Where to begin? Winter is just beginning to wind down here, although not as quickly as everyone would probably like. It’s still terribly cold but I’ve noticed the birds are chirping a little differently, so I am assuming they know something I don’t.

I am trying desperately to adjust to this new schedule, while also keeping some quiet time so I can make some art. My correspondence has been lacking, but I’m trying to do the best I can.

Philip and I have just returned from Madison, Wisconsin where he accepted a Charlotte Zolotow Honor for the writing of A Sick Day for Amos McGee. The winner of the award was Rukhsana Kahn for the writing of The Big Red Lollipop, who we had the pleasure of meeting and sharing a couple of meals with. Philip made a little speech, which was far better than the Caldecott acceptance speech I have been trying to write out. I was envious, but with love and pride as well.

We were hosted by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. I’m not sure I’ve met a nicer, more dedicated group of people. They were incredibly generous towards Philip and I, and I hope we made a decent impression. It was obviously an interesting weekend to visit Madison and talk with teachers and librarians. To be honest, it was difficult to see such devoted people having to defend their jobs and positions.

A photo from our sunny, warm trip to Madison.

The kind people at the CCBC showed us the original manuscript for The Westing Game. It was a breathless moment. They were so generous with their time and it was great to just talk about books for a couple of hours.

Well, I am off to draw a little. I’d encourage anyone who loves books to order a copy of the CCBC Choices publication. It’s a great resource, and I think if I were a teacher or homeschooler, this would be an outstanding purchase.

Phil and I will be at Nicola’s Books tomorrow night (Tuesday), March 8th, at 6pm for a signing. If you’re in the area, please come by!

I’ve been doing quite a bit of research for my Caldecott speech (knowing full well I won’t use it and I’ll write something more personal). Luckily, I have a dear friend Oliver, who made a TED speech this past year that I can reference. He’s the youngest Design Editor in the history of National Geographic Magazine (and, if I may say, he bakes a darn good cookie whenever we visit). If you have a moment, watch it. He’s quite charming, but also makes an interesting argument.



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  1. February 1, 2012

    That video was so inspiring! And, of course, so are you. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. November 6, 2013

    The most southerly county of England and the UK is Cornwall, home to vast sandy beaches, sublime scenery, wild waves from the ocean and an outstanding natural beauty which has made Cornwall a favourite amongst tourists and a popular face to postcards. Cornwall in many of the small fishing communities which mainly cater toward tourists portrays a scene of stepping back in time, not much has changed in many seaside towns and villages. On the other hand holiday venues and accommodation are at a high standard and are a modern and quality standard ensuring a relaxing holiday with those you hold dearly.The entirety of Cornwall provides valuable sights and attractions to its visiting guests, be your interests costal or inland, stepping back from the coast (if you can!) has many attractions you might want to consider taking the children (big and small) too. So here is a compilation of things to do while in Cornwall.The Eden Project near St Austell is a great holiday destination for anyone staying in Cornwall and is one of the premiere attractions to the county, rightly so – Eden is a unique project and one which has benefited a disused clay pit bringing Cornwall to the forefront of tourist destinations. Browse the many ‘bio domes’, restaurants and timed entertainment, book in for a day with evening entertainment and you could literally spend the entire day and evening here come wind or wet weather. The Bluereef Aquarium in Newquay is a fantastic destination for all the family and within a popular tourist town. There are tons of fish here which you can get a close look at hundreds of sea creature’s environments. This aquarium has favourites such as sharks and penguins plus many more to keep you entertained in all weather conditions.The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is a project to combine tourism with Cornwalls deep and historic marine past. Within the museum there is much for children to see and partake in including racing boats, interactive videos and a trip which takes you under the sea (at the right tide). Another all-weather attraction in Cornwall.Concluding my top three all-weather attractions in Cornwall, don’t forget between checking off your tick list to spend some time relaxing and unwinding. If your with children the beach is ideal for this, you can relax whilst they play. Rent out a boat, or take a charter and enjoy the majesty that is Cornwall, you will miss it when your gone!
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