Monday, October 25, 2010
Nonfiction books have always been popular with young readers and are often preferred when children choose their own library books. But, for a long time, nonfiction has been neglected in favor of fiction by people handing out awards. So, I was immensely pleased to learn that the California Reading Association has established a new award for nonfiction and that my book, A Polar Bear's World, is a recipient in the gold category. The California Reading Association's Eureka award celebrates and honors nonfiction children’s books and will assist teachers, librarians, and parents in identifying outstanding nonfiction books for their students and children. For more information about the award go to www.californiareads.org .
You can preview A Polar Bear's World in this book trailer on YouTube.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Last week I had the honor of being interviewed by Jennifer Parris of Celebrity Parents Magazine (an online weekly magazine) while I was in New Fairfield, Connecticut doing a school visit. We did a photo session in the school library and then talked about my books and the challenges of being a parent while developing a career. I began writing and illustrating when my children were in preschool. At that time my work hours were limited by the number of hours they spent in school. As they grew, they spent longer days at school and my work day grew as well. You can read the interview at www.celebrityparentsmag.com.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
The show at the Blue Dot is up! The opening reception was a great success attended by friends, family, art lovers and neighbors of the Blue Dot. We had a craft table for the children, who created some very colorful penguins and koalas with crayons and cut paper. The show will be up until November 5th. If you live in the Bay Area, stop by and see it and enjoy the delicious food at the Blue Dot. It is open for breakfast and lunch and features yummy home baked pastries and excellent coffee. The Blue Dot is at 1910 Encinal Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501.