Archive for January, 2011

Hi Everyone.

Long time no write!  I know.  (Actually, I have been busy writing – although not keeping up w/my blog, I have been working on several novels – and doing lots of author visits, so updating the blog sort of fell through those, you know, ‘cracks’.)

I am so pleased to just learn that LOUSY ROTTEN STINKIN’ GRAPES is an Indiana YOUNG HOOSIER BOOK AWARD NOMINEE for 2011-2012. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the book has also been nominated for Vermont’s RED CLOVER AWARD, Maine’s CHICKADEE AWARD, Kansas’ BILL MARTIN PICTURE BOOK AWARD, and it’s on the Master List for the KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS AWARD.

Thanks mucho to Indiana, Vermont, Maine, Kansas and Kentucky readers!

‘GRAPES’ is also one of the books on the discussion list for the ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings List for 2011.

Just recently I visited a school in Wayne, NJ and was treated to a reader’s theater performance of the book. The students at Randall Carter Elementary did a fabulouso job! Bravo! I love reader’s theater – and if you do too, check out the many available scripts of my books that are downloadable right on my website.

My newest book – GOLDIE AND THE THREE HARES, illustrated by the wonderful Jack E. Davis just came out last week!  (I know –  that you know –  he illustrated both BEDHEAD and SWEET TOOTH, and that he is truly wonderful, but I always like to have the opportunity to say again just how wonderful he is – ‘cause he is!)

I was delighted to find out that Publishers Weekly gave it a rousing review too!

(That kind of thing always makes authors and illustrators smile.)

We’ve been snowed in – and snowed in – and snowed in again – here in the Northeast, (It was the snowiest January since 1925 would you believe!), but I’ve been spared travel woes by having the chance to do some fun Skype visits! (Nothing like wearing your slippers when talking to kids in their classroom or library!)

Do you Skype?

Well, back to work …

I am looking forward to the release of HOGG, HOGG, & HOG in March – hope you are too.

Get ready to get your OINK on!

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