Monthly Archives: August 2016

Fall Releases

This season’s round of new releases is super exciting to me. I have 10 books due out this month. They are on a wide variety of topics. There’s something for everyone — see what would interest you…

Culture & Geography

EWC Brazil coverEWC Nigeria cover South Dakota book cover

Gross & Creepy Animals

Brain Eaters cover Nature's Undead cover

Science for Younger Readers

Fruits and Vegetables Explained cover Deciduous and Coniferous Trees Explained cover The Language of Cats cover

Middle Grade Fiction

A Time For Change cover (color)

Mythical Creatures

Trolls book cover

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Summer Library Visits

What a summer it has been — it’s hard to believe that the month of July has come and gone. Kids in some parts of the country are already back to school! But many young readers are happily still in vacation mode. I’ve been able to meet lots of them at some of my summer reading events. Librarian Sara Knobel received a grant to bring me to four public libraries in Central New York in connection with my book Assassin Bug vs. Ogre-Faced Spider: When Cunning Hunters Collide.

Assassin Bug vs. Ogre-faced Spider cover

I shared this book aloud at all of the library events and also did some Q&A — with both the kids and the adults who brought them to these fantastic events. Garrett and Chris of Grey Biological brought some live bugs to share at some of these library visits. I gathered my courage and held a variety of creepy critters, including a vinegaroon, a Madagascan hissing cockroach (which hissed at me while running up my arm!), and even a large rose hair tarantula!

Holding a Madagascan hissing cockroach

Holding a Madagascan hissing cockroach

Holding a rose hair tarantula

Holding a rose hair tarantula

I also had a terrific time visiting the Red Jacket Community Library in Shortsville, NY. This visit was related to my multicultural picture book Francisco’s Kites. The kids in the audience and I had a great time making — and flying — kites, as well as eating kite-shaped cookies. (These childrens’ mom gave me permission to use this picture.)

Children making kites at Red Jacket Community Library

Children making kites at Red Jacket Community Library

Kite cookies at Red Jacket Community Library

Kite cookies at Red Jacket Community Library

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