Our SCBWI Books for Readers Literacy Initiative made the back cover of the SCBWI WINTER Bulletin! Thanks to all who donated books and volunteered for the donation celebrations this year. I am feel honored and humbled to be a part of this book-giving, dream-building, and life-changing initiative! Stay tuned for our 2019 nominations, donations, and celebrations ahead! xoxo PJM
Spent time with an old friend last week (for super secret WIP) and ended up in the Chicago Tribune!!! (L to R: SUE the T. rex and Me taking a picture!) Photo by: Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune. PS I'll post my pictures soon!
Proof that everyone is an artist. I am calling this: DESTINATION CELEBRATION!
Collage by: JC Harris, UP Railroad Ticket Agent.
Photo by: Pattycake Productions, 2018.
Here are two videos showcasing the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators Books for Readers Literacy Initiative. I am both honored and humbled to be a part of this annual initiative! (Video 1: Jan Federle and Brando Clarke, Video 2: Amanda Mattson. xoxo PJM
SCBWI IL NS NETWORK HOLIDAY PARTY DONATIONS = Over 50 books heading to Fans of SCBWI #scbwibooksforreaders 2019 recipients and Bernie's Book Bank! Thanks to everyone who brought books to our party! Thx to Carolyn Crimi who hosted us! xoxo PJM
PS To learn more about SCBWI Books for Readers Literacy Initiative, visithttps://www.scbwi.org/books-for-readers-faq/
SWEET DREAMS: I used to dream under a quilt my dear mother, Joanne, sewed/embroidered with Snow White, Prince Charming, Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, and Sneezy characters that she transferred onto fabric from my sisters and my coloring books. This week, I have two books coming out with Disney Princesses and Disney Pixar Toy Story characters. Thanks, Mom! xoxo PJM
Just reminder to vote on NOV 6 and to check out two of my very first books— VOTING AND ELECTIONS and ELECTION DAY still in print and available through Scholastic, Inc.!
What do you get when you take 6 Disney Princesses, 6 Disney Pixar Toy Story characters, 2 DREAMY narratives, oodles of STEM/STEAM-Y elements, and even more MAKER/CRAFTY fun? Two of my NEW books coming October 16!
When the night begins with dear ones, Jacqueline Woodson and Nancy Paulsen, and the American Writers Museum, hugs, readings, and memories are sure to follow! Thanks + congrats, Jackie and Nancy!
After a meeting in downtown Evanston, IL, I pulled over to answer a text. As I start to drive away, I see this--two of my summer camp guide books in this toy store camp display! Thanks, Becky and Me Bookstore!
Yes, that is "Mama, LOOK!" heading to the Swedish Islands called the "Stockholm Archipelago" Islands. Word is that they consist of 30,000 islands, skerries and rocks that fan out 80 km east into the Baltic Sea from the city. https://visitsweden.com/stockholm-archipelago/
Can't get over all of fellow children's authors/friends who share my birthday month including Anika Denise, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Rita Garcia Williams, and my childhood favorite, Beverly Cleary, who turned 102 years young this week! Here's to a magical and miraculous year ahead for all of us! xo PJM
GIVE BOOKS. BUILD DREAMS. CHANGE LIVES. I just made my nomination for SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS book drive, have you?
TBT: Here is Tomie dePaola and me at SCBWI NYC last year! Looove you, Tomie! xo PJM PS Thanks to my friend, Debbie Ohi Ridpath for taking the photo!
Love, love, loving this writing book by Ursula K. Le Quin. I wish I could write her a "charming letter" to tell her. Instead, I'll tell you to READ IT. And, then we can discuss. xo PJM
I am trying a new website and blog. Please watch this space for occasional musings about life, love, writing, and more. xo PJM