Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Little Elliot, BIG FUN Cover Reveal + NCTE Recap

I just returned from the 2015 National Council of English Teacher Annual Conference in Minneapolis.

I got in on Thursday, met up with my friends Trisha and Steve Shaskan, and headed over to Red Balloon Bookshop to see Jenni Holm (Sunny Side Up) and Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins) talk about their new books!


Babymouse's Mom & me!

Babymouse’s Mom & me! (photo credit: Trisha Shaskan)

LeUyen Pham showed up to watch it all too! Naturally, I had to get Continue reading

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Why Picture Books Are Important

Happy Picture Book Month everyone! It was a pleasure to be asked to be a 2015 Picture Book Month Champion . Here’s my contribution, and if you haven’t yet, please do check out the other 16 posts so far, including my friends Trisha Speed Shaskan, Julie Gribble, and Molly Schaar Idle. More to come throughout November!


Why Picture Books Are Important by Mike Curato
Picture books are important…

…because when Danny opened Locomotive, he got to go on his dream vacation across the country on a train in the 1800s.

…because Christine was in a bad mood, but when her mom read Crankenstein to her, it made her laugh.

…because when Marie opened Last Stop on Market Street, she saw people just like her.

…because Naresh always wondered where babies came from, so his dad read him The Baby Tree.

…because Suzanna felt like someone really understood what her life without sound is like when she read Wonderstruck.

…because after reading Have You Seen My Dragon? for the sixteenth time, Brandon could count to 10 all by himself!

…because when Jenny and Wanda read Frog and Toad, Jenny liked to play Frog and Wanda liked to play Toad. They read with silly frog voices.

…because after reading Louise Loves Art, Tom turned his bedroom into his own art gallery.

…because when Mihn read Where the Wild Things Are, his room turned into a forest, and he went on his own wild rumpus.

…because when Tina read Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla, it made her cry, but in a good way.

…because when my mom used to read me The Little Red Caboose every night, I didn’t feel so bad being little and last.

Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

November Events

There are lots of fun Little Elliot events this month! Come by and say hi! Check out my events page for more details.


Can’t make it to an event, but still want a signed copy of Little Elliot, Big Family or Little Elliot, Big City in time for the holidays? You can order signed copies from Books of Wonder! Click here for Big Family and here for Big City. They have a discount when you buy both! You can also order the Little Elliot plush doll directly from MerryMakers.

Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Big Family Tour Recap

Little Elliot and I just got back from an AMAZING two week tour. We traveled to six states plus D.C. to share our new book, Little Elliot, Big Family! Folks in our big Macmillan family did a great job connecting Elliot and me with welcoming schools and stores.


Though the trip was wonderful for many reasons, there’s one highlight that I have to share. Early on the tour, a little girl came up to me after the reading and proudly announced, “I’m adopted!” Her big smile informed me that she connected with the book. Elliot’s story was her story. I was touched. But. It didn’t stop there! I met many other adopted kids, families with adoptees, and one librarian who has a recently adopted student who keeps checking out the book. While I was writing Big Family, it occurred to me that this story is all about inclusion. I am so grateful for these folks sharing their inclusion stories with me. My heart has been very full because of it.

Welcome to Little Elliot's Family!

Welcome to Little Elliot’s Family!

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A Toast to FAMILY!

I’ve been blessed with a very big family, and now I get to share it with the world. Today is the release of Little Elliot, Big Family, the second book in my Little Elliot series with Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (Macmillan).


What is family? Sometimes it’s the people you’re born to, and sometimes it’s the people you choose to be with. Throughout my life, I’ve been reminded that family takes on many forms. I think it’s a beautiful word, and the more flexibility I allow in its definition, the more love fills my life.

I am very lucky to have a mom and a dad, a sister and a brother. We lived just outside New York City in the house that my Mom was raised in. While my Mom is an only child, my Dad has 7 siblings and nearly 30 nieces and nephews. However, almost all of my Dad’s family lives on the other side of the world! When my Grandma passed away, Continue reading

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Little Elliot, Big Window, Take THREE!

Little Elliot has moved back into his cushy window at Books of Wonder! His first stay was last year for the launch of Little Elliot, Big City, and then again for Christmas. Now, he’s back, and he brought a few friends, or I should say, his BIG FAMILY! Come celebrate the release of Little Elliot, Big Family with me this Sunday, October 4, at 18 W 18th St, between 5th and 6th Avenues, from 3-5 PM! There will be a book reading, presentation about how I work, drawing demo, and of course CUPCAKES, along with some cheesy treats! Meanwhile, I thought I’d share the “making of” our Mouse party…



I am very blessed to have a big family of crafty folks here in NYC. In this pic you can see Katrina, Les, Sigal, Emilie, Isabel, and Dan making mice out of socks and pipe cleaners, while Ruth is patiently trimming mounted print outs of mouse portraits from the book’s endpapers.

I got the idea for these mice from Continue reading

Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Little Elliot, Big Family Trailer

We’re getting SO CLOSE to October 6th!!! Though you can’t get the book just yet, you can take a sneak peek at what’s inside in this little trailer I made.

A big thank you to Mr. Schu, who premiered it on his blog yesterday.

Also, if you want to get the book two days earlier than release, you can join Elliot and me for cheesy treats at the Books of Wonder book launch party on Sunday, October 4 at 3PM! If you can’t join us, you can pre-order signed copies of both Big Family and Big City!