Category Archives: Out and About

Friday Night Lecture Series at WM

I’m thrilled to be participating again in Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary‘s popular lecture series for adults. My slot is this coming Friday, April 6, at 7pm, and all the details can be found here.

Copies of all my books will be available for purchase, and I’m happy to sign them. Please note, though, that I can only accept cash or checks.

I hope to see you there!

2017 NCTE Convention Appearances


Here’s where you’ll find me at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, being held in St. Louis, MO from November 16-19, 2017.

Friday, November 17
Room 242

How’d You Do That?
Authors Share Revision Strategies that Student Writers Can Use
In a panel presentation, Tracey Baptiste, Laurel Snyder, Linda Urban, Sarah Albee, Kate Messner, and I will share the tools and strategies we use to engage with our words when its time to revise them.

Main Convention Hall
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth

Book sale and signing

Sunday, November 19
Room 144

Nonfiction Magic:
How (You and) Your Students an Become Magicians, Too!
In a panel presentation, Alexandra Siy, Sarah Albee, Laurie Ann Thompson, Ammi-Joan Paquette, and I will share the various roles writers of nonfiction must inhabit in order to create true stories that shine.

I’d love to see you at any or all of these events!

Saving the Bee’s Knees

I’m passionate about a lot of things. Near the top of the list are young people who are also passionate about a lot of things … and who embrace the opportunity to share their passions with the world. So when the teenagers behind the organization Saving the Bees Knees asked me to host a book sale and signing at their upcoming Farmer’s Market, I couldn’t possibly say no.

The mission of Save the Bee’s Knees is to fundraise and educate the public on the issues facing honey bees. Tomorrow night’s Farmer’s Market will feature local farmers and businesses who will be sharing their locally-grown vegetables and locally-produced goods. I’ll be there with all my books, selling and signing. Profits from the event will be used to further initiatives that protect honey bees and spread the buzz about their lives and their import to agriculture and human health.

So, if you live in central Massachusetts and you’re into veggies and bees and books and people who are passionate about all three, please consider joining us. And if you don’t live in our neck of the woods, maybe you could help us spread the buzz?

Save the Bee’s Knees Farmer’s Market
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Monty Tech)
1050 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA

You can read a little more about Saving the Bees knees on their Facebook page or on their Twitter feed. Or you can simply show up tomorrow night and see them in action for yourselves.


Here are some details on my schedule at this weekend’s Massachusetts School Library Association conference at the Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis, MA:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Four Authors on Researching & Writing Nonfiction
This panel discussion will include myself, Sarah Albee, Susan Hood, Melissa Stewart, and moderator Susannah Richards. Join us for a sneak peek at our processes and to gather some tips and tools that your students can use in their own work.

Author Signings/Meet & Greet
A gaggle of local authors and illustrators will be meeting and greeting conference attendees, and signing their books. Join us!

Dinner & Awards Banquet

I’d love to connect in person, so if you’re at this event, be sure to say hello!

Some WRAD Book Recommendations

Yesterday, February 16, was World Read Aloud Day, and it was magnificent. I celebrated by Skyping into classrooms in Fairfax and Virginia Beach (Virginia), Madison (Wisconsin) and Quito (Equador), and I got to read and talk with students about butterflies, citizen science, and honey bees. I also got to give a sneak peak of my newest book (LIFE ON SURTSEY, due out in November of this year) and recommend some of my very favorite recent nonfiction books. You know, books like …

Small Business Saturday


This year I’m celebrating Small Business Saturday with writers from across the state of Massachusetts at the Groton Public Library‘s Local Author Fair. There will be warm drinks and sweet pastries, plenty of books for browsing and purchasing, and smiling authors ready to inscribe them to you or your loved ones. Join us!

Here’s a list of the authors you’ll meet; click on their name for more information about their work:

David Brody

Loree Griffin Burns

Annette LeBlanc Cate

Richard Feitelberg

Greg Fishbone

Catharine Glen

Frederick Goodwin

Katharine Grubb

Jennifer Hallock

Elizabeth Keddy

Erin McCormack

Richard Meibers

Stephen O’Connor

Caroline Poser

Joseph Ross

Molly Salans

Vlad Vaslyn

Pam Wight

Sharon Wooding

I’ll have copies of all my books there. I hope to see you.

