Showing posts from May, 2013

Top Ten "Little" Things To Miss In Boston

The packers are boxing up our 12.5 years in the Boston area. Tomorrow's moving day, so it's a good time to post my list of Top Ten "Little" Things To Miss in Boston. Note: friends, neighbors, schools, libraries, indies, sports, publishers, history, architecture, and church are Big Things, and so are not listed. Ready? All additions welcome.

#10: Lilacs in the Spring: I hear some grow in California, but there's something dizzying about lilacs in New England because you've been longing for color and fragrance for months. Below is a variety that bloomed in our garden.

#9 Apple Picking: Apples, too, grow in California, but as my fabulous next-door neighbor says, "Nothing tastes like a New England Macintosh or Macoun. Irreplaceable!" Not to mention the five-senses experience of brilliant foliage in the background and the energizing tang of autumn air.

#8 Our House at Christmas.

#7 Washing Dishes in October.

#6 Sweet Caroline in the 8th Inning.

#5 Indie…

You're Invited: PEN New England Discovery Award Event 5/19

Please come celebrate authors Anna Boll and Kathy Quimby, winners of this year's PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. The event starts at 6:30 pm on Sunday, May, 19 at University Hall at Lesley University in Cambridge. It's free and parking is available. Both authors will read from their winning submissions and refreshments will be served afterwards. Come mingle with other authors, members of the PEN NE Children's Book Committee, and the winners. (I'll have the privilege to introduce Anna and her work during the event.)  Hope to see you there!

Thank you, New England, for Seven Years of Author Visits

Today marked my last all-day author visit before our big move to California. I met with four classes of seventh graders at Boston Collegiate Charter School (BCCS) in Dorchester, one of my favorite destinations thanks to the Foundation of Children's Books (find out more about this organization, please--they have an incredible vision to bring authors into underserved schools).

BCCS has this to say about itself:

Boston Collegiate Charter School serves over 600 students in grades 5 through 12. Our goal is to instill in our students the expectation of college from the moment they walk through our doors. Boston Collegiate has consistently brought its mission to life: 100% of our graduates have been accepted into college! The majority of them will be the first in their families to graduate from college. In 2012, 100% of BCCS 10th grade students scored Advanced on the Math MCAS exam, ranking BCCS as first in the state on this exam. Wow. Each year during my author visit to BCCS, I see this…

New SCBWI Award for Unpublished Authors over 50!


Charlesbridge Hosts Panel on Diversity in Children's Literature

Charlesbridge and the Children's Book Council's Diversity Committee Present
Diversity on the Page, Behind the Pencil, and in the Office:
A Discussion with Children’s Book Creators and Editors
Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. Moderated by Ayanna Coleman, CBC Diversity Committee
Mitali Perkins, author
London Ladd, illustrator
Katie Cunningham, Editor, Candlewick Press
Alyssa Mito Pusey, Senior Editor, Charlesbridge Publishing
Monica Perez, Executive Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Location: Charlesbridge Illustration Gallery
First Floor, 85 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Seating is limited for this free event, so please register here.