Some spectacular book bloggers have been hosting spotlights, interviews, and book giveaways for THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ! As the book makes its way around the internet, I’ll be adding links here. Just choose an icon to read more:
To celebrate my blog tour I’m giving away a signed hardcover and a scratch-and-sniff-read-along bookmark! Just leave a comment on this post to enter… tell me what your FAVORITE or LEAST favorite smell is! I’ll announce a winner on April 1 (for real, no fooling)!!
I’m offering free Skype visits through Microsoft Education every Thursday!
To schedule your author visit just click on my public Microsoft Educator Profile.
If you have questions please send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org!
I’m participating in World Read Aloud Day, like many other children’s book authors, by offering free Skype visits on February 24th!
I’ll read from either of my books, recommend some of my favorite titles from other authors, and answer student questions. If you would like to schedule a Skype visit just send me an email: email@example.com!
THEY JUST KNOW: ANIMAL INSTINCTS would be a great choice for lower elementary classes. To read a sample, PEEK HERE!
THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ would work best for grades 2-6. To read the first chapter, PEEK HERE!
Since the winter rains have rolled into California I’ve brought my Sulcata tortoise, Marigold, inside. She’s been hanging out under my office desk. She likes it there and is sure to make an appearance during my Skype visits! Come take a peek into my office…
Availability: [Pacific Standard Time]
February 23 (Limited Availability)
3:00PM: BOOKED – BLENHEIM, NEW ZEALAND
7:00AM: BOOKED – MAINE (5TH GRADE)
7:30AM: ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL
8:00AM: BREAKFAST IS THE BEST!! 🙂
8:30AM: BOOKED – DENTON, TX
9:00AM: BOOKED – SAN ANTONIO, TX
9:30AM: BOOKED – LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
10:00AM: BOOKED – BIDDEFORD, ME
10:30AM: BOOKED – HUDSONVILLE, MI
11:00AM: BOOKED – HOUSTON, TX
11:30AM: BOOKED – ASHEVILLE, NC
12:00PM: BOOKED – WARNER ROBINS, GA
12:30PM: YUM!! LUNCH 🙂
1:00PM: BOOKED – CHICAGO, IL
My publisher is giving away 3 boxes filled with Spring 2016 ARCs on Twitter! The boxes include the Kirkus-starred titles Scar Girl by Len Vlahos, The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi (THAT’S ME!), The Bolds by Julian Clary, and The Maypop Kidnapping by Cynthia Surrisi!
All you need to do to enter is tweet this line: “Win a free galley box full of Spring 2016 titles from @LernerBooks! bit.ly/1OrSN”
This morning my first professional review for The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez went up: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/robin-yardi/the-midnight-war-of-mateo-martinez/
I found out via a twitter friend, while still piled in bed with my kids. “You can give me hugs if it’s bad and high fives if it’s great,” I told them.
“Why would it be bad?” my daughter asked.
“Well, they might not like it…”
I read the whole thing out loud, it was good, really good, then I looked back up to the top and saw the star.
“Oh my G*d—they gave Mommy a star!”
“What does that mean?” My daughter asked, giving me a half hearted high five.
Shortly after this my son cried, wept actually, for about twenty minutes over a cracked candy cane, I toasted all the morning bagels and the kids were late to school.
Clearly, a starred review doesn’t mean that the morning will go smoothly!
For those of you who don’t know what a starred review is or why it would be important, just trust me, this is a moment to celebrate!
Let’s all do the star dance, just for a minute, then go about our business as usual.
She asked such lofty questions as: “HOW DOES YOUR PARENTING INFLUENCE YOUR WRITING? HOW DOES YOUR WRITING INFORM YOUR PARENTING?”
And my answers? They had to be fewer than 50 words.
This might be my new gold standard for interviews!
Me, with an unlimited word count:
(Pink Angels, De Kooning)
Me, with 5o word answers:
(Red Canna, O’Keefe)
ReaderKidz hosted a lovely three part spotlight on my new nonfiction picture book, They Just Know! Check it out!
Thanks for having me, ReaderKidz!
The Teen Librarian Toolbox is hosting my cover reveal!!!
They also let me interrogate, I mean interview, the cover artist Teagan White. We went down the rabbit hole of sketches, alternate concepts, and color schemes together… click any of the images below to dive into the rabbit hole too and see the final cover!
It’s official–the new book is here–there were cupcakes and everything!
We all had an amazing time at the book launch party at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Thank you all for making it perfect! The snake making station was an especially big hit. Kids learned that instinctual behaviors are associated with different scale patterns and got to design their own snake species. They were all ssSssspectacularly colorful!