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My home airport is ATL — Atlanta, Georgia. Calendar dates are added as they are confirmed.

CALENDAR:

April 2018:

19 — Mary Institute and Country Day School, St. Louis, MO. Writing workshops, all 5th & 6th graders

February 2018:

23 — South Carolina IRA, Hilton Head, SC, teaching/PD

October 2017

9 — Professional Development, Forsyth County Teachers Staff Day, Cumming, GA, teaching

17 — Brookwood School, Thomasville, GA All students and PD with teachers after school

29-Nov1 – Charleston, SC

September 2017

3-8 — Washington, D.C. area

August 2017:

29 — Oxford, Mississippi, speaker, “Books and Lunch”

30 — First Regional Library events, Hernando, MS

31 — St.Agnes/St.Dominic School grades 1-6 assembly sessions, Memphis, TN

July 2017:

12-16 — BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers, Provo UT, speaking

June 2017

5-9 — Decatur, GA

16 — Meeting w John Hope Franklin Young Scholars from Duke University, Decatur, GA

21 — Professional Development with K-12 Teachers, for Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt Educational, Miami, FL

23 – taping “Stories From the Teaching Life” w Penny Kittle to air July 21

April 2017:

5 -7 — Syosset High School, Syosset, NY, all 9th graders & teachers, REVOLUTION one-book.

19 — Augusta University, Augusta, GA working with pre-service teachers on teaching documentary novels

Mar 2017:

9 — Orchard Middle School, Solon, OH, all 5th and 6th graders and their teachers

16 – St. Thomas More School, Decatur, GA, all grades, and speaking to parents at evening PTO meeting

21 — Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults, Kennesaw, GA

23 — Trickum Middle School, Lilburn, GA, all 6th graders and their teachers,  historical thinking and writing

29 — Darlington School, Rome GA, all grades K through 8.

31 — Dunwoody Elementary School, Dunwoody GA — all 4th graders and their teachers

Feb 2017

2 — “Literacy is Key” event for First Book Mid-South, Memphis, TN, Keynote

3 — St. George’s School, Germantown, TN, grades 2-5 writing workshops.

16 — Riverside Elementary School, Suwanee, GA. — all 4th graders and their teachers.

22 — Bryson Elementary School, Spartanburg, SC — all students and their teachers

25 — Writing Workshop for 5th/6th graders from The Museum School, Atlanta, at Little Shop of Stories

Jan 2017

7 — Little Shop of Stories Decatur, GA writing workshop 5th & 6th graders from The Museum School

Nov 2016:

2-8 — Washington, D.C.

17-22 — NCTE/ALAN, Atlanta GA

Oct 2016

11 —  Jackson, MS schools

11 — Delta Arts Alliance, 4th- through 10th-grade students after school.Cleveland, MS

22 — Teachers K-12 for Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt Educational, Miami, FL, keynote

23-26 — Washington, D.C.

Sept 2016:

23-26 — Colorado Springs, CO

August 2016:

21-25 — Mississippi Book Festival, Jackson, MS

June 2016:

7 — Brookwood Cluster Writing Institute, R.D. Head Elem School, Lilburn, GA faculty

10-14 — Chicago

19-24 — Aspen Summer Words Writer’s Conference, Aspen, CO, faculty

25 — Character Development Workshop, Fulton Co Libraries ATL. Open to all (workshop 2 of 3)

May 2016:

9 — Emory University

11-12 — Friends’ Central School, Wynnewood, PA. All middle schoolers, COUNTDOWN, REVOLUTION, writing workshops.

13 — Elkins Park School, Elkins Park, PA

17-18 — Tampa Florida teachers K-12 for Scholastic Book Fairs

19-25 — D.C. area

21 — The Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, MD

April 2016:

4-5 — AAIM Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Springdale, AR

6 — Lakeside Middle School, Hot Springs, AR

13 — Warner Elementary School, Parma, MI Skype

23 — Teen Lit Festival, Durham, NC

March 2016:

1 — Emory University

6-11 — Raleigh, N.C. schools all week.

13 — SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle, Atlanta, GA

18 — Riverside Elementary School, Suwannee, GA, all 4th graders and their teachers

19-23 — Children’s Literature Festival, Univ. Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

February 2016:

4 — Mackintosh Academy, Boulder, CO, writing w students & teachers

5-6 — CCIRA – Colorado Council International Reading Association, speaker, presenter

27 — Plot Workshop, Fulton Co Libraries, ATL. Open to all (workshop 1 of 3)

January 2016:

15 — Trickum Middle School, Lilburn, GA w students and teachers, focus on historical thinking, research, using historical events to determine plot elements, writing together.

