Kidlit County

What If…We Went on a Tour?!

My new book, WHAT IF…, comes out this spring, and I have the privilege of going on tour with its author, the amazing, the brilliant, the fabulous Samantha Berger! We hope that you can make it to one of our public events! Visit my events page for more information. Also, stay tuned for more news about our blog tour and book giveaways!!!

What If…is a story about how the power of creativity and self expression can triumph over any obstacle, written and illustrated by two real life best friends. Available April 3rd from Little, Brown. Read more about the book, check out sample illustrations, and preorder your copy today!

 

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Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Little Elliot, BIG FUN Trailer!

I am in countdown mode for the release of Little Elliot’s next big adventure! Elliot and Mouse are back on August 30th! The good folks over at BookPage.com premiered the trailer for Little Elliot, BIG FUN today. Read the post I wrote for them about the book and growing up as a scaredy-cat.

Join me at Books of Wonder on Sunday, August 28th for a book release party! If you can’t make it, but would like a signed book, you can preorder from Books of Wonder before August 28th, I’ll sign at the party, and they will ship it to you after!

Until then, enjoy the show!

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Kidlit County

Signed Little Elliot Books for Christmas

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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:

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood, Uncategorized

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…

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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

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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!

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Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Little Elliot, Big Family Tour

I know summer is over, but Little Elliot and I are actually going on a family trip. A BIG FAMILY trip, that is! The next installment in the series, Little Elliot, Big Familycomes out Tuesday October 6th! Elliot and I will be doing some local events here in New York to start things off, then we’re off to different parts of the country to visit our extended reading family. Check out the tour dates to see if we’re stopping near you!

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3 – 5 PM: Last year, we had an incredible book release party at Books of Wonder, and I’m thrilled to be back again this year. Though the book technically comes out on October 6th, you’ll be able to purchase Little Elliot, Big Family early on October 4th, enjoy some cheesy treats with Elliot, Mouse, & me, and enjoy the window display that my friends and I are cooking up!

Here's a pic of last year's window! Click the image to read all about the making of.

Here’s a pic of last year’s window! Click the image to read all about the making of.

10/6 Voracious Reader
Larchmont, New York
4:00 – 5:00 PM

10/13 Avid Bookshop
Athens, Georgia
6:30 – 7:30 PM

10/15 Lemuria Books
Jackson, Mississippi
4:30 – 5:30 PM

10/17 Twin Cities Book Festival
St. Paul, Minnesota
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

10/19 Children’s Book World
Haverford, Pennsylvania
4:30 – 5:30 PM

10/21 Politics & Prose
Washington, D.C.
10:30 – 11:30 AM

10/24 Books & Books
Coral Gables, Florida
10:30 – 11:30 AM

There are even more events in November! You can keep track of Elliot and me on my trusty events page.

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Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Little Elliot, BIG WINDOW, Part 2: Christmastime at Books of Wonder!

Christmas is upon us! Books of Wonder asked me to dress their window again, this time for the holidays (here’s what the first window looked like in August). Elliot and Mouse have been busy little elves, helping Santa wrap up presents! They might have read a few pages along the way, just to make sure everything was good.

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There are lots of books by friends in the window:

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
Five, Six, Seven, Nate by Tim Federle
El Deafo by CeCe Bell
Outside by Deirdre Gill
The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie and a BIG copy of Polar Express  by Chris Van Allsburg
and more!

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Books of Wonder also has signed copies of Little Elliot, Big City available for order! Get a copy for someone special this  Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Festivus!

Also, I wouldn’t have been able to get all this done without the help of the lovely Samantha Berger, who makes GREAT kids books:

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Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry
Martha Doesn’t Share

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Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Little Elliot, BIG WINDOW

 

BOW_windowYesterday was the culmination of many weeks of preparing. I installed a window display at Books of Wonder, a fantasy-land of children’s literature located in Manhattan on 18th between 5th & 6th Avenues. I was asked to create a display for my impending book release (August 26th!), book release party (September 5th!), and author panel (September 7th!). It was such an honor to be asked to create a window display at such a well known and beloved store. I was kind of freaking out about what to do, especially after seeing some pretty amazing displays. Then I had a little idea that turned into a big project: What if I recreated Elliot’s apartment/world in the window? In 3-D? With cupcakes??? Here is the original sketch.

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Once I confirmed that everyone was OK with that idea, I started to recruit people who actually knew what they were doing. I hadn’t made anything out of paper mache since grade school. My friend Les St. Leon worked on various sets for Universal Studios, Disney, and zoos in multiple cities, so I thought he might be a good person to check in with. Les helped me build the foundation for Little Elliot, which is what terrified me the most. Here’s how he started out! Continue reading

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Little Elliot's Neighborhood, Uncategorized

The Countdown!!!

We are now just a MONTH away from Little Elliot, Big City’s release, and it is consuming my every waking moment. “August 26, 2014” has been flashing in my head like a Las Vegas casino sign for months. This is just a brief little post to air out some of the excitement that has been percolating. It has been 2 YEARS since I signed with Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, and over a year since I finished the artwork for Big City. I’ve had moments where it has felt like the book will never actually be published, that it will always be in this limbo of being done but unseen. And now, finally, the big day is just weeks away. In an effort to keep my sanity, I have started a countdown via social media to get me through each slow-as-molasses day. Every image features a little sneak peek of art from the book! Here is today’s:

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Man, I could really use that red velvet cupcake about now too. The good news is that there will be cupcakes at both of my release parties! Come celebrate with me on August 28th at Elliott Bay Bookstore in Seattle, or on September 5th at Books of Wonder in New York City!

Also, if you’re not following me on social media yet, please like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter so that you can countdown with me! I will be doing a blog tour in August that you won’t want to miss, and that will be a great way to keep up!

Most importantly, check out www.LittleElliotBigCity.com for info on how to pre-order the book.

29 DAYS!!!!

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