1. Spring Author Festival - Tomorrow! Just when I thought my week couldn't get any more action packed, I have this to look forward to tomorrow. I can't wait to meet new author friends and share SMALL with lots of young readers. Come join the fun at Barnes & Noble in Framingham, MA from 12-4pm tomorrow, March 17th.
2. Back to School Today I got to visit a local school, Kensington Elementary. The teachers and students were so gracious and fun - we made a few wild mixed-up animal drawings and I also got to see some amazing drawings they had done earlier from my How-To drawing sheets. So much talent! I love seeing how many ways kids can draw the same thing. Special thanks to the school, staff, librarian Cheri Eastwood, Stef at Water Street Bookstore and the school PTA. It's wonderful to see schools support bringing authors and illustrators in for visits. I would have loved an experience like that as a young child!
3. TOO MUCH? Peanut and Moe's debut, TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH! won't be out until August 14th, but they would love for you to pre-order their book. Visit my book page for links to pre-orders from your favorite booksellers. While you are waiting, you can download the activity kit now, here! The page above is my favorite - you know I love making fortune tellers (cootie catchers!)
4. Wrinkle in Time (plus origami link!) One of my favorite childhood books made a gorgeous, glittery splash onto the silverscreen last weekend. My children loved it. I loved it. I want everyone to go see it. And after you do, check out this video on how to make the folded object we see Meg with at the start of the movie. It's a LOT harder than folding my cootie catchers, but I'm up for the challenge. Thanks to Diandra Mae for finding the link!
5. A spark! Let's just say that my plate is more than full right now. I'm finishing up illustrations for a middle grade book, revising the manuscript for my next picture book for Tundra, plus a major life change in the works, but... when inspiration strikes you HAVE to catch it. A spark found me this week and I made time to keep it burning and build it into a story idea that I can revisit when I do have time. Special thanks to Dr. J for listening and encouraging me!