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!!
Had the most amazing time giving the keynote speech at the UVU Literature Conference in Utah, and hanging out with fellow authors Steve Sheinkin and Jennifer A. Nielsen. So much thanks to Gene Nelson, Nancy Peterson, Doug Gardner, and everyone at the conference.
Yay! It's official - DOG AND BEAR-TRICKS AND TREATS goes on sale today!
Can't say enough about the wonderful Mazza Museum of Picture Book Art in Findlay, Ohio. It's absolutely amazing, and every time I speak there, I enjoy it even more. So much thanks to the incredible Dr. Jerry Mallett and Ben Sapp for inviting me. Here's a photo taken there with my friend and fellow author, Bob Staake.
A fabulous Macmillan birthday party for the best editor ever - Neal Porter.
Great time at the opening of the Bernard Waber exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum - a wonderful and well-deserved tribute to a beloved friend and the author of LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE, among many other incredible books.
Am very humbled to receive the 2014 Massachusetts Reading Association Children's Literature Award. A heartfelt thank you to the MRA and especially MRA Chair Nancy Meagher and Sheelah Sweeney (both pictured), and Susannah Richards.
Had an incredible time speaking at the literature conference in Bellingham, Washington (with about 500 teachers, librarians, and authors in the audience). Special thanks to Nancy Johnson for inviting me!