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Friday, January 23, 2015


Kid: "Will you still be a librarian after you get married?
Me: "Yes."
Kid: "You won't stay home and take care of the children?"
Me: "I don't have any children."
Kid: "But you will!"
Me: "Maybe, maybe not."
Kid: "You can take care of them during the day and then come to the library
to do the night work."
Well, looks like THAT'S sorted. Who says you can't have it all?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Edward Gets an Illustrator!

Hey, guys! I just want to share some quick (and AWESOME) news!

Some of you may know that I wrote a picture book manuscript called Edward Gets Messy and, with the hard work of my wonderful agent Brooks Sherman, sold it to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers this past June. The book is slated to be published in the summer of 2016. To me, this sort of feels like it's a million years away...BUT an important step in the process has been taken!

I'm honored and excited to tell you that Olga Stern has been signed to illustrate Edward! I adore her artwork (it's certainly better than mine) and I can't wait to see what she creates for this little story. 

I'll be sure to share more updates as they arise. Thank you to Olga, to Brooks, to Kristin Ostby (my editor at S&S), and to everyone else who has supported this project along the way.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Library List

Found this list in the library. I'm not sure what it's for, exactly, but I HOPE it's for a party, and I hope that I'm invited.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Who is Paul McCartney? (Library Kid Edition)

I've been seeing a lot of weirdness on the internet today about how society is "doomed"
because young people don't know who Paul McCartney is (which seems to be stemming from this tongue-in-cheek article). It appears that people are even
trolling mentions of McCartney on Twitter and questioning the intelligence
of anyone who does not know who he is or who says that he's maybe not relevant to kids today or even JOKES about it.
I got a little curious myself, so for fun, I did a quick, informal, totally unscientific poll of some of the kids currently hanging out in my library on this slow-ish, rainy Saturday.
To two tween girls:
Me: "Do you know who Paul McCartney is?"
One of the girls: "I've heard of him."
Me: "Do you know what he does?"
Girl: "No."
(Fair enough.)
To two tween boys:
Me: "Do you know who Paul McCartney is?"
One boy made a weird "I have no idea" face and the other said "He's an author, I think?"
(Close enough?)
To a group of four teen/tween girls:
Me: "Do you guys know who Paul McCartney is?"
Three of them shook their heads, but one said yes, so I asked her to elaborate and she said (VERBATIM):
"He's some singer. And he's old."
(In fairness, both are true.)
In conclusion: WHO CARES? I love the Beatles myself, but this is not a signal of doom. It's not really a signal of anything except the fact that time moves on for everything. Times change, tastes change, kids get new musical heroes, and that's okay. At the very least, stop (seriously, anyway) fighting on Twitter about it and harassing random people. I think we need to just *let it be, everyone.