22-23 — Harding University Young Adult Author Series, Searcy, Arkansas. Speaking and workshop

28-29 — Mt. Bethel Elementary School, Marietta, GA – assembly programs w students and teachers in grades 2-5.

November 2015

12-14 — NCSS — National Council for the Social Studies, speaker, New Orleans, LA

17 — Emory University

19-24 — NCTE/ALAN Minneapolis, MN. REVOLUTION is a Charlotte Huck Award Finalist and a Walden Award Finalist

October 2015

7 — Fernbank Elementary School, Atlanta, GA, reading to pre-K. :>

14-17 — NYC events, including the Jane Addams Peace Award ceremony 10/16. REVOLUTION is an honor book.

22-25 — NCSLMA, North Carolina School Library Media Association, Winston-Salem, NC, keynote

September 2015

12 — Atlanta Fulton County Library, teaching a Saturday Workshop for Writers:”What’s Your Story: Turning Your Life Into Fiction.”

22 — Landisville Intermediate School, Landisville, PA — all fourth graders and their teachers.

23-25 — Baltimore/Washington area

29 — Newnan, GA

30 — Furlow Charter School, Americus, GA, all 4th & 5th graders and their teachers have read LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER. Skype Q&A.

August 2015

1-3 — Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators — Los Angeles. REVOLUTION has won The Golden Kite Award for fiction.

7 — Scholastic, Atlanta, presentation at the Regional Offices

13 — Georgia Center for the Book, Atlanta. REVOLUTION is a “Books All Young Georgians Should Read.”

22 — 1st annual Mississippi Book Festival. On a panel, talking about REVOLUTION

July 2015

Writing camp and sabbatical

31 — Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators — Los Angeles

June 2015

Writing camp

May 2015

1 — Vanderlyn Elementary School, Dunwoody, GA, all students & teachers, pre-K – 5

4 — Wesley Academy, Atlanta, GA, all 4th graders, James Patterson Grant w Bound to Be Read Books

5 – Whitefoord Elem., Atlanta, GA, all 4th graders, James Patterson Grant w Bound to Be Read Books

5 — Burgess-Peterson Elem., Atlanta, all 4th graders, James Patterson Grant w Bound to Be Read Books

6 — Parkside Elem. School, Atlanta, all 4th graders, James Patterson Grant w BTBR Books

6 — Middle Grade BookClub, The Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY, SKYPE 5:30pm

8 — Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, all 4th graders, Patterson Grant w BTBR Books

14-19 — Denver, CO

21 — Riverside Elem. School, Suwanee, GA, all students and teachers, all grades

30 — Savannah

31 — Charleston, S.C.

April 2015

4-10 — Mississippi, family.

7 — Madison Station Elementary School, Madison, MS

8-10 — Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Literature Festival, Hattiesburg, MS. deGrummond Lecturer

11 — Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery, AL, presenter

15 — University of Texas San Antonio, Nancy Roser’s graduate class, SKYPE, REVOLUTION

30 — Hendricks Elementary School, Powder Springs, GA – SKYPE w 5th graders reading REVOLUTION

March 2015

Feb 24 – March 15 — International Schools, Hong Kong

27 — Atlanta International School, Atlanta, GA. Curriculum connections, students and teachers, grades 3 through middle school

31 — Mountain View Elementary School, Marietta, GA — all students and teachers

February 2015

4-5 — REVOLUTION is an NAACP Image Award Nominee. Los Angeles, CA

6 – 11  — Research trip for book three of the Sixties Trilogy, Bay Area, California:

7 — California School Library Assn, San Francisco, CA, Speaker

10 — The Girls’ Middle School, Palo Alto, CA, w REVOLUTION

19 — Pinellas County Reading Assoc., Tampa Florida, keynote

24 – March 15– International Schools, Hong Kong

January 2015

3-6 — Washington, D.C., family

12-16 — Marvin Elementary School, Marvin, NC, 1 week writing residency with all teachers and students in grades K-5, professional development with teachers.

23 — West End Elementary School, Rome, GA — all students and teachers

25-29 — Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston, TX. 1 week residency, grades 4-8.

