Book Expo was so much fun today. Thank you to everyone at Macmillan Children's, for everything...
It was an honor to deliver the keynote speech at the Irma Black Award/Cook Prize ceremony at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Special thanks to Cindy Weill for organizing an incredible event, and congratulations to all the award recipients!
(photos by Cheryl Simon)
Recently, I was so fortunate to have spent almost a month in China, speaking at the Pudong and Puxi American Schools in Shanghai, visiting my 21st Century/Macmillan publisher in Beijing, and appearing at the incredible Shanghai Book Festival.
At the American schools, I had an absolute blast working with the children. An extra special thank you to Kimbra Power and Beth Rohrbeck for making sure every day was a joy. As a huge added bonus, I was able to spend some extended quality time with my good friend, author Chris Crutcher.
And everyone at 21st Century/Macmillan couldn't have been nicer. Jon Yaged (President of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group), Kristin Dulaney (Executive Director of Subsidiary Rights), and I had such a wonderful time. We visited the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, and had countless amazing meals.
Here are just a few photos from this most memorable trip...
Please join us for a book signing
Friday, October 20, from 7pm - 8pm
Turn of the Corkscrew Bookstore, 110 N Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570, 516-764-6000
What a wonderful time was had by all at the fabulous Plum Creek Festival, in Seward, Nebraska.
It was so much fun to hang out with so many friends, including Melissa Sweet, Philip Stead, Matthew Cordell, Kadir Nelson, Brandon Mull, Christian Robinson, Tad Hills, Jenni Holm, Matthew Holm, Lauren Castillo, Henry Cole, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Joan Bauer, and the absolutely amazing Patricia MacLaughlin.
Special thanks to Dylan Teut for making all of us feel so welcome, and for organizing this incredible event. He and his colleagues are absolutely wonderful.
Great time in Utah, speaking at the BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers, with Melissa Sweet, Matt De La Pena, Debbie Wiles, Jen Bryant, and Tess Hilmo. Special thanks to Gene Nelson!
Fabulous events at Virginia State Reading Association 30th Annual Conference, and Broward Public Library Conference on Children's Literature - special thanks to Anna Shaw and Lisa McClure!
LOVE these new editions for DOG AND BEAR - board books, perfect for little ones!
So happy to visit Bayville Schools (again!). Thank you, Stefanie Lipsey, the wonderful staff, and all 400 incredible, smart, creative kids!❤️
Great fun meeting so many librarians and teachers at ILA in Boston. Shout out, for an amazing job, to Lucy Del Priore and Katie Halata at Macmillan, and Deborah Wooten and Amy Broemmel at ILA. And an added bonus was getting to hang out with my good friends, Steve Sheinkin, Candy Fleming, and Jack Gantos. Love these guys.❤️
Had a wonderful time this week with 144 utterly well-behaved, attentive students, and the amazing Dr. Brenda Williams and her staff at the truly special new PreK school in Uniondale, New York.
Macmillan has just released new editions of BLACK? WHITE! DAY? NIGHT!, LEMONS ARE NOT RED, WALTER WAS WORRIED, and ONE BOY - on sale now.
Extremely honored to have an art exhibit of almost 40 paintings at the Trustman Art Gallery in Boston, and to give a presentation with Neal Porter at the wonderful Simmons Children's Literature Institute. Thank you Megan Lambert, Cathie Mercier, Susan Bloom, and everyone at Simmons.
Great time speaking at the Bank Street College of Education "Building Blocks of Play" Conference, with Paul Zelinsky, Nina Crews, and Peter Reynolds. Thank you, Jenny Brown, for everything, but especially for letting us draw on the walls!
Great time at the Northern Illinois Children's Literature Conference, thanks to Melanie Koss and Gail Hayenga. And always fun to hang out with my friends, Peter Brown, Melissa Sweet, and Gene Yang.
I am utterly honored and flattered that my friend, (Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist) Steve Sheinkin, created this hilarious comic strip of a conversation we'd recently had while hiking together in Utah. So cool! Click to view on Betsy Bird's School Library Journal page.
Omg, had an unbelievably wonderful time giving the Keynote speech at the SCBWI conference in New York City this morning. The incredible audience of artists and writers, more than 1200 of my peers, made me cry!!