I don’t know what its like in your neck of the woods, but here in the Northeast, the fall brings with it gorgeous trees of all colors, scary Halloween decor, and a TON of children’s book festivals! (How lucky are WE?!)
So on Sept. 23rd, I had the great opportunity to join with 100+ fellow children’s book authors to mix and mingle with kids and their grown-ups at the Rye Children’s Book Festival at the Westchester Children’s Museum in Rye, NY! I had a blast sharing BRAINSTORM!, WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW, and PASE LO QUE PASE MAÑANA, and even giving folks a sneak peak at AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? A Passover Hide-And-Seek Adventure (which comes out February 13th!)
How cool is THIS!? I just learned that WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW was chosen as the inspiration for the Miami-Dade County (Florida) Department of Cultural Affairs’ 2024 All Kids Included Family Arts Festival district-wide student visual art competition! Students in grades pre-K through 12 will be submitting their art around the theme “Celebrating Inclusion, Inner-strength, and Resillence” inspired by WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW.
I usually hate surprises, but I’ll take this one! Opened the mail to find my poem, “MATH PROBLEMS” in the 50th Anniversary issue of Cricket Magazine (Sept. 2023 issue)! (Yes, I knew they were publishing it…but was never told when!) Always fun when my children’s poetry finds a home! 🙂
In case anyone still has any doubt, publishing is a L-O-N-G game. I’ve been waiting to share this news for almost 2 years! My next book, LITTLE DREIDEL LEARNS TO SPIN, illustrated by Taryn Johnson, will be my 4th picture book, coming out in time for Hanukkah 2024 with Scholastic! (And YES I am told it WILL be included in those book club and book fair flyers so be on the lookout!) Whoo-hoo!
As an introvert, my favorite part of my writing journey has always been the writing — home, alone, playing with words in my happy quiet cave. But now I’m starting to go out into the world to share my books with kids and THIS is starting to happen. So now this is also my favorite part Thank you to the wonderful students at Tuscan Elementary for your beautiful letters and drawings. My heart is overflowing.