Read Across America

Spent some time over at the Westbridge Academy last week to read to the kids as part of “Read Across America”. Westbridge Academy is a New Jersey State Approved Private Special Education School in Bloomfield, NJ for students with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges in grades K-12. Thanks to Tania Miller for organizing the event.

I drew on the chalkboard to show the children how I go about drawing a dog and when the class was over, a sweet boy named Jayden handed me his drawing. I made him sign it, telling him alll great artists sign their work. I just love this. Hanging it on my fridge. :)


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On books...

Publishing can be a bit of a mystery. You create these books, work on them for a year or so-laboring over every detail and then wait as they are sent overseas to be printed and eventually released a year later. You hope for good reviews and aside from promoting the heck out of them and doing as many events as possible (I also plaster car magnets on my Jetta), they are basically out of your control. Not always easy.

Yesterday I was in the local bookstore and spotted my second book "The Grumpy Pets" and was delighted to see that not only was it in its third printing, but the back now had the New York Times blurb added onto it! Made me smile.

back cover of The Grumpy Pets 3rd printing

back cover of The Grumpy Pets 3rd printing

It's been a good month for this book. A few weeks ago I was tagged by a librarian in Texas with this news:

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It's one thing to get a review, but to have the children love your book is really what this is all about. It's easy to get caught up in the business of things but this is the good stuff.

 

Newburyport Literary Festival!!!

Beyond excited to head to Newburyport, Mass in a few weeks. I lived there about 13 years ago and have many fond memories of this charming, coastal town. So honored to be a part of their literary festival and SO SO excited to meet author Andre Dubus III among others. Should be a fun weekend! :) I'll be doing an reading/activity on Saturday morning with The Grumpy Pets.