Thursday, October 29, 2009

And then it snowed

Gas meters...
The path from our front door...
We've had a little bit of snow here in Colorado!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

More from the Buckeye State

I enjoyed my day at the OELMA conference in Columbus on Thursday. I gave two presentations, met many, many great librarians and spent some time getting to know some other authors.

On Friday, I got to spend the entire day with the fifth grade students and teachers at New Albany Elementary as well as the school's amazing librarian, Dr. Cramer. I enjoyed my time there immensely! The kids had great questions and some great Savvy stories of their own.

Before heading back to Colorado on Saturday, I had the great pleasure of visiting Cover to Cover bookstore in Columbus. A fun day!

Outside of Cover to Cover Bookstore with owner Sally Oddi.

Signing the Wall at Cover to Cover!

Having fun with Lauren Myracle at OELMA.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ohio: Visit to Fundamentals Parent-Teacher Store

Yesterday was such a fun day. I left Colorado in the middle of a light snowstorm and arrived in Columbus, Ohio, where it was seventy degrees! I was delighted to discover the always fun Lauren Myracle on my flight with me. We're both attending the same conference (OELMA) today and we both signed at Fundamentals Parent-Teacher Store in Delaware last night before having a wonderful dinner out with a group of equally wonderful people, Floyd Dickman (who was on my Newbery Committee), Leslie Bermel from Junior Library Guild, and another fellow author, Pete Hautman. Pete won the National Book Award a few years back and he's got a new book out called How to Steal a Car. Lauren was signing her new book, Luv Ya Bunches.

Fundamentals is a delightful store and Tami and her staff were so fun to chat with. I forgot my camera, so the only photo I could scrounge (rather, steal... sorry Karen!) was this one of me with two really nice people, Karen and Maria, who came to the signing (the picture is originally posted HERE).

If you're in the Columbus area and missed me at Fundamentals, I'll be at Cover to Cover this Saturday (Oct. 24) at 11:00.

Hi, from Columbus!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bookstore Visits in Ohio

I have two bookstore visits coming up in Ohio...

October 21, 2009 - Delaware, OH
Fundamentals Parent-Teacher Store, Children’s Books
6:00 - 7:00 pm

25 West Winter Street
Delaware, OH 43015
Tel: 740-363-0290

October 24, 2009 - Columbus, OH
Cover to Cover Bookstore
11:00 am

3560 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43214

If you are in the area, stop by one of these stores and say hello!

It's my first visit to Ohio. While in the Columbus area, I'll also be speaking at the OELMA conference and spending a fun day with the kids at New Albany Elementary School.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Trailer Fun

Over the weekend, I received a wonderful email from Analine Johnson, Library Media Specialist at Rodolfo C. Centeno Elementary. Analine is creating her own book trailers for Savvy and many other books to help inspire children in Texas to read the books on the list for the 2009-2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award.

Here are a couple of links to the trailer (I'll also attempt to embed it at the end of this post):

Enjoy! And thanks, Analine, for allowing me to share the video!

Find more videos like this on ReadKiddoRead

Book trailer created by Analine Johnson, Non-commercial use only.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


October is my favorite month of the year. I love the change toward cooler weather, the sound of dry leaves rustling, the wind, and the chance to wear a sweatshirt again.

This fall is a busy time for me, so the blog is going to see few new entries for awhile. Already, it's been some time since I posted anything, and I'm afraid that I may have to be away from it until I get more downtime.

So, if you don't hear anything from the blog, Happy Autumn! and I'll try to be back soon when life is less hectic or when I have anything new or fun to announce.

Enjoy the falling leaves! Happy reading!