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Where I'll Be Where I've Been

Where I'll be...

2016
Thursday, March 24
School Visit
Winchester Elementary School
Canal, Ohio





Where I've been . . .

2016
School Visit
Webster Transitional School
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
7th graders dig for the elements of good writing

Webster assembly 










School Visit
Milwaukee Jewish Day School
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Teacher Jim Ross with Blue
7th grade writers workshop at MJDS

2015
School Visit
Blair Elementary School
Waukesha, Wisconsin

School Visit
Wilson Elementary School
Mequon, Wisconsin

Talk and Signing
Hosted by the Boswell Book Company
Whitefish Bay Library
5420 N. Marlboro Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

School Visit
Nature Hill Intermediate School
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
School Visit
Silver Lake Intermediate School
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

School Visit (a Scholastic Book Fairs event)
Forest Road School
LaGrange Park, Illinois

School Visit (a Scholastic Book Fairs event)
Brook Park Elementary School
LaGrange Park, Illinois

School Visit (a Scholastic Book Fairs event)
Old Quarry Middle School
Lemont, Illinois

School Visit (a Scholastic Book Fairs event)
Pierce Downers Elementary School
Downers Grove, Illinois

School Visit (a Scholastic Book Fairs event)
Hough Street School
Barrington, Illinois

School Visit (a Scholastic Book Fairs event)
North Barrington Elementary School
Barrington, Illinois

School Visit
Wakanda Elementary School
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Waconda Elementary School


Panel
Society of Midland Authors
Chicago, Illinois

Talk and Signing
Powell's Books
Chicago, Illinois

Workshop with 80 5th graders
Wings Park Elementary School
Oelwein, Iowa
Mr. Rubin's fifth graders roll-playing Calder, Petra, and Tommy

Talk and Questions w/550 3rd through 7th graders
Williams Center for the Performing Arts
Oelwein, Iowa
Williams Center for the Performing Arts

School Visit
Center for Inquiry at School 27
Indianapolis, Indiana

School Visit
Orchard School
Indianapolis, Indiana

School Visit
Happy Hollow School
West Lafayette, Indiana
Mrs. Stan's 5th grade class at Happy Hollow Elementary School 

Happy Hollow student illustration for Pieces and Players

School Visit
River Woods Elementary School
Naperville, Illinois

School Visit
Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Evening In-Store Event
Anderson's Two Door East Gift Shop
Naperville, Illinois

School Visit
Stone Academy
Chicago, Illinois
With Stone Academy Librarian and author Esme Codel. Esme wrote Educating Esme: Diary of a First Year Teacher.
Stone Academy 
School Visit
John B. Murphy Elementary School
Chicago, Illinois

Murphy School Auditorium
Chatting with Murphy School kids
School Visit
Lincolnwood School
Evanston, Illinois

School Visit
Bessie Rhodes School
Skokie, Illinois

School Visit
Joseph Sears School
Kenilworth, Illinois


School Visit
Edgebrook School
Chicago, Illinois

School Visits, Talks and Signings
Downers Grove Author Fest 2015
Whittier Elementary School
Kingley Elementary School
Indian Trail Elementary School
Fairmount Elementary School
El Sierra Elementary School
Downers Grove Public Library
Downers Grove, Illinois
Downers Grove School Visit

















School Visit, Writers Workshop
Field Middle School
Northbrook, Illinois
Field Middle School Writers Workshop


57th Street Books
Book Launch, Talk and Signing
Chicago, Illinois
At Book Launch for Pieces and Players, 57th Street Books 

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
School Visit
Chicago, Illinois
Lab School 5th Graders
American Library Association
Midwinter Conference
Signing, Scholastic Literary Event & Reception
Chicago, Illinois

Asilomar Reading Conference
Fireside Chat, Signing
Asilomar Conference Center
Pacific Grove, California

Maercker Intermediate School
School Visit with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders
Westmont, Illinois

Maercker 4th Graders

Working with Pentominoes
All-school read: Chasing Vermeer
2014

Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner
Author Guest
Chicago Library Foundation
The Forum, University of Illinois--Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Honorees:  http://bit.ly/1ftUIIl
Guest authors: http://bit.ly/1vSko24



Sheboygen Children's Book Festival
Talks, Signing, and School Visits
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
http://bit.ly/1iRILKW


James Madison Elementary School






Children's Literature Conference
Keynote Address, Roundtable Discussions, and Signing
Shenandoah University
Winchester, Virginia
http://bit.ly/1m17SuS



















Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA)
Closing Keynote Speaker and Signing
Kalahari Resort
Sandusky, Ohio

