Free memory!

Big things are happening! And I’m planning a big give-away, so stay tuned, teachers and librarians!

San Diego beach in February. What a treat!

San Diego beach in February. What a treat!

Last week I had the great pleasure of traveling to the California School Librarian Association’s annual conference in San Diego (WOOT!) to accept the California Young Reader Medal for Brothers at Bat. I also visited kids at Hedenkamp Elementary in Chula Vista. Holy cow, was it all dreamy good fun.

Hedenkamp students, including Vikram, to my right, who introduced me at the conference.

Hedenkamp students, including Vikram, to my right, who introduced me at the conference.

The incredibly gifted and generous Jennifer Nielsen was also in attendance at the conference, accepting the award for her middle-grade novel The False Prince. You should have seen the people lined up with STACKS of her books. I signed some books too. And some baseballs. And one peanut. (Part of the incredible centerpieces. And requested by a thirteen-year-old boy, because who else needs a signed peanut?)

In baseball news, pitchers and catchers report this week. Spring training games next month. And my book, The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton, illustrated by Steven Salerno, hits the shelves on the 29th. I’m celebrating with a big give-away. Lucky winners will get their own 8 GB hard drive, furnished by USB Direct! My memory is not the thing it used to be, so I'm all in favor of more memory. These beauties will be loaded with the curriculum guides that go with my books, including a new one I commissioned from the great Natalie Lorenzi, who created the previous three (for Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?, She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story, and Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team). And there will be a free Skype classroom/library visit as a grand prize.  

If you want to be sure to NOT miss the big announcement of the giveaway, check back next month or if you’re as forgetful as I may on occasion be (see above re: more memory), send your email address to Audrey at audreyvernick dot com and I’ll let you know once the post is up.