Monday, December 19, 2011

Wall Street Journal Best Books List

Sophie Blackall's The Crows of Pearblossom and John Rocco's Blackout both made the Wall Street Journal's Best Books of 2011 list. We are thrilled to be among this great selection of books for children.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Missed Connections Party in Boston

Sophie Blackall will be at the Brookline Booksmith on Dec. 15 at 7pm to sign copies of Missed Connections: Love Lost & Found, a collection of her work. The Boston Globe’s Love Letters and the Booksmith are celebrating her visit by collecting local missed connections listings and hosting a party for readers at Finale in Brookline following the signing.

Monday, December 12, 2011

John Rocco and Jhumpa Lahiri at Book Court SUNDAY December 18

Please come out on Sunday at 11am to BookCourt join John Rocco and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Jhumpa Lahiri, for a special reading and signing of Blackout and The Flint Heart. This event will benefit the Brooklyn Waldorf School Library.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The All the Way to America Blog

Please visit and contribute to my new blog, the ALL THE WAY TO AMERICA BLOG!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


THE BELLY BOOK is now available!!!

Click here to order:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

An Evening With Dan Yaccarino!

I will be giving a presentation on my work in children's books, television, character design and commercial illustration on Monday October 24 at 6:30 at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Admission is free! Hope you can make it.

For more info click here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Five BookMakers hit the Carle this weekend

Please join John Rocco, Sophie Blackall, Sergio Ruzzier, Brian Floca and John Bemelmans Marciano, as they talk, read, draw and other nonsense at the Carle Museum this Sunday, October 16th starting at 11:30 am.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Every-Day Dress-Up hits the shelves today!

Selina Alko's EVERY-DAY DRESS-UP pubs today. Hip Hip Hooray!

Kirkus Reviews calls it, "a happy antidote to the princess plague".

For a preview of this girl power book, view Selina's book trailer:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Missed Connections Book Launch Party!

Please join me at Word bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, this Thursday, October 6th at 7pm to celebrate the launch of Missed Connections, Love, Lost and Found, my first illustrated book for grown ups. You can listen to a podcast about the project on NHPR here, see a slideshow on the Huffington Post here, or if you have your own Missed Connections experience, you can enter Time Out New York's competition here to have your story illustrated!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blackout signing at Books of Wonder

Please join John Rocco, Bob Shea, Richard Egielski, Ron Barrett, Jackie Preiss Weitzman, and many more as we talk about and sign our new books at Books of Wonder this Saturday from 12-2.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dan Yaccarino at Britain Elementary!

It's school visit season again, gang! Take a look at my new video taken at Britain Elementary in Texas.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Books on TV!

Dave Gordon's Smitten, Peter Brown's Children Make Terrible Pets and John Rocco's Blackout were all featured on The Marilyn Denis Show in Canada. Thanks to Heather Feldstein of the blog wordsbymom for selecting our books for this segment. Click here to watch the video.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Boys of NAIBA

Brian Floca, John Marciano, John Rocco and Dan Yaccarino attended the NAIBA in Atlantic City.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

You WILL Like This Book!

Lucille Beatrice Bear is back in a new picture book called YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND! And this's personal.

Making friends is harder than Lucy expects. She accidentally ruins the giraffe's breakfast, the skunk does not want her help, and she's too big for the frog's pond. It looks hopeless. And then, when she least expects it, a funny thing'll never guess what
it is.

Peter Brown is touring the US of A with YWBMF, click HERE to check out his complete book tour schedule. You should totally stop by one of his events.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Rick Riordan/ John Rocco spoof video

This is a two part video that was created for the American Library Association conference where Rick Riordan, myself and several others involved in the Percy Jackson books were on a panel together.

part 1

part 2

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sergio Ruzzier and Tweak Tweak at Books of Wonder

This Saturday, June 18th, from 12 to 2, Sergio Ruzzier will be at Books of Wonder in NYC to talk about Tweak Tweak and sign copies of the book. There will also be other authors and illustrators: Javaka Steptoe, Chris Raschka, Greg Foley, and Teresa E. Harris.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Take a look at MacMillan's blog for a write up I did about a great children's book for Father's Day- EVERY FRIDAY!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Blackout, John Rocco's new book

John made a very cool trailer for his book 'Blackout'.
Blackout will be in stores in a couple of weeks.

Congrats John!

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Author Illustrator Is A Rock Star!

Take a look at the MacMillan Kid's blog here!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Warning: super cute!

Congratulations, Sergio!

Congratulations to Sergio Ruzzier for his selection as one of this year’s Sendak Fellows! From what I can gather this is the second year of Sendak Fellowships. Apparently they involve a month in Connecticut with the Man himself and three other lucky fellow fellows. If that’s not exactly what the fellowship is, I hope Sergio will correct me. Anyway, I think it’s close, and it sounds, obviously, fantastic. The honor and opportunity couldn’t go to a more deserving artist. I expect he’ll make great use of it. Let’s just hope he remembers his old friends here in Brooklyn. We will be expecting postcards, Sergio.

Above: Tweak Tweak, Sergio’s next book, with text by Eve Bunting, coming in May.

Monday, April 18, 2011

E.B. White Read-Aloud winners

The American Booksellers Association recently announced the winners of the 2011 E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. In the picture book category, the winner was Children Make Terrible Pets, by our own Peter Brown — whose The Curious Garden was the winner last year. (Can the Peter Brown Award be far behind?) Among the Honor Books in the Picture Book category is Bedtime for Bear, by Brett Helquist. Details about the award are here. You can read more about Peter at his web site, here, and Brett at his web site, here. Congratulations to them both!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Look at what they have in the men's room at the Eric Carle Museum! It's a painting of a little fly!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dan Yaccarino at The Eric Carle Museum!

