Out and About

wemta signingWorking full time in a school means it’s hard to visit other schools and events as an author. At least during the school year. But I’ve squeezed in a couple this spring.


Here I am at the WEMTA Authors Fair in Madison, Wisconsin. (That’s Kashmira Sheth next to me.) I attended as a media specialist, but moonlighted as an author Sunday night. It was a great event (and conference), with over 40 Wisconsin authors and illustrators. And we got to watch the ice go out on Lake Monona from the huge windows of the Monona Terrace Convention Center!

 In April, I was part of a local reading celebration for university students and their elementary-age reading partners and the middle school Literacy Leaders group, hosted by Reading Partners Coordinator, Lucianne Boardman. We talked writing with students, signed books, and even put on a readers theater of Where the Wild Things Are. (Photos thanks to Julie Bowe.)

 That's me, the fourth author down the table.
Katie McKy, Julie Bowe, Marybeth Lorbiecki, me 
  (from left) Marsha Qualey, Pat Schmatz, me
I think I scared off more would-be writers than encouraged them when I shared the amount of research we did for our Follow That Food Chain series!  
Look, our act made it in the Publishers Weekly’s Children’s Bookshelf newsletter!

Next up, a presentation and signing at the American Library Association conference in Chicago!