The Cheshire Cheese Cat a 2014 -2015 Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominee!

Our very own Cheshire Cheese Cat (a middle-grade mystery set in Dickens’ London) received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and Kirkus, when first published in 2011. Since that time it has garnered an E.B. White Honor Award, a Cybil Award, a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, among other lovely honors. STILL. We admit to being all a-buzz about making the nomination list in our very own home state. This is one of those special awards that is voted on by children. Huzzah–as Mr. Charles D. would say!


Holiday Book Signing!

lake-house-at-avondale(pp_w649_h432)Avondale Estates, Georgia is hosting their annual holiday market on December 15 at the Lake House. Along with 35 different vendors, they will have five different authors throughout the day signing books.

Come out for books and Christmas treats (or just to enjoy the lovely lake!).

You can find more information about the Avondale Christmas Tour of Homes and Holiday Market HERE.

I also want to give a big THANK YOU to Eagle Eye Book Shop, who will be selling books.

Carmen will be signing from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Author Signing Schedule:

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Jeffrey Small

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Kathy Trocheck

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Casey Kallenberg

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Vicky Alvear Shecter

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Carmen Agra Deedy


The Museum of Design Atlanta

MODAThis Sunday, November 10 at The Museum of Design Atlanta, Carmen will be joining illustrator Michael Allen Austin (Martina the Beautiful Cockroach), editor Kathy Landwehr (Peachtree Publishers) and Diane Capriola (Little Shop of Stories) in a panel discussion all about writing, illustration, and publishing. If you have questions, or just want a book signed, be sure to register! The panel starts at 1 p.m.



It’s That Time of Year Again!

Welcome to a brand new season of the Emmy winning show, Love That Book!

In this episode, Kindness Counts, we get to look at three very different books that take a look at kindness, as well as bullying.

stand-tall-molly-lou-melonFirst, we are introduced to Molly Lou Melon in Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and illustrated by David Catrow (Putnam Juvenile, 2001). While Molly seems to have the cards stacked against her, being small, buck-toothed, and with a voice like a bullfrog, her Grandmother has the utmost confidence in her. Everything goes pretty well for Molly, until she moves to a new school and is faced with a bully for the first time.

Next up, we get a glimpse of Xander in Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park and xander200illustrated by Matt Phelan (Clarion Books, 2013). Xander wants to throw a panda party, but there is just one problem… he is the only panda at the zoo. He doesn’t let this stop him though. He decides to invite all of the bears in the zoo. Realizing that others will be left out, Xander decideds to invite all of the mammals as well, then all the birds and reptiles. Ultimately, the whole zoo gets to come to the panda party!

BootsieLastly, we come to one of my favorites, Bootsie Barker Bites by Barbara Bottner and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann (Puffin, 1997). Our narrator hates it when Bootsie comes over to “play.” She tears up her books, knocks over her aquarium an pretends to be a “turtle eating dinosaur.” When all intonations of “play nice girls” are ignored by Bootsie, a plan must be made before our heroine is rushed to the hospital with dinosaur bites. Be sure to pick up this book to find out just how to get the best of your own Bootsie.


Be sure watch the whole episode HERE, and let us know what your favorite books are about kindness and bullying!



Library Dragon Kid Art!

One of the BEST things about this job is the amazing art that kids send in. While we can’t post every drawing we get, here are a couple of pictures of the Library Dragon sent to us by some of the students at Ison Springs Elementary in Sandy Springs, Ga! We will add more art every so often! Keep an eye out for yours!