December 2015

3 — Landisville Intermediate School, Landisville, PA, all 4th grade students/teachers

17 — Daniel Boone Regional Library event, SKYPE

November 2014

Little North Carolina book tour with REVOLUTION:

4 — Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC, all lower school students and teachers

5 — Cary Academy, Raleigh, grades 6-8

5 — Combs Elementary Schools, Raleigh

5 — Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, signing REVOLUTION  7pm

6 — Pollard Middle School, Pittsboro

6 — Scuppernong Books, Greensboro

6 — Chatham Community Library 4pm family program sponsored by McIntyre’s Fine Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC

16-19 — New York City. REVOLUTION is a National Book Award finalist.

20-23 — Miami Book Fair with National Book Award finalists’ events

October 2014

11 — SCBWI Southern Breeze conference, Birmingham, AL, speaking w Kerry Madden

12 — Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN w REVOLUTION

13 — Ensworth School, Nashville, TN w REVOLUTION

18-24 — D.C. area, bookstores and schools, TBA

20 — Potomac School, McLean, VA — all 4th graders and teachers

21 — 10am, Politics & Prose signing REVOLUTION, Washington, D.C.

22 — 7pm, Curious Iguana Books, Frederick, MD signing REVOLUTION

23 — Evendale Elementary School, Winchester, VA — all students and teachers, assembly programs

25-26 — Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX w REVOLUTION

Sept. 2014

Little Mississippi book tour w REVOLUTION, more info to come:

2 — LEMURIA BOOKS, Jackson, MS

4 — TURNROW BOOKS, Greenwood, MS signing REVOLUTION

5 — SQUARE BOOKS, JR, Oxford, MS, signing REVOLUTION

August 2014

12 — Professional Development with teachers, Elm Street Elem School, Rome, GA

29-31 — Decatur Book Festival with REVOLUTION, Decatur, GA

June 2014

1-3 — Charleston, SC

5-7 — SCBWI Florida, Midyear Conference MG novel workshop, Orlando, FL, teaching

8 — Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago, IL w REVOLUTION. On a panel w/ Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain, James Klise

15-18 South Carolina Assn. of School Administrators, Myrtle Beach, S.C., keynote: “Everything is a Remix — Writing the Documentary Novel: Using short texts and primary sources to weave together personal narrative, fiction, non-fiction, and biography.”

26 — Scholastic Summer Institute, St. Louis, MO, Keynote

27-30 — American Library Assn Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV

May 2014

2 — St. George’s School, Memphis, TN, Each Little Bird That Sings brunch with mother-daughter book club
5 — Morningside Elementary School, Atlanta, GA, all 4th and 5th grade students

7 — Elm Street Elementary School, Rome, GA, all students

8 — Emory University

9 — Barrow Elementary School, lunch with Battle of the Books COUNTDOWN readers, Athens, GA

9 — 4:30pm Meet-and-Greet with readers at Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

21-28 — family wedding week!

April 2014

6-7 — American Booksellers Assn Children’s Institute, San Antonio, TX

8-11 — Texas Library Association  TLA, San Antonio, TX “Telling the Truth: Using Literary Techniques to Present the Facts”

22 — The Potomac School, McLean, VA, all 8th graders, turning narrative into fiction

25 — The Mead School, Stamford, CT, Skype with 7th graders

29 — Ft. Lauderdale FL with Bob Adelman to view his amazing gallery show of civil rights photos here.

March 2014

6  Winchester Trail Elementary School,  Canal Winchester, OH

27 – Newton Elementary School, Waxhall, NC, all grades

28 — Marvin Elementary School, Waxhall, NC, all grades, assembly/writing sessions

February 2014

11-13 — Great Neck South Middle School, Great Neck, NY, grades 6 through 8

18 — Holy Innocents’ School, Atlanta, GA, grades 3 through 5

24 — Madison Crossing Elementary School, Canton, MS

January 2014
24-28 — ALA Midwinter Conference, Philadelphia, PA

November 2013

21-24 — NCTE, Boston, MA. Presenting  “Meaningful Literacy Learning With Short Texts: An Inch Wide and a Mile Deep”

October 2013

5 — Firefly Run 5K in Atlanta — come run (walk) with me!

