Thursday, April 23, 2015

And the winner is...

And the winner of the classroom set (25) of

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

(chosen via


Tanya Hudson


Chase Street Elementary School

in Athens, Georgia.

Congratulations, Tanya! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Quote of the Day

I absolutely love this quote:

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

 —Elmore Leonard

Friday, April 17, 2015

Student Interview Video

Here's a short video of students from Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary School in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Quote of the Day

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. 

--Stephen King

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Want books? Classroom set giveaway

Because I'm so happy that spring is finally here....

....and the snow is finally gone....

.... I'm going to celebrate.


I'm giving away books.


Just givin' 'em away.

To whom?

Teachers and school librarians, that's who.

How many?




That's right.

I'm giving away a classroom set - 25 hardcover copies - of


All you have to do is leave the following in the comments section of this blog:

1. Your name
2. Your school name
3. Your email address

That's it!

The giveaway starts:

Now! (April 15)

The giveaway ends:

April 22 (midnight)

(Please note: I'll ship the books anywhere in the U.S. No international shipments. Sorry.)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thank you, Canada!!

I recently spent three days visiting schools in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

To get there, I had to fly on an itty bitty little plane like this, that kind of freaked me out.

But I survived. Phew!


My first stop was Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary, where they know that it's the little things that count.  A reserved parking spot! (I love all those different-colored letters.)

I was greeted by Alex and Quinn. A nice welcome!

The students had decorated the gym. Love this greeting sign.

Students had made book trailers and illustrated booklets.

Such great pictures of dogs!

More dogs

More drawings and trailers

More drawings! The school was so festive.

And more drawings....

I loved seeing these booklets the students made for How to Steal a Dog.

Some students had made these cool scenes from clay, on display in the library.

More decorations in the gym

Speaking to Gibson-Neill Memorial students

Reading to the students

This is a spring-time recess in Canada! Brrrrr

Students being interviewed by the local radio station (Canadian Broadcast). She asked them great questions about my books (and they gave great answers).

Liam, Boyd, Aiden and Conor had lunch with me and asked some great questions.

Next stop was Barker's Point Elementary, where I was greeted by this great sign.

Hannah and Amelia greeted me with this great sign.

Students had done some terrific drawings for me.

More drawings! Thank you, Barker's Point.

(l to r) The amazing Sherry Norton-Graham, who made this trip possible and treated me like a queen (Thanks for everything, Sherry!), me, and Barker's Point principal Jeanne Wood)

Next stop was Park Street Elementary, where I had the pleasure of having lunch with these super nice students. We practiced saying our names in Pig Latin.

And more Park Street students.

Thank you, Sherry (who has the same birthday as me!!)

Monday, April 6, 2015