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My Party Schedule for ALA Convention 2015 in the City by the Bay

The children's and young adult book publishing community is converging in San Francisco for the American Library Association's Annual Convention this weekend. The buzz is palpable; the parties already starting. Here's my schedule:

Wednesday, June 25:

Author Series: A GROWN-UP CONVERSATION ABOUT CHILDREN’S BOOKS, at the Battery Club in San Francisco. Here's the description of the event:
You may not know it, but a golden age of literature is now unfolding on our bookcases’ lowest shelves. For too long we have neglected a much loved, widely read, artistically significant literary form: the picture book. Join Mac Barnett, Carson Ellis, Jon Klassen, and Christian Robinson, four young voices in children’s literature, for a discussion about how picture books work, why they matter, and how we can ensure our children get the great art they deserve.Thursday, June 26:

I'll be partying with my agent, Laura Rennert, and other writers and agents at the Andrea Brown Literary Agen…

Hubbub Festival of Children's Books in Boston

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What's all the Hubbub about? It's the first annual book festival solely for children in Boston this Saturday, June 20. I'll be appearing on a panel (moderated by WBUR's Meghna Chakrabarti) with Jeanne Birdsall and Tor Seidler in the Old South Sanctuary from 11:45-12:45 to talk about the theme of home in middle-grade fiction: "Welcome Home: Great Books for Middle-Grade Readers."


Then, from 2:45-3:45 in the Boston Public Library's Del Rey Room, I'm leading a workshop for upper elementary and teen writers on creating a sense of place in fiction: "A Whole New World: Weaving the Magic Carpet of Place."


Perhaps it's appropriate that my focus will be on "home" and "place," since Boston was both of that to me for almost thirteen years. Will I see you there? It's going to be a beautiful day in Copley Square.

Remembering Nepal: Children's Books to Inspire Engagement

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This summer, as kids set up lemonade stands, car washes, and dog walking services, consider inspiring them to give a portion of their entrepreneurial proceeds to the children of Nepal.

Before the earthquakes, Nepalese were working fiercely to increase the literacy rate by building libraries across the country. Apart from our sorrow over the loss of life during and after the disaster, we also grieve a devastating setback in the country's efforts to progress in education.

We can help rebuild education and literacy in Nepal. Why not read a book featuring that beautiful Himalayan country with your children, Girl Scout/Boy Scout troop, summer reading program, Sunday School or Vacation Bible School class? Then encourage them to raise money for an organization working to rebuild libraries and literacy in response to the earthquakes. Check out a few choices below (reviews courtesy of School Library Journal), and please add more options for good books to read and organizations to support …

Bay Area Book Festival This Weekend!

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Join us for the first annual Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California this weekend, June 6-7, 2015.

I'll be appearing Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. in the Berkeley Public Library Community Meeting Room on a panel called "Making Marvelous Middle-Grade Fiction" with Gennifer Choldenko, Sarah Klise, and Jordan Jacobs, moderated by Marissa Moss.

On Saturday afternoon, I'll be giving out prizes to young writers at 4 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library. As part of the festival, winning middle and high school writers from the Bay Area will read their work for the first time to their peers, and then answer audience questions about their personal writing experience. I get to give them their awards!

Last but not least, come and learn about Bengal tigers and hear me read from my new novel TIGER BOY on the children's stage in Berkeley's Civic Center Park from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 7.