Gary Comer Middle School
School Visit
Chicago, Illinois

Gary Comer Middle School

Copeland Manor School
School Visit
Libertyville, Illinois

Downers Grove Author Fest
Talks and Signing
Downers Grove, Illinois
Plus School Visits at the following area schools . . .
Lester, Hillcrest, Belle Air, Hillcrest Family Night,
Pierce Downer, Highland, Herrick Middle School
http://bit.ly/1gqSisY

Oscar DePriest Elementary School
Oscar DePriest Elementary School Visit

School Visit
Chicago, Illinois

Independence Public Library
Talk and Signing
Independence, Iowa

Anderson's Literary Breakfast
Signing
Woodridge, Illinois

Teen Author Series
Free Library of Philadelphia
Talk and Signing
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Absecon Schools
School Visit
Absecon, New Jersey

2013
Fourth Annual Chicago Literary Hall of Fame 
Induction Ceremony
Featured Speaker on L. Frank Baum
Roosevelt University
Chicago, Illinois
Me giving a talk on inductee L. Frank Baum,
author of many children's books,
including "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
Bob Baum accepts the award on behalf
of his great-grandfather,  L. Frank Baum.




















Bob Baum, looking very much like the Wizard!

Illinois Reads Family Reading Night
Mattoon, Illinois

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Leadership Circle Reception
Panel Discussion, moderated by Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW's Chicago Tonight
Hotel Allegro
Chicago, Illinois

Carl Sandberg Literary Awards Dinner
Chicago Public Library Foundation
Author Guest
The Forum, University of Illinois--Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

The Children's Book Fair
Signing
Nichols Park in Hyde Park
Chicago, Illinois

American Library Association Conference
Signing
McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois

Harold Washington Library Center, Children's Room
Author Talk and Signing
Chicago, Illinois

Critical Thinking with Common Core Conference
Keynote Speaker
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Speaking to teachers at Common Core conference at Middle Tennessee State University

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Author Talk and Signing
Chicago, Illinois

Books of Wonder
Author Talk and Signing
New York, New York
Taking a photo of Chasing Vermeer tattoos at Books of Wonder in NYC

















Starved Rock Reading Council YA Celebration
School Visit and Dinner Keynote
North Utica, Illinois 

Texas Library Association Conference
Author Panel and Signing, Scholastic Literary Brunch, Texas YA Teatime
Fort Worth, Texas

The Westwood School (in conjunction with Children's Bookworld)
Author Talk and Signing
Los Angeles, California

The Pegasus School (in conjunction with A Whale of a Tale)
Author Talk and Signing
Irvine, California

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Middle Grade Fiction Panel: 
Ordinary Kids, Extraordinary Adventures
Moderator: Cecil Castellucci,
with Pseudonymous Bosch and Stuart Gibbs
Los Angeles, CA

LA Times Festival of Books

Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live
Radio Interview
San Francisco, CA

Juana Briones School
School Visit
Palo Alto, CA
Juana Briones School, Palo Alto


Union Middle School
School Visit
San Jose, CA

Hicklebee's Books
Author Talk and Signing
San Jose, CA

American Planning Association 
National Planning Conference
Closing Keynote Speaker
Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Joe Szurszewski, courtesy of APA
APA Closing Keynote

Kankakee Area Schools
School Visits
Kennedy Upper Grade, Lincoln Cultural Center
Kankakee, IL

Kankakee Public Library
Author Talk and Signing
Kankakee, IL

Hubbleville Middle School
School Visit
Warrenville, Illinois



Arlene Lyne, owner of Read Between the Lynes, 
Woodstock, Illinois.  (photo by Jack Bechaud)
Read Between the Lynes
Author Talk and Signing
Woodstock, IL

Woodstock Area Schools
School Visits
Northwood Middle School,
Prairiewood Elementary School
Woodstock, IL

Woodstock Public Library
Author Talk and Signing
Woodstock, IL

The Burley School
School Visit
Chicago, IL

Sidwell Friends School
School Visit
Bethesda, MD 

St. Louis Area
School Visits
Boone Trails Elementary, Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill School, Point Elementary, Ste. Genevieve Du Bois School, Visitation Academy, Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School.

St. Louis Public Library/Schlafly Branch (in conjunction with Left Bank Books)
Author Talk and Signing
St. Louis, Missouri

St. Charles City County Library/Spencer Road Branch (in conjunction with Main Street Books)
Author Talk and Signing
St. Peters, Missouri

Milwaukee Public Library Centennial Hall  (in conjunction with Boswell Books)
Author Talk and Signing
Milwaukee,Wisconsin

Milwaukee Area Schools
School Visits
Lincoln School of the Arts, St. Anthony's School, University Lake School, Johnson Creek Elementary School, Swanson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School.

How did that happen? The arrow in the Books & Co. window is me.
Books & Company
Author Talk and Signing
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Chicagoland
School Visits
Baker Demo School (Wilmette), Brookdale School (Naperville), Saint Francis Xavier School (Wilmette), Immaculate Conception School (Chicago), North Shore Country Day School (Winnetka), Central School (Wilmette).


