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The Massachusetts Book Awards

December 6, 2016
Today I spent the afternoon with some fantastic authors and illustrators at the State House, celebrating our Massachusetts Book Awards. What a wonderful time connecting with old friends and new! The Original Cowgirl was chosen as a "Must-Read"! 

Swimming with Sharks Launch Party!

December 1, 2016
Best book publication day ever!! I celebrated at Bridge School in Lexington with two of my favorite teachers, Todd Nichols and Beth McAlduff, and their second and third graders. 

2017

February 21, 2pm Dive into the World of Sharks! Reading, shark talk, and craft, An Unlikely Story, Plainville, MA
February 22, 11am Dive into the World of Sharks! Reading, shark talk, and craft, The Blue Bunny, Dedham, MA
March 6th School visit to Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY
March 12, 3pm  Book reading & signing, Concord Bookshop, Concord, MA
March 14th School visit to the Haggerty School, Cambridge, MA
April 4th Winchester Authorfest, Winchester, MA
April 15th, 2pm Local author event, An Unlikely Story, Plainville, MA
April 18th The Chatham Shark Center, Chatham, MA
April 20th School visit and Student Author Night at Pine Cobble School, Williamstown, MA
April 21-23 NESCBWI conference, Springfield, MA

2016

December 6th, 12pm Massachusetts Book Awards! The State House, Boston
December 4th, 12:30-2pm Holiday Stroll, Wellesley Books, MA
December 3rd, 11am-2pm Holiday Book Bazarre, An Unlikely Story, Plainville, MA
December 1st, Book Launch party at Bridge Elementary School, Lexington MA
November 20th, 2pm Ruth Law Centennial event, Bank Street Bookstore, New York, NY
November 17th school visit Hawlemont Elementary, Charlemont, MA
November 11th, 10-4 Central Massachusetts Children's Book Festival,  Gardner, MA
November 5th NerdCamp Long Island
September 27th guest speaker, MGH Institute
September 9th Book Bash 2016, The Writers Loft
July 10th ILA, Boston, MA
June 25-26th ALA Orlando, FL
May 24th,10:30-11:30AM Lakeville Public Library, MA  Storyhour and crafts
May 24th Our Sisters' School, New Bedford, MA
School visit
May 21st, 11AM Newtonville Books, MA
Storytime and signing
May 9th Haggerty School, Cambridge, MA
School visit with 2nd & 3rd graders
May 7th, 10:30AM Wellesley Books, MA
Storytime, crafts, and signings
April 16th, 12:30PM An Unlikely Story,  Plainville, MA  Storytime, crafts, and signings
April 2nd, 11AM Jack and Allie's, Vernon, CT
Storytime, crafts, and signings
March 30th, 4-6PM Pages, Manhattan Beach, CA
Reading and signing
March 13th, 3PM The Concord Bookshop
FEARLESS FLYER book launch!
February 27th, 12:30-3:30PM An Unlikely Story, Plainville, MA   Scavenger hunt and signings

Before we read the book, the kids listed words that came to mind when they thought about sharks (e.g. dangerous, scary, man-eating). After reading and talking about sharks, they listed new words (e.g. cool, awesome, interesting, important). Our "Shark Lady" Eugenie Clark would have been so pleased:) I love how a little nonfiction can transform kids' perceptions!

Celebrating with Raul Colon! 

November 20, 2016
Raul and I had so much fun at Bank Street Bookstore celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Ruth Law's flight from Chicago to New York City. It was fascinating learning about how Raul created the illustrations for Fearless Flyer!

Getting gritty at Hawlemont Elementary!

November 17, 2016
I was blown away by my school visit to Hawlemont Regional Elementary School. First I visited with Michelle Gajda's second graders who were so well prepared and had such thoughtful questions for me. Then after school I met with her Girls with Grit Book Club. What an amazing group of girls! They were so excited to talk about the trailblazing women they had read about and explored during their fall meetings. 

Getting nerdy at nErD Camp Long Island!

November 5, 2016
I attended my first NErD Camp! I met so many fantastic educators and authors, and I learned a ton. Definitely will repeat!! 

Fun with FEARLESS FLYER at . . . 

ILA Boston

July 10, 2016
A summer highlight--hanging out with my illustrator Raul Colon!

Fearless Flyer is on the cover of Booklist!

Lakeville Public Library

May 24, 2016

Haggerty School, Cambridge, MA

May 9, 2016

Wellesley Books, MA

May 7, 2016

An Unlikely Story, Plainville, MA

April 16, 2016

Jack & Allie's, Vernon, CT

April 2, 2016

Pages, Manhattan Beach, CA

March 30, 2016

FEARLESS FLYER Launch at the Concord Bookshop!

March 13, 2016
What a fun afternoon launching FEARLESS FLYER into the world at the wonderful Concord Bookshop with family, friends, and lots of book-lovers! It was a special treat to have my friend Cheryl Lawton Malone by my side, sharing her debut picture book DARIO AND THE WHALE.

A Christmas tree decorated just for THE ORIGINAL COWGIRL 

The Concord Museum, Concord, MA

December, 2015

I'm so honored to have THE ORIGINAL COWGIRL featured as one of the Family Trees this year at the Concord Museum! The galleries are filled with more than thirty trees decorated with original ornaments inspired by children's books. I was blown away by my ORIGINAL COWGIRL tree!

Giddy-up! My Horse Craft for THE ORIGINAL COWGIRL