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(Last updated May 24, 2015)

Photo: Trish Bernabeo of Books, Bytes and Beyond

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children's, I went on book tour to help celebrate the launch of my first solo picture book, WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? Had soooo much fun! I've started posting a multi-part book tour report, including what I learned from a personal as well a professional perspective:


Part 1: Good Beginnings, Larry The Driver and His Teacher, Colin Firth and Other Perks

Part 2 (Illinois): Visiting Carol Stream Elementary, Science and Arts Academy, Avoca West and Anderson's Bookshop. Plus the awesomeness of Patricia Murphy.

Part 3 (Illinois): Peterson Elementary, River Woods, media escorts, questions from students.

Part 4 (North Carolina): Irving Park Elementary, New Garden Friends School, Scuppernong, and why I love talking with K-4 students.

Part 5 (New Jersey): Lincoln Elementary (& how they almost made me cry), Hillside Elementary, Taylor Swift, book jewelry, cupcakes and Books, Bytes & Beyond.

Part 6 (New Jersey): Allentown Public Library, Monmouth County Library, Learning Community Charter School and WORD Bookstore

Part 7 (New Jersey): Learning Community Charter School, WORD Bookstore and board gaming.

Part 8: Final wrap-up, what I learned, what I'd do differently, things I learned to have with me at all times.

Thanks so much to my S&S publicist Kelsey Dickson for helping me set up this tour, and to the participating bookstores: Anderson's Bookshop, Scuppernong Books, Books, Bytes & Beyond and WORD Bookstore, as well as Allentown Public Library and Monmouth County Library. I also did school visits throughout.

And thanks to Amy Jacobson of Simon & Schuster Canada for her help organizing my Toronto book launch at Another Story Bookshop.

MONDAY, MAY 4th, 2015 - Chicago, IL

7 pm - Anderson's Bookshop (Downers Grove location): 5112 Main St., Downers Grove, IL 60515. (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram)

Schools: Carol Stream Elementary, Science and Arts Academy, Avoca West Elementary

TUESDAY, MAY 5th, 2015 - Naperville, IL

Schools: Peterson Elementary, River Woods Elementary

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015 - Greensboro, NC

5 pm - Scuppernong Books:  304 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401. (Facebook | Twitter). Read my interview with Kira Larson, Children's Dept. Head.

Schools: New Garden Friends School, Irving Park Elementary

THURSDAY, MAY 7th, 2015 - New Jersey

Books, Bytes & Beyond: 201 Rock Rd LL1, Glen Rock, NJ 07452. (Facebook | Twitter). Read my interview with owner Mary Brown.

Schools: Lincoln Elementary, Hillside Elementary


4:15 pm - Allentown Public Library. 16 S Main St, Allentown, NJ 08501

7-7:45 pm - Monmouth County Library. 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726-3249.


FRIDAY MAY 8th, 2015 - Jersey City, NJ

Schools: Learning Community Charter School, TBA

SATURDAY, MAY 9th, 2015 - Jersey City, NJ

11 am Storytime - WORD Bookstore: 123 Neward Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07302 (Facebook | Twitter)