Happy fall! I’ve been working hard, mostly on school and family stuff, though. After sending four projects out into the world this summer . . .
Thanks, Tennessee. Great list!
Thanks, North Carolina readers! Check out the awesome book company it gets to rub elbows with this next coming year in NC!
Super delighted that Junior Library Guild picked up GLOW for their spring “nonfiction early elementary” list. As a school librarian, I know lots of folks who use Junior Library Guild for building their library collections and ensuring they don’t miss positively-reviewed books. Also, bonus: they send you a nifty certificate and pin! :)
“Mysterious and sculptural, the creatures in this arresting book are, in the oldest and best sense of the phrase, totally awesome.”
Our local entertainment publication, Volume One, interviewed me recently about GLOW. Read it here!
GLOW is out in the world today! If you know a reader who who likes the weird, beautiful, and amazing in nature, please point them in the direction of GLOW.
To celebrate today, I thought I’d share some lessons I’ve learned from writing the book . . .
GLOW is in bookstores one week from today!
This week’s video is a TED talk on bioluminescence by world-renowned marine biologist Edith Widder . . .
GLOW comes out TWO weeks from today! On these Tuesdays leading up to its release, I’m sharing You Tube videos of some of the animals in the book. This video features several. Enjoy the light show!
GLOW comes out three weeks from today! On these Tuesdays leading up to its release, I’m sharing You Tube videos of some of the animals in the book. Here are angler fish in all their creepy glory–enjoy!
GLOW comes out four weeks from today! On these Tuesdays leading up to its release, I thought I’d share some video clips of the animals in the book. Because they’re . . . AMAZING.
Today’s is the Atolla jellyfish . . .
As you may have heard around here, I have another book in the works: Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights! It’s a nonfiction picture book that’ll be in bookstores on January 5, 2016. And–how convenient!–I just updated its webpage, so you can read all about it.
It was my immense pleasure to travel to Kansas this past weekend to accept the William Allen White (WAW) Children’s Book Award for Malcolm at Midnight.
1:30 Saturday, September 26 at the Eau Claire Public Library
Authors and crafts and treats and all manner of booksy fun.
Malcolm Under the Stars is “a tale featuring unusually rich thematic underpinnings and a small protagonist with both “hero brain” and “hero heart.”
Here’s the full review:
Spotted this at my local bookstore today. Malcolm’s keeping some good company there on that shelf! I hope he behaves himself.
This is an old post from when I made Malcolm at Midnight‘s book trailer. I updated it some, though, because I learned a few new things with the sequel.
Malcolm and I are delighted to be headed to Kansas in October to accept the 2015 Kansas William Allen White Children’s Book Award and speak at the Kansas Association of School Librarians conference.
No? Here you go. (!!!) This is Malcolm’s sixth state book award nomination, but this one’s MY OWN STATE.
I am still working away at GLOW revisions. I’m pretty sure that this 250-word manuscript has generated at least 25,000 words in rewrites and emails. I made this joke to my editor today . . .
To celebrate the release of Malcolm at Midnight in paperback, we are giving away 3 classroom sets of 5 new, signed paperbacks of Malcolm at Midnight. Three winners will each receive five copies of the book, a discussion guide, 30 bookmarks, and a 20-minute Skype visit for your class with me, the author….
Malcolm’s out in paperback! And there’s a great post by Donalyn Miller you need to read about the importance (and research) behind giving kids time to “just read”….
Among other things, this week I pared back my online time; I’m trying to read some recent middle grade science fiction instead. (Love this kind of research!)
Keeping it simple this year, folks. I’m aiming for once-a-week updates here of notes, news, and various other tidbits I find interesting in the world of books for kids. If you like this sort of thing, you can subscribe to get these posts in your email or, if you’re interested in more frequent updates, you could follow me on Twitter (@whbeck) or Facebook.
Among other things, Malcolm Under the Stars has a cover (it’s a beaut!) and has sold audiobook rights to Recorded Books.
Last week my “first pages” of Malcolm Under the Stars arrived in the mail. I don’t know how it is for all writers and other books, but for me, first pages are a little nerve-wracking . . .
If you’re a local Malcolm at Midnight reader, it’s no secret that McKenna School is based on our no-longer-used local high school. Chippewa Valley folks can spy other little tidbits, too . . .
For those of you not in the publishing or librarianing world, “flap copy” is the book summary inside the front cover. Or maybe everyone already knows that.
Anyway, if you’ve been wondering what MALCOLM UNDER THE STARS is about, here you go! It will publish next February, 2015.
I wrapped up another school year last week. A lot of writing friends slow down their work in the summer, but mine ramps up. But writing isn’t all I’m hoping to do this summer! There’s more!
Just learned Malcolm at Midnight will be available in paperback next February!
