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I’ll be at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference tomorrow February 1st signing the  new Farmer Joe  Series re-releases in the Scholastic both 211 at 11 to 12.

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Public libraries across Canada were invited by Scholastic to decorate a porcupine tree.  This is just a small selection of some of the entries.  So hard to chose the best. Contest is still open.  A Porcupine in a Pine Tree Holiday Contest for Libraries | Facebook

 

 

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Last night I drew the name of the person who’s school I will be visiting for a day in 2013.  However I haven’t been able to contact her.  If anyone knows who’s school Nicole Abrams child or children attend, please contact me or give Nicole a call. I’d love to announce the name of the school!  Until then, please stay tuned. It could be your school in the Guelph area.

Over the years of writing and illustrating children’s books I’ve been fortunate to visit schools and libraries across Canada and into the high Arctic.  Yet sometimes the places closest to home get left out.
Because I believe strongly not only in the beauty  of books and the magic of reading, but also in the future of book stores,  I want to, with the help of a lucky girl of boy,  give a local school a present:
I will be giving away a Day in a School to any elementary school in the Guelph area.*
From now until December 20th, come in and fill out a ballot at the Bookshelf.
No purchase is necessary.
I will be at the Bookshelf Saturday Dec 8, noon until 3 to meet and sign copies of ‘A Porcupine in a Pine Tree’
Hope to see you there.
*Aberfoyle, Rockwood, Fergus &  Elora  included.
Value  $750.
Presentation date to be arranged by mutual agreement  between January  and March 2012
Winning school will be notified 8:30 a.m. December 21st.

 

 

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Farmer Joe is back!

Nancy Wilcox Richards and I are happy to announce the return of Farmer Joe!  Reprinted by Scholastic in a new exciting format, the books are now available online and at your favorite book store.  Stay tuned for Farmer Joe fun this summer! It just might be a hot hot summer of fun!

As I’m writing this at the Middle Beach Lodge in Tofino, waves  are breaking over rocks outside my window and  a receding tide is showing a beautiful beach below.  A crow sits in the branches  of a tree waiting for crumbs to be tossed on our balcony.  They’ve been amusing company for the last few days and remind us of  Edgar Alan Crow who used to visit us at 0ur home in Ontario.  We are here taking a few days between my week in Nanaimo and visits next week in Edmonton.

I was in Nanaimo for a week prior to the Nanaimo Chidren’s Book Festival last Saturday May 5th.  I visited great schools and beautiful libraries all week before a wonderful day at the festival.  Nanaimo has always had the best festival and it was wonderful to return for what I think was my 4th time since 1991.

All festivals are great, organized by dedicated volunteers and attended by enthusiastic audiences, but there is something about Nanaimo that sets it apart.  Perhaps it is the location: Nanaimo set beside Departure Bay and tucked in by Newcastle and Protection Island is a beautiful place for a festival.  Or perhaps it is the people like Thora Howell who was the inspiration and guiding force behind the festival 26 years ago.  Like Thora, there is a group of dedicated hard working volunteers who take on the task of bringing such an event to life, too many to mention, but to whom appreciation goes out to from authors and illustrators across Canada.  I’m just one of many lucky enough to have been invited to share our work with young and old, and someone fortunate enough to be invited back.

This week I am charging my batteries on the beautiful far west coast of Canada in Tofino and Uclulet.  Canada is stunningly beautiful from ocean to ocean to ocean.  I wish there were a way to bring children from different parts of Canada to see what we have and to grow up appreciating the enormity and beauty of this amazing land.

Next week, thanks to Canada Council for the Arts and to private donors such as Dr. Alan Murdoch and parent donors of schools I will be visiting, I will be sharing my work once again in Edmonton.  I’m excited to be returning to the library to share my work, meeting the Children’s Roundtable members and doing drawing workshops as well as an evening PJ presentation.  Along with sharing the creative process and my love of books, it will be a time of drawing dragons, wearing pots and any other silly stuff that might happen.  One just never knows.  I guess that’s what makes it so much fun.

(I’ll post pictures just as soon as I get back from sketching on the beach!)

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Join me tomorrow at the Waterloo Public Library Main Branch at 2 p.m.

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Wishing all of you Goblins, Demons and other candy seekers a wonderful scary but safe Halloween!  This year we just got back from a trip to Paris yesterday and since I teach all day and will be home late, we’ll be missing all the trick or treaters, but promise the return of a very very very scary Halloween next year! We promise!

 

 

Beautiful dragon by Alex Donatis grade 7 Stl Charles.

Very careful assistants holding art at St. Charles

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