Last Thursday, I visited the beautiful, newly-built Woolwich Central School in Maine, to speak with three different assemblies of kids in grades K through 8. My visit was impeccably organized by rock-star librarian Abigail Luchies. The kids were well-prepared, full of great questions, and fantastic listeners.IMG_3725On Friday, I visited the Georgetown Central School and spoke with kids in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Yet another rock-star librarian, Megan Fuller, arranged the day, and it was equally awesome. Georgetown Central is a much smaller school (on an island in a beautiful area of Maine), and I got to meet and talk with most of the kids in the school. I even had a chance to stop into the preK room to read a couple of stories to the class and get a big group hug.

Here I am talking about, um, Victorian underwear to the older kids.IMG_3737 IMG_3738Friday night kicked off the nErdCampNNE event at Falmouth Elementary School, where there was a huge crowd of book lovers who’d braved the cold to come to the author signing.

It was my first time signing my new book (which officially pubs on February 10th).

10292552_695198473911976_5367998752327530633_nI was so busy signing books I barely had time to snap pictures of some of my author-friends.

Here’s a blurry picture of Melissa Stewart, IMG_3751and here are Erin Dionne and Ammi-Joan Paquette.IMG_3749 Luckily someone had the bright idea to take a group picture at the end of the evening, so you can see the whole gang. 10838126_10206020832059576_4970030362049317784_oThe 22 of us (not in order) were:

Charlotte Agell, Josh Alves, Megan Frazer Blakemore, Mary Cerullo, Russ Cox, Erine Dionne, Kate Egan, Kevin Hawkes, Lynda Mulally Hunt, Jennifer Jacobson, Sashi Kaufman, Cynthia Lord, Amy MacDonald, Hazel Mitchell, Maria Padian, Ammi-Joan Paquette, Lynn Plourde, Melissa Stewart, Matt Tavares, Lea Wait, and Tamra Wight.

On Saturday, I had the chance to spend the day with a group of teachers and librarians from all over New England, attending nErdCampNNE (northern New England). The way it works is, everyone assembles and decides on-the-spot what topics they want to discuss, People volunteer to “facilitate” discussions, and we then break into one-hour sessions. I was a “co-facilitator” for three of the discussions. Here’s the first one, “Author Panel,” with me, Melissa Stewart, Megan Frazer Blakemore, Ammi-Joan Paquette, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Julie Falatko. We talked about writing with the group.B7l4HuhCcAAZqaG.jpg-largeThen Melissa and I facilitated two different discussions, one on nonfiction writing and research, and after that, about tone and structure in nonfiction writing.

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I pulled this off of Twitter–I have no idea what point I’m trying to emphasize, but Melissa is being her usual patient self.

Thanks to all the fantastic committee members who organized the weekend (Susan Dee, Cathy Potter, Gigi McAllister, Jenn Felt, Chris Pirkl, Mary Lou Shuster, Jenny Stahl, and Natalee Stotz). I love this picture of them, which I shamelessly pulled from Cindy Lord’s Facebook timeline. Missing was Chris Pirkl—sadly, he had the flu.10553624_10205909010110380_7889542683558672176_nCan’t wait to come back next year!

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