News to thrill Mitali's fan club members (a.k.a., my parents) ...
After 12+ years in the Boston area, we're moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in June 2013. East Bay, to be precise.
Bamboo People will be translated into Danish! The language of sweet rolls!
My recent trip to Kolkata, India, was nicely covered by The Indian Express, The Telegraph, The Bengal Post, The Times of India, and others.
Bamboo People is nominated for the State of Illinois' 2014 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Book Award.
Open Mic: Riffs About Growing Up Between Cultures in Ten Voices, an anthology edited by me, releases from Candlewick September 10, 2013.
Once again, I taught a month-long course at Saint Mary's College of California during January 2013 called "Race, Culture, and Power in Children's Books."
In excellent company, Bamboo People is nominated for Tennessee's 2013 Volunteer State Book Award in both the high school and middle school divisions.
I'm delighted to be one of Boston Public Library's Literary Lights for Children honorees on September 30, 2012, along with Kevin Henkes, Gary D. Schmidt, and Christopher Paolini.
Bamboo People is now available in paperback, and is published in India by HarperCollins India.
Bamboo People is nominated for the 2011-2012 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award.
Excited to speak at the International Reading Association's conference in Chicago on May 1, 2012 as part of the Notable Books for a Global Society presentation.
Good news from Charlesbridge: Over 60,000 copies of Rickshaw Girl sold in Japan in 2010.
I'm teaching a month-long course at Saint Mary's College of California in January 2012 called "Race, Culture, and Power in Children's Books."
Charlesbridge sold Italian and Taiwanese rights for Bamboo People.
The Secret Keeper was published in India by HarperCollins India.
Thrilled with my "Most Engaging Author" honor in the ABA Indie's Choice 2011 Awards, along with Bamboo People's honor in the YA category. Thank you, booksellers!
Excited to be keynoting at the International Reading Association Pre-Conference in Orlando as well as the Massachusetts Library Association's Teen Symposium this Spring.
Bamboo People is an APALA Honor Book, a Bologna White Raven Book, and on the Maine Student Book Award Reading List for 2011-2012.
I got to judge one round of School Library Journal's Battle of the Books 2011.
Bamboo People is a Top Ten 2011 Novel for Young Adults, according to the American Library Association.
Rickshaw Girl is chosen for the Collaborative Summer Library Program and Teaching Books asks me why I wrote it as well as to read an excerpt in a 3-minute classroom audio.
Bamboo People is available as an audio book from Audible.com, narrated by the brilliant actor Jonathan Davis.
Bamboo People is one of Book Page's Top Ten Middle Grade picks of 2010, and on librarian/reviewer Betsy Bird's list of 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2010.
I'm the featured USBBY speaker at the ALA Midwinter meeting in San Diego on Friday, January 7 at 8 o'clock in the evening.
I've been invited to speak at the Betsy-Tacy Society Convention in Mankato, MN, July 19-22, 2012.
One of my favorite books of all time, Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace, is now in print again, thanks to HarperPerennial, with a new foreword by ... ME!
Monsoon Summer and Rickshaw Girl are available for FREE to schools and libraries serving low-income communities. Find out more at First Book.
Here's a brilliant strategy for educators to use my School Library Journal article, "Straight Talk on Race: Challenging the Stereotypes in Children's Books," in the classroom.
A copy of Rickshaw Girl was given to every school library in the state of Oregon as part of the State Treasurer's financial literacy program.
Bamboo People received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal! Download a .pdf Classroom Discussion Guide here.
Extreme American Makeover was released in India by HarperCollins India.
Yep. Rickshaw Girl is an app now.
My books are accessible to people with print disabilities via BookShare!
In honor of Secret Keeper's paperback release, you may now peruse a Book Club Discussion Guide as well as download a Teachers Guide.
Guess what? I've been invited to write the foreword to Harper Perennial's re-issue of EMILY OF DEEP VALLEY by Maud Hart Lovelace (coming October 2010).
Yippee! Secret Keeper is shortlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award in the Young Adult category!
Guess who's speaking at the 2010 BookExpo America's Children's Breakfast in New York on May 26th with Richard Peck, Cory Doctorow, and Master of Ceremonies, Sarah Ferguson? Gulp. You got it. Me.
I'm also one of the keynote speakers at the annual conference of the Washington Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Seattle.
Secret Keeper is on the International Reading Association's list of Notable Books for a Global Society.
Bamboo People, my new novel about two boys set along the Thai-Burma border, releases July 2010 from Charlesbridge and is a Junior Library Guild Selection.
My First Daughter books and Secret Keeper are going to be published in India by HarperCollins India!
Announcing the results of the Seventh Annual Fire Escape's teen poetry and writing contests!
SHORT FICTION Winners
I'm organizing Twitter Book Parties, a celebration of new books for kids, tweens, and teens.
My article, Ethnic Book Awards: Discriminatory or Necessary, is published in the June issue of Paper Tigers.
First Daughter: White House Rules is a Massachusetts Center For The Book recommended read for young adults.
Secret Keeper is a Skipping Stones Honor Book.
Rickshaw Girl is nominated for the New York State 2010 Charlotte Children's Book Award.
My article, "Straight Talk on Writing Race: Challenging The Stereotypes in Children's Books," is featured as School Library Journal's cover article.
I've compiled a list of YA Authors on Twitter.
Secret Keeper to be published in French by Paris-based Editions Thierry Magnier.
Rickshaw Girl (De père en fille) is one of five titles nominated for the Livrentête Prize. Vive la France!
Rickshaw Girl is nominated for the Rhode Island Children's Book Award, the South Carolina Children's Book Award, and the Children's Crown Award!
First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover is an ALA Popular Paperback for Young Adults!
I'm helping organize Kids Heart Authors Day, an indie-author-illustrator Valentine's Day party bringing 120 authors and illustrators into 43 different bookstores on 2/14/09.
I'll be offering "Straight Talk About Writing Race" at NESCBWI's annual Spring conference on April 24, 2009.
I'm doing a 12-week blogging stint at Boston.com/yourtown.
SECRET KEEPER (Random House) released 1/13!
Lots of January and February book launch events for Secret Keeper on the west coast (San Francisco and Seattle), and a February party at Newtonville Books in Massachusetts.
I'm presenting Books Between Cultures at YALSA's inaugural Young Adult Literature Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee November 7-9, 2008.
First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover is nominated for YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list.
The Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association came up with their annual list of 25 Notable Books for a Global Society - and Rickshaw Girl is one of them!
I'm delighted to announce the results of my sixth annual teen poetry and short fiction contests. Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who entered.
Rickshaw Girl is nominated for the 2008-2009 Massachusetts Children's Book Awards, Monsoon Summer for the 2009 Minnesota's Maud Hart Lovelace Award, and First Daughter: White House Rules receives lovely reviews here and there -- thanks to the blogosphere.
Rickshaw Girl is a Jane Addams 2008 Honor Book!
Check out this brief clip of Mitali's live interview with Spencer Christian on ABC-KGO's View From The Bay or watch the full segment on KGO's site: