We had a frenetic couple of months. We sold our house in Colorado, bought a house in South Carolina and then packed up everything and moved it across the country. The dog came, too.
We found new schools, new doctors, a new archery range, a new soccer team and (for me) new places to run.
Being closer to family has been very fulfilling. Jen and I both grew up in Greenville (#yeahthatgreenville) and it's changed a lot! Like being mentioned on every Great Place to Visit list. It's cool to see our "little" city that's not so little shine.
I've been super fortunate in 2017 to have three books head into the world. I'm grateful for my editors at Scholastic and Penguin USA for finding a place for the characters, stories and illustrations that come out of my head (usually at 3 in the morning!) My agent, Carrie Hannigan, can confirm that most of my emails hit her inbox in the middle of the night. It's my best time to write because the family is asleep. And I probably should be, too, to be honest.
Plankton Is Pushy (Scholastic) picks up where Barnacle left off with an assertive plankton who has some things to say. This book is a Junior Library Guild selection in 2017.
We Need More Nuts! (Penguin USA)
When two squirrels start counting, the acorns start flying. We'll see these two furry brothers again in early 2018 with Please No More Nuts!
A Pig, A Fox, and Stinky Socks (Penguin USA)
I loved getting the gang back together for more pranking fun. This book was a follow-up to A Pig, A Fox, and a Box, which was a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book in 2016.
Thanks to everyone who has tweeted, bought books, attended signings or library events and otherwise supported my new books this year. I am very, very grateful I get to do what I do, and I know it's because people like you support children's books.
I'll have a few cool projects to announce very soon—just have to sign some very long contracts first. And if you Instagram, please check out @manskefenske. Jen and I are launching a fun caption + doodle project this coming week. Thanks for reading!