Everything’s Coming up ‘Rosie’

Author Sarah Ferguson – otherwise known as the Duchess of York – was in the New York area to promote her new picture book, Ballerina Rosie (S&S/Wiseman). She stopped by the Today studio, and signed copies of Rosie at NYC’s Books of Wonder and, shown here, at Books and Greetings in Northvale, N.J. About 400 fans turned out to meet the writer in New Jersey on September 13; the next day, she did a radio satellite tour with stations across the country. The duchess heads cross-country herself next month, for an October 1 signing at Barnes and Noble in Glendale, Calif.


Mo Willems just wrapped up a weeklong tour for his latest release, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (Balzer + Bray). After stops in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix, the author-illustrator headed back to the East Coast for an event that drew more than 500 people to the Barnes & Noble in Burlington, Mass. In a starred review, PW said that Goldilocks has “a sense of irony (and humor) as sharp as this dinosaur trio’s talons.”

Heating Up

In San Diego on Sunday, Jenny Han (l.) and Siobhan Vivian were among the guest speakers at the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Children’s Books & Literacy Brunch, held at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar. Han and Vivian are currently on a 12-city tour in support of their new YA novel, Burn for Burn (Simon & Schuster): “This fast-moving book offers an atmospheric setting and enough drama to captivate readers,” said PW’s review.

Slumber Style

Young fans decked out in their best sleepwear showed up well before bedtime for a launch party in honor of Jeanne Blackmore, granddaughter or Roger Duvoisin and debut author of How Does Sleep Come? (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky), illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles.Blackmore’s local bookseller, the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vt., played host; the author read from her book, and – because no pajama party is complete without some games – attendees participated in activities inspired by the publisher’s How Does Sleep Come Pajama Party Box Kit.

Happy 10th Anniversary, Bloomsbury USA

Bloomsbury USA held a party in honor of its decade of operations in the United States. Among those who celebrated at NYC’s Enoteca at i Trulli were (from l.) Cristina Gilbert, executive director of digital and trade marketing and publicity for Bloomsbury Publishing; Emma Hopkin, managing director of Bloomsbury Children’s and Educational Publishing; Cindy Loh, publishing director of Bloomsbury Children’s Books USA; Emily Easton, publishing director for Walker Books for Young Readers, a Bloomsbury imprint; Victoria Wells Arms, Editor-at-Large for Bloomsbury Children’s Books (and its first editorial director 10 years ago); and Michelle Nagler, editorial director of Bloomsbury Children’s Books.