Ivy + Bean author Annie Barrows recently embarked on a national tour in celebration of the release of The Best of Iggy, kicking off her new middle-grade series illustrated by Sam Ricks (Putnam, Jan.). The series stars Iggy Frangi, a mischievous but loveable boy. The tour started in California, with additional stops in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas, before returning to the West Coast. Barrows has connected with thousands of kids over the course of the events. We’ve gathered a selection of photo highlights from her travels.

The author with a welcome sign made by the students at Hedenkamp Elementary in Chula Vista, Calif.

Barrows demonstrates a “Bad-O-Meter” inspired by The Best of Iggy at Seawell Elementary School in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Meeting young readers at Glenwood Elementary School in Chapel Hill.

Southern Pines (N.C.) Elementary School hosted Barrows for a presentation.

Showing off a promo display while signing stock in the story corner at A Children’s Place in Portland, Ore.

Reading with a fan at Convent & Stuart Hall in San Francisco.

Barrows speaks with kids after her presentation at Springmont School in Atlanta, GA.

One of the gang at Springmont School.

Barrows will appear as keynote speaker at the Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast in Woodridge, Ill., on February 22. She will also attend the Tucson Festival of Books on March 14.