1. TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH! A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have Mr. Schu interview me and host the cover reveal for my next picture book. Too Much! Not Enough! comes out August 14th, 2018 from Tundra Books. It's going to be SO hard waiting for this release. Peanut and Moe are very old friends of mine, and sharing them with readers everywhere is going to be EPIC. Much like Peanut's kazoo-leaping skills! Look for a peek at ALAMW this weekend.
2. World Read Aloud Day 2018 What an amazing day I had last Thursday. I had never done a Skype visit before - what a treat to sit in your own home and talk to a classroom halfway across the country! I met with three amazing groups of students from South Windsor, Connecticut, Downer's Grove, Illinois and the Schenck School in Atlanta, Georgia. They had such wonderful questions, were very patient and polite, and gave me some great book ideas as well. I will happily look forward to every World Read Aloud Day and hopefully set up some information about doing short and free Skype visits year-round. Special thanks to author Kate Messner who coordinates the authors and illustrators for this special day.
3. Love those Roses If you're not watching Schitt's Creek you are missing out on all the fun of Eugene Levy, David Levy (yes, father and son play father and son!), Catherine O'Hara, Annie Murphy and a whole cast of hilarious townspeople. Season Four is airing now on POP, the other seasons are on Netflix. If you ARE watching it, read this Mental Floss post for the inside scoop.
4. Wrinkle in Time fever! I can not WAIT for the movie to come out on March 9th. But until then, I am super excited about another graphic novel of Madeleine L'engle's Time Warp series, Intergalactic P.S. 3 illustrated by Hope Larson.
5. It was a foggy night on old Cape Cod... As a kid I was truly obsessed with 'old time radio' stories. I even had a cassette player that looked like an old radio and each night I would pop in a tape of The Shadow, The Green Hornet, or a murder-mystery series at that time (the 1980's!) called Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theater. I kept all my tapes and recently bought a little cassette deck and have been listening to them as I work. It's amazing how well I remember all these stories. And amazing that I liked such dark bedtime stories.