My 2017-18 School Year in Review

During the 2017-18 school year (which, I’m defining as ending on June 30th – therfore, beginning today, on July 1st), a lot of fun stuff happened.

Three books I wrote were released:

I had readings, signings, & events at:

  • 11 Public Libraries
  • 11 Conferences & Festivals
  • 16 Book Stores

I visited 108 schools

  • 8 in-person visits
  • 99 virtual visits
    • one of the visits was a double-visit – two school in the same districut skyped in at the same time

Dear Dragon was named a 2018/19 Missouri Association of Librarians (MASL) Show Me Award Nominee AND a 2018/19 Indiana Library Federation (ILF) Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee.

It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk was named to the 2018 Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) Picture This Recommendation List.

How to Code a Sandcastle was selected to the 2018 Summer Indie Next List by the American Booksellers Association.

And for 2018-19 … who knows what’ll happen? Have a fabulous summer everyone!

(don’t forget about the *big* MISSION DEFROSTABLE preorder giveaway – details available here:  https://mailchi.mp/2d7e5b10c2c6/the-great-mission-defrostable-pre-order-giveaway)

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Two for You

1. Iver & Ellsworth written by Casey Robinson & illustrated by Melissa Larson

2. 100 Bugs! A Counting Book written by Kate Narita & illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

Global Read Aloud Finalist

I’ve got incredible news this week! I am one of the finalists for the 2018 Global Read Aloud Picture Book Study. And you can help vote!

What’s the Global Read Aloud? Well, in short, for every age group, a book is picked that classrooms across the globe read aloud and then use to connect over Twitter, Skype, etc. with others reading the same book (in the case of picture books, an author, illustrator, or author/illustrator is picked to have many of their books read). Founded by Pernille Ripp in 2010, the Global Read Aloud has millions of participants across 80 countries annually.

(Note for all teachers out there – GRA is an incredible experience – you should totally look into it. Details are here.)

What does being a finalist mean? It means that YOU can help select which of the following picture book creators will have their books read aloud to classrooms across the globe in 2018. The finalists include:

  • A combination of Julie Flett and Monique Gray Smith.
  • Christian Robinson
  • Pat Zietlow Miller
  • Josh Funk*
  • Dan Santat

I’m incredibly honored to be on a list with these amazing artists. To be honest, it’s a bit surreal.

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With all that said, I encourage you to head over to the Global Read Aloud website and vote for your favorite!

* That’s me.

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Two Four for You

1. My Heart Fills with Happiness / Ni Miyawaten Niteh Ohcih written by Monique Gray Smith & illustrated by Julie Flett

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2. Sophie’s Sqaush writtenby Pat Zietlow Miller & illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

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3. Gaston written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by Christian Robinson

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4. The Three Ninja Pigs written by Corey Rosen Schwartz & illustrated by Dan Santat

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My NCTE17 Schedule

Next week I’ll be attending the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. I’m really excited about taking part in several panels with some amazing book creators and educators.

Are you attending? If so, definitely stop by and say hi! Here’s my schedule:

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In other AMAZING news, The Case of the Stinky Stench made it to the Semifinal Round of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Picture Book of 2017!GR_The Case of the Stinky Stench

If you voted in the first round, thank you! If not, everyone gets to vote again in the Semifinal Round! So go vote now!

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

1. Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? written by Audrey Vernick & illustrated by Daniel Jennewein

2. Caring for Your Lion written by Tammi Sauer & illustrated by Troy Cummings

Stinky Stench – Goodreads Best Picture Book Choice Awards Nominee

Incredible news came this week! The Case of the Stinky Stench is a nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Book of 2017! And YOU can help vote for the winner! (vote by clicking here)

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I’m incredibly honored and thrilled that The Case of the Stinky Stench has been nominated alongside these other 14 amazing books!

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So, if you’re on Goodreads, I encourage you to vote for your favorite picture book. And if you’re not on Goodreads, I suggest joining – and voting! Thanks!

 

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist written by Cynthia Levinson & illustrated by Vanessa Brantly Newton

2. The Book of Mistakes written & illustrated by Corinna Luyken

Dear Dragon Wins a Nerdy Book Club Award!

I’ve got astonishing news, people (and dragons)! Dear Dragon has been awarded a Nerdy – a Nerdy Book Club Award, that is!

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I’m truly honored and thrilled. Dear Dragon was one of twenty incredible picture books bestowed with this award as selected by members of the Nerdy Book Club. Thank you so much! And congratulations to Rodolfo Montalvo, who created all of the stellar art, and everyone at Viking/Penguin who helped make this book as awesome as I like to think it is and got it into the hands of children and educators and parents and Nerdy Book Club members!

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For more info on the Nerdy Book Club and The #Nerdies, check out this post from last year (when Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast was awarded a 2015 Nerdy Award for Fiction Picture Books – *blushy-smiley-face*).

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Worm Loves Worm written by J.J. Austrian & illustrated by Mike Curato

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2. The Airport Book written & illustrated by Lisa Brown

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The 2015 Nerdies

I’ve got stellar news! Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast was announced as a Fiction Picture Book Winner of the 2015 Nerdy Book Club Awards (or Nerdies). What are the Nerdies? According to Donalyn Miller, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club:

The Nerdy Book Club began as a book award blog. Dismayed that so many books our students (and we) loved to read were overlooked during book award season, Colby [Sharp, Nerdy Book Club co-founder] and I created a people’s choice award for children’s and young adult book lovers. While the blog has expanded beyond our original dreams for it, we still host the Nerdy Book Club Awards, or Nerdies, every December. The award finalists exemplify the best children’s and young adult books for the current year—as nominated by the readers of Nerdy Book Club blog readers. Imagine an up-to-date bookshelf of engaging, high-quality titles hand-picked by savvy librarians and teachers who read and celebrate children’s books.

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I’m truly honored (and rather overjoyed) that Lady Pancake is listed among these fantastic books (several of which I’ve shared in my Two for You’s). I think it’s safe to say I speak on behalf of the publisher, Sterling Children’s, and illustrator Brendan Kearney when I say I’d like to thank all the educators, students, parents, readers, and nerds who voted. I’m extremely pleased that Lady Pancake has been able to reach so many classrooms, libraries, and readers.

And also, a big thank you to the Nerdy Book Club.

You can read the entire list of Fiction Picture Book winners of the 2015 Nerdies here (and if you aren’t familiar with the Nerdy Book Club, you’ve got over 1,000 fabulous posts to catch up on).

 

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read – Nerdies style)

1. To the Sea written & illustrated by Cale Atkinson

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2. Wolfie the Bunny written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora

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