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Signed Little Elliot Books for Christmas


Christmas and Channukah are upon us! While folks have started their holiday shopping, I have had many requests for signed/personalized books for holiday gifts. While I’m grateful and happy to do that, I’d like to round up all of the requests for one day of signing (and ensure that you get your books in time!). You can order books online from Books of Wonder beginning now and ending Sunday, December 6th. I will sign them on Dec 7th, and they will ship soon after. Click options below to order:



When you place your order, be sure to make a note in the comment box that I will be personalizing these for you. Also, specify the first names of the people you’d like each book made out to. I will make an Elliot doodle in each. Sorry, no special requests.

If you’d like a plush doll, I’d recommend ordering direct from MerryMakers. Now through Dec 15th, MerryMakers is offering 30% off site-wide. Use code FRIEND15 for a discount on a Little Elliot plush!


Thanks for making Little Elliot and me a part of your holiday. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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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

Kidlit County

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.

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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.