I will be giving a presentation about my new book ALL THE WAY TO AMERICA: THE STORY OF A BIG ITALIAN FAMILY AND A LITTLE SHOVEL at the prestigious Eric Carle Museum this Saturday April 9 at 1PM. Hope you can make it!

Click HERE for details!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Diana Wynne Jones will be missed

I was saddened to hear of the passing of the wonderful fantasy writer Diana Wynne Jones. I had the extreme pleasure of illustrating the covers for several of her amazing novels, including the classic, Howl's Moving Castle. Thank you Diana, for your wonderful books.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Irma Black Award

Hey you guys!

I'm so excited that my book CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS is a finalist for the Irma Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature! Woohoo!

Voting is open to all 1st and 2nd graders, but votes must be submitted by teachers and librarians. So...please spread the word to any young parents, teachers and librarians you know! This is such a great way to promote literacy, I hope everyone will participate. Of course, I'll be happy if kids end up voting for my book, but I'm a HUGE fan of children's choice awards like this, so my main goal is to increase participation. Seriously!

Here's the link for voting:

Thanks for your support!

Your pal,
Peter Brown

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sophie Blackall at Books of Wonder, March 19th

Sophie Blackall will be at Books of Wonder this Saturday, March 19th from 12pm-2pm to sign copies of The Crows of Pearblossom, Aldous Huxley's only story for children. Written originally as a Christmas gift in 1944 for Olivia de Haulleville, Aldous Huxley's niece, it was published as a young reader in 1967, after Huxley's death, with illustrations by Barbara Cooney. It was out of print for many years. This new picture book edition is published by Abrams.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In the news

Follow this link for a write-up from Publishers Weekly of the Book Maker’s Dozen recent trip to Sparkhouse Toys and Books in South Orange, New Jersey, plus a starred review for John Rocco’s forthcoming picture book Blackout. Thanks, PW, and congratulations, John!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Digging Down To My Roots: The Story Behind Dan Yaccarino's All the Way To America

Join author illustrator Dan Yaccarino for a look into the making of All the way To America: The Story of A Big Italian Family and A Little Shovel, a loving tribute to his family.

For more info, go to:

Friday, March 4, 2011

Dan Yaccarino Signing at Brooklyn's Powerhouse Books!

Join Dan Yaccarino on March 13 at 2PM at Powerhouse Books for a reading and signing of his new picture book ALL THE WAY TO AMERICA: THE STORY OF A BIG ITALIAN FAMILY AND A LITTLE SHOVEL.

For more info, go to:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Book Maker's Dozen at Sparkhouse in South Orange

Please join the Book Maker's Dozen as we do workshops and demonstrations to kick off our exhibition of limited edition prints at Sparkhouse Studios in South Orange, NJ.
SUNDAY March 6th 4-6PM
For more information please call 973-821-5227 or email

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Art of the Picture Book- Reception March 4

Please come out and have a toast with us!
Friday, March 4, from 6-8 pm
PowerHouse Arena, 37 Main St. Brooklyn, NY

On the occasion of Verge Art Brooklyn, the first-ever Brooklyn art fair, powerHouse Arena and The Book Maker’s Dozen present The Art of the Picture Book. As part of our ongoing mission to raise awareness of the art and craft of book making, the Book Maker’s Dozen will have original drawings and paintings from some of their most beloved picture books on display and for sale at powerHouse Arena.

Monday, February 14, 2011

All the Way To America trailer 2

This is the second trailer for Dan Yaccarino's picture book, All the Way To America: The Story of A Big Italian Family and A Little Shovel.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine's Day Missed Connections Party

Sophie Blackall's grown-up paintings from her Missed Connections blog will be on display for one night only at The New York Transit Museum's Valentine's Day party.
It's free, open to the public, with Poems by New York Times Metro writer Alan Feuer, Music by Left on Red and Heidi Kole and refreshments thanks to Brooklyn Brewery and 5th Avenue Chocolatiere.

Monday February 14, 6 – 8 pm

New York Transit Museum
Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn Heights

Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Dan Yaccarino at Reading Rocks!

February 12- Bring the entire family to the 10th Annual "Reading Rocks" brunch at Ridglea Country Club, which honors children's book artist and illustrator Dan Yaccarino, perhaps best known for creating the Oswald series. The event benefits the I Have a Dream Foundation Fort Worth and features entertainment, arts and crafts and fun photo opps. $50 adults; $20 kids. For more information, call 817-738-0212.

New Interview With Dan Yaccarino!

Read the interview in Publisher's Weekly with Dan Yaccarino about his new picture book

BAMkids Film Festival

My book THE CURIOUS GARDEN has been turned into a Carnegie Medal winning short animated film using my original artwork. The film, and seven other films from around the world, will be screened this Saturday, February 5th at 11am at the BAMkids Film Fest in Brooklyn. I'll be there for a Q&A and a book signing.

Click HERE for all the details and come say hello!


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011


See the first trailer for my new picture book, ALL THE WAY TO AMERICA: THE STORY OF A BIG ITALIAN FAMILY AND A LITTLE SHOVEL.

The book will be released March 8, 2011.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Marciano/Helquist reading at the Powerhouse

John Bemelmans Marciano and Brett Helquist
will be reading at the Powerhouse Arena this
Saturday, January 29th
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Admission is free!
more information

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Brian Wins Again!!!

Ballet for Martha - Making Appalachian Spring, written by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan and illustrated by Brian Floca was awarded the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

This award not only recognizes the excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children, but also attractive, readable, illustrative material appropriate and complementary to the subject.

Read more about the award here.

Congrats again Brian!!!