Last week, Little Elliot and I traveled to New England for Children’s Book Week, a national reading initiative administered by Every Child a Reader, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council. Here are a few pics from the trip!
The kids at Essex Elementary and I wrote a Little Elliot mini story together. (photo credit: Carol Scrimgeour)
We stopped at the border of VT & NH to see the beautiful Athenuem in St. Johnsbury.
Mt. Washington was a sight to behold!
All aboard! Elliot is ready to hop on the reading train in North Conway!
In North Conway, Elliot and I visited John Fuller Elementary and Robert Frost Charter School.
White Birch Books in North Conway, NH, is a small treasure, and you know how Elliot loves small treasures…
The kids at Harris Family Children’s Center in Exeter, NH, got to make cupcakes before my presentation, and then eat them after! That’s what I call hands-on-learning!
Water Street Books in Exeter, NH, is a lovely store with lovely people. They’ve been selling books for 25 years!
I visited Mason-Rice Elementary in Newton Centre, Mass. They gave me a beautiful book they made filled with cupcakes that they colored and decorated. The librarian, Jennifer Reed, wrote up a pretty thorough blog post about my visit, in case you ever wondered what I do for school visits. She also posted some pretty amazing pieces of fan art and feedback from the kids. So sweet!
Little Elliot loves the cupcakes that students at Mason-Rice made to decorate their library!
Students at Mason-Rice were full of good questions and ideas! (photo credit: Jennifer Reed)
In East Haven, CT, Elliot and I paid a visit to D.C. Moore School. Later, at Overbrook School, I really had my socks knocked off when I walked into the building and saw the hallway filled with a BIG CITY that the students all made! I have to show a lot of photos of this, because it’s too good!!!
Overbrook’s BIG CITY!
Little Elliot looks over the city with excitement
OK, I really just wanted to drop everything and play with these cars, but I had to focus…
Yum Yums, Sugar Shock Candy Store, and Wonka Candy Factory. Obviously, I’m living on THIS block…
Hmmm…although this block has a candy shop, a bakery, AND a comedy club, so maybe I’d live here instead. I wonder how much rent goes for in this town.
mmmm Tasty Flaky Bakery, and MUSEUM MADNESS!!!! I love how this city has a bakery that’s bigger than its Natural History Museum. My kind of place.
This town boasts at least ten fire stations, outnumbered only by sweet shops. Since the city is completely built out of cardboard, it’s good to be prepared.
OK, I think I found the apartment building I want to live in (…or swim in?).
This building not only follows strict fire code, it is also a pioneer in accordion fire escapes.
The modern black condominium on the right features (a) fireworks, or (b) pink palm tree sculptures. Either way, I see a write up in Dwell soon approaching.
Last, but not least, Elliot and I met some new friends at Darien Public Library. It’s a really beautiful facility, complete with a 3-D printing room in their children’s wing, and a teen-only lounge, which I would have loved when I was in high school.
A bunch of my extended family members showed up in Darien to surprise me. Cousin Jordan fit me in between his Little League game and his pizza-themed birthday party <3
A very special THANK YOU to Macmillan, Every Child a Reader, the Children’s Book Council, and these fine book sellers:
Phoenix Books, Burlington & Essex, VT
White Birch Books, North Conway, NH
Water Street Books, Exeter, NH
Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT
Barrett Bookstore, Darien, CT