Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I will be talking up my appearance on the Target Stage at the NY Times Great Children's Read.
I don't know what time it will air exactly, but thinking sometime between 7 and 9.
Please note, this event is for grown-ups only.
The official series description:
The Children’s Literary Café is a monthly gathering of adults who are fans of children’s literature. Professionals, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, teachers, and anyone else interested in the field are welcome to attend our meetings. The Literary Café provides free Advanced Readers galleys, a rotating series of talks with professionals in the field, and great conversation. This program is for adults only.
New York Public LibraryChildren's Center at 42nd Street
Event will be held in Room 844
2nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Hey New Yorkers—come on out to the NY Times Great Children's Read this Sunday. There is a great line-up of events during the day. I'll be taking the Target stage at 10:55 AM. For all the going-ons of the day, visit the Great Read's website.
See ya there!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
I'll be talking about how I wrote the Lunch Lady graphic novels. See ya there!
The family and I had the honor of hanging out with Loren Long at the Decatur Book Festival. We got to know him really well when our shuttle van from the airport broke down. (I was disappointed to learn that Loren wasn't able to fix the van. Come on, Trucktown! However, Loren did offer to draw a picture of the van personified.) Loren is as awesome a guy as his work would lead you to believe. Top notch all around. Those in attendance at the DBF were treated to a debut reading of his new book Otis, which is out now. Wow! What a great book! You should definitely check it out. Here are some pictures of Loren doing his thing on stage:
And here is a picture of Loren and myself with Peter McCarty. I hadn't known Peter would be at the festival. Peter is a great guy, too. Have you seen his new book, Jeremy Draws a Monster? I love the book. It's great fun and a bit of a departure in style for Peter. I guess it had been a while since I've seen Peter because he was not only shocked to see me there with a baby, but also a wife.
Finally, here is a video of Loren talking about Otis. After you watch it, you'll want to be Loren's friend too!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Jackson from Georgia sent in this great idea for a future Lunch Lady title. It's a great drawing, too! Nicely done, Jackson!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Patricia Newman wrote a really nice article on my work and the new Lunch Lady books in California Kids, which is a great free paper out in the Golden State.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Look for the book at your local book shop or library. For more info and a sneak-peak, read Tony's blog post about the book.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Hey there blog readers. Check out today's Los Angeles Times. In it is their Reading by 9 supplement, which is a part of their Child Literacy Initiative. You may recognize a certain kid with a bag on his head among the pages.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
ME: So a publisher prints lots of copies of the author's book and where might they send all of those copies?
KID #1: Libraries?
ME: Yes, very good! Where else might they send them?
KID#2: Book stores?
ME: You're right! (At this point, I have the answers I was looking for, but there is one kid still persistently raising his hand. So I call on him.)
KID#3: AT THE DOLLAR STORE!
ME: Well hopefully not at the Dollar Store....but yes, sometimes that happens, too....
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Check out threekissesfortomie.blogspot.com to see some great art in honor of a great man.
Gina and I wanted to do something special for Tomie, let him know just how much he is loved. We reached out to our children's book illustrator friends and asked if they would make an image to honor him. Many artists have promised art later in the year and we will continue to update the site throughout the year as we get new art in.
Here's my entry:
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
It'll be my first trip to Minnesota and I can't wait! See ya there!
PS-- Do you think Prince will be there? Maybe once he's finished with his Saturday errands or something . . .
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I'll post more about this Festival in the coming weeks, but for now I will leave you with what was my highlight of the weekend. G, Z and I were walking around the Fest with our good friend David Levithan when I spotted these two kids reading (and enthralled by) Lunch Lady. It was spectacular. I imagine if you were a musician it was much like hearing your song on the radio for the first time.
(Snapped by Jacqueline Schimmel and posted to Facebook.)
Monday, September 07, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
The Sacramento Book Review and the San Francisco Book Review host a great podcast on their website, where they interview authors of books that they review in their print edition. I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with 11 year-olds Amber Cloutman and Taylor Burns.
Listen to our chat here.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
This weekend is the Decatur Book Festival! Come on out to the Target Children's Stage on Saturday at 4PM and Sunday at 5PM. On Saturday I will join Eleanor Davis (The Secret Science Alliance) and Ursula Vernon (Dragonbreath) for a sort of comic book draw-off and on Sunday the Fest is billing my presentation as "All Hail the Lunch Lady".
It will be a great time, guaranteed. The children's programming is put together by the good folks at Little Shop of Stories, a great indie with great people.
For all the info you need, click here.
Welcome to Atlanta where the playas play...
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
ANNOUNCING THE LUNCH LADY PHOTO CONTEST!
Is your lunch lady a superhero crime-fighter? Send photographic evidence to contest at lunchladycomics dot com for a chance to win a signed, 1st edition, library bound copy of Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute for your school’s library. Every week, a winner will be chosen and the “Lunch Lady of the Week” photo will be featured on www.lunchladycomics.com. On December 22nd, the day that Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta publishes, a grand-prize winner will be selected by an elite team of lunch lady specialists and an original ink drawing of Lunch Lady and Betty will be sent to your school’s library!
•One entry per school, please.
•Please include your school’s name, town and state in your submission. (Lunch ladies’ names optional.)
•By submitting your photo, you are granting Jarrett J. Krosoczka the right to publish the photo on www.lunchladycomics.com and other pertinent websites in connection with Jarrett’s books.
•Submissions will be accepted through December 11th, 2009.