Monday, October 31, 2011


Wow. Had a great time last Thursday night at the SOI Original Art Show! So much talent, loads of amazing artwork and people who are passionate about children's books. I'm so honored and humbled just to be among them and to receive an award on top of it, is like biting into the best cupcake ever and finding out there is peanutbutter creme filling inside! BONUS!

Thanks to everyone involved and everyone who came out. If you missed it, the show will be up until Dec 29th.  For more info and directions go here.

More photos at
The two below were taken by Kate Feirtag

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Check out this interview conducted by the amazing Audrey Vernick  where Stop Snoring, Bernard! gets props by the amazing and hilarious Bob Shea. Yeah! THAT Bob Shea!

And I couldn't agree more of Bob's praise for Jon Klassen! Mindblowing.
Oh, and one more thing, I'm NOT mean to birds, in fact I fear them.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Interview up at Got Story Countdown blog. Thanks to Joy for hosting and her witty and interesting questions. Find out the murky origins of my name, what my career in an alternate universe might be and other minutia here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


**UPDATE** the ten questions with Story Countdown is now up. 

Tomorrow I will talk about winning the 2011 SOI Founders Award and answer 10 questions with Joy Chu on the Story Countdown Blog. I will also be answering any questions that are posed by readers in the comments. If that's not enough, at least peep a rare picture of me from second grade.

Check it out on Story Countdown.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Last week I had an introductory meeting with the PA One Book Board at the State Library building in Harrisburg. It was my first visit to the capital, and it kind of reminded me of an older, East Coast version of San Jose. This is the Capitol building where the kick off will begin on March 27th.

In the meeting we discussed various projects for kids to do when I make visits around the state and one of my favorites is the Lunch Bag Puppet, the unofficial version you can see here.

Basically, all you need is a paper lunch bag, scissors, some glue and something to color Bernard. After he is decorated to your taste, cut him out and glue the head to the fold over/bottom part of the bag and you've got yourself a nice little otter puppet.
I may do a Grumpy Giles version too.

When this is official, a downloadable PDF will be available here and on my website.