Friday, May 24, 2013

Back from the Badlands!

I've just returned from the Badlands of Alberta — a fascinating place where the dinosaurs roamed!

The geography is so interesting, with sedimentary layers of the past millions of years exposed on the hillsides. You could almost feel the dinosaurs lurking there.

We visited the Royal Tyrell Museum to see the huge dinosaur skeletons and models on display. It was amazing!

I feel a book brewing...

Friday, May 10, 2013

Who Lives Here? in China!

Look what came in the mail!

It's my new book from China, called Who Lives Here? (in English) and is a compilation of the six little books from the earlier series of the same name.

I wish I could read Chinese, but in spite of my shortcomings, I can tell that the publisher, Shanghai Xiron Media Company, has done a lovely job. I'm thrilled that kids in China will be reading my book!

To see the original books in the Who Lives Here? series, please go here.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Settling in...

I'm back at my desk after a busy couple of weeks visiting schools. It was great to meet all the students (and their teachers) and to see the excitement about books and reading. It's fun to think that some of the kids I met may end up becoming writers some day.

But now I'm home and working on a few new books. It is quiet and thoughtful (and a real contrast to the fast pace of the last few weeks). I will enjoy it.

I hope your spring is going well, and that the sun is shining where you live.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Book Launch: Shelley Hrdlitschka!

I'm back from my tour of schools in the North Okanagan/Shuswap and very grateful to everyone for making me feel so welcome. Thank you, teachers, librarians and students. It was lovely to meet you all!

And now that I'm home, I'm getting back into the swing of literary things right here in Vancouver. Today, I'm looking forward to attending the book launch of my pal, Shelley Hrdlitschka, who is introducing her new teen novel, Allegra, to the world. 

You can read all about her novel here.

And, if you're in the neighbourhood, come and join us at the launch!

Congratulations, Shelley!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thank you, SD 83!

Wow! What an amazing trip it's been. Thank you so much to all the teachers, librarians, students and staff of the schools I've visited this week: Parkview, Hillcrest, Salmon Arm Middle School, Highland Park, and Silver Creek. You were all wonderful!

Today, I visit Bastion and Sorrento Schools. I can hardly wait to meet you.

A HUGE bouquet of thanks to everyone who has made me feel so welcome! I'm not going to want to go home. :-)