16-18 — D.C. area

19 — Keystone State Reading Association, State College, PA

26  — Children’s Literature Festival, Keene, NH

September 2013

23-27 — The Lovett School, Atlanta, GA —  personal narrative writing with grades 3-5

June 2013

11 — Cromwell Valley Elementary School, Towson, MD — Skype

13 — North Hampton School, North Hampton, NH — Skype

18 — Reading Writing Institute, Riverside Elementary School, Suwanee, GA

19 — Summer Reading/Writing, Spartanburg schools, Spartanburg, SC

24 — Brookwood Cluster Reading/Writing Institute, Gwinnett Co., GA

3o — Visiting Faculty, Pine Manor College Solstice MFA program, Chestnut Hill, MA

May 2013

9-11 — School visits and Young Authors’ Conference, Athens, TN

14 – 17 — New Hampshire Schools and NH School Library Media Assn., Whitefield, NH

April 2013

20 — Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C. non-fiction award event

29 — Gwin Oaks Elementary School, Lawrenceville, GA

March 2013

8-9 — Conference on Children’s Literature, Athens, GA

January 2013

Jan. 18 – Feb. 1 — Singapore American School, Singapore, working with 7th graders and their teachers, turning personal narrative into fiction

Feb. 2-4 — Children’s Literature Conference, Singapore

October 2012

6 — Boston, MA

13-17 — Kennebunk, ME

September 2012

4-10 — Charleston, SC

July 2012

14-17 — SCBWI regional conference, Frederick, MD

17-19 — D.C./Baltimore area

25 — Duncan Creek Elementary School,  Buford, GA, summer writing camp, grades 1 through 8

June 2012

4-6 Charleston, SC

May 2012

10 — The Potomac School, McLean, VA.  One-day writing intensive with 8th grade students

21-25 — Mississippi, research for book two of the sixties trilogy

April 2012

26 — Alabama Book Award Luncheon, Birmingham, AL

March 2012

10 –South Carolina Young Writers’ Conference, Columbia,  SC

February 2012

24 — Ensworth School, Nashville, TN, writing with middle school students and teachers

December 2011

5 -6 — East Tennessee Schools, student assemblies, teacher workshops  

November 2011

4-5 — Appalachian State University Children’s Literature Symposium, Boone, NC,
schools, keynote, workshop

7-9 — Brookstone School, Columbus, GA

14-16 — The Potomac School, McLean, VA, writing residency with fourth graders and their teachers

October 2011

3 — Starr-Iva Middle School, Anderson, SC, 6th & 7th graders, Countdown project & family literacy night

5-6 — W.G. Coleman Elementary School, Marshall, VA, student writing workshops and staff development

7 — Powhatan School, Boyce, VA, author visit

13 — Baldwin School, Quincy, IL, young author’s day

14-15 — Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books, Providence, RI

16-19 — Plymouth, Mass

20-21 — NJ schools, Countdown as “one book, one school” read

September 2011

6-13 — Charleston, SC

17-19 Southern Independent Booksellers Assoc. conference, Charleston, SC

26 — Alexandria, LA schools/Rapides Parish Library

August 2011

home and writing, writing, writing

July 2011

15-17 — Vermont College, Montpelier, VT, visiting faculty

June 2011

3 — Village Community School, NY, NY, Countdown 5th grade mock newbery skype visit

8 — Guntersville Public Library, AL, public library program – y’all come!

14 — Greene Co. Tech School System, Paragould, AR, teacher in-service

16 — Riverside Elementary School, Suwanee, GA literacy institute

17, 20 — University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, writing camp

27-28 — Shenandoah University children’s literature festival

May 2011

2 — Friends School of Baltimore, MD, documentary project

3-4 — The Potomac School, McLean, VA, writing residency

5 — Lakewood Elementary School, Rockville, MD, author visit

6 — Urbana Elementary School, Urbana, MD, keynote, 50th anniversary

9 – Washington Middle School, Washington, MO  Countdownbook club skype

11-12 — Grandview School, Jonesborough, TN, teacher in-service and student workshops

13 —  Robertsville Middle School, Oak Ridge, TN Countdown project

13 — Eaton Elementary School, Lenoir City, TN, storytelling w 3rd & 4th graders

16 — Mason Elementary School, Valdosta, GA,  teacher workshops: teaching personal narrative

Travels With Charlie (bookstore tour with Scholastic rep Charlie Young)

18 — Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA, signing, public event

19 — Page & Palette, Mobile, AL. signing, public event

30-31 — Charleston, SC

April 2011

4 — The Duke School, Durham, NC, author visit, writing day

5-9 —  The Little Read, Hickory, NC, Love, Ruby Lavender w every 3rd grader in Lenoir Co., NC

12-15 — Texas Library Association, Austin, TX

15-17 — Western Washington SCBWI, Redmond, WA, faculty

30 — Upstate Young Writer’s Network, Greenville, SC, working with young writers

March 2011

1 — Baker & Taylor, Concord, NC, national manager’s meeting

5-19 – Brent American School, Philippines, writing residency

24 — Robt. E. Lee Elementary School, Spotsylvania, VA, author visit

28-29 — Chattanooga, TN, school and library programs

31 — Darien Public Library, CT. CountdownOne Book, One Community event – y’all come!

