A Colorful Character

On July 21, author-illustrator Ashley Wolff visited the Barnes & Noble in Charlottesville, Va., to present her newest picture book, Baby Bear Sees Blue (S&S/Beach Lane). She read from her story, which follows the title ursine character as he explores the forest in all its hues, and treated her young fans to an illustration demo.

The “Hole” Story

A musical production of Arnie the Donut (Henry Holt), the 2003 picture book written and illustrated by Laurie Keller, has just completed its run at New York City’s PTC performance space, as an official selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Next Link Project. Adapted by Frances Limoncelli, the production stars Tom Deckman, seen here with Keller, at left, and her longtime editor Christy Ottaviano, at the Books of Wonder launch event for the musical.


Fans lined up outside the door to enter the Coupeville (Wash.) Library’s “It’s a Dinoparty!” on July 12, to celebrate the release of Deb Lund's third dino-book, Dinosauring (Harcourt). Shown here are Lund (seated) and her husband, Karl Olsen (with guitar), who led the audience in songs and stories. Then children's librarian Leslie Bakker (l.) invited kids to visit various dino-themed stations, including a tattoo parlor and a play and puppets area. Karla Mackintosh (r.) of local book, toy, and candy shop The Honey Bear provided books for sale.

A Scholarly Turnout

Author Suzanne Young launched her newest YA novel, A Want So Wicked (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray), on July 12 at Changing Hands in Tempe, Ariz. It was her first event since she relocated to the area from Portland, Ore., but the hometown crew showed her plenty of support. Shown here with Young (in the red dress) are some of her students from Gilbert Early College in Gilbert, Ariz., where she teaches high school English; others in attendance included students from the creative writing program at ASU, and local bloggers and teens.