Good News from the Online Author Visits Team!

Here’s a peek at what our members have been up to this month:

Erik Brooks recently upped the ante on his Online Author Visits expertise by screen sharing both a slide show from his recent arctic explorations and a Photoshop window so that he could draw polar bears and other critters as a part of the presentation. And it was awesome! Erik is also finishing final art for Later, Gator! (Sterling, 2016) and is still sending polar bear post cards to the president via The Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project! 42 down and only 273 to go! Read more about it in post #1 at: and you will find a template as well if students and teachers would like to participate!

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Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams had new releases in their Goddess Girls and Heroes in Training series this month.

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Dana Sullivan just reviewed the final proof of Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden, the sixth in the D&D series by Judy Young. Everything looks great and he can’t wait for Sleeping Bear Press to release it March 1, 2016. More info at

This delightful review of Digger and Daisy Star in a Play just came in from 6-year-old Raif: Digger and Daisy are two dogs who are brother and sister. They are going to be in a play at school. The problem is that Differ wants to have a talking part, but he is just a tree. Daisy is going to be a princess, but she only has two words to say. Digger says the other people’s words everywhere — in the bathtub, at the playground, on the bus, and everywhere she goes. Daisy keeps telling him that he is a tree, and trees do not talk! Digger tells Daisy to say her words over and over so she will not forget, but she doesn’t because she only has two words. But the night of the play, she forgets them! Can Digger help her out? I like this book because it’s fun and silly. Why does anyone have to be a tree? They could just cut the tree out of cardboard and stand it up! But it’s a good thing that Digger was in the tree because he saved the play. This book is easy to read and I could read it by myself. I like the pictures because they are colorful and funny. See more about Digger and Daisy Star in a Play at

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Laurie Ann Thompson was thrilled to learn that Emmanuel’s Dream will be performed on stage in Maine by the Portland Stage as part of their Play Me a Story Theater program for kids. It was also selected by the Chicago Public Library as one of the Best Informational Books for Younger Readers of 2015! After a flurry of amazing school visits covering grades K-12, book signings, interactive workshops, a Google Hangout, and in-person public appearances this past month, Laurie is looking forward to staying home for a change and working on the first book in her upcoming series, Two Truths and a Lie (co-authored with Ammi-Joan Paquette). Laurie’s dog, Prim, says it’s about time, but she wishes she didn’t have to share Laurie’s lap with the laptop.

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Author: Laurie Ann Thompson

I write books for curious young minds and open hearts, no matter what their age. BE A CHANGEMAKER: HOW TO START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS, a teen guide to saving the world, will be published by Beyond Words/Simon Pulse in September of 2014. EMMANUEL'S DREAM: THE TRUE STORY OF EMMANUEL OFOSU YEBOAH, a picture-book biography, will be published by Schwartz & Wade/Penguin Random House in January of 2015. And MY DOG IS THE BEST, a heartwarming fictional picture book, will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan in May of 2015.

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