I’ve been quiet lately, with my head down working on revisions for MALCOLM UNDER THE STARS. But this weekend I got to step out of that revision cave for a while to pull out an old part of a project: the “dummy” manuscript I made for GLOW, my upcoming nonfiction picture book.
Julee Murphy of Book Egg is the winner of the World Read Aloud Day MALCOLM AT MIDNIGHT audiobook giveaway.
World Read Aloud Day is tomorrow! This year, I created a video as part of a mystery scavenger hunt with several other authors. Play along here.
This one’s a nonfiction picture book about bioluminescence, titled Glow: Animals with Their Own Night Lights. It’ll be available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the fall of 2015.
Usually I post once a month about news and events I’ve done in the last month. Well, this month’s been quiet. But not unintentially.
Last spring, after a disastrous late Friday night road trip to Chicago . . .
I was featured in a Wisconsin teacher publication: Teaching Today (p. 19).
I did my yearly revamp of the website. Please, click around and tell me it’s pretty. I need some validation that it was worth that much of my vacation time.
The website update includes new links on the “For Teachers” page sidebar. Basically, it lists some books and resources I rely on to get kids excited to read and write.
It also included my moving my “Notes & News” to Tumblr. I don’t really blog, but I do find myself wanting to share shorter things sometimes—quotes from books I’m reading, photos, links—and my current website theme just wasn’t displaying them the way I wanted. If I had more time or knowledge (or money to hire someone to do it for me), I’d tweak it. But, the lazier way was to set up a Tumblr. So, I’m posting on Tumblr and linking it to the website. I hope Tumblr won’t snarl up in too many school internet filters. We’ll see.
Despite the bitter cold (and I mean bitter cold—what is up with this winter? Brrrr! <—and that’s a Wisconsin girl talking), my local public library had a nice event for local authors at the beginning of the month. Picked up two new books: Fiddleheads and Fir Trees by Joanne Linden and Nathan J. Anderson’s Jak and the Scarlet Thread. I already had Julie Bowe’s Friends for Keeps series and Scouting Whitetails: Outdoor Activities for Kids by Chad Frase. Neither of those stay on my library shelves for more than a day.
New Book News
If you didn’t catch my last post (and if you did see it, please, indulge me; I’m still giddy), I’m delighted to say there will be another Malcolm book in 2015. There’s also a part two to this news, but the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement didn’t mention it, so I’m not sure I can yet. Let me just say that when you hear publishing is slow business, you can actually multiply that by a bazillion. Anyway, maybe next month!
Thrilled to finally be able to say: there’s going to be a sequel to Malcolm at Midnight!
Can’t wait to see you again!
Titled (at least for now) Malcolm Under the Stars, it stars our ratty hero once again, this time delving into the shadowy history of the Midnight Academy in order to save the girl and the school he loves. On shelves in spring 2015, and again illustrated by Brian Lies.
A paperback release date, school visit pics, more pet rats, and a holiday signing!
Malcolm in Paperback
I got an email from my editor, so I think it’s safe to announce: Malcolm at Midnight will be released as a paperback in September 2014!
Anyway, not every book goes to paperback, so I feel very grateful that Malcolm will. To celebrate, I’ve been driving my family crazy by singing the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” while cooking and driving. The paperback will look exactly the same–because you just can’t improve on Brian Lies’s art.
More News: Chippewa Valley Book Festival
In October, I visited with four (4!) schools in one day for the Chippewa Valley Book Festival. As you might imagine, I met all sorts of kids with great questions. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of my visits (this is what happens when you’re zipping from one place to another!), but since then, I’ve gotten loads of fun pictures and notes in the mail. Thanks readers!
“My favorite character is Malcolm. He is one loving rat.” Yes, he is.
One lucky class’s teacher got them two pet rats, which they named…Malcolm and Midnight!
Their amazing teacher!
The cast of characters by a future illustrator.
“That was inspiriting.” I love that word. I may have to use it somewhere. (Sorry for the wonky shadows. Didn’t realize that was happening when I took the pics.)
And Coming Up
My local public library is hosting a local author day starting at 10:30 on Saturday, December 7. 12 authors (6 kidlit–including me!; 6 adult) will read and sign books. Bring your books or buy one at the program. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Give-A-Kid-A-Book program sponsored by the Friends of the Library. And there’s refreshments! And door prizes! Hope to see you there if you’re in the neighborhood.
Ratty read alikes, a pet named Midnight, favorite books I read in October, animal detectives… more >>
Malcolm in Maine, Utah, New Hamshire, and my home, Wisconsin. Favorite books of my summer reading challenge with my students, new videos for Dr. Kate. more >>
Well, hi. I have’t updated here in a long time. Sure, I’ve been posting on Mrs. Wojahn Reads this summer, but things have been pretty over quiet here. And…I’m not sure it’s going to get any louder. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about priorities and what’s important to me. At our first staff meeting …