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BYOB: Bring Your Own Bears

Yesterday I visited the famous children's bookshop The Blue Bunny Books and Toys in Dedham, Massachusetts for a Teddy Bear Storytime Party.

The Blue Bunny is owned by Peter Reynolds, bestselling author-illustrator of THE DOT and illustrator of the Judy Moody series, and his charming shop is every bit as magical as you might have heard.

I had the pleasure of reading THE COZIEST PLACE and dancing  Read More 
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The Little Crooked Cottage

From The Little Crooked Cottage blog. Illustration copyright by Christopher Denise.
"Who's the pig?" you ask. He's the reason I haven't updated this website for a while. (Although I plan to update a lot more this year.)

Meet Mr. Pig, star of the The Little Crooked Cottage, a children's book blog I created with friends and fellow authors Anika Denise, Kara LaReau, and Kristen Tracy.  Read More 
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Toodle-dee-doo! It's a Book Birthday!

It's the big day! JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL releases today. We're celebrating at Scribbling in the Garret, blog of my good friend and fellow author, Cynthia Platt.

Cynthia's blog is a must-read. As a children's book author, editor and MFA student (holy cow!), she knows a thing or two about writing for kids. She blogs about her writing adventures with humor and a healthy dose of pop culture.

We had a fun chat about teacher sayings, the Hokey Pokey, and early readers. plus she's hosting a BOOK GIVEAWAY! Just write the name of your favorite teacher in the comments section to enter to win a signed copy of JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL. Visit Scribbling in the Garret to check it out.
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Debut of the JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL book trailer

Here's the book trailer for JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL. Careful, the tune is catchy!


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Win a signed copy of JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL!






Goodreads Book Giveaway




Joe and Sparky Go to School by Jamie Michalak




Joe and Sparky Go to School



by Jamie Michalak





Giveaway ends June 11, 2013.



See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.






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Coming Soon . . .

Keep an eye out for these new books heading your way this year!

JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL (early reader), illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Candlewick Press, June 2013

THE COZIEST PLACE (picture book), illustrated by Jon Davis, tiger tales, September 2013

MARTHA SPEAKS: CAMPFIRE STORIES (chapter book), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2013

MARTHA SPEAKS: SO YOU WANT TO BE A DOG? (chapter book), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2013

MARTHA SPEAKS: THANKSGIVING REUNION (chapter book), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2013
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First Peek at JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL

It's almost here! It's almost here!

JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL is listed in the Candlewick Press Spring 2013 catalog. Here's a peek at its page. To download the full catalog, visit Candlewick's website.
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