W00t! W00t! Today's the official release date for Eric Wight's Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace. I'm sending a virtual birthday cake to everyone who buys a copy. If the money tree in my backyard ever grows, I promise to mail a real cake. :)
A friend and I started the best tradition: SUMMER ROAD TRIPS! Our students vote for a character they think deserves a vacation. The character with the most votes goes on the trip of a lifetime. Frankie Pickle won this year's election. Take a look at his journey...
I am giving away three copies of Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace.
Rules for the Giveaway
* The contest runs from July 26 to 11:59 PM on June 29.
* You can fill out the entry form or retweet the link. Please include @MrSchuReads in the tweet.
* If you win Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace, I will send you an email or a direct message.
Marc Brown reads an excerpt from Arthur Turns Green.
You can draw Arthur, too.
Marc Brown hides his children's names in his illustrations.
"I never imagined Arthur being more than one book; and I never imagined this whole process – this great adventure that Arthur has taken me on, lasting for almost thirty years now; and all the stories that would emege from Arthur; and, because of the transition to television, how intimate his world would become, and how complex." -Marc Brown.
Melissa Manlove recommended I visit The Storyteller, a bookshop specializing in children’s literature. The Storyteller has a top-notch collection and offers a variety of book-related programs. Frankie Pickle toured the bookshop, and I posed with some of my favorite books
Mrs. Nelson’s Toys and Books is an independent bookshop in La Verne, California, specializing in children’s books. As my friend Donna and I perused the store, it was obvious it was loved (and used) by children. While we browsed the shelves searching for the perfect books to give as gifts, children could be heard happily chatting. It was storytime at Mrs. Nelson’s. After storytime, one little girl came to the craft section and started up a conversation as she lovingly looked at all the books and craft projects on the shelf. It was obvious we were on her turf–we were in an environment she loved and she was eager to share it with us. She pointed out a fairy doll art kit and shared she wanted it one day. She obviously knew it was not an option but seemed to add it to her mental wish list. She browsed the shelves, asked questions about what she saw, lovingly picked up items that fell and carefully replaced them on the shelves, all the while looking as though she was in a magical place created just for her.
I chatted with Lauren about one of her favorite books.