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How I Survived a Night in a Texas Graveyard with R.L. Stine

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 Posted in Happenings, Interviews & Appreciations, Scary Tales | 1 Comment »


For a minute there, I wasn't sure. I didn't know. I was not exactly confident that we would make it out alive. The hordes kept shuffling toward us out of the darkness, closer and closer they crept . . . Art by Iacopo Bruno, ...

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 ...

Adventures in Audio: The Best “Audiobook in the Car” Story I’ve Ever Heard

Thursday, May 9th, 2013 Posted in Happenings, Overheard | 1 Comment »


I was at a dinner earlier this week at The Stockade Inn in Schenectady, NY, in celebration of the Children's Literature Connection. It was an intimate, modest, friendly event with under 100 attendees, featuring keynote addresses by Karen Beil and ...

The Dublin Literacy Conference — featuring Donalyn Miller, Sharon Draper, Ruth Ayres, and Hot Tubs

Friday, March 9th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, Happenings, The Gender Gap in Reading | 3 Comments »


I had a great time at the Dublin Literacy Conference back in February. I saw a couple of old friends, Karen and Bill from the Literate Lives blog, and finally met two women I've known almost exclusively through their terrific ...

Reminder: The Concrete Temple Theatre performs BYSTANDER this Friday, 11/4, in Hudson, NY

Monday, October 31st, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Bystander, Happenings | 1 Comment »


Just a reminder for those of you in the area . . . Special thanks to the Hudson City School District Arts & Humanities Fund and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation for making this debut performance possible. I'm honored, surprised, and eager ...

Bystander — the Play!

Monday, October 17th, 2011 Posted in Bystander, Happenings, bullying | No Comments »


"Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand." -- Chinese Proverb And on that note, look at this amazing, full-page newspaper ad . . . Pretty cool, don't you think? The group that's putting on the ...

Stay Home, Please. Don’t Celebrate Children’s Book Day at “Sunnyside” in Tarrytown, NY, 9/25

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Current Events, Happenings | 6 Comments »


Just stay home. Please. Find something else to do. Each year I do this event, which features more than 60 amazing children's book authors and illustrators, and it's always such a disappointment. For starters, check out some of the people who'll be ...

My Apologies to Dolly Parton

Monday, June 27th, 2011 Posted in Happenings | 1 Comment »


Last week, when announcing an upcoming Summer Reading Event, I made a couple of quizzical comments about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. As usual with this blog, the reaction was immediate. Very quickly, nothing happened. I waited a while longer, and nothing ...

Join Us for the Summer Reading Spectacular: Featuring 11 Children’s and Teen Authors, Completely Live, in Colonie, NY

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 Posted in Current Events, Happenings | 1 Comment »


This is a warning, folks. On June 30th at 7:00 PM a rugged band of children's and YA authors will be gathering at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Colonie Center in Colonie, NY. That's right, it's time for the Summer Reading ...

Come to The Eric Carle Museum, Saturday, June 4: Guest Artists, Demonstrations, Panel Discussions, Wild Fun

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), Happenings | No Comments »


Exciting events are happening this Saturday at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA, featuring presentations by Tomie dePaola, Diane deGroat,  John Gurney, Astrid Sheckels, and more. Let's hear our friend Greg Ruth, illustrator of A Pirate's Guide to First Grade, ...