The Cranford Public Library’s First Picture Book Palooza

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Yesterday The Cranford Public Library celebrated its first ever Picture Book Palooza. In a nutshell, it was DY-NO-MITE!

Here are a few photographic highlights:

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Laura Sassi

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Me & Annie Silvestro

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Ariel Bernstein

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Diana Murray

Elizabeth Upton

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I’d like to shout a huge THANK YOU to Lauren Antolino, librarian extraordinaire, Laura Sassi, the amazing volunteers, and to Anne Laird at The Town Book Store for making this incredible day a reality. And oh what an incredible day it was!

 

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The Bank Street Writers Lab Receives a Carle Honor

Congratulations to Cynthia Weill and the Bank Street Writer’s Lab!

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On Thursday, September 28th the Bank Street Writers Lab (BSWL) received a prestigious award from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.

Each year, the Carle gives out four awards to individuals “whose creative vision and dedication are an inspiration to everyone who values picture books and their role in arts education and literacy.”

The BSWL received the Carle Honors Mentor Award which recognizes editors, designers, educators, librarians, scholars and others who champion picture books and picture book art.  The BSWL received the award “in recognition of its leadership and support of writers and artists throughout its long history.”

Members of the Bank Street Writers Lab were present at the gala event which took place at Gustavino’s in New York City. Also, present was the legendary author and founder of the museum, Eric Carle. The awards ceremony was moderated by Newbery award winning author, Jack Gantos. Other

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Ahoy Mateys! Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest Is the Pirate-tas-tic Best Party of the Year!

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There’s something wonderfully magical in the air at Coney Island’s Luna Park. Every time I go I feel like a kid again. And this year’s pirate-themed Halloween Harvest is spellbindingly AWESOME!

Hildie Bitterpickles and I had a blast doing Polly the Parrot’s story time and ARGGHS & crafts with the kids. I know you must be wondering but isn’t Hildie a witch? She is a witch but she also comes from a long line of pirates on her father’s side of the family.

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Halloween Harvest runs through October 29th with special author visits scheduled every weekend. And on October 14th don’t forget to bring your four-legged, furry best friend for the dog parade and costume contest. Click here for information on how to sign up! May the best dog win! Woof!

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Ahoy Mateys! Time to set sail for an incredible adventure at Luna Park.

 

KidLit Cares: Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

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KidLit Cares, the brainchild of the incredible Kate Messner, is an online auction to support the Red Cross relief efforts in communities hit by Hurricane Harvey. Over one hundred and fifty AWESOME donations from authors, illustrators, editors, agents, and the SCBWI. Please visit Kate Messner’s website by clicking here. And if you’d like an in-person school visit OR Skype visit AND some signed books from yours truly, please click here and leave a bid in the comments. So open your hearts, open up your wallets, and let the bidding begin. The auction ends Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8pm EST.

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THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Fall Events!

I can hardly believe that there’s little more than a week left of summer vacation. Where did the time go? On September 7th, I’ll be the crazy lady doing the happy-first-day-of-school dance! I am more than ready for fall and could not be more excited for these upcoming AWESOME events:

9/18 WANDA SYKES will be doing a recorded reading of The Case of the Missing Carrot for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online. For more information, click on SAG-AFTRA. Stay tuned for more information! (THANK YOU Wanda Sykes and SAG-AFTRA Foundation!)

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9/24 LUNA PARK’S HALLOWEEN HARVEST

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TIME: 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Luna Park in Coney Island, 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Come out for WITCHTASTIC, SPOOKTACULAR, BOORIFIC story time and crafts with Hildie Bitterpickles. For more information about Luna Park’s month-long Halloween Harvest celebration, click on LUNA.

9/30 SOUTHOLD FREE LIBRARY

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TIME: 11:00 AM

LOCATION: 53705 Main Road, Southold, NY

What do a mole and two mouse detectives have in common? Friendship, food, fun, and rodent camaraderie, of course! Listen to Nancy Armo, author and illustrator of A Friend for Mole, and Robin Newman, author of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake and The Case of the Poached Egg, share their books and the stories behind their books. Come celebrate this picture book/early chapter book rodentfest palooza with mole-ri-fic, mouse-tas-tic crafts, snacks, giveaways, and more!

