Why is this man smiling?

Hi everyone,

Ruth Culham kindly snapped me signing at Charlesbridge. That’s part of my wonderful editor, Karen Boss, in the background. So now I can prove that I really was there! Thank you Ruth!

Here’s Tara Welty between Mary Jo Fresch and me showing off our new book with Scholastic. Tara is Editor-in-Chief for Teacher Resources at Scholastic.

Laura Salas was kind enough to share this selfie from NCTE. With Laura (left), Sylvia Vardell, and Sandy around me, you can understand why I’m smiling!


Good week in store

Hi everyone,

Home again and ready for a week of writing. I have only one, brief meeting out of the house all week so I plan to be a hermit. I enjoyed NCTE as always, met a lot of people, signed books, presented, and ate good food. On the way out of town we drove by the Jewel Box but it was closed for a wedding party. We then drove to the Arch for a quick picture as we left town.

I hope you all have a good week in store too.


Coming home

Hi everyone,

NCTE was another good experience. I saw many old friends and caught up on their news. I enjoyed the Children’s Author Awards Luncheon. Here’s a quick pic across the crowd.

It wasn’t all work. On Friday night after the Scholastic Reception we drove to Anheuser Busch and enjoyed the holiday lighting.

Getting ready to roll

Hi everyone,

No writing for a couple of days while I’m at NCTE. This morning I’m having breakfast at 7:30 with an editor and won’t finish the day’s activities until 8:00 or so this evening. It’s a good trade off though. I always enjoy seeing old friends and having a chance to participate in the conference.

My new title with Boyds Mills Press, CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS, doesn’t come out until March, but they have some folded and gathered copies here and I’ll be signing a stack of those tomorrow. I’m eager to see them.

More later.