Thursday, August 30, 2012

Instagrams from summah' '12

While the temperatures are still up, summer is over as we know it. It's always a bitter-sweet transition from summer to fall. While I'll miss the sounds of the waves crashing on a daily basis, I'm excited for crisp autumn air and the readers that I'll get to meet across the country. (More info on my book tour next week.)

While I jumped quite a few waves with my daughters and built many sand castles, I did get some work done. I played with paint, visited jellyfish, co-hosted a special summer reading segment on satellite radio (along with regular radio duties on The Book Report with JJK), worked on final artwork for Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain and sketched out the illustrations for my first chapter book, Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked.

Here are a few pictures from the StudioJJK Instagram account from when I measured time by the tides and not the days of the week.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Find me at the Decatur Book Festival this Saturday!

I'm so psyched to return to Decatur, GA for such a fantastic festival! I'll be taking the children's stage at 1 p.m..

More info can be found here.

(And more on my full fall schedule soon.)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

school visits within a two hour drive of southeastern New Hampshire can now be considered local

Even though we are wrapping up our summer at our family beach house, we're excited to return in the winter months, as we are winterizing the house. If you have been wanting to book a school visit, but haven't had the means to pay for the extra expense of travel and hotel, I am excited to announce that you could now book at my local rate if you are within a two hour drive from southeastern New Hampshire.

More information is at my website here. My wife, Gina, will be more than happy to coordinate with you to make the day happen! She is at gina at studiojjk dot com.

The Stinky Cheese Man on August 29th's meeting of The Summer Book Club

Get reading some Scieszka! Jon will be joining us for the final edition of The Summer Book Club. Tune in to SiriusXM's Kids Place Live (channel 78) on Wednesday, August 29th at 5 pm ET!

Kiddos can call 1-866-328-2345 to chat on the air!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

blog time machine: Children's Choice Book Awards recap

It seems like ages ago, but I can't let such a monumental evening go unblogged. I was honored to return as host for the 5th annual Children's Choice Book Awards. It was a fantastic evening, filled with literati, heartfelt acceptance speeches and for me—some full-circle moments. 

I arrived early to rehearse a few bits.

The show opened with a video I cooked up with Scieszka and some other kid lit pals:

Check out more photos and video below.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Graphic novelist Mark Fearing on The Book Report! THURSDAY at 5:40 pm ET!

Tune in to Sirius XM's Kids Place Live (channel 78) Thursday at 5:40 p.m. ET to learn all about Mark's most awesome book, EARTHLING!

Monday, August 13, 2012

You know you vacation right when you get your autograph framed in your favorite coffee shop.

Truthfully, this has always been a life goal.

These guys keep me fueled all summer long while I work on deadlines. Go Jumpin' Jack's! (Though, there actually isn't a Jack, this is the owner Nick.)

Monday, August 06, 2012

Best thank you note ever received from a reader

For Nora's birthday, her mom sneaked all of her Lunch Lady books from her room, mailed them to me and then Nora was presented with the entire LL collection, autographed on her big day.

This is the thank you note Nora sent. It is simply the best ever and it will hang in my studio to remind me of the kids reading my books!

Keep reading, Nora!

Friday, August 03, 2012

Check out Guy-Write by Ralph Fletcher

Ralph Fletcher has put together a superlative book for young writers. It's definitely a must for classrooms. And as a bonus, there's an interview with yours truly in the "Draw First, Write Later" chapter.

August is Jon Scieszka month at The Summer Book Club!

I hate the thought of summer coming to a close, but love that we'll be ending the Summer Book Club with the Stinky Cheese Man!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Erica Perl on The Book Report with JJK, Thursday at 5:40 pm ET!

Come on by SiriusXM's Kids Place Live on Thursday, August 2nd at 5:40 pm to hear me chat with author Erica S. Perl. Erica is the author of so many awesome books, which include Chicken Butt, When Life Gives You OJ and Dotty!