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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International Rhyming Picture Book Day 2016

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Happy International Rhyming Picture Book Day!

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How are you gonna celebrate this most wondrously magical day of the year?

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Guess Again! by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex

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2. Iggy Peck, Architect written by Andrea “No Lithgow” Beaty & illustrated by David Roberts
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Emily Arrow’s “Curious Garden” song for a Lennon Award

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The John Lennon Song Writing Contest voting opens today. Emily Arrow’s song “Curious Garden” inspired by Peter Brown’s 2009 picture book The Curious Garden is a finalist in the children’s category. I highly encourage you to visit the JLSWC Voting Page and vote for Emily Arrow and “Curious Garden” – if you haven’t listened to it, you can do so on that page (I’m doing that right now).

You can vote once per day during the month of April.

Here’s How Emily Will Thank You For Voting

(Screen shot your vote and tweet, post, or fb message it to her)

Vote 1x – raffle for free album
Vote 10x – raffle for free album AND kazoo
Vote 20x – raffle for free album AND kazoo AND 3 books
Vote 30x – you’ll receive an album, kazoo,
and be entered in a raffle for a song written about YOU!

How will you ever remember to vote every single day?
Click To Sign Up for a Daily Invite to Vote!

Bonus: Here’s the video for Emily Arrow’s “Curious Garden”:

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read – or albums I recommend you listen to)

1. Storytime Singalong Volume I by Emily Arrow

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2. The Curious Garden written & illustrated by Peter Brown
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Dear Dragon Jacket

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I recently got a chance to see the full Dear Dragon book jacket and I shared it over at Teach Mentor Texts on Saturday. The cover is fantastic, but the image continues around the spine and onto the back of the book. Rodolfo Montalvo has done such a fantastic job! I’m sharing the jacket here, but if you want to see the jacket flaps, too, then head over to Teach Mentor Texts (tease: Rodolfo has drawn little caricatures of each of us).

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Don’t you want to just frame it and put it on your wall? (I sure do! Hey, Rodolfo, is there any way to make that happen?)

Dear Dragon will be available on 9.6.16 from Viking/Penguin (and is available for pre-order now)!

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Ducks Vacation written & illustrated by Gilad Soffer
9781250056474[1]2. Growing Up Pedro written & illustrated by Matt Tavares
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