10/7 WARWICK CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL

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TIME: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Railroad Avenue, Warwick, NY

Bring the kids to beautiful Warwick, NY for this AWESOME event. Come meet your favorite author and illustrator, help support the Albert Wisner Public Library, and be sure to check out the EGGTASTIC swag Wilcox & Griswold will be giving away! For more information, click on WARWICK.

10/21 CRANFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY’S FIRST ANNUAL PICTURE BOOK PALOOZA

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TIME: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Cranford Community Center, Room 200

Could not be more thrilled to be participating in The Cranford Public Library’s First Annual Picture Book Palooza with the amazing ARIEL GORDON BERNSTEIN, ANNIE SILVESTRO, LAURA SOUTH SASSI, and ELIZABETH UPON. Story time, crafts, swag, and more! For more information, click on CRANFORD.

10/29 WORD Bookstore

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TIME: 3:00 PM

LOCATION: 126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY

The witches are coming! Celebrate an early Halloween with Grimelda and Hildie Bitterpickles. It’s sure to be a most SPOOKTACULAR, WITCHARIFIC event! For more information, click on WORD.

11/4 NerdCampLI

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TIME: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

LOCATION: Boyd Intermediate School, 286 Cuba Hill Road, Huntington, NY

Nerdy Book Club + Ed Camp = nErD Camp

If you’re a nerd or a nerd wannabe, Nerd Camp is for you! nErD Camp is described as the “unconference” edcamp. It provides a fluid forum for educators, authors, and illustrators to discuss “all things” literary; get inspired and give inspiration; and teach and learn from one another. For more information, please click on nErdCampLI.

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Lots of great stuff coming this fall. Hope to see you at one or more of these terrific events.

 

 

 

 

Goodreads Giveaway

Enter here for a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of The Case of the Poached Egg. Giveaway ends on August 14th.

Good luck and happy reading!

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Thank you Chicago, ALA, and The American Writers Museum!

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Chicago was anything but the windy city this weekend. It was warm and welcoming as it greeted thousands of librarians, publishers, editors, writers, illustrators, and literary aficionados for ALA’s 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition.

It’s hard not to feel like a kid in a candy store when attending ALA. And like a well-prepared kid ready to take home a treasure trove of loot, I came prepared with my empty bags. In my years of attending ALA, I have also learned that the extremely patient Fed Ex worker, who is silently laughing at my creatively wrapped packages, has become my new best friend. (At this time, I would like to shout out a very big thank you to my Grandpa Harry for teaching me how to defy the laws of physics with masking tape.)

Here are a few photographic highlights from #alaac17:

 

Creston Books

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Detectives Wilcox & Griswold, me, and Marissa Moss

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Nancy Churnin

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Marcia Goldman and Princess Lola

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Laurie Wallmark and Sue Conolly

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Marissa Moss and Kathryn Otoshi

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Carol Weston

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Monica Edinger and Donalyn Miller

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Tracey Baptiste

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Me and Emma Otheguy

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The AWESOME Mr. Schu!

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Laurie Wallmark, Mr. Schu, and me

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Panel discussion, “Women Aren’t Funny (And Other Essential Untruths for Middle Grade Readers) with Sharyn November, Erica Perl, Betsy Bird, Cece Bell, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Andrea Beaty

During this literary palooza of a weekend, I also had the privilege of being invited to do a reading at the The American Writers Museum. With the mission of “celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives[,]”[1] The American Writers Museum opened its doors on May 15, 2017.

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While walking around and gazing at the words and portraits of many of my writing superheroes, it was impossible not to reflect upon the impact each of these authors have had on all of us—how they’ve stirred our imagination; comforted us in times of grief; given us a serious case of the giggles; and put us to bed night after night.

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As a writer, I also couldn’t help but think about the number of rewrites each of these authors had to do. How many authors were on the brink of giving up when they finally got their lucky break? What’s the tally on the number of rejections vs. successes?

