I always say that things happen one step at a time, right? Well, I’m super excited that the Wellness Committee for my local WSESU school district is organizing a community read of THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS! That by ITSELF is thrilling, but I swear every time I cross paths with one of the… Read more »
What a wirlwind spring of school visits!
Last week I wrapped up my last school visits of the year, and wow what incredible kids there are all over the place! All together I visited over 40 schools and initiated over 13,000 students as new member of #Team Octopus, and I loved every minute of it. Check out this #TeamOctopus slideshow and a… Read more »
#TeamOctopus Twitter Chat
NEW BOOKS! And DREAMS COME TRUE!
A few weeks ago, I sent out a newsletter to my subscribers with a recap from a busy fall, and I said something about how I was looking forward to enjoying a peaceful December writing and spending time with family. WELL. I have been writing and spending time with my family, but it’s like I… Read more »
On the Radio… About School Visits!
Yesterday I got some amazing letters from students that I got meet at a school visit last month… “You inspired me to believe I can do anything.” “I have many obstacles in my life, and I’m glad to know I can get through it.” “I once got bullied and I lost all my hope, and… Read more »
What’s a Party Without Easy Cheese and Octopus Cupcakes?
What an incredible evening to celebrate launching THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS into the world! For one thing, 133 Octopus cupcakes were eaten. That alone would make a successful party. But then there was also AN EASY CHEESE TABLE! As in, Easy Cheese designs on a saltines made-to-order! If that makes zero sense to… Read more »
What a Launch Week!
Wow. This week has been quite similar to having an actual baby: with all the deep deep emotions and not nearly enough sleep. And now that I’ve had two human babies, I know that as momentous as this week feels, that combination of exhaustion and full-on emotions will make it hard to remember later. So,… Read more »
Digging Deeper – With Just One Day to Go!
Tomorrow THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS will launch into the world, and I am overflowing with emotions. A good chuck of those emotions are connected to how excited OTHER people are about this book! I’m honored to have been interviewed by high school student, Kester Necum. You can read Kester’s interview here. I’m… Read more »
The First Official Copy of The Benefits of Being An Octopus!
It is VERY exciting.
Our First Trade Review!
THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS has gotten its first trade review, and it’s a STARRED REVIEW from School Library Journal!!! You can read the full review at Barnes and Noble. I’ve also been so touched by the reviews written by teachers and librarians who have read advance copies of the book and see… Read more »