Thursday, October 11, 2012


This is Ella, she goes to school at the Shamrock Springs Elementary School in Indiana.
And this is her amazing painting of Bernard. I love getting mail like this and seeing how kids respond to Bernard. What I REALLY want to see is some Grumpy Giles artwork.
So if anyone feels moved or inspired by Grumpy Giles, send it to me!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Ok. Came home from a great morning snoring along with kids at the Please Touch Museum and Twitter sent me this amazing photo. Apparently this puppy has gluten issues but impeccable taste in picture books.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


Finally unpacking my stuff from the PA One Book Tour and I found all this awesome fan art.
Really makes me feel fuzzy to inspire all these kids to make art. 

Keep drawing, stay fuzzy and hopeful!

Thursday, May 10, 2012


This beautiful cake was hands down the best cake ever. It's a sheet cake from Wegman's but it tasted better than any fancy pants, Magnolia Bakery, Brooklyn underground cupcake commune treat I've ever had!

I received this nice note from a Pre-K teacher whose class attended the final day of the tour at State College. This was the first event of four readings I did that day. Lot of good snorers in the room.

"Thank you so much for the wonderful reading of your book STOP SNORING BERNARD last week at Schlow Library in State College! The children  (and adults) thoroughly enjoyed hearing you read the book, and having you speak with them about it. We continued our conversations back at school, and they all want to be authors! Thank you so much!"

-Our Lady of Victory Preschool

Awesome window display in the Schlow library kids dept. Snapped this on the way to some record browsing in between readings. Scored some nice vinyl too. (Shout out to Webster's Books and Records!)
Thanks State College for a great day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Had a real nice time in Dubois, PA last week. As you can see from this picture they were very welcoming.

I also go to meet Meghyn. She is homeschooled, and obviously does her homework!  She even made an otter stamp carved out of styrofoam.She also made this amazing report on Stop Snoring Bernard!
It even had a portrait of me and Bernard together in it!
Lots of otter facts too, I'm sure she knows more about otters than I do.
To top it all off, she drew me this portrait of Bernard that I got to take home!
Keep up the good work Meghyn and thank you Dubois Public Library for having me.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Well, I am way, way behind on blogging all of the great things and people I have encountered on the PA One Book Tour. I have been so impressed by the ingenuity and creativity of the librarians and teachers in the decorations, lesson plans and games based on Stop Snoring, Bernard!
But I think the Over the Top, Best Games and Decorations Department Award has to go to the Children's Library of Scranton. The pictures below do not do them justice, but it was incredible!

It started in the lobby where the kids could do Otter crafts and games.
Bear food bean bag toss anyone?
Hard to see in this photo but there are hand carved otter paw stamps that the kids could use to make otter paw prints on the table and learn about the special webbed paws of otters.
Don't worry, those animals are at the zoo, not jail.
The good ole' lunch bag otter puppet station.
The kids loved the guess the shadow game.
And lastly, a friend from New York, happened to be walking by (yes! in Scranton!) because he is an amazingly talented and in demand Tuba player for the New York Philharmonic. He was in Scranton and heading to a rehearsal across the street. He saw the library poster and snapped this photo of the event....crazy small world we live in!

Monday, April 23, 2012


There is a lot to share from this past week of the PA One Book Tour. It was an exhilarating and exhausting week. One of the many highlights was meeting this man. David Newell aka Mr. McFeely at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum! I was a big fan of Mr. Rogers neighborhood and I was excited to get his autograph and also to give him a signed copy of Stop Snoring, Bernard!
Picked up a whole bunch of Mr. Rogers ephemera.

I learned a lot from Mr. Rogers and many of his topics are just as poignant today as they were in the 70's. The back of Mr. McFeely's business card has a few of the big ones.
I would like to think that Mr. Roger's would approve of Bernard and especially Grumpy Gilles and the other otters accepting Bernard as he is.

Friday, April 20, 2012


Over the top event at Newlonsburg Elementary! Thank you to Carol and everyone involved. This was next level!

                                       Each of the five Pre-k's arrived as a different animal from the book.

           There were even real (stuffed) PA river otters courtesy of the PA Game Commission.
                          Hopefully I will get more photos os the amazing murals the kids made.


A Raft of otter puppets waits to get back on the bus. 
All this and I got to hold an actual Giraffe Phalanges, it weighed like 25 pounds. Apparently they can kill a lion with one kick?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Week 2 went out with a wiggle, I finally got the elusive Otter Dance captured on video. Here it is performed by 140 kindergartners and their teachers from Berks County.

Another awesome thing about libraries. Their trophy cases are filled, not with trophies, but with books! and fuzzy animal friends. The croc on the bottom has teeth that zip up.

It's been really cool to see all the different creative ways that the librarians decorate the library with Bernard themed art. These Z's go on for 20 feet.
Also the tiles on the wall were created by kids and they are visual depictions of the Dewey Decimal catalogue.

Thursday, April 12, 2012



Yesterday was unprecedented. Not only was it National Bookmobile Day, I had the privilege of reading Bernard to 650 kindergartners from Upper Darby.

It was also the debut of the "Otter Dance", a dance that is sweeping kindergartens across the state. Actually it's a free-for-all wiggle dance based on the 45 King 900 Number break. You may recall this as the Ed Lover Dance from the golden age of Yo! Raps.

Sounds amazing right?

Sadly, I pressed the wrong button on my phone and stopped recording 350 kids dancing the otter dance, I'm hoping someone there has a video and I can post it later.

But I DO have this amazing video of the Bernard song that the kids sang for me! Talk about  Warm and Fuzzy!

Thanks to Charlotte Ryan for hosting and the amazing goody bags, including some official Sellers Memorial Free Public Library  Bernard Tees!

Also thanks to Charlotte's daughter Sarah, an up and coming illustrator herself, for handpainting all these Bernard banners.

Monday, April 9, 2012


This past week was a break from the PA One Book Tour and from my sons' preschool. So we caught up on some things. Got some posters and books out that I have been meaning to for a bit.
Intern Teddy did a great job hustling them to the Post Office. Intern Oskar insisted that he hand the one going to Bob Shea to the Postman himself.
We also went to the Zoo and while I was waiting for Intern Oskar to pee, I saw these vintage Zoo posters, been in this building dozens of times and never saw them before, so that was a treat. 
And it was a treat to hang with my little guys as I won't be seeing much of them in the coming weeks.

Friday, April 6, 2012


As I prepare for Week 2 of the PA One Book tour. I posted some images from Week 1 that were a reflection of the week.
Lydia outside the Capitol.
Breakfast was handcramps with a side of french toast.
I wish I knew how to play Shuffleboard.

Line up of otters ready to be crafted.
Do not mess with these kids.

Hershey, PA wasn't made out of chocolate as I imagined as a kid but it was still pretty fun.

Turns out there's all kinds of otter books out there that you otter read. Even one on manners by Laurie Keller. Her Arnie the Donut book is a standard in our house
A raft of otter puppets.
Amazing house outside Harrisburg.
Some library bathroom graffiti. I'm not sure if the Illuminati just stopped by here to pee and check out a book, or they were stopped in this library from whatever it is the Illuminati like to do?
And Lastly, Goatmobile?