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Why I Wanted to be An Author

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When I was a little kid, I wanted to be an author because I wanted to find one of my books on the library shelves.  Seriously, that was my dream: a big “PE” (for PERL) sticker on the spine and

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Education, First Book Events

One Cake, Two Cakes, Cat Cake, Hat Cake

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Guess who has a supporting role in an upcoming episode of CAKE BOSS?  That’s right – First Book!  Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the Cat in the Hat worked alongside CAKE BOSS Buddy Valastro to help bring thousands of books

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Events, First Book Partners

Bringing Books to Wheatley Education Campus

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Washington, DC’s Wheatley Elementary School as part of Target’s new initiative, Read With MeSM. I was particularly excited to attend this event as the principal, Scott Cartland, was the former

Posted in First Book Events, First Book Partners

Dotty Blog Tour!

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Erica S. Perl is an award-winning children’s book author.  Her new picture book, Dotty, illustrated by Julia Denos, was published by Abrams in August, 2010. Bookmark, The First Book Blog, is the last stop of the blog tour for my

Posted in Around the First Book Office, Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, General, Guest Blog Posts, Literacy

First Book at the American Library Association Conference

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One of the great things about working at First Book is how wonderfully supportive our many partners and friends are of the work we do.  We regularly hear from authors who say, “How can I support First Book’s efforts?”  So

Posted in Around the First Book Office, Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, First Book Events, General, Literacy

First Book at Book Expo America

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One week ago, my First Book colleague Chandler Arnold and I were in New York attending the annual Book Expo America conference, aka “B.E.A.” (“the premier North American publishing event,” according to the official site).  It was held at the

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Events, General, Literacy

Children’s Choice Book Awards: Book Review of “Mouse Was Mad”

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This is a Book Review of MOUSE WAS MAD, which is a finalist for the Children’s Choice Book Award in the kindergarten to second grade category.  My daughter, Bougie, who is in first grade, was kind enough to offer to

Posted in Books & Reading

Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Book Awards in DC

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Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon held by the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC. Established in 1945, the Children’s Book Guild (of which I am a member) is a professional organization of authors, illustrators, and specialists

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We all scream for ice cream (and books!)

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A fabulous thing happened on the way to Romeoville… Last month, I got a ride from Chicago to our First Book National Book Bank distribution in Romeoville, Illinois from my friend, Jason Wells, who is the publicity director at Abrams

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events