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Speaking at the 2019 Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival

I had a great time attending the 2019 Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival at the University of Redlands. I saw friends Joe Cepeda, Dianne White, and Carmen Oliver, and met new friends:

Joyce Sidman is the Newbery Honor-winning poet/author of Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, and two Caldecott Honor books: Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems (also a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award winner) and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors (which won the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award).

Bethany Hegedus is the award-winning author of Grandfather Gandhi, co-written with Arun Gandhi, grandson to the Mahatma.

Mrs. Nelson’s Book Fair sold books. Mine had very nice company from Doreen Cronin’s classic.

Richard Michelson is the poet/author of The Language of Angels, which won the National Jewish Book Award, the Junior Library Guild Gold Medal, and the
2018 Sydney Taylor Gold Medal.

Doreen Rappaport is the award-winning author of 48 children’s books, including BEYOND COURAGE: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust.

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Good Times at WonderCon 2017

My sons and I had a great time attending WonderCon yesterday.

We had beautiful SoCal weather.

Comic conventions always boast entertaining food trucks.

A well-designed Gen. Grievous costume from Star Wars.

With author/illustrator Will Terry at his booth.

With NY Times bestseller and Caldecott honoree, John Rocco.

I moderated a rock star KidLit author/illustrator panel with Joe Cepeda, Stacia Deutsch, Eliza Wheeler, John Rocco and Marla Frazee.

Signing books after the panel, next to Caldecott honorees John Rocco and Marla Frazee (looking like the cat that ate the canary)


KidLit Creature Week Guests of Honor

KidLit Creature Week is an annual online gathering of creature illustrations for children’s books or comics. It offers a great opportunity to see others’ work, network, and even win some signed swag. We will start revealing the participant illustrations on January 15, 2015. Full details on the free event. You can also join the Facebook page.


Contributions from the 2015 Guests of Honor are below. Enjoy!


Emilio & Buster by Joe Cepeda


Faun Troll by Pat Cummings


Old Monster by Rebecca Emberley


Rex by Molly Idle


Qwerty by Debbie Ridpath Ohi


Cuddle by Luciana Navarro Powell


Bailey and Blaine by Peter H. Reynolds


Leaf Monsters by Elizabeth Rose Stanton


Mister Terrific by Brian Won


Frosto Snowksi, Floe, Snowy Joey, Sheldon by Dan Yaccarino


The Dark by Emma Yarlett


Blip by Salina Yoon

KidLit Creature Week was created by Henry Herz and is sponsored by Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes, due out Feb. 7, 2015 from Pelican Publishing Co.