Monday, May 27, 2013

Look what came in the mail today!

SO happy that Splinters was named a Blue Spruce Honour Book!

What makes the whole Forest of Reading program so special is that the students choose their favourites!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Festival of Hope

My buddy Steve Vernon (blog here) made a great comment at the Forest of Reading ceremony at Harbourfront this week. He called it a "Festival of Hope" because of all the great readers in the crowd.

He's 100% right, and not just about the next generation of readers and writers.

Just check out the next generation of illustrators!

Yesterday, Lois (who's just 12!) gave me this amazing present at the Silver Birch party in Whitby.

And she had a whole sketchbook full of equally great artwork.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Perhaps my fave letters ever....

I recently took a trip down through New York and New Jersey to get some buzz for the Neil Flambe books. I visited a number of schools and have previously gushed about how great Mary and Tricia at Books, Bytes and Beyond were as hosts. Wow.

After I visited Coolidge School, the kids went back to class and made (apparently of their own volition!) thank you cards for the bookstore. