Little 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!
Hopefully you’ve had a chance to hug Little Elliot in person! He is now a plush doll made by my wonderful friends at Merrymakers.
Clair Frederick, President of Merrymakers, and I stopped by KidLit TV to talk about the process of making our little guy.
For a limited time you can win a signed copy of Little Elliot, Big City, Little Elliot, Big Family, and your very own Little Elliot plush from MerryMakers! Enter here to win!
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!
I just wanted to share this photo that Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH shared with me. Former Secretary of State and Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton stopped in for a visit and purchased a copy of Little Elliot, Big City! I hope that Charlotte and Chelsea enjoy it.
Hillary and Chelsea are big friends of elephants. They have raised millions to fight the illegal ivory trade. Baby Charlotte also has an elephant themed nursery! I think Little Elliot has found a good home.
I submitted my illustration work to Communication Arts’ Illustration Annual for a decade, to no avail. Finally, this year I made it in with Little Elliot, Big City! It’s quite an honor. Twenty-four books were selected for their Award of Excellence.
¡Buenas noticias! This week three of the first foreign editions of Little Elliot, Big City release! Today, March 16, is publication day for Spanish and Catalan versions with Ediciones B, and Wednesday, March 18, the Bulgarian version comes out with Prozerets. Check with the publishers to see where you can get a copy.
When I was in second grade, I remember reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats for the first time. The colors and shapes wove a spell over me. This was a world that I wanted to play in. Now, as a grown up, I get to live, play, and march through the snow in Brooklyn, where Keats set his story. This past month, I was privileged to receive the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor for Little Elliot, Big City. The little boy in me who grew up reading The Snow Day is quite proud. I hope to follow in Keats’ snowy footsteps, creating meaningful books for young readers.
I am also humbled to be included amongst these other talented people:
EJK New Illustrator Award for Shh! We Have a Plan
EJK New Illustrator Honor for Grandfather Gandhi
EJK New Writer Award for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
EJK New Writer Honor for Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School
EJK New Writer Honor for A Boy and a Jaguar
EJK New Writer Honor for Firebird
You can check out the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s website for more details.
If you happen to be in Memphis between now and March 16, you can see original art from Little Elliot, Big City (and many other children’s books) on display at Memphis College of Art as part of the Original Art Show. The exhibit began at the Society Of Illustrators in New York City and is now traveling the country. Little Elliot, Big City received the Founder’s Award at the show last October. The opening reception at MCA is this Friday, February 20, 6 to 8PM. Click here for more information.
I may be a bit late on the whole 2014 recap, but since the cover of Little Elliot, Big Family is being revealed this week, I’m taking some time to reflect. In the new book, Elliot learns that sometimes family can have a broader definition: it can include anyone you love. 2014 was much more than my picture book debut, it was the making of my kidlit family! Meanwhile, I want to share a sneak peek at some of the sketches from the second book!