This week, Erin Entrada Kelly gets an award from Philadelphia’s mayor; Becky Albertalli, Julie Murphy, and Katie Cotugno go on tour; authors discuss narrative nonfiction; husband-and-wife co-authors celebrate their picture book; Trudi Trueit kicks off a new National Geographic series; and readers stick out their tongues at reading.

Sweet Liberty

Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly was presented with Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell by Mayor Jim Kenney on May 11 at Philadelphia City Hall. The bell was given to Kelly to honor her Newbery achievement for her novel, Hello, Universe (Greenwillow). Also in attendance were children from the nonprofit literacy organization Mighty Writers, who took part in a QA session with Kelly following the presentation.


As part of their joint Epic Reads tour, HarperCollins authors (from l.) Becky Albertalli (Leah on the Offbeat), Julie Murphy (Puddin’), and Katie Cotugno (9 Days and 9 Nights), spoke at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati on May 12. The event drew a crowd of more than 100 fans.

In a Word

Seven authors took part in a panel discussion called “The Power of Words and Images: Narrative Nonfiction in the Classroom,” held at the Chatham Square New York Public Library on May 12. The speakers were (from l.) Ruby Shamir and Jeffrey Kluger (To the Moon: The True Story of the American Heroes on the Apollo 8 Spaceship); Deborah Heiligman (Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers); Debbie Bornstein Holinstat (Survivors’ Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz); Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism); and Elizabeth Partridge (Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam). Librarian Lisa Egan moderated the discussion.


Television anchor Mike Greenberg and his wife Stacy Steponate Greenberg received a warm welcome at an event for their new picture book, MVP: Most Valuable Puppy (Aladdin), at Bookstore 1 in Sarasota, Fla., on May 12. The co-authors based the book on their own Australian labradoodle, Phoebe. Proceeds from book sales will go to Heidi’s Angels, an organization that fights pediatric cancer in conjunction with the V Foundation for Cancer Research. While in Sarasota, Greenberg was also honored by the V Foundation at the annual Dick Vitale Gala.

Calling All Explorers

Author Trudi Trueit recently concluded her pre-publication tour for Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret (Sept.), which is the first fiction title for National Geographic Kids. The book launches a series that is based on real-life National Geographic Explorers. Throughout the tour, Trueit spoke with independent booksellers, educators, and librarians in Seattle, Chicago, and New York City. Here, Trueit addresses children’s book librarians at the Chicago Public Library.


Author Maria Gianferrari recently presented her picture book, Terrific Tongues (Boyds Mills), to first graders at Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, Va. The event was held through the D.C.-area literacy nonprofit An Open Book Foundation. Each student received a signed copy of Terrific Tongues—which is about the different ways that animals use their tongues—to take home. Here, students show off their own terrific tongues.