIntyre’s Books (Chapel Hill, NC)

 

Saturday, October 19th

Barnes & Noble (Cary, NC)

 

Sunday, October 20th

Barnes & Noble (Skokie, IL)

 

Monday, October 21st

Anderson’s Bookshop (Downer’s Grove, IL)

 

Tuesday, October 22nd

The Book Stall (Winnetka, IL)

 

Saturday, October 26th

Books of Wonder (New York City, NY)

 

Friday, November 1st

The Center for Fiction (New York – not open to the public)

 

Sunday, November 3rd

Northshire Bookstore (Saratoga, NY)

 

Saturday, November 9th

YALLFest (Charleston, SC)

 

 

 


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9. Back, for the Fifth Time!

Tonight I returned to Liberty Park Elementary for my 5th author visit!

Liberty Park Elementary in Palm Beach County is passionate about books, so it’s no wonder that students and parents love to flock to their beautiful library for Literacy Night. Tonight’s theme was “Reading Oasis: A Cool Place to Discover Hot New Books!” What was really cool about this event is that parent volunteers came to read books to the children in different classrooms.

Tonight I spoke to a classroom full of very curious and perfectly behaved fourth and fifth graders. It was a nice, small group so we were able to interact a lot. It never ceases to amaze me how much the children know about animals and the environment. They even knew definitions to vocabulary words that even surprised their teacher!

What seems to interest the students the most wherever I go is learning about how watercolor pencils work as I run a wet paintbrush through the colors and they see how they blend together. The beauty of speaking to this age group is that they can understand more about the process of publishing a book, and I love to share that experience with them. They were also eager to get up to the maps and play the geography game.

Where is the Gulf of Mexico and what is the name of the hurricane that devastated New Orleans?

I’ve been to so many schools in the past five years and I can tell you that Liberty Park is outstanding. This is a school with such dedicated teachers and administration. You can sense that in the way everyone works together and strives for excellence in teaching their students. The library is beautiful, much like a classy book store, and the lovely classrooms are perfect settings for learning.

I send a big thank you to Media Specialist Michaelina Oliva, who worked so hard to organize tonight’s event and invite me back to the school for the 5th time! She makes me feel so special and welcomed, and I so appreciate it! It takes a lot of planning and physical work to keep a library like that updated and also to put together a big literacy event such as this one together. Another thank you goes to fourth grade teacher, Ms. Ali was so kind and even helped me drag my big maps back to the car. I’d also like to thank Principal Joseph Schneider, who is the most friendly and hands-on principal anyone could ever ask for.

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10. WriteOnCon Starts Today! It's FREE!


WriteOnCon begins today. If you're a kidlit writer, editors, agents, and authors are lined up to help YOU!

From the WriteOnCon website:

WriteOnCon is a FREE Online Children’s Writers Conference (rated MC-18, for Main Characters under 18 only) created by writers, for writers. Attendees don’t need to take time off work, travel, or spend a truckload of money. They can enjoy the conference from the convenience of their own homes, for free—and the schedule is designed around working hours. (Transcripts are also available of the entire conference, should anyone have to miss part of it.) And everything for the conference takes place within this website, which means everyone with basic Internet access will be able to participate in all aspects of the conference—no additional software or technology required.

During the conference, keynote addresses, agent panels, and lectures are presented as blogs, vlogs, moderated chats, webinars, podcasts, and livestreaming. There is also a critique forum, where participants can post query letters and writing samples to receive helpful feedback and comments from their peers and industry professionals. And, as if that weren’t exciting enough, there are also daily contests, giving random winners everything from books to personalized critiques from agents.


Don't miss it. Hop on over. Registration is easy. Let the inspiration begin!
http://writeoncon.com/

Oh, and by the way, my session "Does Your Picture Book Premise Have Power?" with a chance to win a PB critique is part of today's lineup!