February 2011

3 — W.T. Jackson Elementary School, Atlanta, GA, author visit

9 — Wright Denny School, Charles Town, WV, author visit

10 — Martinsburg Public Library, WV, writing workshops: young writers, and family stories

18-19 — Harding University young adult author series, Searcy, AR

24 — The Heritage School, Newnan, GA — Countdown project

January 2011

7-9 — Greenwood, Mississippi, research for book 2 of the Sixties Trilogy

14-17 — Los Angeles and Trabuco Canyon, CA

25 — Brookwood Elementary School, Snellville, GA

December 2010

6 — Mercer University children’s  literature class, Atlanta

15 — Columbia University Teachers College, faculty

 November 2010

1 — Literacy Compass, Norfolk, VA

4 — North Carolina School & Library Media Specialists conference Winston-Salem, NC

5 — Winston-Salem schools

15-16 — Scholastic Book Fairs, Knoxville, TN

18-21  — NCTE Orlando, FL

 October 2010

4-6 — San Francisco, Scholastic Book Fairs

8-10 — Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN

13 — UT Austin via Skype

15-17 — SCBWI-WI retreat faculty, Racine, WI

18-19 — Scholastic Book Fairs, Chicago

20-23 — Rockport, MA

28-31 — Washington, D.C.

29 — signing COUNTDOWN at Dancing Bear in Frederick, MD. 7pm

 September 2010

2 — The Langley School via Skype

3-5 — Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA

7-8 — Teacher workshops, The Little Read, Hickory, NC

10-17 — Charleston, SC

14 — The Citadel, young adult lit class

20-22 — The Langley School, McLean, VA, w middle schoolers

24-25 — SIBA Daytona Beach, FL

28-30 — Scholastic Book Fairs, Birmingham and Scottsboro, AL

 August 2010

2-3  — Literacy Compass, Norfolk, VA

11-13 — Atlanta, family

15-20 — Portland and Seattle

22 — Jackson, MS

23 — signing Countdown at Square Books in Oxford, MS 4pm

24 — signing Countdown at Turnrow Books in Greenwood, MS 3:30pm

25 — signing Countdown at Lemuria Books in Jackson, MS – 5pm

26 — Georgia Center for the Book, Atlanta

28— 2pm Suwanee Festival of Books, Suwanee, GA

 July 2010

15-17 — Hamline University MFA Program, Visiting Faculty
20-21 — Scholastic Book Fairs, Orlando, FL
26 — Countdown book group discussion, Atlanta
27 — Countdown book group discussion, Tucson, via Skype

 June 2010

3 – TTU/IRA, Upper Cumberland Region IRA, Cookeville, TN
8-9 – Georgia Conference on Reading and Writing, Perry, GA
24-29 – ALA, Washington, DC
30 – Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, Children’s Literature Festival

 May 2010

1 – Books of Wonder, New York City, signing Countdown, 2:00 p.m.
12 – Politics & Prose, Washington, DC, signing Countdown, 10:30 a.m.
22 – Knoxville Festival of Reading, World’s Fair Park

 April 2010

3 – Louin, MS
13-14 – Graceland University, Lamoni, IA  Young Author’s Conference
17 – Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC (nf award event)
19 – Lakewood Elementary School, Rockville, MD
20-21 – The Langley School, Washington DC
25-28 – International Reading Assoc., Chicago, IL
30 – Bookazine’s KidsDay Event, Princeton, NJ

March 2010

9-10 – Auburn, AL schools
13 – South Carolina Young Author’s Conference, Columbia, SC
15 – Dutch Fork Elementary School, Irmo, SC
22 – The Episcopal School of Knoxville, Knoxville, TN
23 – Jefferson Middle School, Oak Ridge, TN
23 – University of Tennessee, Hodges Library Auditorium
24 – Robertsville Middle School/Glenwood ES, Oak Ridge, TN
25 – Woodland ES/Linden ES, Oak Ridge, TN
26 – Webb School of Knoxville, TN
30 – Highland Bluff Elementary School, Brandon, MS
31 – Brandon ES, Pelahatchie ES, Brandon, MS

 February 2010

22 – Jonesboro, Arkansas schools and public library program
23 – Jonesboro, Arkansas schools
24 – St. Agnes Academy/St. Dominic School, Memphis, TN
25 – St. Mary’s School, Memphis, TN
26 – Jonesboro, Arkansas schools

