Celebrating WORLD READ ALOUD Day across the state of Illinois


Great day today spending time with students across the state of Illinois as we celebrate World Read Aloud Day – and discussing the importance of reading aloud. I shared Lincoln stories and answered their questions about being a writer.

Look at these Young Artists!

From a recent virtual visit with Mrs. Nolin’s class – here are some wonderful young artists . . .


ABE earns Silver at the FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS!

Excited to share this great news! THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN: Poems About Our 16th President was awarded the Silver Medal for Older Children’s Literature from the Florida Book Awards for 2019 Books.


Exciting News – THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN is a 2020 ILLINOIS READS selection!!

I have exciting news to share! My new picture book, The Superlative A. Lincoln: Poems About Our 16th President, has been named an Illinois Reads title for the coming year. What does that mean? The Illinois Reads initiative, sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council (IRC) celebrates books and reading throughout the Land of Lincoln. Each year, the program offers a new list of books at six different age levels. ILLINOIS READS kicks off in March with a Book Fesitval from 10 am – 2 pm. This year’s event will be in Ogelsby at Illinois Valley Community College on March 14th.


Titles in the Grades 3-5 age range include:
The Superlative A. Lincoln: Poems About Our 16th President
Cape—The League of Secret Heroes, Book One by Kate Hannigan
Captain Superlative! by J.S. Puller
The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie
Time Castaways #1: The Mona Lisa Key by Liesl Shurtliff
Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi

Illinois Reads selections will be included on posters and bookmarks shared with their member list of over 3000 reading ambassadors, public libraries, and schools throughout the state. The celebration concludes with the IRC conference in October and Family Reading Night in November each year.

Of course, my new book is a PERFECT fit for this important Land of Lincoln reading initiative! HOORAY!



I’m looking forward to connecting with readers, librarians and educators this fall with the release of THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN: POEMS ABOUT OUR 16TH PRESIDENT Here’s where I’ll be:

Thurs.- Sat. 10/3-10/5 – Illinois Reading Council Conference, Peoria – Presenting POETRY AND HISTORY IN THE PRIMARY GRADES TAKE CENTER STAGE on Friday, 10/4
Wed. 10/9 – SCBWI-IL Champaign-Urbana, IL Network Meeting, Urbana Free Library 7 pm – Presenting my TOP 10 TIPS for PUBLISHING SUCCESS program to local area writers and illustrators.
Tues. 11/5 – Anderson’s Bookshop, Downers Grove, IL 7 pm BOOK LAUNCH PARTY w/ fellow author Claudia Guadalupe Martinez – Programs, Cake, Craft, Signings, Celebrations!
Wed. 11/6 Author Night, Chippewa Elementary School, Palos Heights, IL
Sat. 11/9 Barbara’s Bookstore, Hawthorne Mall in Vernon Hills, IL 1 pm – Program, Craft, Signing
Sun. 11/10 Booked Bookstore, Evanston, IL 11 am – Appearance w/ w/ fellow author Claudia Guadalupe Martinez – Programs, Craft, Signings
Tues. 11/12 Assistance League Chicagoland West Books & Brunch Charity Event, The Abbington, Glen Ellyn– Featured speaker along with NY Times best-selling authors Jill Santopolo and Mary Kubica
Thurs. 11/14 SCBWI-IL Oak Park/Near West Network Meeting, Oak Park Main Public Library 7 pm – Presenting my TOP 10 TIPS for PUBLISHING SUCCESS program to local area writers and illustrators.
Sat. 11/16 The Book Stall, Winnetka, IL 10:30 am – Program, Craft, Signing
Fri. 11/22 NCTE Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD – 1 pm Charlesbridge Booth – Signing; 3:30 pm Member of  Panel Discussion about Informational Texts
Sat. 11/23 NCTE Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD – Table Host for THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN at the Children’s Awards Luncheon
Sat. 11/30 The Bookmark, Neptune Beach, FL 9 am – Program, Craft, Signing
Sat. 12/7 The Book Loft, Amelia Island, FL 10 am – Program, Craft, Signing thru 1 pm

For more information on any of these events or to schedule something else in the same area, please contact Eileen.

PREORDER The Superlative A. Lincoln and receive this SUPERLATIVE SWAG! Details below – Supplies are LIMITED!


When you PREORDER a copy of THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN, you’ll be eligible to receive this Most Exciting SWAG package (see details below). The package includes:

A “Be Superlative–Be Like Abe!” youth silicone wristband; a one-of-a-kind Lincoln cork coaster for a cup or mug (a great way to start the day with a reminder to “Be Superlative!”), a snazzy Lincoln pencil, an author-signed bookplate to place inside your book, two bookmarks featuring illustrator Dave Szalay’s awesome art, activity sheets (only available with this offer) for a young reader, and a lucky Lincoln penny!

HOW to get this awesome SWAG Bag?

  1. Preorder a copy of THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN through your favorite online provider.
  2. Forward your preorder confirmation showing proof of purchase and  your shipping address to Eileen@EileenMeyerBooks.com and you’ll receive your SWAG bag in the mail within a few weeks. LIMITED to the first 150 preorders w/ continental US addresses. One per person while supplies last. (Notice will be posted HERE on the NEWS page at EileenMeyerBooks.com when supplies run out!)
  3. Your preorder may be placed here at the Charlesbridge website or any online retailer. You’ll find the publisher’s link here:  https://www.charlesbridge.com/products/the-superlative-a-lincoln


Amazing Experience – #KidsNeedMentors Program


Last summer I signed up for the #KidsNeedMentors program advertised on Twitter. Coordinated by Jarrett Lerner, Ann Braden, Kristin Picone, and Kristin Couch– this program matches authors with teachers. The goal is to have an ongoing correspondence and relationship between writers and students, then meet in person before the end of the school year.

I enjoyed working with Ms. Miller and a group of 1st graders a few hours from where I live. I snail mailed a few letters and surprises to the students (stickers, Valentines, etc.), and they send cards back to me. They were excited to work on story ideas and create art.

Last week we met in person!  Here are a few photos from my visit to the school (name left off for privacy–all students are fine to have their photos displayed.) I did a free school visit, had fun creating crafts with the kiddos, and gave each student a signed copy of one of my books. It was a rewarding experience for all of us, and I hope the #KidsNeedMentors program continues next year so that more authors and more students can connect on a personal level! Hooray!

COVER REVEAL: Here it is – THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN with fabulous art by Dave Szalay


I couldn’t believe my GOOD FORTUNE when I learned that the amazing artist, DAVE SZALAY would be illustrating my next book. He’s an accomplished artist, college professor in the graphic design program at The University of Akron, a successful commercial visual artist entrepreneur, and all-around-super guy! I think you’ll agree that his art is simply gorgeous …