Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Now on Exhibit!

Tales of Tails: Animals in Children’s Books, a new exhibit at Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, features our own Little Elliot and many other  friends!

Tale of Tails

“Children from 3-11 can examine and explore how stories use animals to portray human qualities.”

You’ll see artwork and/or books created by  Brian Won, Catia Chien, Isabel Roxas, Jason Chin, Salina Yoon, Gene LuenYang, LeUyen Pham, and many more.

The Wing Luke is a beautiful museum, part community center, part time capsule, situated in Seattle’s International District (or what other cities may refer to as Chinatown). Their mission is “To connect everyone to the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of the Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences.”

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Tales of Tails is on display now through mid-December.

 

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The Polka Dot Express: Little Elliot’s Big Adventure!

On October 6, Little Elliot’s adventures continue in Little Elliot, Big Family. There have been so many people who have helped get Little Elliot into the hands of young readers – I like to consider those people Elliot’s BIG EXTENDED FAMILY.

This Fall, Little Elliot is going on a BIG adventure across the country to visit his big family! And by Elliot, I mean the adorable MerryMakers plush! Elliot will travel from school to school in a box filled with small treasures. Because we know how much Elliot loves small treasures.

Little Elliot's Treasures

Elliot loves small treasures, and now he wants to share them with your class! Help grow his collection and see what other classes have added too!

All participating classrooms will receive a copy of Little Elliot, Big Family. Once Elliot arrives, we hope you will add a small treasure to his box and add your city to a map he’ll travel with before sending him along to his next destination!

There are only so many classrooms Elliot can visit in a year, so sign up now by submitting your information here! You’ll receive more information from Macmillan soon after signing up.

Meanwhile, happy treasure hunting!

 

 

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Little Elliot, BIG REVIEWS!

It’s been a really great week for Little Elliot! Little Elliot, Big Family, the follow up to Little Elliot, Big City, received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, as well as a very positive review from School Library Journal: LittleElliot_BigFamily_star

“Curato fleshes out Little Elliot’s personality in this installment—there are glimmers of a character with real depth beneath his cutie-pie visage—while continuing to come up with wonderful, Hopperesque images of a bygone New York.” Publishers Weekly
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Employing a restrained text, Curato mines the visuals for emotional impact…Young children will easily relate to Elliot’s experience of loneliness and his relief at inclusion, both convincingly captured in this elegant tale.” Kirkus
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“…this picture book is warm and inviting. The illustrations are rich and interesting…The art creates an inviting atmosphere that draws readers in and keeps them lingering on each page, while the text tells an appealing story of family and friendship.”  School Library Journal

I can’t wait to share Big Family with everyone this October!!

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Little Elliot, Big Fan!

I just wanted to share this photo that Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH shared with me. Former Secretary of State and Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton stopped in for a visit and purchased a copy of Little Elliot, Big City! I hope that Charlotte and Chelsea enjoy it.

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Shout out to Jill from Water Street Bookstore (left), who recommended Little Elliot, Big City to Hillary!

Hillary and Chelsea are big friends of elephants. They have raised millions to fight the illegal ivory trade. Baby Charlotte also has an elephant themed nursery! I think Little Elliot has found a good home.

 

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Children’s Book Week in New England

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)

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An Award, A Collection, and the Best Shrimp & Grits Ever

Last week I headed down South to accept the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor at the 48th Annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi. My partner in crime, Ruth Chan, and I landed in New Orleans, Louisiana, and ate our way to Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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Ruth and I at City Park in New Orleans

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