Last month, author Julie Fogliano and illustrator Christian Robinson set out on a seven-city tour in celebration of their new picture book, When’s My Birthday? (Roaring Brook/Porter, Sept.). The book follows a diverse array of children as they excitedly count down to their birthdays. In keeping with the book’s festive spirit, the collaborators visited schools and bookstores across the country for storytimes, art demonstrations, signings, and more. The tour kicked off on September 29 at Walden Elementary School in Deerfield, Ill., and wrapped up at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Mo., on October 8. We’ve gathered a selection of highlights from their travels.
Fogliano and Robinson surrounded by students at Holy Family Catholic School in Austin, Tex.
Robinson recreates the cover of When’s My Birthday? at BookPeople in Austin.
The duo signs copies of their picture book at BookPeople.
Fogliano gives a presentation to students at Walden Elementary School in Deerfield, Ill.
Robinson and Fogliano share a drawing with librarian Anna Zbacnik (center) at Brimhall Elementary in Roseville, Minn.
The artist and author check out the bear statues at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, Minn.
Robinson and Fogliano sign for students at Apollo Elementary in Wichita, Kans.
Robinson poses in front of a bookish banner at Washington Writers’ Academy in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Robinson and Fogliano share a laugh while signing books at Woodward Elementary in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Robinson gives a drawing demonstration at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Mo.