Roundup of pics and news

Hey everyone!

I figured I should post this little smattering of pics and news before my trip to Austin, TX, for the TLA conference and my agent's retreat. I'm sure I'll have heaps of photos to post soon...

Here's a pic from today at The Queen of Water event at Barnes and Noble with some of the lovely ladies (and baby!) who came. (Yes- that's me in the blue shirt-- I got a haircut!  It hasn't been this short since I was 14!  My head feels lighter...)

Here are a few pics from my visit to Irish a couple weeks ago for a cupcake party and Star in the Forest signing. 

The party was thrown by BookTrust, a wonderful literacy non-profit based in Ft. Collins that connects books with kids.  The celebration was in honor of Irish Elementary teacher David Autenrieth, who received the Excellence in Education Award for being a super-awesome teacher.  BookTrust gave beautifully inscribed copies of Star in the Forest to the fourth graders, which I then autographed... very exciting for everyone!

And here are a few pics from my Half Moon Bay trip that the librarians sent me...

It was great to see so many parents there with their kids... what a fun evening!


And now for the good news I mentioned-- Star in the Forest has been selected for some nice honors:
  • Bank Street Children's Best Children's Books of the Year *Outstanding Merit*
  • A Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book for Children (Washington D.C.)
  • A Grand Canyon Readers Award Nominee (Arizona)
  • A DCF Award Nominee (Vermont Libraries Children's Selection)

And The Queen of Water has been nominated for the Amelia Bloomer Project-- a list of outstanding feminist literature from an ALA group. 

(*happy dance*)
Okay, time to get Lil Dude to bed!