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Ruth and Mike’s Excellent Adventure: Children’s Book Week 2016 Recap

Ruth Chan and I had an awesome mini book tour to celebrate Children’s Book Week 2016! Check out Ruth’s debut book, Where’s the Party? Here are some photos of us with Little Elliot and Georgie as we visited Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle! A big thank you to Macmillan for sending us on our adventure!

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First stop: Portland! Little Elliot went started working before we did…

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Greenbean Books wins the cutest bookstore award!! (photo credit: Greenbean Books)

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WE know where the party is!

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Greenbean Books has a magical reading room–UNDER A TREE!

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Georgie and Little Elliot love Powell’s Books!

Little Elliot and Georgie earned an afternoon treat at Papa Hayden.

Little Elliot and Georgie earned an afternoon treat at Papa Hayden.

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Next stop: Oakland! Little Elliot and Georgie visited Havens Elementary!

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Check out this awesome ceiling at Havens Elementary!

While we were in Oakland, we stopped by to visit out friends at Merrymakers. They make the Little Elliot plush doll!

While we were in Oakland, we stopped by to visit out friends at Merrymakers. They make the Little Elliot plush doll!

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Ruth’s little cousins met us for our book reading at Books Inc in San Fransisco! (photo credit Sachi Chen)

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The folks at Books Inc are super nice (and they baked cookies!).

Last stop: my old stopping grounds, Seattle! Lots of familiar faces stopped by at University Bookstore! photo credit: Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Last stop: my old stopping grounds, Seattle! Lots of familiar faces stopped by at University Bookstore! (photo credit: Elizabeth Rose Stanton)

Look at this: Little Elliot, CUTE FAMILY!

Look at this: Little Elliot, CUTE FAMILY!

We had breakfast at my friend's house, where I painted this tree for this little guy when he was still in his mom's belly.

We had breakfast at my friend’s house, where I painted this tree for this little guy when he was still in his mom’s belly.

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The students at Bryant Elementary were the best audience!

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Party at Bryant Elementary! They surprised us with Cupcake Royale, MY FAVORITE CUPCAKES IN THE WORLD!

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Finally, we had a few extra days to enjoy Seattle friends, food, and views!

If you’re interested in having Ruth and me visit YOUR school, drop us a note!

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Little Elliot on KidLit TV (and GIVEAWAY!)

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.

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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!

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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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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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The Polka Dot Express: Little Elliot’s Big Adventure!

On October 6, Little Elliot’s adventures continue in Little Elliot, Big Family. There have been so many people who have helped get Little Elliot into the hands of young readers – I like to consider those people Elliot’s BIG EXTENDED FAMILY.

This Fall, Little Elliot is going on a BIG adventure across the country to visit his big family! And by Elliot, I mean the adorable MerryMakers plush! Elliot will travel from school to school in a box filled with small treasures. Because we know how much Elliot loves small treasures.

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Elliot loves small treasures, and now he wants to share them with your class! Help grow his collection and see what other classes have added too!

All participating classrooms will receive a copy of Little Elliot, Big Family. Once Elliot arrives, we hope you will add a small treasure to his box and add your city to a map he’ll travel with before sending him along to his next destination!

There are only so many classrooms Elliot can visit in a year, so sign up now by submitting your information here! You’ll receive more information from Macmillan soon after signing up.

Meanwhile, happy treasure hunting!

 

 

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Little Elliot plush now available!

The wait is over! You can now have your very own Little Elliot plush to cuddle and hug and read with! Many thanks to my friends at MerryMakers for bringing him to life!

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My grandmother gave me an elephant for my first Christmas. He had a wind-up lullaby that would play “It’s a Small World.” For many years, I would wind it up and let it play the sweet song when I was going to sleep. We had many adventures together, and I am so excited to think about all the adventures Little Elliot will have with his new friends.

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My little white and blue friend would later serve as one of the inspirations for Little Elliot.

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Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find my old elephant friend for many years (he is rumored to be living in my parents’ attic). I found this cousin of his online. He and Elliot have become fast friends. They have a lot to say to each other–they’re all ears!!

Little Elliot has been kid-tested, author-illustrator approved! He’ll make a great friend for kids of any age. Trust me, I did not give final sign-off until he met all of my huggability requirements.

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for scale and adorableness…

You can order your Little Elliot online, or ask your bookstore if they carry him (and if they don’t, they will likely order him for you).

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Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor

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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.

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Elliot and Peter are friends! You can purchase them both from MerryMakers.

I am also humbled to be included amongst these other talented people:

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EJK New Illustrator Award for Shh! We Have a Plan

Evan Turk
EJK New Illustrator Honor for Grandfather Gandhi

Chieri Uegaki
EJK New Writer Award for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Adam Auerbach
EJK New Writer Honor for Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School

Alan Rabinowitz
EJK New Writer Honor for A Boy and a Jaguar

Misty Copeland
EJK New Writer Honor for Firebird

You can check out the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s website for more details.

 

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