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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Happy National French Toast Day!

November 28th is National French Toast Day in the U.S. – to celebrate (and honor Sir French Toast), I’m running a giveaway! What am I giving away? One winner will receive:

  1. A signed copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast (now) … AND
  2. A signed copy of The Case of the Stinky Stench (as soon as I receive my 2nd copy – the first is for me … er, my kids).

Simply retweet the tweet below by midnight Hawaii time to enter!

(if you’re not on twitter, you can share on Facebook and post a comment below to enter)

Note: The Case of the Stinky Stench will be released on May 2, 2017, so I probably won’t receive my copy until spring.


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  • 12/3, 11:00am: The Writers’ Loft Holiday Bazaar at An Unlikely Story (Plainville, MA, USA)
  • 12/4, 1:00pm: The Concord Museum Family Tree Celebration (Concord, MA, USA)
  • 12/10: Boston College Winter Wonderland (Boston, MA, USA)

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Toby written & illustrated by Hazel Mitchell

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2. Shy written & illustrated by Deborah Freedman

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The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2)

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2)

I’m so excited for this book! A few weeks back I did a live cover reveal on KidlitTV of the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast sequel: THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH.

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2)

Watch the live cover reveal on KidlitTV here (along with me reading Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast aloud to a live audience at Books of Wonder in NYC).

And it’s now available for Pre-Order Everywhere!

        

Description from the publisher: There’s a stinky stench in the fridge–and our favorite foodie friends must solve a smelly mystery! Sir French Toast’s nephew, Inspector Croissant, begs him and Lady Pancake for help in finding the source of the foul odor. Could it be the devious Baron von Waffle? A fetid fish lurking in the bottom of Corn Chowder Lake? Featuring the same delectable wordplay and delicious art that won critical raves for Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast–this fun follow-up is an absolutely tasty treat for kids and adults alike!

Note from Josh: I think this follow-up is even better than the first.

As with all of my books, you can pre-order signed and personalized copies from my local indie, the Concord Bookshop (it’s best to call them directly at 978.369.2405).


Where I’ll Be Next

  • 10/22, 11:00am: Wellesley Books (Wellesley, MA, USA)
  • 10/26, 7:00pm: Concord Public Library (Concord, MA, USA)
  • 11/1, 11:00am: Barnes & Noble Plaza Venezia (Orlando, FL, USA)
  • 11/5, 2:30pm: nErDcampLI (Jericho, NY, USA)
  • 11/11, 6:00pm: Barnes & Noble Framingham (Framingham, MA, USA)
  • 11/12, 2:00pm: Books-A-Million South Portland (South Portland, ME, USA)
  • 11/18, 7:00pm: Barnes & Noble Nashua (Nashua, NH, USA)
  • 11/19, 11:00am: Newtonville Books (Newton, MA, USA)
  • 12/3, 11:00am: The Writers’ Loft Holiday Bazaar at An Unlikely Story (Plainville, MA, USA)
  • 12/4, 1:00pm: The Concord Museum Family Tree Celebration (Concord, MA, USA)
  • 12/10: Boston College Winter Wonderland (Boston, MA, USA)
  • 1/7, 2:00pm: BookEnds (Winchester, MA, USA)

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Austin, Lost in America written & illustrated by Jef Czekaj

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2. A Rule Is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy written & illustrated by Jana Christy & John Seven

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Dear DEAR DRAGON, Happy Book Birthday!

My third book – Dear Dragon – comes out today!

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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!

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!

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?

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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