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.
Thurs. – Sat. 10/10 – 10/12 – AISLE & IATE Conference – Presenting HARNESSING THE POWER OF POETRY IN THE PRIMARY GRADES THROUGH THE EYES OF HISTORY on Fri. 10/11
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?
- Preorder a copy of THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN through your favorite online provider.
- 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!)
- 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
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!
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 …
February always means its time for the annual Anderson’s Bookshop Children’s Literature Breakfast … it’s an opportunity to hear from leading authors, to visit with teachers and librarians, and spend a morning enjoying book discussions. Here are a few photos from the event: (Left: with author Natalie Rompella, who also hails from Waukegan!, Center: with author Heidi Roemmer, a poetry pal, Right: with Alice McGinty while signing books, an author based out of Champaign)
posted 2/5 Publishers Weekly, Shannon Maughan
I LOVE spending time with students! Whether I’m sharing more information about how a non-fiction book is created (my “Join the Safari: Fun with Animal Facts” program) or discussing “Success Tips for Writers” with older students, I always enjoy the last few minutes of each program. That’s when we have time for Q&A. You never know which questions you might be asked.
Some questions I’ve been asked:
Of your three books that have been published, which is your favorite?
That’s like asking a parent to choose a favorite son or daughter from the family–no can do. Just as I love all three of my sons dearly, I adore each of my three published books for their unique characteristics. My first book, Who’s Faster: Animals on the Move, is the realization of a publishing dream. And a sweet cumulative tale. My second book, Ballpark, is a special story about the importance of spending time together and creating fun traditions. And my third book, Sweet Dreams, Wild Animals, is a gentle lullaby for the end of a busy day–a moment for a reader and listener to snuggle together. There’s nothing better than closing out the day while reading a sweet story.
Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas are all around us. Take a walk in the park or along the shore and consider nature-related topics. Grapple with a problem (a too-busy schedule) and there’s a subject to write about. Remember a recent experience (a great vacation or a fun outing) and maybe that has the beginnings of a great tale. Read a fascinating article about an important person in history–maybe there is more to the story there? These ideas are a great place to start digging. Some ideas may lead to dead-ends, but others can lead to a great story that will excite both you and your reader.
When is your next book coming out?
This fall–I’m excited for the launch of THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN on November 5, 2019! YAY! Take a look at my BOOKS page to learn more about this forthcoming title from Charlesbridge Publishing.
And my favorite question of all time (drum roll, please …)–
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Ice cream and writing questions–a winning combination!
Excited to share news of a forthcoming book, The Superlative A. Lincoln, which will be published by Charlesbridge Publishing in Fall 2019. Stay tuned for more details!
A scene from a recent LITERACY NIGHT: Great time working with K – 5th grade students as we discussed — and they acted out a skit, about how an author researches material for a new book. In fact, I think I’ve found the perfect crew to dig up some new information for my next book project . . . Super Students!