Robin Yardi

This Cover is a Hoot!

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The cover of OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS is officially out in the wild today and let’s just say I think it’s an absolute hoot!

The cover designer, Emily Harris, and illustrator, Kelsey King, are over on the Lerner Books Blog answering questions about their creative process. Fly on over and check it out!

But before you do, Alfred wants to make sure you see something. Something suspicious. Something in Big Sur. And it’s happening right across the road from OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS…

 

 

 

And now that Alfred’s got your attention, you’re absolutely going to need to pre-order my new middle grade mystery. Kirkus says, “Doughn’t miss this earnest tale.”

Pre-order OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS on Amazon!

Pre-order OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS at Barnes & Noble!

Pre-order OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS through IndieBound!

Pre-order OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS through Lerner Books!


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Pre-order Alert!!

Hoot-hoot!!

 

 

Owl’s Outstanding Donuts won’t be out until September 3, but you can pre-order a copy through your local bookstore on IndieBound.org!!

OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS is “a story full of mystery, feathers, and sprinkles. After Mattie Waters loses her mother, she goes to live with her aunt, the owner of a roadside donut shop in Big Sur, California. When an owl taps on Mattie’s window one night, Mattie looks out to see something suspicious taking place nearby. With help from her friends–and from Alfred, a stuffy but good-hearted owl–she’ll set out to find the culprits, facing fears that have followed her since her mother’s death.”

I can’t wait for you all to meet Mattie and Alfred and would love to support our beautiful, local, brick and mortar bookstores!IndieBound


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Tons of kid lit authors will be offering free Skype visits on February 1st. We will be reading to schools across the globe. Visit Kate Messner’s author site for a complete list of participating authors.

On WRAD I’ll be reading from my books, giving sneak peaks into new projects, and recommending some of my favorite titles from other authors. And I’ll always answer student questions! If you would like to schedule a Skype visit just send me an email after checking my availability listed below: robin@blueeggbooks.com.

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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!

OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS (Coming Fall/2019) would be a fabulous choice for classes that don’t mind a pretty long cliffhanger!

WILD CARD – I have shelves full of favorite books, written by other amazing authors, from picture books to middle grade novels that I’m always excited to share.

My current availability is listed below. If Friday gets filled, or another day would work better, I’m happy to schedule something with your class at another time. Happy reading!

[All availability is listed in Pacific Standard Time]

Tuesday, January 29th

10:05 AM: BOOKED, Mechanicsville, MD

10:45 AM: BOOKED, Roebuck, SC

 

Thursday, January 31st

8:30 AM: BOOKED, Mesquite, TX

10:05 AM: BOOKED, Mechanicsville, MD

10:55 AM: BOOKED, Mechanicsville, MD

11:30 AM: BOOKED, Mundelein, IL

12:00 PM: BOOKED, El Paso, TX

 

Friday, February 1st

5:20: AM: BOOKED, Newark, NJ

6:30 AM: BOOKED, Wakefield, KS

7:00 AM: BOOKED, Jacksonville, FL

8:30 AM: BOOKED, Royal Oak, MI

9:00 AM: BOOKED, HOUSTON, TX

9:30 AM: BOOKED, South Windsor, CT

10:00 AM: BOOKED, Tucson, AZ

11:00 AM: BOOKED, Morgan Hill, CA

11:30 AM: BOOKED, Thompson, Manitoba

 


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Inverse Operations

A couple weeks ago Jill Diamond and I presented a workshop at #NCTE17 on middle grade fiction. It was a thrill to be surrounded by teachers and librarians, our champions for books and reading!

Jill and I created two printable reflection tools that can be used with ANY book, not just ours. The first is a tool to compare and reflect on characters, the second is a tool to internalize the plot of a book by geographically mapping it.

CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF ON COMPARING CHARACTERS

CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF ON MAPPING A STORY SETTING

The idea that has stayed with me since presenting, the one I want to try to share here, is that reading and writing are inverse operations, like addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, they flow into and out of each other. The tools of reflection Jill and I created can also become prewriting work for students, helping them to create their own characters and map out their own plots.

These are absolutely activities that authors regularly engage in when cultivating their own stories. I create little dossiers for my characters, I compare them with their friends and to myself to know them more deeply before I write their stories. I draw their portraits and illustrate their rooms. I doodle maps of their neighborhoods and schools. Stories are scrapped together in the accumulation of all those doodles and reflections!

Happy doodling,

❤ Robin

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World Read Aloud Day 2018

Tons of kid lit authors will be offering free Skype visits on February 1st. We will be reading to schools across the globe. Visit Kate Messner’s author site for a complete list of participating authors.

 

On WRAD I’ll be reading from my books, giving sneak peaks into top secret projects, and recommending some of my favorite titles from other authors. And I’ll always answer student questions! If you would like to schedule a Skype visit just send me an email: robin@blueeggbooks.com.

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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!

My current availability is listed below. If Thursday gets filled, I’m happy to schedule something with your class at another time. Happy reading!

[All availability is listed in Pacific Standard Time]

Monday, January 29th

8:15 AM: BOOKED – Lexington Park, MD: Lexington Park Elementary

11:40 AM: BOOKED – Lexington Park, MD: Lexington Park Elementary

Wednesday, January 31st

10:00 AM: BOOKED – Talmo, GA: North Jackson Elementary

Thursday, February 1st

6:30 AM: THIS SPOT JUST OPENED UP… ANYBODY WANT IT?

7:00 AM: BOOKED – Brooklyn, NY: PS 276, Louis Marshall Elementary School

THIS IS WHERE I SCRAMBLE MY OWN KIDS OFF TO SCHOOL!

8:00 AM: BOOKED – Hudsonville, MI: Hudsonville Christian

8:30 AM: BOOKED – Austin, TX:

9:00 AM: BOOKED – NYC, PS 62

9:30 AM: BOOKED – Spartanburg, SC: Jesse Bobo Elementary

10:00 AM: BOOKED – Asheville, NC: Hall Fletcher Elementary

10:30 AM: BOOKED – Buffalo, NY

11:00 AM: BOOKED – Chicago, IL: Heritage Lakes School

11:30 AM: BOOKED – Frisco, TX: Starwood Montessori

12:30 PM: BOOKED – Houston, TX: North Pointe Elementary

1:00 PM: BOOKED – Helena, MT: Hawthorne Elementary

1:30 PM: BOOKED – Helena, MT: Rossiter Elementary

2:00 PM: BOOKED – Helena, MT: Hawthorne Elementary

THIS IS WHEN I COLLAPSE IN A HEAP, GARGLE WITH SALT WATER, AND GO PICK MY KIDS UP AFTER SCHOOL!