KidLit TV’s Live Stream Read Aloud

I’m a tad late to the party in posting about this AMAZING event hosted by KidLit TV, but better late than never.

March is National Reading Awareness Month and to celebrate KidLit TV invited authors and illustrators to read their picture books for their first Live Stream Read Aloud Marathon on Friday, March 3, 2017.

The Read Aloud received over 3,000 views and was featured in Publisher’s Weekly column, In Brief.

Below are a few photographic highlights:

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Rocco Stanno and Katya Szewczuk

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Cynthia Weill and Orel Protopopescu

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Laurie Wallmark 

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Roxie Munro, Barbara McClintock and Elizabeth Upton

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Kat Yeh

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Me, Laurie Wallmark and Orel Protopopescu

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Roxie Munro and Carol Weston 

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Julie Gribble 

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Steve Light 

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Selene Castrovilla

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Me and Rosanne Kurstedt

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Kelly Light

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Susanna Reich

Katya Szewczuk and Laurie Wallmark 

That’s one scary witch! 

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Erica Rand Silverman and David Weinstone 

Orel Protopopescu, Cynthia Weill and Susanna Reich 

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Rosanne Kurstedt 

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Laura Sassi 

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The Reading Ninjas 

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Ender, a super adorable Reading Ninja, reading Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep.

 (This made my day!) 

A GINORMOUS THANK YOU to the amazing Julie Gribble, Erica Rand Silverman, Katya Szewczuk, Rocco Staino, and to everyone at KidLit TV who made this extraordinary celebration of reading so very special. Happy Reading!

 

 

 

The 2016 NJ SCBWI Annual Conference—The Best Conference Ever!

 

Every year the NJ SCBWI Annual Conference gets better and better. This year did not disappoint.

Here are some photographic highlights: 

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Opening Keynote Speaker, David Wiesner

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My amazing agent, Liza Fleissig, and my fellow Liza Royce Agency peeps! 

Yvonne Ventresca, Cathy Breisacher, Laurie Wallmark, Darlene Beck-Jacobson, Erica George, Leslie Santamaria, me, and Liza Fleissig 

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Diana Murray and me

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Johanna Bilbo Staton, Yvonne Ventresca, and Cathy Breisacher 

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Katey Howes

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Lauri Meyers

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Darlene Beck-Jacobson and Carole Lindstrom

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Annie Silvestro and Kim Pfennigwerth

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Me and Cristina Ergunay (Mawrters in the house! Anassa kata!) 

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Beth Ferry 

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Julie Matysik and Yvonne Ventresca

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Jacki Morris

Liza Fleissig, Keisha Senter, Kathy Temean, Carole Lindstrom, Leslie Santamaria, me, Karl Jones, Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Marlaina Cockcroft, and Linda Patterson Kujawski

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Laura Sassi and Diana Murray 

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Leeza Hernandez

Me and Katya Szewczuk

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Tara Lazar 

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Lori Degman 

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Laurie Wallmark accepting the Crystal Kyte Award.

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Julie Gribble 

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Tish Rabe

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Jonathan Rockefeller 

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Guy Olivieri and Charlotte Bennardo 

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Closing Keynote Speaker, Suzy Ismail

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Me and Suzy Ismail 

A very big THANK YOU to everyone who made this year’s conference so special. I’m already packing my bags for next year’s conference. I can’t wait!

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There’s No Place Like KidLit TV

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If you’ve ever wanted to go to Oz, all you have to do is click your heels three times, take the #1 train to Franklin Street, and ring the doorbell at #112. As soon as you enter, you will realize there’s magic in the air. It’s the home of KidLit TV.

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Julie Gribble and me (photo by Kassia Graham) 

I had the chance to spend the morning in this wonderfully magical place as I waited to record a reading of Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep.

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Hildie and I enjoying our KidLit TV debut.

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Hildie closeup (Photo by Kassia Graham) 

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Kassia Graham

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Art by Kelly Light

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I would love to take home each and everyone of these loveys. 