January 2010

30 – Bay County Reading Assoc., Panama City, FL

 November 2009

14 — Battle of the Books, Midland, MI
16-17 – Washington, D.C. schools

 September 2009

25 – SEBA, Greenville, SC

May 2009

1 (Friday) – Turn Row and Hernando, MS Librarians
2 (Saturday) – Memphis, and Square Books Jr. in Oxford, MS 3 (Sunday) — home
8, 11-12 – Parsons Elementary School, Suwanee, GA
13 – Centennial Arts Academy, Gainesville, GA

April 2009

Shoestring Tour
1 – Maryland schools and after-school program
2 – Politics & Prose, Washington, D.C. 10:30am
3 – Horizon Elementary School, Sterling, VA
4 – Children’s Book Guild of D.C.
5 – The Maret School, Washington, D.C., family program

14-15 – Nebraska schools

Shoestring Tour
21 – Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC. 7pm
24 – Fox Tale Bookshoppe, Woodstock, GA 4pm
25 – Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA 4pm
26 (Sunday) – travel to Mississippi
27 (Monday) – Main Street Books, Hattiesburg, MS
28 (Tuesday) – Lemuria, Jackson, MS
30 (Thursday) – Turn Row Books, Greenwood, MS

March 2009

4 – local speaking
17 – Barrow Elementary School, Athens, GA
18 – Davis Elementary School, Marietta, GA
23 – R.D. Head Elementary School, Lilburn, GA
25 – Rock Springs Elementary School, Lawrenceville, GA

February 2009

26 – Highland School, Birmingham, AL
27 – Crestline Elementary School, Mountain Brook, AL

December 2008

1-2 – Writing Personal Narratives with Third Graders and Teachers at Mantua Elementary School, Fairfax, VA
3-4 – Writing Residency, The Hill School, Middleburg, VA

November 2008

12 – Glenridge Elementary School, Seattle (Renton), WA
13 – Grass Lake Elementary School, Kent, WA
18-20 – Augusta, GA schools
22 – TASL, Tennessee Assoc. of School Librarians, Franklin, TN

October 2008

22 – Stephens County Middle School, Toccoa, GA

 September 2008

23 – Scholastic Book Fairs, Birmingham, AL

 August 2008

18 – Writing Personal Narratives with Teachers, Heritage School, Newnan, GA
Decatur Book Festival
, Decatur, GA, Labor Day Weekend

30 – SIBA Book Award panel
31 – children’s stage, The Aurora Co. All-Stars

July 2008

14 – Gettysburg Library, Gettysburg, PA
15 – Frederick Co. Public Libraries, Urbana, MD 3:30pm, y’all come!

June 2008

10-11 – Literacy Compass, Tampa, FL
18 – Brookwood Cluster Children’s Reading and Writing Institute, Lawrenceville, GA

May 2008

4 – Day-long Institute at IRA, Atlanta, GA
5 – signings, IRA, Atlanta
10 – Family Celebration: college graduations, weddings, togetherness
13 – W.J. Cooper Elem. School, Loganville, GA
14 – Scholastic Book Fairs, Hall County, GA
15-16 – Putnam County Elem. School, Eatonton, GA
19-20 – Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, MO
28 – E.J. Swint Elementary School, Jonesboro, GA

April 2008

2 – Root Elementary School, Fayetteville, Arkansas
3 – Vandergriff Elementary School, Fayetteville, Arkansas
19 – Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery, AL
24 – Alabama Book Award Ceremony (Little Bird!), Birmingham, AL
25-26 – Children’s Literature Conference, Frostburg, MD
30 – Beth Yeshurun Day School, Houston, TX

March 2008

7-9 – UNLV Conference w/Southern Nevada Writing Conference
27 – Polk County Reading Council, Orlando, Florida

February 2008

7-9 – Books Alive!, Panama City, FL
20-21 – South Carolina IRA (SCIRA), Myrtle Beach, SC
22-24 – SCBWI Springmingle, Atlanta, GA
27-28 – Scholastic Book Fairs event, Chicago, IL

January 2008

23-24 – Mantua Elementary School, Fairfax, VA, writing residency with 4th-graders and teachers

December 2007

1-3 – New Orleans, with Coleen Salley
4-5 – Honors Forum, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

November 2007

2-3 – Texas Book Festival, Austin
5-9 – Iowa City, IA schools
16-19 – NCTE, National Council of Teachers of English, NYC
26-30 – Canterbury Woods ES, Annandale, VA Writing Residency

