INVASION OF THE NERDS: nErD CampLI ’18 IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!

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Yesterday James H. Boyd Intermediate School in Huntington, New York was invaded by those unusual creatures known as nerds.

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For those unfamiliar with nerds, they come from the dweeb genus and the nerdasaurus phylum (pronounced nerd-a-sau-rus). They have unusual and distinct characteristics, including, but not limited to, bags under their eyes from staying up way past their bedtimes to finish a book; bruises from crashing into walls while reading a book they can’t put down; and they often experience heart palpitations when their favorite librarian sets aside a book they’ve been dying to read. 🙂

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So, what are nErD Camps? Great question. nErD Camps are free “unconference” education camps focused on literacy. They are participant driven by teachers, librarians, authors, and illustrators. Upon arriving, participants are given post-its to fill up a session board with topics for discussion. Anyone can create a session, participate in a session, or leave a session to attend another session of interest. It’s a day of free flowing ideas with the single goal of figuring out how we as teachers, librarians, authors, and illustrators can inspire kids to become lifelong readers.

 

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This is my third nErd CampLI. This year I had the opportunity to take part in a wonderful session on author visits. I also attended three fabulous sessions, one by David Neilsen about “Inspiration is everywhere! Unlocking Students Imagination,” and another by Jackie Azua Kramer focused on “I wish my teacher knew … The question that can change everything for kids.” There was also a “mini” session about #KidsNeedMentors.

 

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Jackie Azua Kramer 

#KidsNeedMentors is the brainchild of Jarrett Lerner, Ann Braden, Kristen Picone, and Kristin Crouch. The program pairs authors with schools for an entire year. Once a month, authors touch base with their schools where they share books and their thoughts on reading and writing. I have been paired with third graders at Locust Valley Intermediate School and Longridge Elementary School. It’s been an absolute privilege to work with these AMAZING third graders.

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Kristin Crouch, Ann Braden, Kristen Picone, Jarrett Lerner

If you are an author interested in participating in #KidsNeedMentors, please send an email to jarrett.lerner@gmail.com or annbbraden@gmail.com. There are still many schools interested in participating that have been waitlisted.

 

I received this wonderful letter is from Locust Valley Intermediate School third graders. 

Here are a few photographic highlights from nErD CampLI ’18:

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Artie Bennett, Timothy Young, JoEllen McCarthy

 

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Members of the KidLit Authors Club

Timothy Young, Artie Bennett, me, David Neilsen, Jodi Moore, Laurie Wallmark 

I would like to shout out a HUGE THANK YOU to the superhero organizers of nErD CampLI, JoEllen McCarthy, Alison McDermott, and Kristen Picone, and to all of the teachers and librarians who arrived at 8 am and gave up their Saturday to be there.

I can’t wait for nErD CampLI ’19. And be sure to save the date for nErD CampNJ on May 18, 2019 at Chatham High School.

Third Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival

Website-2018-header.jpgRecovering from surgery has caused me to be a “tad” behind on work. But as the saying goes, “better late than never.”

On June 16, 2018, I had the privilege of participating in my Third Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival with all of these incredible authors and illustrators.

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In a nutshell: it was AWESOME!

Check out these photographic highlights:

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David Lubar, Timothy Young, and Nancy Viau

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Julie Segal-Walters

Jonathan Roth and Jackie Azúa Kramer

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Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Laurie Wallmark, and Chris Robertson

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David Neilson

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Maria Gianferrari and Jia Liu

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Suzanne Bloom 

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Members of the KidLit Authors Club (left to right): David Neilson, Timothy Young, Colleen Rowan Kosinski, me, Nancy Viau, and Laurie Wallmark 

For more information about the KidLit Authors Club, please click here.

I would like to shout out a huge THANK YOU to Timothy Young, the staff of the Talbot County Free Library, the sponsors, and to all of the volunteers who made this event extra special.

Can’t wait for next year’s festival!

THREE CHEERS FOR THE COLLINGSWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL!

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Overcast skies couldn’t dampen the excitement at The Collingswood Book Festival. It was AWESOME!

Here are some photographic highlights:

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Kat Lindsey

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Colleen Rowan Kosinski

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Traci Dunham

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Nancy Viau

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Artie Bennett

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E.B. Lewis

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Laurie Wallmark and Timothy Young 

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Allison Gutknecht

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My wonderful tablemates!

Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Jodi Moore, me and Kat Lindsey 

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Sara O’Brien and The Community Rocks Kids! 

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A very big THANK YOU to the incredible Sidra Hobbs-Fernie and her amazing crew of dedicated volunteers, as well as to Barnes & Noble, for making the day extra special.

Hildie Bitterpickles, Wilcox, Griswold and I have already packed our bags for next year’s festival. We can’t wait!

The First Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival

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Over 30 authors and illustrators from eleven East Coast states and the Midwest participated in the First Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival to support the Talbot County Free Library in Easton, Maryland. It was an extremely special day.

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And check out all of their amazing titles!

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Here are a few photographic highlights:

The Author and Illustrator Dinner 

Talbot County Free Library 

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Lee Gjertsen Malone and Jennifer Wolf Kam 

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Alison Ashley Formento

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Corrine Smith 

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Tara Lazar reading Normal Norman

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Jean Taft

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Stacy McAnulty 

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Dianne K. Salerno, Nancy Armo, Wendy BooydeGraaff and me

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Nancy Armo

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Wendy BooydeGraaff

Three cheers for Timothy Young, who created the incredible posters for the event, and for Marie U’Ren, all of the volunteers, as well as the sponsors who made this event extraordinarily special.

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Wilcox, Griswold, Hildie and I cannot wait for next year’s festival.

Thank you Collingswood Book Festival!

Rain and the threat of a hurricane couldn’t dampen the excitement at the Collingswood Book Festival.

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My dauntless detectives, Wilcox and Griswold, staked out the children’s section where they interviewed, fingerprinted, and took a ton of mug shots of potential suspects. Unfortunately, Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake is still M/I/A. If you happen to have any information about Miss Rabbit’s cake, please contact the Missing Food Investigator Hotline, 1-800-MFI-FOOD.

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Here are some mug shots from yesterday’s AWESOME event:

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Timothy Young 

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Johanna Bilbo Staton

Detectives Wilcox, Griswold, and I would like to shout out a very big THANK YOU to Sidra Hobbs-Fernie and her amazing staff and dedicated crew of volunteers, as well as to Barnes & Noble, for making the day extra special.