Tucked-in Tuesday with Dr. Belinda Richardson-George


Photo by KLA Photography

If you haven’t heard, seen, or read about the incredible work Dr. Belinda Richardson-George is doing as a first-year principal of Homer Drive Elementary School in Beaumont, Texas, you’ve been missing out.

Every Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm CST, you can catch Dr. George on Facebook Live reading bedtime stories to her students, whom she addresses as scholars. In total, she has 680 scholars at her school.

Dr. George was inspired to read to her scholars by the Facebook group, Principal Principles Leadership, and her love for her students. Ninety-four percent of her students come from economically disadvantaged homes, according to an interview Dr. George did with the TODAY show, and she wanted to ensure someone was reading to them.

Sporting PJs, Dr. George always gives a shout out to her students who log in. After her reading, she will often invite the author and/or illustrator to talk about his or her book.

This coming Tuesday, May 21, I am so honored that Dr. George will be sharing No Peacocks! A Feathered Tale of Three Mischievous Foodies (Sky Pony Press) with her scholars. Just click HERE for the link.

Following Dr. George’s reading, my three mischievous dogs, Cupcake, Madeleine, and Mathilde, are planning to say a quick hello to Dr. George’s scholars and perhaps share a bite (oops! I mean word) about their favorite peacocks, Phil, Jim, and Harry.




The Bookshop at the End of the Internet with Stacey Horan


A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of stopping by Stacey Horan’s podcast, The Bookshop at the End of the Internet, to talk about books, writing, revision, and more. It’s been a lifelong goal to master the use of “um” and I think I’ve finally done it. So, please click here to give a listen and enjoy!


Stacey Horan is the award-winning YA author of Inland, The Elixir Vitae Adventures: ORTUS (Book 1), The Elixir Vitae Adventures: JUVENIS (Book 2), and Sycamore Lane. To learn more about Stacey, her awesome books, and The Bookshop at the End of the Internet, please visit her website.





A Flying Start for No Peacocks! Launch

No Peacocks! was off to a glorious flying start with its launch party at The Corner Bookstore on September 6, 2018. Fans of Phil, Jim, and Harry, the superstar peacocks from The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, flocked to the store for the book’s feathered-tale debut.

Here are a few photographic* highlights:

I would like to squawk, honk, and screech a SUPER HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made the celebration extra special, including but not limited to: The Corner Bookstore; my amazing agents, Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris-Dontzin; the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City, with special thanks to Helen Thurston, President of the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City; Bebe Bakes (cupcakes) and Dean Lawrence Bake Shop (cookies, THANK YOU, Liza!); and to friends and family for your encouragement and continued support.


*Photos provided by Liza Fleissig, Joanne Kaplan, Ellen Fisher, Marcelino de Santos, and Nancy Armo.


Look What Arrived in the Mail!

I could not be more excited to receive and share advance reader copies for No Peacocks! And first thing this morning, I stopped by The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine and A.C.T. to drop off these long awaited copies.


The gorgeous flowers are from the AWESOME Barr family! Thank you!

While on the grounds, I couldn’t help but notice Phil, Jim, and Harry’s fancy new coop.


Unfortunately for me, it was a one-peacock day. I saw either Jim or Harry or Harry or Jim.


I can’t tell you which peacock is which, but supposedly ALL the children know which one is Jim and which one is Harry.

Have a great day everyone!



Cover Reveal: No Peacocks!

I am thrilled beyond words to share the cover for No Peacocks! (Sky Pony Press) illustrated by the amazing Chris Ewald. Drum roll, please!


No Peacocks! is a fictional feathered tale about the three real-life mischievous peacocks who reside on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Let me introduce you:

This is Phil.


This is Jim or Harry.


Or Harry or Jim.


(I can’t tell the difference between Jim or Harry but if you ask any of the children, they all know which bird is which.)

For five years, my son attended The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine. And from the moment I saw the birds, I knew I wanted to write about them. There was just one problem. I needed a story. On one extremely fortunate day while I was attending a meeting for the school’s book fair, one of the school administrators came into the room asking if anyone had left a sandwich in a stroller because one of the peacocks ate it. And as soon as I heard that, I knew I had my story.