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11. This is Why I Do This

Pure joy = being hugged by a group of 40 happy K-1st graders who have all made me gifts!

Yesterday I was reminded that being a children’s book author is a privilege to be treasured. I visited two After School Programs Inc. in SW Miami-Dade. As I stood before all those smiling faces who had been reading Lilly Badilly and listening to the CD for a few days before I arrived, I could feel their excitement and eagerness to learn. Kids are indeed like sponges waiting to soak in the world around them. And when they read my book and listen to the CD before I arrive, it makes the author visit all that more special.

I love it when the kids are eager to ask questions and share personal stories, and the behavior of these kids was PERFECT!

For starters, After School Programs, Inc serves thousands of children daily in Broward, Miami-Dade, Collier and Orange Counties. I instantly felt connected to the local Program Director Nikki Elliot, who hired me to do the author visits. Her energy, dedication and vision for educating the many children in the After School Programs is to be highly commended. She travels through Broward and Miami-Dade Counties from end to end every week, ensuring that the teams have what they need to thrive. She is a wealth of terrific ideas and realistic solutions. Likewise, the Site Directors, Ms. Moorley and Ms. Clark, running the programs at the two schools I attended, were wonderful too. The grant-based resources the organization provides, offers children in our communities opportunities that may not be available otherwise to learn and thrive. I love the fact that After School Programs uses their time with the children to educate them beyond the general school day, yet in a ways that are also entertaining and enriching.

The children love it when I show them the paint brushes, given to me many years ago by my late grandfather, I used for my illustrations in the book.

I’m disappointed that there’s more negative than positive information in the press about education in Miami-Dade in general. From where I stand I see dedicated, caring and patient teachers and aides in our schools, camps and after care programs, who work tirelessly to educate our children and ensure their safety. Teachers and administrators obviously cannot control the home environments of the children, but they can and do work miracles; I see it all the time. If only our residents could experience what transpires where children are being educated, they too would be more appreciative of those who care for them on  a daily basis and discover that there is a whole lot of good out there.

Highlights of the day included dancing and shaking our booties, being asked by a 2nd grader how I got so famous (I wish!!), being given stacks of hand drawn thank you notes and Costa Rica illustrations by the students and being treated to an excellent performance of one of the songs on my CD by four children. I also had an opportunity to share some ideas about how to read more and practice writing, in creative and fun ways.

I was presented with piles of thank you notes and illustrations I will cherish for years to come!

A proud student shows me her special thank you card.

Four darling students perform a song they learned by heart from the Lilly Badilly CD entitled “I’m on my Journey.”

So this is why I get out there, dressed as a millipede and do author visits whenever I can. These kids are our future, and I’d say our future is looking bright.

Many thanks go out to to Nikki Watkins for inviting me to visit the After Care Programs, to Julia Banks from West Perrine Park for recommending me to the After Care Program, to Principal Wright and Site Director, Ms. Moorley from R. R. Moton Elementary and Site Director and teacher, Ms. Clark at Beckford/Richmond Elementary. Thank you so much for  making me feel so welcome and giving me the opportunity to speak to your wonderful students!

 

 

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12. IRA San Antonio 2013 - Finally!

Oh yes! IRA 2013 was back in April. And I am guilty of blog neglect. While I plan to post with some textual substance soon, I did want to share photos of one of the most delightful, "working" weekends I've ever had.

With fellow authors and agency mates Liz Garton Scanlon and Kari Anne Holt.
With fellow authors and agency mates Liz Garton Scanlon and Kari Anne Holt.

Spotted on my walk to the Convention Center.

In the bagel shop across the street - A Little Free Library!

With the lovely and talented Salina Yoon at the Bloomsbury booth.

Did I mention that Salina is super-funny too?

Salina and me with the Bloomsbury team. Left to right: Caroline Abbey, Beth Eller, Linette Kim.

Signing at the Bloomsbury Booth - you can see little me in the back to the right of the ALL THROUGH MY TOWN poster.

