August 31, 2015
I'm not sure if you noticed, but there's been a bit of a gap since I last posted. I know, I know: bad blogger! But it isn't because I've been doing NOTHING. Quite the opposite. I've been spectacularly hard at work on three new books, which will be coming out in the Fall of 2016 and the Spring of 2017. So while it LOOKS like I've been doing absolutely nothing, I've really been quite the hard worker.
However, here's a photo of some REAL hard workers. This weekend, I stopped to enjoy a cup of fresh-squeezed lemonade that was being sold by Sebastian, Isabel, and Macaela. They were raising money for the Natick Service Council, a non-profit that has been offering a broad range of social and human services since 1962, including food pantries, clothing drives and job training. Macaela, Isabel and Sebastian raised $54 for the charity! Wow! What a good day's work! Way to go kids!
May 7, 2015
Every year I visit Chickering Elementary School in Dover, Massachusetts, and do a week-long writing residency with their fifth-grade students. This year, some of the student reporters asked if they could interview me for broadcast on the school radio station: Chickering Student Radio. The students—Abby, Alina, Rebekka, Beck, Calden, Cyrus, and Matt—did a great job asking thoughtful, engaging, illuminating questions. They were real pros! You can listen to the full interview here.
May 6, 2015
The good folks at Wondermore are launching a fun campaign, asking authors to spotlight a book that has made them think by posting a photo with the lead in line: "I'm a Wondermore author. A book that made me wonder more..." I chose NEW SHOES, written by Susan Lynn Meyer and illustrated be Eric Velasquez, which explores Jim Crow laws during the 1950s. Wondermore is asking authors to pass along the message: Wondermore ignites a love of reading by sponsoring author visits to under-served Boston schools. Help them raise $10K in the next 10 days. Donate here http://www.wondermoreboston.org/support-wondermore/. It's a great cause, and I hope you'll send them some money and think about the ways that books open the world a little wider and make you think.