No Peacocks! is about Phil, Jim and Harry’s quest to taste the school’s very famous mac ‘n cheese. It’s a cheesy story of friendship and teamwork, with a mild sprinkling of criminal activity that’s perfect for influencing the impressionable minds of children ages 0 to 1000. It flies onto bookshelves September 2018.

I’d like to take a quick moment to thank my editor, Alison Weiss; my agents, Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris-Dontzin; my writing teacher, Jill Davis; my writing group, Jacki Morris and Joanne French; my husband, Michael, who has probably read this story more times than he would have liked; my son, Noah, for the tremendous joy he brings my husband and me every day—even during homework; and anyone else who so much as sneezed on my manuscript.

No Peacocks! is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at your favorite independent bookstore.




Happy Thanksgiving!

These are dangerous times to be a bird. And Phil, Jim and Harry, the peacocks on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, aren’t taking any chances. Sporting their “Proud as a Peacock” t-shirts, they’ve decided to fly the coop for the holiday before they become the early bird special.


Nothing says Happy Thanksgiving like beef, tofu and mac ‘n cheese. Speaking of mac ‘n cheese, No Peacocks! illustrated by Chris Ewald (Sky Pony Press), flies onto bookshelves Fall 2017. In their first caper, find out how Phil, Jim and Harry manage to steal The Cathedral School’s famous mac ‘n cheese. WARNING: This picture book is a feathered tale of cheesy antics appropriate for children ages 0-999.

ALA 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition #ALAAC16


Every time I go to ALA I feel like a kid in a candy store. Where else in the world can you meet your favorite librarians, educators, editors, and publishers; bump into Dan Santat in the hallway; and hear your child scream with delight, “Mo Willems is HERE! HE’S HERE!!!

Below are a few photographic highlights from this year’s INCREDIBLE conference.


My super excited boys with their super cool exhibitor badges. 


Mo Willems


“Hi Mr. Schu!” 

Pam Muñoz Ryan


Alyson Beecher, me, Lola, Marcia Goldman, Marissa Moss and Kathryn Otoshi 


Alyson Beecher and me


Stephanie Bange and me



Marissa Moss


Marcia Goldman, Lola and her adorable fans


Wilcox & Griswold, me and Marissa Moss


Kathryn Otoshi




Bethany Buck and me


Sergio Ruzzier


Kwame Alexander


Rita Williams-Garcia and me


Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen


Jerry Pinkney


me and Dan Santat



Lori Degman’s adorable new book. Norbert is one radiant, terrific pig. 


A well-prepared librarian! 

As my favorite spider might say, ALA is some conference. I can hardly wait for next year. Thank you, ALA!


Three Cheers for Tori Corn and Nancy Cote’s, Dixie Wants an Allergy!

Yesterday The Corner Bookstore was buzzing with excitement, as eager fans came out in droves to celebrate the launch of Tori Corn and Nancy Cote’s picture book, Dixie Wants an Allergy.


Nancy Cote and Tori Corn

Nancy Cote and Tori Corn


“Dixie Wants an Allergy provides a comical and engaging approach for children who are beginning to learn about and who are coping with allergies—and who also have trouble finding what makes them unique. Corn’s playful text and Cote’s inviting illustrations encourage children to accept those with differences while learning that wanting what others have is not always a good idea.” (Source: Sky Pony Press)


Julie Matysik, Nancy Cote, Liza Fleissig, Tori Corn, Ginger Harris 


And check out these adorable, not to mention delicious, cookies!

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Dixie Wants an Allergy, please stop by The Corner Bookstore, 1313 Madison Avenue, at the corner of 93rd Street, New York, New York. (If you stop by, I promise you’ll have a hard time leaving! 🙂 ) You may also contact The Corner Bookstore at (212) 831-3554, or via email at info@cornerbookstorenyc.com.

Dixie is also available online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Congratulations Tori and Nancy! What an amazing evening!