Surprising Q&A in Lab Schools display


University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
School Visit
Chicago, Illinois






Skokie Public Library (in conjunction with The Book Stall)
Author Talk and Signing
Skokie, Illinois
(The Books Stall gave a portion of the proceeds from the event's book sales to Chicago HOPES for Kids, which runs an after-school tutoring program for students living in Chicago's homeless shelters.)

Anderson's Bookshop
Author Talk and Signing
Naperville, IL 60540

Visit with award-winning readers
at Hill Intermediate, Houston
Houston/Scholastic Book Fair
Houston, Texas

Anderson's Bookshop 
Annual Children's Literature Breakfast
Keynote Speaker and Signing
Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Baldwin Public Library
Battle of the Books
Birmingham, Michigan



90-Second Newbery Film Festival
Co-host with James Kennedy
Harold Washington Library Center
Chicago, Illinois

Singing at the 90-Second
Newbery Film Festival
2012
Deerpath Middle School
Lake Forest, Illinois

Savannah Children's Book Festival
Savannah, Georgia

National Council of Teachers of English Conference
ALAN sessions
Las Vegas, Nevada

"The Great Debate: Blue Balliett & Rebecca Stead Talk About Lying, Spying, and Making Books"
57th Street Books
Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois Youth Literature Festival
Champaign, Illinois

Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library
Donor and Partner Luncheon
Featured speaker
Chicago, Illinois

Nantucket Book Festival
Nantucket, Massachusetts

Printers Row Lit Fest
Interview with WBEZ's Steve Edwards
Chicago, Illinois

International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois

Alexander Middle School
Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Book Worm Angels Awards Ceremony
Kermit W. Myers Achievement Award
Lakeview Center in Gilson Park
Wilmette, Illinois

Braeside School
Highland Park, Illinois

Illinois Reading Council Conference
Featured speaker
Springfield, Illinois

Happy Hollow School
West Lafayette, Indiana

Schaumberg Township District Library
Collins Elementary School
Blackwell Elementary School
Schaumberg, Illinois


2011
North Kenwood-Oakland Charter School
Chicago, Illinois

National Council of Teachers of English
2011 NCTE Annual Convention
Book signing
Chicago, Illinois







La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla, California

Discovery School 67
Buffalo, New York

METROsquash Academic Program
Chicago, Illinois

Photo by Charles Osgood
Printers Row Book Fair
Interview with Chicago Tribune cultural critic Julia Keller
Chicago, Illinois

Cyrus Peirce School
Nantucket, Massachusetts

Chicago HOPES Enrichment Volunteer
Chicago, Illinois

Battle of the Books
Gail Borden Public Library
Elgin, Illinois

Immaculate Heart of Mary School
Indianapolis, Indiana

St. Pius X Catholic School
Indianapolis, Indiana

Shorewood Public Library
Shorewood, Wisconsin

Richards School and Cumberland School
Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Literary Night
Culmination of 2011 citywide read of Chasing Vermeer -
Plymouth, Minnesota

Downers Grove Bookfest
Downers Grove, Illinois


2010
Three Oaks, Michigan

I began The Danger Box tour in Three Oaks on September 9th, 2010 and went back in late November to have another chat with kids.

The Danger Box book tour kickoff: Three Oaks, Michigan, September 9, 2010

Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Branch
Chicago, Illinois

Nantucket Lighthouse School
Nantucket, Massachusetts





















Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors
Providence, Rhode Island

Lincoln School
Providence, Rhode Island

Barnes & Noble
Oak Brook, Illinois

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Elementary and Middle
Chicago, Illinois´╗┐



Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association Convention
Dearborn, Michigan

Borders
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Brookside Cranbrook School
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Cranbrook Kingswood Girls Middle School
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Pine Street Elementary School
Wayland, Michigan

Anderson's Young Adult Literature Conference
Naperville, Illinois

New Buffalo Elementary School
New Buffalo, Michigan

Book Stall Appearance
Winnetka, Illinois

Lake Bluff Central Elementary School
Lake Bluff, Illinois




Anderson's Bookshop
Naperville, Illinois



Walker Elementary School
Clarendon Hills, Illinois

Henry Puffer Elementary School
Downers Grove, Illinois

57th Street Book Fair
Featured author for 24th Year Celebration
Chicago, Illinois



River Valley Elementary School
Three Oaks, Michigan

Shenandoah University 25th Anniversary Children's Literature Conference
Winchester, Virginia

American Library Association Conference
Washington, DC

International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois

Walla Walla Kids Read
Walla Walla, Washington

Niles Public Library Battle of the Books Celebration
Niles, Illinois