Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Red & Lulu is available TODAY!

Hooray! It's Red & Lulu's book birthday!

This book has been part of my life, in one form or another, for the past 6 years. I'm really proud of how it came out, and it's very exciting to know that it's finally out in the world.

The response so far has been great. It got a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and I got word from Candlewick that it's already in its second printing! So far, so good...

For anyone who would like to buy a copy (please do!), here are some links to order it from a local bookstore or online:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/RedandLulu
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/BNRedLulu
Indiebound: http://bit.ly/IndieRedLulu

Here's the book trailer:



I'll be traveling around quite a bit between now and Christmas, promoting Red & Lulu. If you're near any of these places, come say hi!

 For more about Red & Lulu, and for a full list of events, visit tavaresbooks.com.





Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Original Art 2017

Good news! Red & Lulu was chosen for the 2017 Society of Illustrators Original Art show! The exhibit will run from November 1 through December 23. Looking forward to celebrating in NYC.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Thanks for another great school year!


Last week I wrapped up my school year with two presentations at Stratton Elementary School in Arlington, Massachusetts. This was one of the busiest years of school visits I've ever had- I did 127 presentations at 49 schools, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Westfield, New Jersey, to Cumberland, Maine...


I've gotten so much great feedback from teachers, librarians, parents, and students. And I just wanted to use this space to say a great big THANK YOU to all the people who made this such a great school year for me. I know it takes a lot of work form a lot of people to make a successful school visit- from the parent volunteers who organize the book orders, to the librarians who read my books to the kids leading up to the big day, and all the teachers who follow up my presentations with fun writing and art projects.

When I set out to be a children's book author-illustrator, I had no idea I'd end up spending so much time talking in front of large groups of people. And as someone who used to dread getting up in front of the class to speak, I never imagined how much I would enjoy it. It truly is one of the best parts of my job.

So thanks! Looking forward to another great school year in 2017-18. If you're interested in planning a visit, let me know.

Have a great summer!




Friday, March 17, 2017

Lighter Than Air!

My new book, Lighter Than Air, is now available. Written by Matthew Clark Smith, illustrated by me, Lighter Than Air tells the story of Sophie Blanchard, the world's first woman pilot. I really enjoyed working on this book, and I'm excited to be able to share Sophie's inspiring story with young readers. Here's the cover...


And here's a quick peek inside the book...

Lighter Than Air is available now, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or an independent bookstore near you. Or order a signed copy from my friends at G. WIllikers!

And for any educators out there, Candlewick Press put together this amazing (and free!) teachers' guide. Enjoy!