Monday, August 27, 2012

Back to school!

I love this time of the year. The back-to-school rituals of finding the perfect outfit for the first day and shopping for school supplies. (I was obsessed with Trapper Keepers when I was a kid.) 

But mostly I like remembering teachers who changed my life. Like the second grade teacher who read aloud The Boxcar Children. And the high school teacher who became the coach for the debate team (we took second in states thanks to our coach -- I'm still proud of that one.) And, of course, the college professor who encouraged me to write poetry even though I was an International Studies major. These were my teachers. 

Even though I'm out of school now, teachers are still inspiring me. Especially a certain fourth-grade teacher in Michigan who has a blog called Sharpread

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Mr. Colby Sharp:

And what does he do to get kids fired up about reading? Well, check this out:

So I can't be more excited to be going back into the classroom again this September ... Mr. Sharp's classroom, that is. Because he's one of my teachers.

Now I just need to find the perfect outfit. Hmmm ... 

I think this will be perfect. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back by popular demand ...

That lovable plush doll who likes to dream big!

Head on over to the Merrymakers site. You know you need one for that graphic novel reader in your life. (Or in your library!)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sometimes it pays to be a hoarder ...


Ginny has big plans for eighth grade. She's going to try out for cheerleading, join Virtual Vampire Vixens, and maybe even fall in love. But middle school is more of a roller-coaster ride than Ginny could have ever predicted. Filled with Post-its, journal entries, grocery lists, hand-drawn comic strips, report cards, IMs, notes, and more,Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick is the sometimes poignant, often hilarious, always relatable look at a year in the life of one girl, told entirely through her stuff.

This book was illustrated by the AMAZING Elicia Castaldi:

And here's a behind-the-scenes look at how she did it:

Also, if you're a Babymouse or Squish fan, the comics are done by my bro, Matt Holm.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Can we all just take a minute here and SMILE?

Did you see what the #1 paperback graphic book was on the The New York Times bestseller list last week?

That's right. A graphic novel about a sixth grade girl created by one of the most ridiculously talented ladies in comics was number one on The New York Times.  If that's not enough to make you smile, I don't know what is.