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Archive for April, 2011

“Bystander” Named to Ballot of 2012 Charlotte Award Nominees

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Bystander | No Comments »


This is amazing good news. Great news, in fact. I'm happy and proud to say that my book, Bystander, is included on the ballot for the 2012 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award. To learn more about the award, and ...

Overheard: “But Dad, it’s the mud room!”

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 Posted in Family | 1 Comment »


Quick story from this morning: Nick has already gone to school. Lisa, off to work. Maggie still asleep upstairs. And it's almost time to get Gavin, my middle schooler, out the door. Not a problem usually, as he's pathologically punctual, like his father. I ...

My Family, Getting Their Bronze On

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 Posted in Family, Readings | 1 Comment »


Lisa sent along this snap from Florida -- while I stayed home in the cold, damp, gray Northeast to work. No, no skin cancer for me! I've neatly avoided that trap by working in a windowless basement. Clever, eh? Lisa ...

Yo Yo Ma & Lil Buck

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Fun Clips | No Comments »


Ah, the viral video. This one has been around for a few days, and I hadn't clicked on it, because, obviously, I can't click on everything. But it kept showing up, time and again, and finally I thought, okay . ...

Famous Typewriters and Their Authors (and vice versa)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »


Flavorwire had a fun piece recently, just a series of cool photos, and I recommend you check it out by clicking the link. If you're still with us, here's a taste of Flavorwire's simple idea, below. For fun, see if you ...

Read, Dad, Read

Monday, April 18th, 2011 Posted in The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


I was recently asked to contribute a guest blog to the BookPig April Newsletter. No, I didn't know who they were, either. Something about "children's books, Netflix style." Which I kind of maybe understand. Okay, I don't. No clue. I think you ...

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Hippie Shame Spiral — the Video!

Friday, April 15th, 2011 Posted in Fun Clips | No Comments »


"Could I use butter and cheese and eggs in my cooking without going down some kind of hippie shame spiral? Yes. Of course I could." -- cookbook author, Gwyneth Paltrow - Folks, I'm fresh back from a pretty great trip visiting schools ...

Cue the Inspiration: Krazy Kat & Nancy Comics & Nicholson in “Five Easy Pieces”

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Interviews & Appreciations, the writing process | 1 Comment »


Ah, the writing life -- or a book gone wrong, or right, I don't know. Hat tip to my newest blog find, a most worthy site for inspiration: The Improvised Life. Check it out. Great photos, easy reading. A site that always ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #112

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | No Comments »


Dear Mr. Preller, My name is Chelsey. I am writing because I have a seven year old sister who came across your Jigsaw Jones books in her classroom. She has a birthday coming up and her one wanted item is the ...

Too Much Awesome: Posters, Student Writing, etc.

Monday, April 4th, 2011 Posted in Bystander, School Visits, bullying | 5 Comments »


I know, Dear Reader, I know. You are getting tired of my slipshod approach, the endless excuses about how busy I am. But! Yesterday I coached two baseball practices, for two different teams. Threw batting practice to twenty-two different boys who are at ...