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Untitled Mural by Paul O. Zelinsky

Next time you’re in Chicago be sure to stop by this inspiring magical place. I promise. You won’t be disappointed.

[1] Source: http://americanwritersmuseum.org/history/

BEST CONFERENCE EVER! New Jersey SCBWI Annual Conference 2017

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I say this every year, but cross my heart it’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The New Jersey SCBWI Annual Conference is the BEST conference ever!

What makes it great? I’m so glad you asked. Here goes my laundry list:

Critiques, first pages, workshops covering every imaginable kidlit topic from picture books to YA, pitches, connecting with editors and agents, and more editors and more agents, getting solid feedback on your stories and illustrations (the good, the bad, and the sad ugly truth), inspiration galore, and lifelong friendships. Shall I go on?

Here are a few photographic highlights:

Behind the scenes the day before the conference.

Opening Keynote with Stephen Savage

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Blake Hamilton and Matthew Winner

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Sheela Chari and Leslie Zampetti

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Me with Detectives Wilcox and Griswold on the job

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Anita Arakelian and me (Mawrters in the house – Anassa kata ’89)

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Virginia Law Manning, me, Leslie Zampetti

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Leslie Santamaria

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The Liza Royce Crew!

(Left to right: Me, Laurie Wallmark, Darlene Beck-Jacobson, Liza Fleissig, Leslie Santamaria, Yvonne Ventresca)

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Me and David Lubar

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(Top row, left to right: Kathy Temean, Darlene Beck-Jacobson, me)

(Bottom row, left to right: Katey Howes, Jody Staton, Colleen Rowan Kosinski)

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Me and Hallee Adelman

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Cathleen Thole Daniels and Rosanne Kurstedt

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Anita Arakelian

 

 

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Heather Montgomery

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Stephen Savage, Mike Ciccotello, Annie Silvestro

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Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

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Cathleen Thole Daniels, Kirstine Erekson Call, me

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Closing keynote with David Lubar

I’d like to shout out a HUGE THANK YOU to the amazing, incredible, you-take-my-breath-away NJ SCBWI team, including but certainly not limited to, Cathleen Thole Daniels, Rosanne Kurstedt, Karen Romagna, Annie Silvestro, Kelly Calabrese, Charlotte Bennardo, Guy Olivieri, Mike Ciccotello, Linda Bozzo, Tami Charles, and to all the incredible volunteers.

And do you want to know a little secret? If you close your eyes, take a deep breath, and cross your fingers and toes and hope the publishing gods are on your side, you’ll notice the hint of publishing contracts in the air. How could any conference ever get better than this?

An Egg-tas-tic Review of The Case of the Poached Egg by Ronna Mandel

THE CASE OF THE POACHED EGG: A WILCOX & GRISWOLD MYSTERY Written by Robin Newman Illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books; $15.95, Ages 4-8) You’re eggspecting me to make yolks about this book, right? So here goes! Eggceptionally funny, Robin Newman’s second Wilcox & Griswold mystery called The Case of the Poached Egg, will…

via The Case of the Poached Egg: A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery by Robin Newman — Good Reads With Ronna

Celebrate Children’s Book Weekend at the Empire State Center for the Book on Governors Island

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The Empire State Center for the Book is hosting its first Children’s Book Weekend on May 6th & May 7th at Governors Island. It is a twofold celebration in honor of the close of Children’s Book Week and the opening of the 2017 Summer Season on Governors Island.

Authors and illustrators will read and sign their books at the Empire State Center for the Book’s pop-up site, House 4B in Nolan Park. The site had been the former home of an 1855 field officer.

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Here’s the schedule of events:

Saturday, May 6 

11:30 Elizabeth Upton

12:00 Christopher Browne

1:00 Jackie Azúa Kramer

2:00 Rowboat Watkins

2:30 Sergio Ruzzier

3:00 Jeff Baron

Sunday, May 7

12:00 Melanie Hope Greenberg

1:00 Robin Newman

2:00 Laurie Wallmark

So bring your kids, picnic basket, and blanket, and be prepared to enjoy the literary festivities.

For information on visiting Governors Island, please click here.

Let the reading begin!