June 20-25 American Library Association Annual Conference, Washington DC.

Panel: The Urgency of History: How Librarians Prepare Kids for Their Times . I’ll also be leading a group of librarians to help wash the Vietnam Veterans memorial on Saturday, June 22.

July 26-28, Simmons College, Boston. Summer Children’s Literature Institute. This year’s theme is “Make Way.”

August 9-12 SCBWI Annual Conference, Los Angeles. I’ll be leading two workshops, and doing a breakout session with my wonderful Viking publisher, Ken Wright.

September 5-9 LoonSong Writer’s Retreat, MN. Faculty. INFO HERE


April 15-18, 2019 Austin, TX Texas Library Association. Historically Thinking: How to Read and Write History

February 8-10 2019 New York City, NY SCBWI Winter Conference. I was awarded the Golden Kite for Older Nonfiction, and taught a deep-dive session on How to Write Nonfiction with All the Passion, Guts and Drama of Fiction.

November 15-18, 2018 Houston, TX National Council of Teachers of English annual convention. INFO HERE

July 20-23, 2018 Austin, TX  International Literacy Association. INFO HERE

June 27-30, 2018 San Antonio, TX I received the Phoenix Award from the Children's Literature Association.

June 15,  2018 Friday, Corte Madera, CA Children's Picture Book Writers & Illustrators Conference, Corta Madera, CA

June 14, 2018 Koret Auditorium, San Francisco I appeared with Thi Bui, author of the compelling graphic novel, All We Could Carry. Main Library, Lower Level.

May 12, 2018 The Power of Words. Panel, NY Public Library

May 7-12, 2018 Writing and Revising Narrative Nonfiction, Highlights Foundation.

May 4, 2018 Rakestraw Books with Country Joe McDonald!

April 28, 2018 Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

April 15, 2018 Mrs. Dalloways, Berkeley, CA Book Launch Party!

February 10, 2018 Berkeley Public Library Foundation's Author's Dinner.