Holiday Author Festival

Worcesterites can celebrate local authors, support local bookselling, and shop for the holidays at this year’s Holiday Author Festival, hosted by the booklovers at Root and Press, 623 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA. You’ll find great books, festive music, warm drinks, sweet treats, and plenty of holiday cheer. Here are the details:

Worcester Holiday Author Festival
Root & Press, 623 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA
Saturday, December 14

And here’s a list of the excited local authors–writers of fiction and nonfiction for adults and for children–who will be on hand to sell and sign their books:

Susan Bailey

Loree Griffin Burns

Darlene Corbett

Joyce Derenas

Gordon Duncan

Kathryn Hulick Gargolinski

Cameron Garriepy

Alan Gordon

Jean Grant

Tom Ingrassia

D. V. Mulligan

Linh Nguyen-Ng

Eileen O’Finlan

Wendy O’Leary

Emma G Rose

S.M. Stevens

Raymond Tatten

Tracy Vartanian

Jane Willan

Catherine Zebrowski

Bill Zoldak

We hope to see you there!

NCTE 2018

I’m thrilled to be attending the 2018 Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English in Houston Texas next month. In addition to the presentations described in the infographics above, I’m honored to be attending the Children’s Book Award Luncheon on Saturday, November 17; my latest book, Life on Surtsey: Iceland’s Upstart Island, was an Orbis Pictus recommended title this year. I’ll be signing books at the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth after the luncheon, beginning at 3pm.

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


Book Signing in Belmont, MA

Next week, I’ll join a slew of local authors for a couple great joint events in Belmont, Massachusetts. First, a book festival at Chenery Middle School (3-5:30pm) and later, a signing at Belmont Books (6:30pm). Both events are free and open to the public, and all sales benefit the Chenery Library. For addresses and a full list of participating authors, check out this flyer:

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.