Signing at the Bloomsbury Booth!

Signing at the Bloomsbury Booth!




In addition to the signing, I met up with many friends, did a podcast and video interview, had a wonderful dinner with the Bloomsbury team, teachers, booksellers and librarians, did a panel presentation with Salina, Michael Hall, and Kirby Larsen and signed at Anderson's Bookstore.

Everyone was so gracious, enthusiastic and kind. The world of literacy is in GREAT hands.

You'd think that packing SOOOO much into 3 days would be exhausting. But noooo - it was inspiring - inspiring me to write more books ... which is what I've been doing the last month and a half.

Happy June!
Jean

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13. May Appearances

After a month of travel, May's schedule is a bit lighter. As I announced recently, I will be taking a year off abroad starting this summer. Consequently, these appearances will be my last ones in these locations for at least a year. If you're in the area, please drop by to say hello, and remember to check with the venue regarding signing policies, etc... MAY 25 - 26  PITTSBURGH, PA It's

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14. The "Buddies" Skype Author Visit

Here's yet another way I've used Skype to connect to classrooms - chatting with 1st graders and their 6th grade buddies who've read my books together.


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15. SPIDERWICK 10th Anniversary Event

Just as we launched The Spiderwick Chronicles a decade ago, Holly Black and I are returning to a locally-owned independent bookshop to celebrate the Grace kid’s birthday.

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For one night only (May 15th) we will both be signing at Barrington Books, in Rhode Island. Bring your young readers, your camera and your books! (Yes, I really will be handing out FREE Wondla II sketchbooks.)

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And, for you art students of Rhode Island School of Art & Design, we shall be visiting in the afternoon and holding a special presentation on creative process and answering any/all questions. I hope we see you there!

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16. TLA! Here I come!

It's that awesome time of year when I head to the Texas Library Association annual conference. This year the conference is in Fort Worth, Texas (which sadly means I won't be able to stop in Italy, Texas) and is sure to be a blast.

If you're heading there, please come by and say 'Hi!' 

Here is where I will be:

THURSDAY, APRIL 25th

1:00-1:50 pm - I'll be on the Other Worlds: Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens Panel with Ilsa Bick, Joelle Charbonneau, Marissa Meyer, and Kristen Simmons

3:00-4:00 pm - I'll be signing with Jessica Lee Anderson at Booth 1601 (not ARCs of SOLSTICE yet. That's on Friday.)


FRIDAY, APRIL 26th

12:00-1:50 pm - I'll be a participating author at the YART Texas Tea

3:00-4:00 pm - I'll be signing ARCs of SOLSTICE in the author area

5:00-8:00 pm - I'll be a participating author in the TT4L Event

See you there!

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17. APRIL APPEARANCES!

April will be a very busy month for me.  I will be traveling, work-shopping Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!, celebrating the Pigeon's 10th Birthday (and my 10th year in publishing), and touring a brand new book with appearances, talks, and even a fancy black-tie gathering. Here is my public appearances schedule (please make sure to check with the venues regarding entrance and signing

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18. MARCH APPEARANCES!

Very much looking forward to this month's appearance schedule, because for the first time in 5 years I'll be back in the United Kingdom to chat with fans and read my books a kids. I'll be spending some of my time during this trip catching up with old pals, so my public slate is limited. Please do come on by if you're in the area; I'd love to see you. LONDON, ENGLAND SATURDAY, MARCH 16 

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19. Author Spots for Schools!


Here's a great way to connect children's authors and readers, and it's a WIN-WIN-WIN for schools, authors and school book fairs everywhere!


AUTHOR SPOTS FOR SCHOOLS!

Author Spots are FREE mini-commercials created by children's authors that schools can broadcast to promote their book fair to kids and parents.