October 2007

6-7 – Midwest Booksellers Association (MBA), Minneapolis, MN
8 – School District of Belleville, Belleville, WI
9 – Rome Corners Intermediate School, Oregon, WI
12-13 – Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN
17-18 – Georgia COMO conference, Jekyll Island, GA
20 – signing, Man in the Moon Children’s Bookshoppe, Monroe, GA 11am
21 – 26 – Dallas, TX schools

September 2007

The Aurora County All-Stars Tour — Y’all Come!
6 – Happy Bookseller, Columbia, SC
11 – Shop on the Corner, Philadelphia, MS Lemuria, Jackson, MS
12 – Turnrow Book Co., Greenwood, MS
13 – Square Books Jr., Oxford, MS
Thacker Mountain Radio, Oxford, MS
17 – Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
18 – Barnes & Noble, Walnut Creek, CA
19 – Linden Tree, Los Altos, CA
School Visit sponsored by Books Inc, San Francisco
20 – The Storyteller, Lafayette, CA
Hicklebees, San Jose, CA
21 – signing, PNBA (Pacific Northwest Booksellers Assn) Seattle
22 – All For Kids, Seattle
Village Books, Bellingham, WA
23 – Third Place Books, Lake Forest, WA
24 – Children’s Place Bookstore, Portland, OR
Powells, stock signing, Portland, OR
25 – school visit sponsored by Whale of a Tale, Irvine, CA
The First Page, stock signing, Costa Mesa, CA
Santa Fe Springs Public Library, Santa Fe Springs, CA
26 – Yellow Book Road, La Mesa, CA
29 – Author Panel, SIBA, Atlanta, GA

August 2007

20-21 – Scholastic Book Fairs, Charlotte Media Market
25 – signing, Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA 2pm
27 – taping, Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA
28-30 – Staff Development, Wayne Avenue School, Dunn, NC

June 2007

22-26 – American Library Association Conference, Washington, DC

May 2007

1 – The Children’s School, Atlanta, GA
8 – Scholastic Book Fairs dinner, Atlanta
10 – Scholastic Book Fairs dinner, Atlanta
17 – Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C.
18 – The Sheridan School, Washington, D.C.
31 – June 1 – Literacy Compass, Tampa, FL

April 2007

3-4 – Colorado Academy, Denver, CO
11-13 – Gwin Oaks Elementary School, Lawrenceville, GA
21 – Leon County Reading Council, Tallahassee, FL
22 – Arkansas Literary Festival, Little Rock
23 – Riverdale Elementary School, Germantown, TN
24 – Lakeland Elementary School, Lakeland, TN
24 – Memphis Public Library – “Same Book, Same Time”
LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER, (MidSouth Reads)
25 – St. George’s Independent School, Memphis, TN

March 2007

2 – AWP, Associated Writing Program panel, Atlanta, GA
6 – Jefferson Middle School, Oak Ridge, TN
7 – Robertsville Middle School, Oak Ridge, TN
19 – University of Texas at Austin
12-14 – North Carolina Reading Association Conference
26-27 – Pearson Elementary School, Catlett, VA
28 – Daniel Morgan Middle School, Winchester, VA
29 – Haycock Elementary School, Falls Church, VA

February 2007

1-2 – Houston area schools, CyFair Independent School District
8 – Scholastic Book Fairs, Orlando, FL
21 – Gregory Elementary School, Wilmington, NC

January 2007

29-31 – Houston area schools, CyFair Independent School District

December 2006

10-11 – New York City, Listening Library

November 2006

2 – Green Valley Elementary School, Monrovia, MD
2 – The Reading Connection, Washington, DC
3 – George Mason Elementary School, Alexandria, VA
4 – Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC
7 – Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX
8 – St. Francis Episcopal Day School, Piney Point, TX
17-18 – Savannah Children’s Book Festival, Savannah, GA

October 2006

2 – South Shades Crest Elementary School, Hoover, AL
13-15 – Southern Festival of Books, Memphis, TN
16-18 – National Presbyterian School, Washington, DC
25-26 – Mississippi Library Association, Tunica, MS

September 2006

2 – Decatur, GA Book Festival, 2:30pm Children’s Stage
25-26 – Library Expo with Scholastic Book Fairs, Montgomery and Birmingham, AL

July 2006

15-26 – Vermont College, faculty

June 2006

1-5 – NYC

29 – Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Festival, Winchester, VA

 May 2006

1-2 – International Reading Association annual conference, Chicago

4 – Frederick County Reading Association, Frederick, MD

6 – Celebration of Children’s Literature, Washington, D.C.

