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Pete Seeger: Beacon of Light

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 Posted in Current Events | No Comments »


Living in New York for almost the entirety of my life -- first Long Island, then Brooklyn, then upstate (Albany, then Delmar, near the Hudson River) -- I've seen Pete Seeger on many occasions.  I've even stepped on his boat, ...

EDUCATION IS . . .

Friday, December 6th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web, Current Events | No Comments »


"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." -- Nelson Mandela. Today I came across this remarkable 1994 photograph by Michael S. Williamson, and this powerful quote, and thought I'd bring them together here. For my own ...

Barbara Park: A Conversation Remembered

Monday, November 18th, 2013 Posted in Current Events, Interviews & Appreciations | 1 Comment »


"I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. It's perfectly okay to take a book, read it, have a good time, giggle and laugh -- ...

COMINGS & GOINGS: The Rochester Children’s Book Festival, November 16th

Monday, November 4th, 2013 Posted in Bystander, Current Events, Family, Jigsaw Jones, Scary Tales, Uncategorized | No Comments »


I've always heard great things about the Rochester Children's Book Festival, but never got invited. I tried to weasel an invitation a few years back (clever Cynthia DeFelice reference), but that went nowhere. Finally, at last, I wore 'em down. ...

WHERE’S JIMMY: “If This Is Saturday, It Must Be Austin.”

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 Posted in Current Events, School Visits | No Comments »


I won't be blogging for the next 7-10 days, but I'm confident the world will keep spinning. But don't think that I'll be relaxing, people. I'm actually going on a book tour, my first ever, and I'll be talking up ...

Congratulations, Iacopo Bruno: The Not-So-Secret Weapon Behind SCARY TALES!

Friday, October 18th, 2013 Posted in Current Events, Scary Tales | No Comments »


All we really want in life is to be appreciated. That's basically it. I'm not talking about authors or illustrators. I'm talking . . . everybody. A word of recognition, a note of thanks. We saw what you did. We want it from our ...

The 1st Annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival: October 5th . . . That’s Soon!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 Posted in Current Events, Happenings | No Comments »


Come to the Bell Middle School in Chappaqua, NY and celebrate reading with some of the area's most fabulous authors (and I'm crashing the party!). - This particular festival has risen from the ashes of the great, departed Sunnyside Book Festival in ...

JIGSAW JONES, The Musical: Appearing On Long Island, Suffolk County Community College, October 5

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 Posted in Current Events, Jigsaw Jones | No Comments »


- QUICK INFO for Long Island-based fans of "Jigsaw Jones"  . . . The Lively Arts Series at Suffolk County Community College will present Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown in the Van Nostrand Theatre on the Michael J. Grant Campus ...

BOOK SIGNING THIS FRIDAY in Sharon, CT with Rebecca Stead, Jeff Mack, Wendell & Florence Minor, Barbara McClintock and More

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 Posted in Current Events | No Comments »


As I understand it, there's a book signing that is free and open to the public at 4:30 this Friday. Then at 6:00, there's a fundraiser for the Hotchkiss Library and that thing's gonna set you back $30 -- but ...

CVS, Please Stop the Paper Waste: My Receipt Was 40 Inches Long!

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web, Current Events | No Comments »


I recently picked up a few items at our local drugstore. The cashier asked if I had my CVS card to scan? I handed it over, zap. Did I want to give $1.00 to ALS? Not today, thanks. Would I ...