Where to Find Me (and Get Signed Books!) All November Long

Hello all!

As I mentioned, I’ll be out and about doing actual Book Events more than usual this November, so I thought I’d list them all here, and hopefully you’ll be able to join me for some of them!  Hooray!

Friday, Nov. 1, 7pm:  I’ll be at the Barnes and Noble in Burlington, MA.  Talking!  Signing books!  Wearing suspiciously nice shoes!  🙂  Hopefully not all by myself!  🙂

Saturday, Nov. 9:  I’ll be at the Connecticut Children’s Book Fair at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, with lots of other great authors and illustrators.  According to the website, it looks like I’m doing a presentation at 12pm and then signings from 12:30 to 1:30 and 3 to 4pm.  Exciting book festival!  Yay!

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6-8pm:  Wellesley Books in Wellesley, MA, is hosting a Night of Fresh Voices, where I’ll be one of the authors signing from 6 to 8pm.  Come along and get some signed books for holiday gifts!  🙂

Saturday, Nov. 16, 12pm:  Please join me for a Wings of Fire event at Water Street Books in Exeter, NH!  Eeeeek yay!

Friday, Nov. 22:  I’ll be at the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) convention in Boston — I think I’m doing a signing from 1-2pm, but I’ll let you know if that changes.

Oh my goodness, so much excitement!  So many opportunities for my three-year-old to pitch a fit about my shoes!  😉

OK, enough about me . . . let’s balance that out with some picture book recommendations, since we’re in love with a few wonderful ones around here right now.

Journey, by Aaron Becker

This debut wordless picture book, which is kind of an homage to Harold and the Purple Crayon but taken to a whole new dimension, is beautiful and surprising and sweet and perfect.  I just ADORE it and I think it MUST win the Caldecott this year.  Spoiler alert, Jonah’s friends, you’re all getting this one for Christmas!  🙂  Check out the trailer to give you a little more of a glimpse inside.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Peter Brown

Peter Brown is the author/illustrator behind lots of fabulous books, including Children Make Terrible Pets (hee!), and this is his latest — hilarious art plus a fun story means I could happily read this over and over again.  It’s my other Caldecott pick for the year, although I’m no expert, so I’m sure there are lots of wonderful choices out there!

Chloe, by Peter McCarty

This isn’t a new book this year, but it’s new to us!  I’m the world’s biggest fan of his book Jeremy Draws a Monster, and this one is similarly super-adorable and quietly SO FUNNY.  Plus it comes with a lovely message about how cardboard boxes are way more fun than the TV that comes inside them.  🙂

Let’s see if I can embed this trailer . . . hmm, no, of course not . . . OK, you can find it here.


Ol’ Mama Squirrel and Dinosaur Kisses, by David Ezra Stein

By the author/illustrator of another favorite of ours, Interrupting Chicken, and ALSO completely hilarious.  OK, we like hilarious books around here!  🙂  The first time I read Jonah all the “CHOOK-CHOOK-CHOOK” noises the mama squirrel makes, he nearly fell off the bed laughing.

He’s also recently discovered Olivia (Olivia Forms a Band! so great!) and Charlie and Lola (aw, I Want to Be Much More Bigger Like You), both of which I realize are also TV shows, but there’s still no TV allowed for this little bear.  And I’m not sure which of us is more in love with Fancy Nancy!

Of course there are lots more books I could mention — we currently have 125 books out from the library — la la la!  (It’s OK, the limit is 150! although I’m not telling you how I found that out.)  I swear only 11 of those are actually for me.  And I think maybe 5 others (Trucks, Dump Trucks, My Big Book of Trucks and Diggers . . . there’s a bit of a theme there) have been designated as the toddler’s books; the others are all for the three-year-old.  (I know, I LOVE HIM.  We are such a menace in the library because neither of us can leave without literally about as many books as we can each carry.)

But I should stop blogging and get some work done, since tomorrow will be full of Halloween madness, by which I mean lots of ridiculous candy-related negotiation.  SIGH.  I mean YAY.

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Halloween!  And that I get to see you at a book event sometime in November!  🙂

Quote of the Day:  “Why is it always a pink princess?  Why not an Indian princess or a princess from Thailand or an African princess or a princess from China?  There are alternatives.” — Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, by Ian Falconer