Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My Buddy, Mayor Menino

I had the pleasure of meeting Boston's Mayor Menino last week and the honor of receiving a pretty nifty crystal bowl in honor of My Buddy, Slug's win for Best Read Aloud Book by the ReadBoston program.

Here are some pictures from the day:

It's not everyday that you get to read your children's book as an elected official reads along!

To readers in Boston: keep your eyes open for the Slug Reading Van. I donated this painting to the ReadBoston program and he'll be making the rounds all across the city this summer!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Own Original Art from JJK Books

Have you ever wanted to own an original painting from Baghead or Annie Was Warned? Well, now may be your chance. For the first time, I am opening up a limited amount of original works from my books for sale.

To inquire on a specific painting (page from a book), please contact Gina at gina at studiojjk dot com for information on availability and price.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

ReadBoston Award presentation

Hey Bostonians - If you are around this Thursday at 11 AM, come by the TADpole playground. I'll be presented the ReadBoston Award by Mayor Menino himself and be giving a reading of My Buddy, Slug.

And maybe...maybe I'll have a copy of Punk Farm on Tour to read as well...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Mr. DiTerlizzi blogs!

My good pal Tony DiTerlizzi is blogging!!! www.diterlizzi.com/blog

In his inaugural post, he talks about the birth of his beautiful daughter Sophia. It is a must read! T also has posts on books that inspired him as a kid and he's posted some childhood drawings.

So bookmark it and go back again and again! I'm excited to see what posts will come.

And while I'm on the subject of Mr. DiTerlizzi, check out the teaser trailer for The Spiderwick Chronicles movie!!!! Be prepared.... you will need to pick up your jaw off the floor once you have watched!

Shenandoah was a blast

A long delayed thank you to all of the educators who came out to the Shenandoah University Children's Literature Festival a few weeks back. I had a great time there and it was a top notch operation! They blasted music from Punk Farm (complete with impromptu strobe lights) and even had a giant pink monkey recreating scenes from Good Night, Monkey Boy for a very dramatic introduction. My speech could only bring everything downhill from there...

And check out this banner. It was made by a kid! Incredible, huh? They had a banner for each speaker, all made by kids. I think I'll be out of a job soon...