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Painting of Franklin Street by Roxie Munro 

It was so much fun having my make up done by the incredibly talented Mable Pang. I so wish she could do my make up every day. How fun would it be showing up at school pick up looking like Cinderella rather than my usual Wicked Witch of the West in sweat pants. I wonder if my own son would recognize me.

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Mable Pang reading Hildie Bitterpickles

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Signing a copy of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake for Maple Pang’s daughter.

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Rocco Staino 

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Steve Light

Steve Light (photos by Kassia Graham) 

Unfortunately, I missed catching up with Joyce Wan. But here are some photographs Kassia Graham took of her visit to KidLit TV.

On my way out, all that I could think of was “There’s no place like KidLit TV. . . . There’s no place like KidLit TV.”

 

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Celebrating INDIES FIRST at Bank Street Book Store

 

It was a day of celebration at Bank Street Book Store, an INDIES FIRST select store. INDIES FIRST is a special day of reading in recognition of neighborhood bookstores. The date coordinates with Small Business Saturday by encouraging holiday shoppers to support independent booksellers, a most precious and valuable resource for all.

An all-star lineup of authors and illustrators came out in droves to support Bank Street on this very special day.

Here are some photographic highlights:

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Robie Harris

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Amy Hest 

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Chris Grabenstein 

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Vin Vogel 

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Gail Lauren Karp

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Todd Tarpley

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Patricia Lakin 

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Mike Curato and Steve Light

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Steve Light 

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A sneak peek of Steve Light’s new book, Swap! 

(Ahoy, Mateys! Swap! sails onto bookshelves February 2016)

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Yippee Skippee Puppet Theatre, starring Andrew Laties

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Julie Gribble from KidLit TV

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The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake on a shelf at Bank Street Book Store.  🙂

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Karin Lefranc and Dan Gutman 

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Monica Wellington 

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Daphne Benedis-Grab and Laura Pedersen

Thank you Bank Street Book Store for a terrific day.

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During this holiday season, please remember to support your neighborhood independent bookstore.

 

Happy Birthday, KidLit TV!

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It was a wonderful year of firsts for KidLit TV. Founded by Julie Gribble, KidLit TV is the first multimedia website created to aid parents and educators explore the world of children’s literature. It received its first big award, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and it is currently in the process of launching KidLit RADIO.

“KidLit TV is an exciting and informative destination for authors, illustrators, teachers, publishers, and anyone with a passion for children’s literature.” — Children’s Book Council

“Visitors are almost guaranteed to find something interesting and useful, whether they are consumers, producers, or curators of children’s literature.” — Parents’ Choice on KidLit TV

Authors, illustrators and fans of all ages came out in droves to celebrate KidLit TV’s BIG ONE.

Here are some photographic highlights:

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Julie Gribble and Katya Szewczuk

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Adam Lehrhaupt and Ame Dyckman 

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Roxie Munro and spouse

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Kelly Light and Kat Yeh

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Nick Bruel and me 

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Beth Ferry, Annie Silvestro, me and Kelly Calabrese

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Annie Silvestro, me, Katya Szewczuk, Beth Ferry and Ame Dyckman 

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Katya Szewczuk, Dan Yaccarino and Julie Gribble 

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Katya Szewczuk, Julie Gribble and Nick Bruel 

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Katya Szewczuk, Julie Gribble, Rocco Staino and Tad Hills

Rocco Staino and Kelly Light

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Paul Zelinsky, Adam Lehrhaupt and Katya Szewczuk

And as part of this jubiliant celebration, KidLit TV teamed up with Tad Hills and ArtWorks for Youth (AWFY). AWFY provides free visual art instruction, academic support, and mentoring to students in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. To learn more about this wonderful program, please visit: http://artworksforyouth.co.za 

Happy Birthday, KidLit TV! I suspect that the BIG TWO is going to be even bigger and better.

For more information about KidLit TV, please visit: http://kidlit.tv