I'm not talking about anything fancy here - just a 30 second to 1 minute webcam, YouTube video of a children's author giving a shout-out about his/her books along with a personalized promotion for a school book fair. It might be something as simple as:

"Hi, I'm Jean Reidy, children's author! I'm super excited that TOO PURPLEY! is coming to the Abraham Lincoln Elementary book fair. (MAYBE ADD MORE ABOUT THE BOOK HERE) Don't forget to stop by and check out all the awesome books on sale. GO LIONS!"

Author Spots could be shown in morning video announcements, during library time, in the classrooms, at PTO meetings, at the school entrance, or loaded on the school's website ... the possibilities are endless.

It's simple! Here's how it works:

Teachers, Principals, and Book Fair Volunteers: Review the authors and their books listed below and decide who might be a good fit for your school book fair. Authors who have books specifically at Scholastic Book Fairs are noted with an "S" after their name. Their names link you to their website. Choose a few options because not every author will be available at all times. Then contact one or more -- can you imagine a whole week of AuthorSpots? -- of the authors below requesting a FREE AuthorSpot. If the author agrees, tell the author how you'd like it personalized - school name, school mascot, etc. And when the video is posted, the author will send you the link. It's as simple as that.

Children's Authors and  Illustrators:
If you're interested in recording Author Spots for Schools, e-mail me your name, your 5 most recent book titles, genres and your website link and I'll add you to the list. Send your information to reidy(dot)jean(at)gmail(dot)com. If you know that one or more of your books is offered specifically at Scholastic Book Fairs, please let me know, and I'll put an "S" after your name. Then, when a school contacts you, record your Author Spot, upload it to YouTube and send the link to the school. If you'd like to participate but you'd prefer to record only one generic book fair promotion video that ANY school can use, let me know. I'll start a separate list and link to your video. If we get enough authors participating, I'll even host a website specifically for Author Spots.

The following authors are interested in promoting your book fair! And here is just a sampling of their books. Please check their website for contact and other information.

FICTION PICTURE BOOKS:
Jean Reidy (S) -  TOO PURPLEY!, TOO PICKLEY!, TOO PRINCESSY,  LIGHT UP THE NIGHT, TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS
Mirka Breen - THERE'S A TURKEY AT THE DOOR
Liz Garton Scanlon (S) - ALL THE WORLD, THINK BIG, A SOCK IS A POCKET FOR YOUR TOES, NOODLE & LOU, HAPPY, BIRTHDAY BUNNY!
Judith Snyder - WHAT DO YOU SEE?, STINKY FEET 
Audrey Vernick (S) - SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR, IS YOUR BUFFALO READY FOR KINDERGARTEN?, TEACH YOUR BUFFALO TO PLAY DRUMS

NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKS:
Alison Ashley Formento (S) - THIS TREE COUNTS, THIS TREE 1-2-3, THESE BEES COUNT, THESE SEAS COUNT 
Audrey Vernick (S) - SHE LOVED BASEBALL, BROTHERS AT BAT

MIDDLE GRADE FICTION:  
Ruth McNally Barshaw (S) - THE ELLIE MCDOODLE SERIES 
Mary Bartek FUNERALS AND FLY FISHING 
Mirka Breen -THE VOICE OF THUNDER 
Jennifer Nielsen (S) - THE FALSE PRINCE, THE RUNAWAY KING 
Audrey Vernick (S) - WATER BALLOON 
Danette Vigilante - THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON 

MIDDLE GRADE NONFICTION
Cynthia Levinson - WE'VE GOT A JOB   

YOUNG ADULT
Penny Blubaugh - BLOOD AND FLOWERS, SERENDIPITY MARKET 
J. Anderson Coats - THE WICKED AND THE JUST 
Peter Salomon - HENRY FRANKS

And if an Author Spot is not enough ... So many authors, including me (see my Time Out for Teachers page), do free 15-30 minute virtual visits with schools.  And that's FANTASTIC! You can find that list right here on Kate Messner's blog or check out the Skype an Author Network.

