This Has Been a Great Year!

The highlight was most certainly working with Eric Comstock on a new series of books for Harper Collins based on Eric’s imaginative character, Charlie Piechart. As if being a gifted illustrator and designer weren’t enough, Eric is also a masterful storyteller. You’re going to love this mystery-math-based series featuring the young detective, Charlie Piechart. The first book, “The Case of the Missing Slice”, has a quirky, mid-century-modern feel. And I must say, I’ve never seen anything quite like it! Be on the lookout for the first Charlie Piechart Mystery in 2015.

Illustrator Tim Bowers

I had two new books in the bookstores this year, “Ten Eggs in a Nest” and “Alice From Dallas”, which, by the way, won a Gold “National Parenting Publications Award!" Thank you! And I was thrilled to be a guest author at the Buckeye Book Fair with some old favorites as well, including P.J. Funnybunny. My life as a writer can be solitary, so when I get a chance to spend time with my peers, I’m more than a little bit happy.

In case you didn’t know... the Buckeye Book Fair is an annual event in Wooster, Ohio (for 27 years now!) with thousands of book lovers in attendance. Created in 1987 as a nonprofit, the Buckeye Book Fair generously provides grants to schools, public libraries and literacy programs throughout the state. I love teachers and librarians, and the BBF is one of their favorite book fairs.

I shared a table with Renata Fossen Brown, the vice president of education at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. She has written the most amazing book, “Gardening Lab for Kids”. It teaches children about botany, ecology, the seasons, food, insects, eating and cooking through craft making, fun experiments and a variety of projects. What fun! I know it made me want to go outside and get muddy.

Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants

To my right, sat the funny Tim Bowers. Although he’s not a comedian, he could be. Suffice it to say, he’s a character. But instead of the standup life of a comedian, he chose the sit down life of an artist (good thing for us) and has illustrated dozens of beautiful children’s books. His engaging characters and settings bring each story to life. If you’re not familiar with Tim’s work, you’re in for a treat! Take a peek at www.timbower.com

Lastly, I got to meet Dav Pilkey, the creator, and Caldecott Honor Artist, of the hugely successful, and cleverly funny, “Captain Underpants” series. Dav was as sweet as could be, and, yes, that’s me autographing a book for him! Imagine that.