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Merry Christmas, Little Elliot Tour!

Hello Friends!

Little Elliot and I are hitting the road again with our new book, Merry Christmas, Little Elliot! Check out this list of cities where you can join us for book reading events. Please visit my events page for more details!

Can’t make an event, but still want signed books for the holidays? You can place an order at any of the stores I’ll be visiting, and they can ship anywhere in the U.S.! You can even call and ask for personalization, and I’ll take care of it when I’m in town.

Hope to see you soon!

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Merry Christmas 2017…and 2018!

Little Elliot, Mouse, and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season with this little cover reveal for Elliot’s fifth book, available in 2018:

MERRY CHRISTMAS, LITTLE ELLIOT!

More to come next year! Until then, xo

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Little Elliot, Fall Friends

Every Autumn, my family would make a pilgrimage to Wilcklow Orchards in New Paltz, NY. We’d spend the day hiking through rows of apple trees, sampling the different varieties (for quality control, of course), and procuring enough apples to ensure that my mother could bake enough pies to see us through to the new year. It’s no surprise to me (and probably not to my loyal readers) that apple pie is one of the heroes of my new book, Little Elliot, Fall Friends.

Fall Friends, the fourth book in the Little Elliot series, came out the same day as All the Way to Havana, but I wanted to wait to talk about it so that I had proper time to reflect on each book. In All the Way to Havana, we go on a trip from the countryside to the city, while in Fall Friends, we journey from the city to the countryside. Elliot and Mouse travel to the country for a reprieve from urban life, where they experience all the delights of the fall season. During a spirited game of hide-and-seek, Elliot is suddenly lost. The day is saved due to a combined effort by Mouse’s savvy, the kindness of strangers, Elliot’s instincts, and a piping hot apple pie in a window.

Until very recently, I lived in large cities for my entire adult life. Like Elliot, my days were filled with weaving through the busy sidewalks trying not to get stepped on in the pursuit of finding that perfect cupcake. But some days, the city can be a bit much. No matter where we live, it’s good to get out of our bubble, and every city dweller will find themselves in need of fresh air and quiet (though some of us prefer a private beach resort over a bumpy country road, but still!). Sometimes, we are able to travel to a place that’s so different that it can overwhelm us in unexpected ways. While it can be exhilarating going to a completely different place, it can also be scary. You leave your familiar world behind, and you’re left vulnerable. In a way, you lose yourself. But through this act of casting off your identity and being immersed in another world, you can find a whole new part of yourself that you never knew existed.

In these divisive times, it’s important to remember that there are many places and people outside of where you’re from. There’s a growing rift between city and country in America, and I am hoping to reach out to our friendly country neighbors via my polka-dotted urban ambassador. Both places have much to offer, and there exists great potential for many friendships if people are willing to be vulnerable, experience different communities, and meet different people. 

And when you’re lost, remember to always follow your nose…

Behold! The power of pie!

Please visit my website to order your copy of Little Elliot, Fall Friends, read reviews, download the activity sheet, and more! Join me at Books of Wonder in NYC on Sunday, October 1, from 1-3PM for the book release party, or check out my events page to see where I’ll be presenting next. 

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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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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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