Wishing you a VERY successful book fair!
Jean 

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20. Don’t Let The Comedians Do Story Time!

San Francisco Sketchfest is a huge event that for over a decade has featured truely great comics doing all sorts of improv, interviews, sketch, stand-up, screenings, and now storytime. Yup. Joining the SF Sketchfest lineup this year will be a show entitled Don’t Let The Comedians Do Story Time! that will feature some of your favorite comics turning my books into sketches. It should be a

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21. YAK Fest!

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This coming Saturday, I’ll be making my very first author appearance. How fun is that? And I hope you’ll be able to join the fun and attend YAKFEST ’13, where I’ll be moderating a YA panel. And wow, is it going to be a good one. I’m already a little starstruck just thinking about it!

 

I’ll get to ask YA authors Rosemary Clement Moore, Cory Oakes, Victoria Scott, Mary Lindsey and Jeff Hirsch to spill all their secrets, and my friend and fellow debut author, Julie Murphy, will also be moderating a fantastic panel with another all-star lineup–Jessica Anderson, Charles Benoit, Chris Crutcher, Simone Elkeles, Guadalupe Garica McCall, Jessica Warman, Lori Aurelia Williams and Shannon Greenland will appear on a comtemp YA panel.

 

I would love to see you there. Of course, I cannot promise I won’t hug you if you do. Did I mention I’m a hugger? Or…I also specialize in the awkward stare. And I’m pretty good at dropping things while talking. You know…whatever you prefer. We can work that out later.

For now, here are the important deets about YAK FEST:
WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 9am – 5pm
. Come when you can and stay for as long as you like, of course we want you there all day!

COST: TOTALLY FREE.

WHERE: Keller High School, 601 N. Pate Orr Rd. Keller, TX 76248

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

https://twitter.com/YAK_Fest

https://www.facebook.com/YAKbookfest

http://teacherweb.com/TX/KellerHighSchool/YAKFest/apt1.aspx

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Simone Elkeles, BAM. That’s what we’re talking about.
Panels of AWESOME Breakdown: 


 

Keeping It Real – Jessica Anderson, Charles Benoit, Chris Crutcher (afternoon only), Simone Elkeles, Guadalupe Garica McCall, Jessica Warman, Lori Aurelia Williams and Shannon Greenland
This is Not Normal – Rosemary Clement Moore, Cory Oakes, Victoria Scott, Mary Lindsey and Jeff Hirsch

 

This is Not Normal Either – Krissi Dallas, Tracy Deebs, Greg Leitich Smith and Andrea White

 

Vampire Smack Down – Cynthia Leitich Smith, Rachel Caine and Jason Henderson

 

There will be books available for purchase from The Book Carriage, and they will be selling books all day. 
The Book Carriage will accept cash and credit cards.
 You may bring some books from home for authors to sign.
 Food and drinks will be available for purchase at lunch.
 Of course you can talk and have your picture taken with your favorite author(s) during the signing.  The YAKFEST Yak insists upon it.

 

Will I see you there? :)

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22. February Appearances

As we get set to celebrate the 10th anniversary of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! I've got some fun appearances coming up in the beginning of February. Please join me if you can. Here is the schedule as it stands (remember to check with the venues regarding signing policies, etc): NEW YORK CITY Sat. Feb 2 at 11am, MoMA Store, Soho, 81 Spring Street, New York, NY So, Mo at SoHo

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23. Visit Your Favorite Authors at CCIRA Feb. 6th - 9th!


So many awesome author and illustrator friends will be presenting and/or signing books at the Colorado Council International Reading Association Conference next week 2/6-2/9. And I'm getting SUPER excited to catch up with these literacy heroes!

