Fair-ly Extraordinary

It was the Illinois State Fair. I was a guest in the Lt. Governor’s tent, and got to know some of the Illinois Reads professionals. Also, I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with author Joan Bauer! Later that day, I ate one corn dog, one strawberry crepe, and a root beer float. Then I didn’t feel so good for a while.


Visitors to the tent stop to chat.


This is the second year of the Illinois Reading Council’s statewide program.


They had a photo booth for fairgoers to make a memory. Here, I pose with Julie Hoffman, one of the brilliant and dedicated IRC Illinois Reads committee members.


I read WINNIE FINN, WORM FARMER probably four or five times that afternoon!

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A Not Very Scary Birthday!

I have long awaited this day, the release of Not Very Scary, illustrated by the incredibly creative Greg Pizzoli (FSG, BYR)!


From the flap copy: “Melly is a brave little monster who is not afraid of anything. She loves surprises, and when her fun-loving cousin invites her over for a big surprise, Melly excitedly sets out for a visit. On her way, she notices skittish skeletons, a coal-black cat, and even ghoulish goblins following her. But Melly is not scared, no she’s not! Well, maybe just a teensy bit . . .”

Next week: a recap of my Saturday with WINNIE FINN at the Illinois State Fair!

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