I kicked off last week with a visit to Sun Valley School here in Marin. I was very impressed with the student questions. They had so many! I really enjoyed spending a morning with them in their beautiful school.
Then, I headed north to take part in the Humboldt County Children's Author Festival
. The festival began at the Morris Graves Museum of Art where participating illustrators' original work was (and still is) on display. Over the next two days, I visited three schools, all of which were fantastically prepared. There were banners! Buglette costumes! Vegan potluck lunches! But most of all, the students were engaged and inquisitive and EXCITED. I was in heaven. I also met a lovely array of authors and illustrators. The volunteers who put this event together deserve loads of praise; it is so valuable to all involved. I have included photos below, although I am sorely remiss about taking as many shots as I should (especially at school visits where I tend to be somewhat distracted until the projector, laptop, and remote are all behaving). Thankfully, there are LOTS of photos on the official Facebook page
And the festivities continue—in a week and a half, I will be in Las Vegas for the Vegas Valley Book Festival
In other news, I am looking forward to the release of three new books in 2014. I am also looking forward to starting a quarterly newsletter. More details about the books and the newsletter to come soon!
|The art show at the Morris Graves Museum of Art|
|An entire bulletin board of Buglette dreams!|
|A character inspired by my presentation, drawn on the spot!|
|More pigs, drawn during my visit. (I am fond of them all, but I especially like the guy with the belly button.)|
|The Carson Mansion, after our banquet dinner|