After I launched TIGER BOY in the San Francisco Bay Area, I headed to the coast I used to call home for the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference, several author visits, and a book launch party at Newtonville Books. What a joy to see old friends and meet new ones. Travel along with me.
New England seemed shell-shocked from the winter, as though bracing for a next snow. But the daffodils and crocuses were in bloom and the lilacs were budding. Happy Spring, Boston! I miss you!
|My NESCBWI workshop for fellow writers:|
"12 Questions to Help us See Race and Culture in our Stories"
|Signing with author friends: From L to R, Me, Debi Mishiko Florence (Japan: A Kaleidoscope Kids Book), Mike Jung (Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities), Grace Lin (Starry River of the Sky), and Padma Venkatraman (A Time to Dance).|
|Delightful to see a bunch of brown faces at the conference (From L to R: Sona Charaipotra, Visi Tilak, Nandini Bajpai, me)|
|Book Launch Party at Newtonville Books!|
|Author (me), illustrator (Jamie Hogan), editor (Yo Scott), baby (belongs to Yo), tiger, book: what else do you need for a bookstore party?|
|"Buy this book, please."|
|Illustrator Jamie Hogan captivates the crowd with stories about research and technique.|
|Next came five school visits in three days, starting with writing workshops for fifth-graders at Willard School in Concord, Massachusetts.|
|Several of these fourth-graders at Zervas School in Newton started following me on Instagram after I visited. They are nine.|
|Haggerty School in Cambridge is full of mini-mes like this one.|