You've got to stay on Olive Street.
And look at ballgowns.
And visit the Los Angeles Public Library.
And be inspired by the wisdom here.See the words a at the top? "Books alone are liberal and free:They give to all who ask. They emancipate all who serve them faithfully."
This was in a birthday book i saw today at Loveland Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska. So wise, right?
I'm not one to take a lot of selfies, but i had to snap the photo above because i wanted to remember the moment a teenager zipped by on a motorcyle and yelled, "Hello, Mom! Merry Christmas!"
Mom? Mum? Ma'am? Christmas??? It just made me smile.
It took three planes and two cabs to get here.
My neighbors include a few friendly goats.
The hotel is lovely.
And the kids are adorable and crazy for books! If you guessed Cebu International School in the Philippines, you're right!
Thanks to Leila Roy at Kirkus for this nice shout out!
The Loch Ness Punster, by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
This is the seventh—and final—installment in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series. It hasn’t been covered at Kirkus, though most of the others were. I adore the Klise sisters’ work—their books are smart and funny and inventive; they integrate text and illustrations so cohesively that it’s hard to even comprehend the books having two creators rather than one. If you’ve never read one of their collaborations, grab one the next time you’re at the library—they’re an absolute joy.
You know I take terrible pictures, but look what i found at the Mohegan Elementary School Book Fair in Shelton, Connecticut? Dying to Meet You! That's fun to see. Even more fun were all the parents and students who participated in the evening literacy night. My pal, Ellen Tuckner (one of the best school principals in America!), organized the event. She even convinced her PTO to buy a book for every student in the whole school. I'd write more about that, but my hand is worn out from signing all those books.
Here are some questions from my pals at McKinnon Elementary School in Salinas, California, followed by my answers.
Here's the secret, I think. Sarah and I don't always agree on everything. It would be weird if we did, right? But we always respect and listen to each other.
I'm 10 years old. In dog years, that is.
I love your teacher. Tell her the check is in the mail.
You're killing me, kids. I love you more. Look for something in the mail next week.
Just another Monday night at the Ames Free Library in North Easton, Mass. Do you see why everyone keeps calling this place one of the BEST public libraries in America? Do you also see why I love coming here every August? (Sorry the pic is so blurry. The whole scene was a moving target.)
This is one of my favorite rooms in Queset House, a learning commons owned by the Ames Free Library. See the bust on the left? That's Oliver Ames, who left $50,000 in his will for the construction of a public library in his beloved hometown of North Easton, Mass. I'll be here at Queset House through the end of August. If you're in or near North Easton, Massachusetts, and want to talk about your books or mine, please get in touch with me. We can meet right here to talk, plot, or scheme.
Happiness is having a friend so nice, she not only checks on my house while I'm gone, she also sends me pictures of the butterfly on my butterfly bush. Thank you, Joyce!
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