Chris Barton
Leslie Clark
Carmela LaVigna Coyle
Melanie Crowder
Julie Danneberg
Lindsay Eland
Ellen Javernick
Jeanne Kaufman
Claudia Cangilla McAdam
Pam Mingle
Jeannie Mobley
Ann Nagda
Linda Osmundson
Nancy Oswald
Marjorie Blain Parker
Kathleen Pelley
Donald Samson
Todd Tuell
Denise Vega
Nicole Weaver
and ...
ME!

Whom did I miss? E-mail me and I'll add you to my list.

And if you're a picture book lover, check out my Session #268 
"What's Love Got To Do With It? 
The Picture Book's Link to Literacy."
We'll explore beloved picture books, give away gobs of door prizes and have some fun with those treasures we all adore - books, reading and literacy.

I hope to see you there!

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24. Appearances All Through My Town ... and Yours!

In addition to my Skype and school visits, I'll be reading, signing and celebrating all my books - including my latest book ALL THROUGH MY TOWN at:

April 2 - Mountains and Plains Bookseller Association S pring Meeting
Author Meet and Greet at the Boulder Bookstore
Boulder, Colorado

April 19-22 - International Reading Association Annual Convention
San Antonio, TX
Sunday April 21st
3:30-4:30: podcast with Emily Manning, of Chatting About Books
Monday April 22nd
9:00 A.M. Teachers’ Choices symposium, followed by autographing in the Bloomsbury booth
2:00-3:00 P.M. autographing at the Anderson’s Bookstore booth

April 26 - Tattered Cover Family Fun Night 6:30-7:30
9315 Dorchester Street 
Highlands Ranch, C
Bring your kids for reading, signing, games, treats and PRIZES!

May 3-5 - Big Sur in the Rockies 
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25. ALL THROUGH MY TOWN Book Release FUN!

ALL THROUGH MY TOWN is out today in bookstores and libraries throughout my town AND YOURS!

“This adorable trip around town will be a big hit with any toddler who has ever been a passenger alongside a busy grownup with errands to run. With fun-packed illustrations for little ones to look at again and again and a surprise ending that causes instant giggles, this book definitely earns a spot on the ‘favorites’ shelf.”  Kids' Indie Next List

I'm celebrating, and I hope you'll join me. Here's how:

* Tweet or retweet the following message as written below for a chance to win an autographed book, bag and t-shirt!

ALL THROUGH MY TOWN #bookbday. RT anytime on 3/5 for a chance to win a bag, book and t-shirt. http://ow.ly/imyWc #towningaround 
    * Learn more about my amazing illustrator Leo Timmers and explore all of his incredible artwork via his online portfolio.

    * Then stop by  Jennifer Bertman's Creative Spaces blog, where I'll take you on a tour "all through my" work space. You'll also get a peek into my creative process - fancy way of saying my manic mindstorm.

    * From now until 3/31/13 enter to win one of  3 autographed copies of ALL THROUGH MY TOWN on Goodreads. Easy peasy!

    * Check out my awesome Teacher's Curriculum and Activity Guide linked to learning standards. Whether you're a teacher, librarian, child care provider or a parent, you'll find creative activities for fun and learning that reach beyond the book.

    * Pay it forward with my ALL THROUGH MY TOWN: Terrific Teacher/Librarian Contest coming this Friday, March 8th, right here on my blog. Stop by on Friday to enter the name of your favorite teacher or librarian for a chance to win him/her an autographed copy of the book.

    * Are you a picture book writer? Polish up your manuscript and stop back here next Monday March 11th for an ALL THROUGH MY TOWN Picture Book Peek -a chance to win a free critique of your picture book manuscript.

    * Mark your calendar for my ALL THROUGH MY TOWN UPCOMING APPEARANCES including my 

    Family Fun Night Book Release Party at The Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch on April 26th 
    with games, treats and prizes!

    * Finally, if you'd like to buy your own copy of ALL THROUGH MY TOWN, you'll find it at your favorite bookstore or these online locations.
    And if you e-mail me, I'll send you personalized autographed book stickers for all your purchased copies.

    Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week! 
    Jean

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