This is my new site. I decided to keep a separate blog here that will be related to work. Instead of deleting all of my old news items I have compiled them into this blog post. I thought it would be sad to lose it all.
I will still be keeping my blog on cooking with kids at The Hungry Artist. :)
Had a great time at the Brooklyn Museum in November!
Also did a reading and signing at Grace Church School in Brooklyn where Jamie went to pre-school to Kindergarten. Such a sweet place…
Nothing planned for January. But I’m starting a new book project! More on that later. :)
Next up: Denis and I will be at the Brooklyn Museum for the 7th Annual Children’s Book Fair on November 23, 2013, 12-4 along with a huge group of other Brooklyn authors and illustrators to sign our books. Come one and all — it’s a great experience for the kids (there are also readings and a Peter and the Wolf performance) and it’s all free!
For more information, check it out here.
Book Events in October 2013
Denis and I also did one at a wonderful indie bookstore we hadn’t known about in Dyker Heights, called Boulevard Books and Cake. It is a wonderful space, and the owner, Tatiana Nicoli, is such an enthusiastic children’s book supporter!
Visit their page on Facebook for information on future events.
Book Events this Weekend (September 28-29, 2013)
On Sunday 1-3 pm, I’ll be on a panel at Books of Wonder (18 West 18th Street, NYC) to promote TRUCK STOP with Anne Rockwell. Other panel authors/illustrators will be Brian Floca, Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, Robie Harris and Chris Raschka, Deborha Heiligman and LeYuen Pham.
Please join us if you can!
Princeton Children’s Book Festival
This Saturday, we three will be at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival in Princeton, NJ. If you are in the area, please stop by! I will be signing TRUCK STOP with Anne Rockwell, and HUSH LITTLE MONSTER with my husband, Denis. The festival is from 11-4 at the Princeton Public Library. There will be a HUGE array of amazing authors and illustrators (Avi, Sophie Blackall, Brett Hilquist, Roxie Munroe, Paul O. Zelinsky are among the 80 there) signing books. Check it out here.
Truck Stop Used as a Launchpad for Teaching Kids Writing Skills
This is a wonderful post I had to share, because I love this writing exercise for young kids, and it is related to our book, Truck Stop! It deals with brainstorming about a place and describing five characters. From there kids can draw their brainstorm or do more writing related to the place they came up with and their characters.
Please check it out at Adventures in Mommydom!
New Book Release!
Truck Stop Cover
Truck Stop, written by the amazing, Anne Rockwell, will be released by Viking this May! It is already available for pre-order here. This is a great book for children who love trucks. My son, who’s soon to be 9, loves it also for the diner food! Truck Stop is told from the perspective of a young boy whose family runs the diner and truck stop. He knows all the truckers who visit and who is missing! Look out for Truck Stop in May. Anne and I will be doing a lot of book events and a blog tour as part of the book launch.
Anne an I will be doing a book reading/signing at Book Court June 1 at 11 am. Come join us!
Our first reviews are up. There are GIVEAWAYS too:
Greenlight Book Store Artist Battles
I participated in Artist Battles at Greenlight Bookstore
Greenlight Bookstore is located in Brooklyn at 686 Fulton St. (at South Portland), 718-246-0200
SCBWI New Jersey Conference
Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly for Hush Little Monster
We received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly! Time for a zombie party!
Hush, Little Monster
By Denis Markell and illustrated by Melissa Iwai (Little Simon; ISBN 9781442441958; August 2012; Summer Catalog)
A monster father attempts to appease his cranky child in a clever riff on the “Hush, Little Baby” lullaby. “Hush, Little Monster, don’t you howl./ Daddy’s gonna give you a…/ screeching owl./ If that owl won’t say ‘whoo whoo’…/ Granny Ghost will bring you a big, bad boo!” Twai’s monster father, with his red bean-shaped nose and Groucho Marx eyebrows, wouldn’t be out of place on Sesame Street. These husband-and-wife collaborators score some very funny moments while delivering a sweetly ghoulish story about a guardian’s love for a child (horns and all). Ages 4–6.
Snuggle Mountain is now an app!
Snuggle Mountain has been transformed into an app for iphone and ipad! Features include narration (which can be turned on and off), highlighted text, animation, and sound effects. Also, a yummy pancake recipe is included. For more information about the app, check out the new Snuggle Mountain website here.