Wednesday, September 21, 2016

52 Great Reads, 2016

Every year, each state's Center for the Book selects one book to represent their state at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington D.C. The call it "52 Great Reads", with books from each of the 50 states plus Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. I'm thrilled to share the news that this year, the Massachusetts Center for the Book chose my book, Growing Up Pedro!

So if you happen to be at the National Book Festival this weekend, stop by the Pavilion of the States and say hi to the nice folks in the Massachusetts booth, and tell them I say thanks (since I won't be there to thank them in person)!

And while you're there, check out my friends' books who were chosen by other states- Kara LaReau's The Infamous Ratsos, representing Rhode Island; Loren Long's Little Tree, representing Ohio; and Nathan Hale's One Dead Spy, representing Utah. Congrats all around!

Here's the full list of books.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Growing Up Pedro Boston Public Library Tour, 2016

Just want to spread the word about a bunch of fun events I have coming up later this month in Boston. I'll be visiting 14 branches of the Boston Public Library over 5 days- my own literary version of the Boston Marathon! I did this last summer (9 libraries over 3 days) and it was a blast.

Each event will include a presentation about my book, Growing Up Pedro, followed by a fun art project for kids. And here's the best part:

Every participating child will get a free hardcover copy of Growing Up Pedro! 

Seriously! The Boston Public Library bought 375 copies of Growing Up Pedro, and I get to give them all away. How great is that!

This is all part of the Boston Public Library's excellent Read Your Way to Fenway program, which I am honored to involved with. Registration is required, and space is limited. Contact your local branch for details.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Crossing Niagara comes out TODAY!

My new book, Crossing Niagara, comes out today! Look for it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at an independent bookstore near you.

This is the seventeenth book I've illustrated, and the eighth book I've written. This one was a lot of fun to work on. As part of my research, I took a trip to Niagara Falls with my family. It was awe-inspiring to see it up close, to stand next right to the falls. We got drenched on the Maid of the Mist...

... and ventured out to the end of the observation platform at Prospect Point. I tried to imagine what it must have felt like for the Great Blondin to be right near that very spot, unthinkably high above the raging river, walking on a rope just three inches wide. (It was scary enough standing on a twenty-foot-wide platform!)

I really enjoyed working on this book. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Here is a free Crossing Niagara teachers' guide Candlewick Press put together.

I have a bunch of events in the works for the spring and summer. Here are some of the places I'll be reading and signing Crossing Niagara:

April 12 3:00-5:00 pm, Winchester Town Hall in Winchester, MA, part of Authorfest 2016.

April 23 2:30 pm, Niagara Falls Public Library in Niagara Falls, NY.

May 14 (time TBA) G. Willikers in Portsmouth, NH

June 4 (time TBA)  Book Ends in Winchester, MA.

June 4 (time TBA) The Boston Book Festival presents "Hubbub". I'll be doing a book signing and a hands-on illustration workshop as part of this fun all-day family festival.

And here's a full list of events.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fun Story from Red Sox Winter Weekend

Here's a snippet from an email that made my day, from the mom of a young reader named Matthew:

... Had to share this photo with you. We went to Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods, this past weekend.  Matthew carried your book around all weekend, hoping to get Pedro to sign it.  Matthew even used your book at a panel discussion, where he got up in front of a packed room (probably 300 people) by himself, and stepped to the microphone, asking Pedro how he went from "throwing rocks at mango trees to being one of the greatest pitchers of all time?".....not bad for an 8 year old! 

Anyway, we came close to getting the book signed twice, and missed.  However, upon checkout yesterday, who was also waiting for the valet to get a car for him??? Yup, Pedro!  Matthew took the book over, and he very sweetly, signed the book.  Was so nice!  Way to end our weekend!!!!

And here's the photo of Matthew with his copy of Growing Up Pedro, signed on the opening endpapers, "Pedro Martinez, HOF 2015". So cool! Recognize the guy in the background? (hint: IT'S PEDRO MARTINEZ!!)

I also love this picture from earlier in the weekend, showing Matthew pulling off a brilliant Growing Up Pedro photobomb, right behind Pedro himself! Well done sir!

Thanks Matthew! Glad you had a fun weekend, and I'm so happy you finally got to meet Pedro.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NCTE 2015

Later this week I'll be attending the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Minneapolis. I've never been to NCTE before, so I'm really looking forward to it. I'll be there from Thursday until Saturday, but Friday is my big day for events. Here's where I'll be:

Friday, November 20

11:00-12:15 Convention Center Room 103: I'll be presenting with my editor, Katie Cunningham, as part of the "Guiding Writers: Bringing the Author/Editor Relationship to the Classroom" roundtable.

Session Description: Attend this roundtable session to discover how the editor/author relationship can be applied to the teacher/student dynamic to improve the art of writing instruction. You will hear from four of the author/editor pairs learning insights, methods, techniques, tips, and strategies for guiding student writers in your classroom.

1:00-2:00 signing Growing Up Pedro at the Anderson's Bookshop, booth #950

4:00-5:00 signing Growing Up Pedro at the Candlewick Booth, #727-729

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 2, 2015

My next book...

...comes out April 12, 2016. Here's a peek at the proofs.

I'm busy right now working on my next next book, so... back to the drawing board!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

LLEGAR A SER PEDRO available today!

LLegar A Ser Pedro, the new Spanish edition of Growing Up Pedro, is officially available today!

When I set out to write about Pedro Martinez, I always hoped it would be published in Spanish. So I'm grateful to my publisher, Candlewick Press, for making it happen. I'm really excited to know that Spanish-speaking kids will now have access to this story of brotherhood, perseverance, and baseball.

I was truly honored to have my story translated by renowned Spanish translator Teresa Mlawer, who has written the Spanish versions of some of the all time classics of children's literature, including Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are.

A Junior Library Guild selection, Llegar A Ser Pedro is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or an independent bookstore near you.