Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Little Elliot, Big Country!

Well, here’s what I was working on for half of 2016, and just finished 2 weeks ago. Little Elliot, Big Country comes out on August 29th!

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IT’S AUTUMN in the Big City! Little Elliot and Mouse love the hustle and bustle of the city streets. But sometimes it feels like there are too many people, too many noises―just too much! The best friends decide to get out of town for a vacation in the countryside. There, they’ll discover the sights and smells of autumn in the country. Everything is more fun when shared with a friend!

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 You can pre-order from your local bookstore,
or any of these online retailers:

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Little Elliot Goes to China!

littleelliot_dolphinLittle Elliot and I just had an amazing trip to China to promote the release of Little Elliot, Big City in Mandarin! My Chinese publisher, Dolphin Media, invited me to Wuhan and Shanghai to meet some new little friends. While there is so much to talk about, I am working on a tight deadline for the fourth book: Little Elliot, Big Country! So, in lieu of writing all about our adventures, here are some selected photos from the trip. You can see more on my Instagram account. Many many thanks to Dolphin Media for an experience of a lifetime! Xie xie!

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Here we are at the ancient Ming Quing market street.

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A pic with our gracious hosts

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The student on the right made this beautiful scroll for me. It says Little Elliot Big City!

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Students work on their own Little Elliot stories.

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Unwelcomed Love

I’m on tour this week promoting my new book, Little Elliot, Big Fun. I love school visits. I love seeing kids’ pictures of Elliot lining school hallways. I love the excitement the students have about this little character that means so much to me. I enjoy meeting educators around the world who are passionate about books and about inspiring their students. It’s a very special feeling to be so welcomed by complete strangers wherever I go.

This morning, however, I did not feel welcome. I arrived at a school where the principal’s main concern was that I not talk about one of my books. They were referring to Worm Loves Worm, written by the talented JJ Austrian, and published by Balzer + Bray.

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Worm Loves Worm is a book about inclusion. Worm and worm want to be married, but all of their friends have some input about what a real wedding (and a real married couple) should be like. They try to go about things the traditional way, but in the end, they have to do things a little differently, because what really matters is that worm loves worm.

The book is obviously about same-sex marriage. Though I am one of the people who made this book, I can safely say without arrogance that this is an important book. It’s important for children of same-sex couples to see their family represented in books. It is equally important for children who are not in such a family (especially for children that have zero exposure to LGBT people) to be able to see people (albeit in worm form) who are different from their family.

How come? Why should it matter that these kids learn about a family that they don’t interact with? If someone doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage, why should they be forced to read this? Why should an educator or parent Continue reading

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iREAD 2017

I’m happy to announce that Little Elliot is featured in the 2017 iREAD summer reading program! iREAD is part of the Illinois Library Association, and they’ve been promoting literacy since 1981! Here is the poster I designed for them.

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Their mission is to provide high quality, low-cost resources and products that enable local library staff to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read. You can purchase this, along with a bunch of other Little Elliot reading incentives (like t-shirts, plush dolls, puzzles, bags, and more) via the iREAD program. All proceeds help to promote and assist the great work of libraries! To learn more, please visit www.ireadprogram.org.

¡Y tambien en español!

¡Y tambien en español!

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Little Elliot is Board!

Many have asked, and Macmillan has heard! Little Elliot, Big City is now available as a board book! It’s a great gift for our littlest friends who enjoy some light reading and heavy snacking! You can order it from your local indie bookstore, or any online book retailer.

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For more info about Little Elliot, Big City, or to download a free activity kit, check out my website!

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BIG FUN Tour

Little Elliot and I are hitting the road next week for the Little Elliot, BIG FUN Tour! I’ll be traveling in September and November, mostly doing school visits, but here are some public events that all* are welcome to attend!

*The Reading Bug event is for librarians and educators only.

Visit my events page for more details! Want Little Elliot and me to visit your school? Book a private school visit for 2017!

To purchase copies or for more information about Little Elliot, BIG FUN, visit my website. Thanks, and see you soon!

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