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!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Set your DVR!
Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee authors of the new book, Giant Steps to Change the World, illustrated by Sean Qualls will be on both the Today show and The View tomorrow morning to talk about their book.

NBC’s TODAY SHOW at 8:51am
ABC's THE VIEW at 11am

Congratulations to our ALA Youth Media Award Winners!!!

Congrats to Brian Floca for taking home another Sibert Honor Medal for Ballet for Martha!!!
And Congrats to Peter Brown, whose book, The Curious Garden was the basis for the Weston Woods video that won the Andrew Carnegie Medal!!!

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video
Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods, producers of “The Curious Garden,” are the Carnegie Medal winners. The video is based on the book of the same name, written and illustrated by Peter Brown, and is narrated by Katherine Kellgren, with music by David Mansfield. 

Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children
“Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot,” written by Sy Montgomery, is the 2011 Sibert Award winner. The book features photographs by Nic Bishop and is published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
Two Sibert Honor Book were named: “Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring,” written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca, a Neal Porter Book, published by Flash Point, an imprint ofRoaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing; “Lafayette and the American Revolution,” written by Russell Freedman and published by Holiday House.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sean Qualls & Spike Lee at PowerHouse!

Happy New Year! Save the date!

Sunday, January 23rd at 3 PM

Sean Qualls joins Spike Lee + Tonya Lewis Lee for a reading of their book, GIANT STEPS to CHANGE the WORLD.

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