Illustration from Princess Cora and the Crocodile, by Laura Amy Schlitz.

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School visits: If interested in a school visit or conference presentation, please click here for more information. For a listing of currently scheduled public events and conference appearances, please click here.


Signed books: If interested in a signed book, you can place an order with my neighborhood bookstore, Books Are Magic. Reach them at hello (at) or (718) 246 2665. They'll hold a copy of the book for you if it’s in stock and order it if it’s not. Once Books Are Magic lets you know the book is in hand, send me an email, I’ll swing by and sign the book, and the store will ship it to you. Depending on my schedule, it may take me anywhere between an hour and two weeks to make it by the store, but I'll be glad to do it. (We're fortunate to have several great independent bookstores in Brooklyn these days, including Community Bookstore, Greenlight Bookstore, and Word. Books Are Magic happens to be the one that set up shop halfway between my apartment and my studio. Nice of them, yes?)


Review copies: Reviewers requesting a review copy of an Atheneum/Simon & Schuster title, please contact ChildrensPublicity (at)


Writing/illustrating: If interested in the field of children’s books, links to information and resources that I hope will be helpful are here.