08 Jul

The cover of my next book, All of a Sudden and Forever


My next book, All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing, is a nonfiction picture book illustrated by Nicole Xu. It’s scheduled to be published on February 4, 2020, by Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing.

On June 27, I shared the book’s cover — and performed my first-ever public reading of All of a Sudden and Forever — at the Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference, in a presentation titled “Who Am I, and Why Did I Write This Book?” It was the most personal speech I’ve ever given, and I’m grateful to the conference organizers and attendees for the opportunity to do that.

Today, I’m pleased to share the cover with a wider audience for the first time. I think Nicole and the design team at Lerner did an absolutely beautiful job.

20 Jun

Come say hey at the Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference!

Librarians and other educators in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., I’m looking forward to seeing many of you next week at the Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference in Winchester, Virginia.

I’m excited about not only delivering a brand-new presentation — “Who Am I, and Why Did I Write This Book?” — but also participating in a pair of Q&A sessions with attendees and also talking with local elementary students attending a summer enrichment program.

This year’s CLC lineup includes 15 other authors and illustrators. Here’s who and when —

Monday 6/24/19
Kwame Alexander
Kevin Henkes
Bob Shea

Tuesday 6/25/19
Leslie Connor
Scott Magoon
Yuyi Morales

Wednesday 6/26/19
Denise Fleming
Brian Lies
Adam Rex
Aisha Saeed

Thursday 6/27/19
Chris Barton
Ben Hatke
Kevin Lewis
Dashka Slater

Friday 6/28/19
Adam Gidwitz
Colby Sharp

— and the all-important how-to-register-to-attend.

Hope to see you there!