Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Visiting Waupaca, WI

Today, I spoke to nearly 2,000 K-12 students. Thank you to the librarians, teachers, and students of Waupaca, WI, for such an inspiring day!‬




‪At another recent event, a woman came up to me and said, “I wanted you to meet an octogenarian who wasn’t allowed to read comics as a kid but I finally read a graphic novel and it was yours and I loved it.”
At that same event? A teenager who told me they felt seen in HEY, KIDDO.

Hey, Kiddo at Shea Theater Arts Center

Last night was truly remarkable—we had a group reading of HEY, KIDDO in front of a packed house. What a performance by all of the readers, including my brother who came up at the end to read our father’s lines. Like true theater, you needed to be in the room to experience it. The chemistry between everyone as we brought the lines to life, accompanied by the panels flashing on the screen, was an unparalleled experience.
(For those wondering, the production was a little over two hours including intermission.)
Thank you so much to Shea Theater Arts Center for hosting!








Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Chicken Talk!


The chickens have opinions.
A total honor to illustrate this new picture book written by Patricia MacLauchlan. Look for CHICKEN TALK at your local bookshop or library!







Golden Kite Honor Book


Thank you, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, for citing HEY, KIDDO as a Golden Kite Honor Book! I look forward to celebrating at the NY conference in a few weeks. 


Who will I see at SCBWI NY? I am finalizing my speech for the opening keynote now!


10 Years of Lunch Lady!

#10YearChallenge for the Lunch Lady graphic novels. Thank you, librarians!!!


Throwback to this first pitch for LUNCH LADY—from 2003!‬



Look at this Milk-Cam given to the lunch crew at Centerville Elementary! It really works!‬






ALA Youth Media Awards 2019



I’ve never seen anything like this but this is what HEY, KIDDO looks like now at the Scholastic booth.


‪Thank you to the YALSA Nonfiction Awards Committee for including HEY, KIDDO. What a thrill to see my book be a part of the ALA Youth Media Award Announcement and hear the applause.



From the SLJ Day of Dialogue in May to the YALSA awards ceremony in January, what an honor to share both with John Hendricks and Ngozi Ukazu. Love their work and their minds.