Brookyn Children's Museum

July 22, 2013

On Saturday, August 3, I'll be the featured guest of the Brooklyn Children's Museum's Penguin Young Readers Series.

I'll read & sign from 12:30-1pm.  The event is free with admission and includes complimentary air conditioning.

Admission for non-members is $9. For directions and other information, visit the website.

Hope to see you there!


A Test

July 10, 2013

Met some real, live penguins in June!!  More on that soon.  In the meantime, enjoy a picture while I test my blog's new email function.  Thanks for your patience! x, M.


Another Book

April 27, 2013

Some quick updates from The Penguion™:

The BABY PENGUINS EVERYWHERE! board book (those heavy-duty ones for babies) is available for pre-order!

Children's Book Week is almost here! I've got a bunch of events:

May 15, 6:30pm -- Glen Ridge Library, Glen Ridge, NJ

May 16, 4pm -- Darien Library, Darien, CT

May 18, 11am -- Illustrator Battle @ Greenlight Bookstore (w/Sophie Blackall, Melissa Iwai, Sergio Ruzzier, Selina Alko, George O’Connor, Betsy Lewin & Paul O. Zelinsky)

May 18, 2-4pm -- Queens Museum of Art (w/Sergio Ruzzier)

And second book will be coming out in January 2014! Stay tuned...

Hope you had a great WORLD PENGUIN DAY!

-- Melissa

The Last Waltz

February 23, 2013

Wednesday is my last NYC reading of Baby Penguins Everywhere!

11:00 a.m., 2/27 @ the St. Agnes Library (Upper West Side).

I read & draw. You draw. Everyone gets stickers. It's the best.

P.S. If you don't like to draw, come anyway and see what a $9.8 million-dollar facelift looks like. The building, not me.



February 8, 2013

The deadline for my second baby penguins book is a few weeks away! I'm taking a break from freaking out to share some news:

I just visited my old school in Baltimore to show off my first book.

On the way there, I dropped in at Children's Book World in Haverford, PA, which turns out to be a major BPE stronghold.

I've added some big events to my calendar (in NYC, NJ & Westchester)

The NYPL (the library, not the cops) just featured me on their tumblr.

That's it for now. I leave you with some snowy goodness as the blizzard hits. Stay warm!


Library Visit

January 26, 2013

Today I paid a visit to one of my favorite NYPL branches, the Fort Washington Library.
One of 39 original Carnegie branches, it has served patrons including Lou Gehrig, Maria Callas, Ralph Ellison, Marianne Moore, and Jacob Javits. No pressure!

This was my branch library when I lived in the Heights. It was renovated while I lived there and now has one of the loveliest children's rooms in NYC. It's always in use.

(OK, there are no kids in the last pic. I waited for them to exit because...permissions.)

A flock of bitties from toddlers to middle schoolers showed up for BABY PENGUINS EVERYWHERE! It's always interesting to read to a wide age range. One kid is eating your crayon while another wants to talk about the themes of your book, or your drawing technique.

Library manager Jennifer Zarr gave a lovely introduction; after we read the book, I shared some original artwork and sketches. The kids liked feeling the weight of the watercolor paper. I told them my paintings were sent to China to be copied and bound into a book, which was shipped back to the US on a boat, then carried by truck to bookstores and libraries. It seemed just as bonkers to them as it does to me.

Next we we all drew and colored penguins (except for one kid who was set on drawing Power Rangers, but that's cool.)

They were good collaborators.

I was touched by how many kids made pictures for their siblings.

It was such a pleasure to do an author activity at a library where I used to take my own newborn daughter. Thank you so much, Fort Washington, for having me!


Brooklyn Public Library

January 22, 2013

Brooklyn Public Library

Wednesday morning at 10:30am, the Brooklyn Public Library is having me over for a private story hour at the temple of books that is its central location.

Thanks to an endowment, the library is generously giving away signed copies of BABY PENGUINS EVERYWHERE! to the schoolchildren who attend. In 2012 alone, this program allowed BPL to give away 32,000 books to local schoolkids.

It should be a great morning!


Care to post a review?

January 14, 2013

Dear readers,

If you're enjoying Baby Penguins Everywhere!, will you consider posting a positive review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Powell's?

The book is getting good press but there aren't many reader comments yet. Probably because 3-year olds aren't following the Amazon guidelines.

If you didn't like the book, you can of course post a negative review, I'm not going to put a hit out on you like Maurice Sendak did to Salman Rushdie.



Jumproping penguins



January Events

January 9, 2013

Got the winter blahs? Join me for a Baby Penguins story time and activity!

Saturday 1/12 @ 11am, at Greenlight Bookstore (Fort Greene)

Wednesday 1/23 @ 10:30am, at Brooklyn Central Library (Grand Army Plaza)

Saturday 1/26 @ 2pm, at Fort Washington Library (Washington Heights)

Sunday 1/27 @ 11:30am, at the new powerHouse on 8th (Park Slope)


Happy New Year, Penguin-Style

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year Penguins

The penguins wish you an ice-and-snow-filled 2013, with plenty of herring and sardines!