9 – Cash Elementary School, Kernersville, NC

10 – Vienna Elementary School, Pfafftown, NC

18-19 – ABA/Book Expo America, Washington, DC

23 – Fox Theatre, Atlanta

27 – Atlanta Jazz Festival

 April 2006

5-7 – Children’s Book Festival, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

7-9 – New Orleans, LA w/ Coleen Salley

21 – Heritage School, Newnan, GA with Deborah Hopkinson

24-26 – Texas Library Association, Houston, TX

29, 30 – International Reading Association annual conference, Chicago

 March 2006

9-10 – Virginia State Reading Association annual conference, Virginia Beach, VA

15-16 – Bank Street College of Education, NYC

17-19 – SCBWI retreat faculty, Chapel Hill, NC

20-24 – Raleigh, NC area schools:

20 – Baucom Elementary in Apex

21 – Cedar Fork Elementary in Morrisville

22 – Conn Active Learning & Technology Magnet Elementary in Raleigh

23 – Jamestown Elementary School in Jamestown

24 – Highcroft Drive Elementary in Cary

30 – Orlando, FL taping Scholastic Bookfairs Author Video

February 2006

23-26 – Children’s Literature Conference, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

December 2005

2-3 – Reading Symposium, Pinehurst, NC

6-7 – Northern Mississippi schools and libraries:

6 – Strayhorn & Coldwater Elementary Schools, Tate County, MS

6 – Hernando Public Library, Hernando, MS

7 – Greenhill Elementary School at the Sardis Public Library, Sardis, MS

7 – Tunica Public Library, Tunica, MS

7 – Olive Branch Public Library, Olive Branch, MS

12-13 – writing workshops, Glennwood 4-5 Academy, Decatur, GA

November 2005

4 – Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Forest Elementary School — Forest, VA

5 – Literature Festival, Central Library, Bedford, VA

6 – Lynchburg Library visit in the Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA

7 – Paul Munro Elementary School, Lynchburg, VA

9-10 – Frederick, MD

11 – South Frederick Elementary School, Frederick, MD

12 – Book Week luncheon, Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC

14-16 – National Book Award Events, New York City

18-19 – Savannah Literature Festival, Savannah, GA

October 2005

6 – Robeson County Curriculum Reading Specialists, Wilmington, NC

7-9 – Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN

13 – Rowan County Reading Teachers, Salisbury, NC

16 – Carpe Librum Books, Knoxville, TN

17 – Hardin Valley Elementary School, Knoxville, TN

27 – Mississippi Library Association, Vicksburg, MS — This conference has been cancelled. Click here to find out how you can help rebuild Mississippi libraries devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

June 2005

13 – Barnes & Noble, Alpharetta, GA

24-27 – American Library Association annual conference, Chicago, IL

May 2005

3-6 – International Reading Association annual conference, San Antonio, TX

16-17 – Twin Ridge Elementary School, Frederick, MD

18 – Middletown Elementary School, Frederick, MD

19 – Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC

20 – The Sheridan School, Washington, DC

April 2005

6-7 – Raleigh, NC schools

14-24 – Publication tour for EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS in hardcover and LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER in a new paperback edition.

For more information contact: Kia Neri at Harcourt: kneri@harcourt.com

Y’all Come!

14 – Vero Beach Book Center, Vero Beach, FL

15 – Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.Aladdin’s Lamp, Alexandria, VA
16 – Barnes & Noble on Honeygo Blvd. Baltimore, MD (White Marsh)Dancing Bear, Frederick, MD
18 – Barnes & Noble, Winston-Salem, NC
The Regulator, Durham, NC
19 – Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

20 – Open Book, Greenville, SC

21 – Happy Bookseller, Columbia, SC
22 – Square Books, Oxford, MS
23 – Lemuria, Jackson, MS
Brandon Library, Brandon, MS

25 – Windows, A Bookshop, Monroe, LA

March 2005

7-8 – Writing Residency, Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN
18-20 – Vermont College, Montpelier VT

February 2005

9-11 – Rowan Co., NC schools
Prepublication tour for EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS.

November 2004

5 – Perry High School, Southwest Ga. Writing Project with RUBY.
13 – Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC
15-19 – Writing Residency, Willow Springs Elem, Fairfax Co., VA

October 2004

5 – Georgia schools
9 – Washington Library Media Specialists, Bellevue, WA
11-15 – Eastern Shore elementary schools, MD
14 – Eastern Shore chapter, International Reading Assoc.
15-17 – Edgecomb, ME
18 – Chinn Park Regional Library, Manassas, VA

September 2004

15-17 – North Carolina Library Media Specialists annual conference, Winston-Salem, NC

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