I visited them this week on the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week Author Tour.
I’ll be talking to kids about writing, and picture books, and “critical thinking” about the media. My main goal, for all my presentations, is to inspire kids to write (or draw) and to read.
I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people, and seeing things I haven’t seen before. I took a two-day train ride here, so I could see the country and boy, did I! If you’ve never taken the train for a long trip, you definitely should. It’s much, much more than “transportation.” There was live music, and really interesting fellow passengers and even a stop-over to see Winnipeg. So good! Hey, I even saw my first, live-in-the-wild moose! Incredible!
If you’d like to follow my journey across Canada and around Alberta, please follow me on Twitter @JGCanada (even if you don’t have a Twitter account). Or, check out the hashtag #TDBookWeek.
And, to my fellow touring authors — I hope you have an amazing trip!
Or how I got out of gym and recess for a whole year in elementary school (not that it’s a good thing…)?
Check out this profile in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s newsletter.
Yeah… probably not the principal’s best call, to let me out of gym and recess… but I do thank him for it!
She is an incredible felting artist, and she’s created a version of Gabby that is so, so perfect.
I’m going to enjoy wearing this Gabby during school visits–or heck, anywhere I want to feel kidliterally stylish!
If you’re an author and want to commission one of her lovely pins for your own book character — or, let’s say you’re a pet owner (she does pets as well!) — visit Cathy’s Woolly Doodles website here.
Nope, it’s not a joke–that’s me knocking on the cover of the new US version of Tagged Out. Exciting! Seeing as this is my first novel… these are my first hardcover editions. Oh, and you can order one from Amazon.com here. Um, if you’re in the States.
Thank you to the Deakin Review of Children’s Literature for this thoughtful, smart review, by Leslie Aitken, of Gabby: Drama Queen.
If you want a Gabby book with a bit more plot, a bit more going on–a bit “busier”–than Drama Queen is the Gabby for you.
Three out of four stars!
Well, I didn’t think there’d be a fourth Gabby book, but you know, when an idea pops up, it pops up! Not much you can do about it, except write it down.
So that’s what I’m doing.
And frankly, that’s all it is right now–an idea, and I haven’t even talked to the publisher, yet so it may go nowhere. But it’s really compelling and that’s always a good sign. I’ll write it down and see what happens after that.
Not going get into too much detail about the plot yet, except that it MIGHT involve some animals.
Er… lots of animals.
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