1. Book it! I'm finally getting things together for SMALL book events. I updated my events page to include a visit to the Burlington Barnes & Noble (Oct.14th) and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Dec 27th). I already had a local event, Children's Author Festival at Strawberry Banke (Nov. 4th), and should just be adding to the list over time. I love filling up my calendar with days to read SMALL to kids.
2. Sweatpants and Coffee and a Giveaway I'm really happy with how my interview on Sweatpants and Coffee came out. Many thanks to writer Barbara Doyle. I'm giving away a personalized, signed copy of SMALL and there's only 4 days left in the giveaway. Go check it out!
3. Children's Book Fair-by-the-Sea Our family has been spending summers in the midcoast Maine region for many years. I had been to the Camden library book fair years ago so it was a real honor and treat to actually take part. I got to meet super-talented (and incredibly nice) authors and illustrators AND read SMALL with friends old and new (including my daughter, seen above). Huge thanks to Amy Hand, her team at the library, and Sherman's book shop for organizing such a grand day.
4. Back to School, OMG It's really happening. My kids return to school tomorrow. I will have an actual work day. Which is great because I have two deadlines this week. Thanks to Mr. Patrick Greenish I have another fun Highlights assignment, and thanks to my dearest agent Teresa, something fun and to be revealed at a later date!
5. What I'm listening to (soon!) I love listening to podcasts, but I will confess that I pretty much drop them during the summer. I much prefer a quiet work day for podcasts. The ones I've been waiting to dig into are agent Jennifer Laughren's LITERATICAST, a million ALL THE WONDERS episodes that I've missed, Michelle Kondrich's CREATIVE PLAYDATE (I confess, I actually have listened to the first 4 - this one makes total sense to sneak in while your children run wild in the summer!) and LULU & BEAN READ. I did listen to Gaia Cornwall's episode on LULU & BEAN READ (thanks for the SMALL shoutout, Gaia!) and I thought it was just an awesome format. I love having kids be part of the podcast.