With concerns about war a part of our daily lives these days, I thought readers might be interested in the link below, to a page put together by author Uma Krishnaswami. It’s a list of books for young people on conflict, war, and peace. I’ll be reading titles like these in the days to come, and I hope you will too.
Uma Krishnaswami’s Peace Page
The paperback edition of A Single Shard is now available! Random House / Dell Yearling have done a wonderful job producing this edition, complete with a striking new cover by artist Rick Lieder:
Look for it at your local bookstore, or it can be ordered from online sources.
To launch the Shard paperback, I will be going on tour in March and April. Please check out the tour schedule to see if and when I’ll be in your neighborhood.
Busy, busy, and having a blast: Over the past few months, I’ve been to schools in Boston, Leroy NY, and Houston, as well as conferences in New York City and Vancouver. Some wonderful memories:
Boston: Visiting Tenacres Country Day School, Cambridge Friends School, and Zinori’s Book Club, a book talk tv show directed, taped and hosted by kids! (created and produced by Karen Roehr of Artistic License.)
With students at Cambridge Friends School.
On the set of Zinori’s Book Club with the anchors who interviewed me.
The cake served after the Zinori Book Club taping—decorated with ‘shards’!
(Really broken-up Andes mints, much tastier than the real thing.)
Leroy, NY: A visit to the Leroy Public Library and Wolcott Street School, where the administration bought every single student in 4th through 7th grades a hardback copy of A Single Shard–wow!
Houston: Two days at the Kinkaid School, where they pulled out ALL the stops, even constructing a reproduction of a Korean-style room in the library!
With third-grade students from the Kinkaid School.
New York: I spoke at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators midyear conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The Saturday luncheon crowd was warm and supportive, and the next day I gave a joint presentation with my editor Dinah Stevenson from Clarion Books. The best part of these conferences is meeting up with old friends and making new ones–what fun to spend a weekend with people who all love books!
With author/illustrator friends in New York. Standing from left, Esther (Chicken Soup by Heart) Hershenhorn; Cynthia (Snow Ponies) Cotten; me; Erszi (Period Pieces) Deak; Jennifer (Winnie On Her Own) Jacobson; Toni (Dawdle Duckling) Buzzeo. Seated from left, Katie (Party Animals) Davis; Kay (The Teeny Tiny Ghost) Winters; Dian (Monster of the Month) Curtis Regan. What a gang!
Vancouver: The Serendipity Conference run by the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable. The awesome Ron Jobe was in charge and he and his cohorts provided me with a terrific two days amid the beautiful surroundings of coastal British Columbia. Dinah Stevenson and I presented together again, and I got to listen to the other speakers: nonfiction author Linda Granfield; author/illustrator Chris Riddell, winner of the 2002 Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration in England; and the legendary Katherine Paterson. Couldn’t have been better!
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