NCTE Conference


Last week librarians, this week English teachers! I’m thrilled to be attending the annual gathering of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in Boston. Here’s my schedule for the weekend, in case you’ll be there too. I’d love to see you at one of these events …

Saturday, November 23

12:30-2:30pm: Books for Children Luncheon in Room 312 (Hynes Convention Center)

I’ll be grinning all through this luncheon, because Steve Jenkins is giving the keynote and because I’ll be receiving an Orbis Pictus honor award for Citizen Scientists.

3:00-3:30pm: Book signing in the Macmillan Booth (#819)

I’ll be signing copies of Citizen Scientists, and probably still flying from the joys of lunchtime!

4:15-5:30pm: Panel Presentation in Ballroom A (Hynes Convention Center) 

Reflecting on the Writing Process: Orbis Pictus Authors Share Their Journeys Authors of the Orbis Pictus award and honor books for 2013 will each share their writing journey and craft used in the creation of their nonfiction works.

Sunday, November 24

9-10am: Book Signing in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth (#1506)

I’ll be signing copies of Tracking Trash and The Hive Detectives. Come on by!

11:30am – 12:45pm: Panel Presentation in Room 105 (Hynes Convention Center)

Honor Your Process: Bringing the Working Methods and Style of Published Writers to Your Classroom Award-winning authors Linda Urban, Kate Messner, Matt Phelan and Loree Griffin Burns will share the tools and strategies, from thumbnail drawings to field trips to progress journals, that have brought their work to life—and that you can easily bring back to your classroom writing workshops.

AASL Conference


I’m looking forward to spending Friday (November 15, 2013) at the annual conference of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in Hartford, Connecticut. If you’ll be there too, please stop by one of these events to say hello!

Panel Discussion: Exploring Scientists at Work

1pm in Room Marriott C

Join authors Loree Griffin Burns, Pamela Turner, and Rebecca Johnson, editor Carol Hinz, and science teacher Jill Zangerl to discuss how stories about scientists at work can meet the needs of children, librarians, and teachers. Discussion will be moderated by author Vicki Cobb.

Book Signing

2:15-3:15pm in Author Alley

Rumor has it there will be FREE books, and that I’ll be signing them. Somehow I have been unable to verify this. But how can you resist even the chance of free books? Come on by! Added bonus: I’ll have a preview copy of my not-yet-off-the-presses Spring 2014 picture book with me.

Author-Librarian Tweet-Up

9-10pm in Marriott Hotel (Crush Bar & Starbucks)

If you are a Twitter User, follow hashtag #aasl13 for the latest happenings. If you are a Twitter user who follows me, feel free to giggle at the very thought of me using hashtags and tweeting up.

Cleaning Up (Temporarily)

© Loree Griffin Burns

© Loree Griffin Burns

That right there is my new vegetable garden. You can’t tell yet, but this corner is home to the spinach, the lettuce, the rhubarb (see the two lonely plants?) and the asparagus. It’s been cold and wettish here in New England this spring, which means the work is slow. Also, it means that I’ve been a muddy mess for weeks. But today I’m spiffing up and getting myself ready for something more civilized: a literary road trip.

First: school visits. I’m looking forward to stops in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Wallkill, New York in the coming days. It’s fun to meet the parents and teachers and library specialists who help coordinate these visits, and I’m thrilled that my days of talking science with these particular students, long planned, are finally here.

I’ve got a couple public events to tell you about, too …

On Saturday, April 27, I’ll give a family-friendly presentation on citizen science at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. This event is free to Museum members and $5 for non-members; if you are in the area, please join us.

The very next weekend– Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4–I’ll be in New York City for the PEN World Voices Literary Festival.  I’ll be reading as part of the A Literary Safari and speaking alongside authors Eliot Schrefer and Padma Venkatramen on a children’s literature panel called Braving our Endangered World. (Venue locations and ticket pricing can be found at the links.) This Festival promises to be magnificent: talented authors, incredible venues, endless creativity throughout the city, throughout the week; do check out the website for details.

After that? Back to the mud, I suspect.

ps. One of the best parts of a road trip? Audio books, of course. I’m bringing this one and this one.