A Barnacle Week to Remember in Pictures

Hello everyone! Last week was quite a week. Barnacle Is Bored was published in hardcover Tuesday. The week before, I found out it was selected for Amazon's curated "Best Books of the Month" list. To see Barnacle next to Molly Idle's Flora and the Peacocks and Lane Smith's (one of my personal heroes) There Is a Tribe of Kids was incredibly moving. Scholastic placed Barnacle on a list of 50 Sensational Books of Summer, too. 

I spent the actual publication day (May 10) on a half-day school visit to Fall River Elementary in Longmont, CO. I showed the kids a lot of stuff from my sketchbook and rejection letter pile. Here's a glance at some very rough sketches of Barnacle Is Bored

  The students and I drew characters from my books.

The students and I drew characters from my books.

Later that night, the whole family (only three of us pictured) went to Barnes and Noble in our suburban neighborhood. And there on the shelf was Barnacle is Bored. It was quite amazing. 

  That's me, my wife, Jen and youngest daughter. 

That's me, my wife, Jen and youngest daughter. 

Over the weekend, I spent three days as part of the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip. And I hung out with Captain Underpants and Clifford the Big Red Dog. You know. Normal, everyday stuff. 

  A picture with the Cap'n. From left to right: Me, Jenny Goebel, Laura Resau. 

A picture with the Cap'n. From left to right: Me, Jenny Goebel, Laura Resau. 

  Signing books at the Tattered Cover, Colfax. 

Signing books at the Tattered Cover, Colfax. 

Along this publishing journey I have been humbled and grateful for the support from amazing book bloggers, librarians and readers. There are so many people to thank, but here are some images from Twitter that make my heart feel happy. 

 

  above image courtesy of John Schu @MrSchuReads

above image courtesy of John Schu @MrSchuReads

  above image courtesy of @FlagstaffLmc    

above image courtesy of @FlagstaffLmc

 

  above image courtesy of Arika Dickens @LibrarianArika

above image courtesy of Arika Dickens @LibrarianArika

I am so grateful to all who have helped shepherd this dream into reality, and to those readers who make it all worthwhile!

Nice to Meet You: My First Barnacle Is Bored Reading

Anythink Libraries in Thornton, CO graciously hosted me (and Barnacle) last week at the Wright Farms branch. I was able to read from Barnacle Is Bored and A Pig, A Fox and a Box. It was my first time reading Barnacle Is Bored, which was a treat. With each book I've written, I've learned that it takes a little experience to get used to how kids react to words, scenes and plot twists. 

The kids were awesome and happily munched on snacks the library had supplied. Anythink also ordered extra copies of my Penguin Early Readers and made a cool display. 

  In the Penguin Booth at #PLA2016

In the Penguin Booth at #PLA2016


And speaking of Penguin Young Readers, the week before the Barnacle reading, I attended the Public Librarian Association's annual convention in Denver. More than 5,000 librarians (and book lovers) convened for every library and book topic you could think of. I only was able to spend a day there, but it was memorable. I signed books at Penguin's table and later went to dinner with Scholastic and a number of amazing librarians (plus some cool fellow authors). 

Hope you are enjoying or will enjoy a great book soon. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

 

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