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


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.


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!



#nErDcampLI Rocks!


Nerdy Book Club + Ed Camp = nErD Camp

Have you ever had the experience of walking into a room and automatically knowing you were among your peeps? On Saturday, November 5th, I found my wonderfully nerdy peeps at the Second Annual nErD Camp Long Island held at Jericho Middle School.

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.

So, how does nErD Camp work? Upon arrival attendees fill a session board with topics of interest. You can attend any session, participate in any session, create a session, and/or leave a session if there’s another one that is more tailored to your interests.


I attended a terrific session by Jackie Azúa Kramer and Selene Castrovilla about Reader’s Theatre, an immersive interactive story-telling experience that encourages students to act out written works. I also gave a talk about using fairy tales as a means of getting kids excited about writing—a tale of how to create fractured fairy tales. The discussion started with fairy tales and somehow morphed into a discussion about using mysteries in the classroom.

Here are a few photographic highlights:


Selene Castrovilla and Jackie Azúa Kramer

Jackie Azúa Kramer, Annina Luck Wildermuth, me, the AWESOME Mrs. C and her SUPER AWESOME daughter




Selina Alko


Corey Rosen Schwartz


Carol Weston


Selene Castrovilla 


Tracey Baptiste


Josh Funk 


Tara Lazar


Carol Gordon Ekster


Nancy Armo


Sean Qualls and Selena Alko


Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick


The line to buy books! 

I would like to shout out a HUGE THANK YOU to JoEllen McCarthy, Alison McDermott, and Kristen Picone for a fantastic day. nErdCampLI rocks!