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WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? video plus a challenge to post your OWN answer with #WhereAreMyBooks hashtag

Back in March, I invited readers to send me photos and video clips that answered the question, "Where Are My Books?" Thanks to everyone who contributed! Please do help me celebrate today's official launch of my first solo picture book, WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers), by posting your OWN photo answering the question, "Where are YOUR books?" and adding the hashtag #WhereAreYourBooks.

If you like the song by my friends Ookla The Mok and would like to download it to your own device (and help support indie musicians in the process), it's now available on CDBabyAmazon and iTunes.

I tried to double-check the contributor thank you list but I was receiving photos from many different sources, including Twitter. If I missed listing your name (apologies!), please do let me know and I'll add you to the video description as well as to this list:

Samantha Berger, Morva Bowman, Justin Chanda, Charlotte Cheng, Christopher Cheng, Jeri Lynn Cornish,Tracey M. Cox, Reid Ellis, Zoe and Ekko Elumir, Katherine Fausset, Karen Forgave and Burnhamthorpe Public School LLC, Jenna Glatzer and Sarina Happy, Jordan Hageman, John and Jo Hall, Danette Haworth, Bethany Jewell, Ginger Knowlton and Curtis Brown Ltd., Dee Leone with the staff of Katy Budget Books, Jasper Municipal Library, Enzo Jensen, Tammy Langeberg, Denise, Caleb and Julian Layman, Liddy Lindsay, Jeri Lynn, Brittany Moya, Ruth Ohi, Luisa Perrella, Joey Shoji, Heidi Stemple, Gavy Swan, Simon & Schuster Canada, Simon & Schuster Children's, Kyra Teis, Tracy Tuttosi and Dr Morris Gibson School, Carmella Van Vleet, Akiko White and Jane Yolen.

Thanks also to my friends Rand Bellavia and Adam English (a.k.a. Ookla The Mok), who wrote, arranged, performed and recorded this song for me. Rand is a library director, and Adam is a freelance artist; you can read more about them on their website. We've been friends for many years, and I'm a longtime fan of their work. I also played flute on one of their first albums together ("Still Can't Buy Me Love" track on their Less Than Art album). Thanks also to Michael Mallory for the bass guitar track, and Doug White of Watchmen Studios for the amazing guitar solo plus the editing, mixing and mastering.

If you're in the Toronto area, please do join me at my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? book launch at Another Story Bookshop this Thursday, May 14th at 6pm.

And I'll be posting my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? Book Tour report soon!

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