Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Forget Black Friday! It's all about ...

Small Business Saturday! 

This Saturday, November 30th, I will be a "guest bookseller" at two awesome children's book shops in California! Having authors as guest booksellers was the brain child of the incredible young adult author, Sherman Alexie.

I will be hand-selling my friends' books, signing my own books, and generally helping you get your shopping done for the holidays (hey, I did work at the Gap in high school). 

So come on out and support your local indie book store this Saturday!

SATURDAY, November 30

11:45 am -1:15 pm - The Reading Bug - 785 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA

2:30 - 4:30 - Hicklebee's - 1378 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

Hope to see you Saturday!

Friday, November 22, 2013

NCTE is going to be NERD-tastic!

I'm heading to Boston to attend one of my favorite conferences -- NCTE! And why is it so great? Because it is full of nerds. (Nerds that love books, that is.)

The mission of the Nerdy Book Club is simple. From their website:

If you love books, especially those written for children and young adults, then you are an honorary member of The Nerdy Book Club. Like us, you probably always have a book along to read, a title to recommend, and time to talk about works held dear.

If you don't know The Nerdy Book Club, then you need to click here right now and meet some of the most passionate teachers and educators in children's literature today. It's a community of people who love books and love to get kids to read. 

And I get to be on a panel with one of the three founders of The Nerdy Book Club, the amazing Colby Sharp. Here's a brief video so you get an idea of how enthusiasm for books can change a classroom. 

Mr. Sharp and I will be talking about different ways for teachers to connect readers to book creators.

Here's the panel info:

Friday, November 22

2:30 – 3:45 PM Program: Relevance, Relationships, and Reading Lives: Fostering Students' Reading Engagement
Sheraton, Gardner Room, 3rd Floor

4:30 – 5:30 PM Random House Autographing
Hynes Convention Center, Booth #907

Saturday, November 23

9:00 – 10:00 AM Perma-Bound Autographing
Hynes Convention Center, Booth #1262

10:00 – 11:00 AM Anderson’s Bookshop Autographing
Hynes Convention Center, Booth #1631

So come say "hi" to me at NCTE! I'll be hanging with all the cool kids -- the nerds. (I guess you could say that I've found my people.)

Me. Nerdy then and now.

Monday, November 18, 2013

It's a word! It's a puzzle! It's a game!

Babymouse is a game ...  Pop the Pic Word Puzzle Game!

Reveal the comic book pictures piece by piece and try to guess the word.

It's available for free! Check it out on iTunes or at Google Play.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Put on your p.j.'s! It's time for AASL!

Team Babymouse is heading to AASL this weekend in Hartford, CT to hang out with some of the coolest people on the planet -- school librarians! (They know books.) 

We'll be presenting with some great comic book creators at the Author Breakfast on Sunday. Come say "hi"!

Saturday, November 16th 

9-10 a.m.    Signing with Matt Holm at the RHCB Booth, #318 
10-11a.m.   Signing with Matt Holm at Follett, Booth #501 
11-12 p.m.  Signing with Matt Holm at PermaBound, Booth #625 
12–1 p.m.    Signing with Matt Holm at Bound to Stay Bound, Booth #406 

Sunday, November 17th

9-11 a.m. AASL Author Breakfast 
Featuring Jenni Holm, Matt Holm, Jarrett Krosoczka, Erin Faith Hicks, and Raina Telgemeier 
Marriott Hotel | Main Ballroom | 200 Columbus Blvd. 
Signing immediately after.

A Storybook Night!

As the daughter of a U.S. Navy pilot/physician and a U.S. Navy nurse, I was humbled to be the Honorary Chair of the Storybook Ball for United Through Reading last weekend in San Diego.

What is United Through Reading? It's an incredible organization that helps connect the children of military parents who are stationed abroad by READING BOOKS. It's a simple, powerful, amazing idea! 

From the UTR website:

Our vision is that all children will feel the security of caring family relationships and develop a love of reading through the read aloud experience. United Through Reading is the nation’s first nonprofit to promote the read-aloud experience for separated military families.  United Through Reading offers deployed parents the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections and cultivates a love of reading.  At nearly 200 recording locations worldwide, Marines, Soldiers and Sailors, National Guard, Reservists and Airmen, can read to their children from units on ships, in tents in Afghanistan, on bases and installations around the world and at 70 USO centers worldwide.  Over one and a half million military parents, spouses and children have benefited from the program since its inception.

Please be sure to check out the United Through Reading website and be a hero by donating to this wonderful organization that keeps families together through reading!