Dear DEAR DRAGON, Happy Book Birthday!

Dear Dragon Book Birthday

My third book – Dear Dragon – comes out today!

Dear Dragon Book Birthday

Wait. Didn’t Pirasaurs! just come out? Yes. Due to a quirk in publishing, both books are being released a week apart. What an incredible ‘problem’ to have!

What’s Dear Dragon about?

George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and Science Fair projects. There’s just one thing that the two friends don’t know: George is a human, while Blaise is a dragon! What will happen when these pen pals finally meet face-to-face? A sweet and clever friendship story about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath.

Dear Dragon is illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo and published by Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Watch the Dear Dragon Book Trailer:

Want Activity Pages? Download the Free Dear Dragon Activity Pages Here! (right click save link as)

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Want read more about Dear Dragon? Check out these reviews, interviews, and guest blog posts:

Want to see me read Dear Dragon in person (and get a Dragon Latte)?

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. A Fire Truck Named Red written by Randall de Sève & illustrated by Bob Staake

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2. Before I Leave written & illustrated by Jessixa Bagley

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Happy Birthday, PIRASAURS!

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My second book – Pirasaurs! – comes out today!

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They’re pirates. They’re dinosaurs? They’re Pirasaurs!

We’re Pirasaurs! We’re Pirasaurs!
We rule the open seas!
We’ll cannon-blast you to the past!
We do just what we please!

Meet the Pirasaurs, a ragtag team of seasoned pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure! There’s fearsome Captain Rex, golden-toothed Velocimate, one-eyed Bronto Beard, and more fearsome, buccaneering beasts….as well as one new recruit who may be small, but who’s eager to prove he can learn the ropes and find his place on the team.

But when a trap is set upon the Pirasaurs while looking for buried treasure, it’s up to the littlest recruit to show the team that there’s more to a Pirasaur than meets the eye patch!

Pirasaurs! is available for purchase here or wherever books are sold.

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Watch the Pirasaurs! Book Trailer:

Which Pirasaur Are You?! Take the Quiz Here: https://www.boombox.com/c/quiz/256474/which-pirasaur-are-you

Want Coloring Pages? Download the Free Pirasaurs! Coloring Pages Here! (right click save link as)

Want to see me read Pirasaurs! in person? 

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Let Me Finish! written by Minh Lê & illustrated by Isabel Roxas

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2. They All Saw a Cat written & illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
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#pb10for10: Pirates, Dinosaurs, & Dragons! Oh, my!

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Educators Cathy Mere & Mandy Robek have been running the #pb10for10 event for several years now. What’s #pb10for10? Well, you pick 10 picture books you simply can’t live without and share today, August 10th, with the hashtag #pb10for10 (see the official rules here). Share your own and check out all the others in the #pb10for10 Google Community.

pb 10 for 10 015I participated last year for the first time and had a blast. My theme was Rhyming Picture Books (you don’t need a theme, but sometimes it helps narrow down your choices when there are SOOO many great picture books out there).

This year, I’m sharing my favorite, Pirate, Dinosaur, and Dragon Picture Books (you can probably guess why – if not, see the sidebar —>)

1. The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle

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2. Rex Wrecks It by Ben Clanton

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3. Take Care, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas & Paul Meisel

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4. The Night Pirates by Peter Harris & Deborah Allwright

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5. Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

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6. When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore & Howard McWilliam

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7. Pirate Princess by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & Jill McElmurry

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8. Hiding Dinosaurs by Dan Moynihan

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9. Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

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10. Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea & Lane Smith

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(#10 isn’t strictly about dinosaurs, but it allows me to have three books each for pirates, dinosaurs, and dragons – and then this one – you’ll see when you read it)

Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s favorite picture books, comment, and share in the #pb10for10 Google Community!

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Heading to ILA?

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On Saturday, I’ll be attending the annual ILA Convention in Boston. What is ILA, you ask? According to their website:

The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 75 countries. With over 60 years of experience, ILA has set the standard for how literacy is defined, taught, and evaluated.

Why am going? The ILA Convention is a great place for publishers to share their upcoming titles with educators from around the world. I’m scheduled for a couple hours of signings, but when looking over the list of other authors … it kind of blew my mind.

From 11am-12pm I’ll be signing Dear Dragon at the Penguin booth #306. Here are the other Penguin authors signing over the weekend:

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From 1-2pm I’ll be signing Pirasaurs! at the Scholastic booth #2107. Here are the other Scholastic authors signing over the weekend:

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Starstruck? Me, too. But I’m really looking forward to meeting educators and other book people. After all, that’s really why I’m going.

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Ghost in the House written by  Ammi-Joan Paquette & illustrated by Adam Record

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2. Surf’s Up written by Kwame Alexander & illustrated by Daniel Miyares
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It’s been kind of a big day…

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First, this picture book sale posted Publisher’s Marketplace:

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In case you didn’t read the fine print, it says: “Josh Funk’s LADY PANCAKE AND SIR FRENCH TOAST: The Case of the Stinky Stench, following leftover breakfast treats as they join forces to discover the source of a most odorous culprit in the refrigerator, illustrated by Brendan Kearney, to Zaneta Jung at Sterling Children’s, by Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (while she was at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency) for the author and Hannah Whitty at Plum Pudding Illustration for the illustrator (World).”

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I’m so excited about this book! I’m thrilled to be re-entering the fridge with these characters! And I can’t wait to share it with you! I’ve seen Brendan Kearney’s ingenious sketches – they’re hilarious! I think it’s gonna be better than the first! Huge thanks to my agent, Kathleen Rushall for making this happen!

Second, I got a couple packages in the mail.

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Um, yeah. It’s gonna be tough to beat June 29, 2016. (but I’ll try)

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Your Alien written by  Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Goro Fujita

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2. Mind Your Monsters written by Catherine Bailey and illustrated by Oriol Vidal
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Pirasaurs! Book Trailer!

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In case you missed it, the book trailer for Pirasaurs! debuted yesterday on Watch. Connect. Read. where I also finished the sentences of Mr. Schu. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been reading Mr. Schu’s site for years and to have the honor of finishing his sentences is pretty freakin’ cool.

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You can check out the full interview and book trailer premiere here. Pirasaurs! is illustrated by Michael Slack (*genius*) and will be published by Scholastic on August 30, 2016 (but is available for pre-order from all bookstores now).

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Orangutangled written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Aaron Zenz

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2. Polkabats and Octopus Slacks written & illustrated by Calef Brown

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Happy Mother’s Day Brunch!

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, I was invited to the KidLit TV kitchen to cook pancakes and french toast with Storymakers host Rocco Staino and Jason Greene of One Good Dad. Watch me cause crazed culinary chaos …

See the full KidLit TV post here. And Happy Mother’s Day!

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Where’s My Mummy by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by John Manders

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2. Gator Dad written & illustrated by Brian Lies
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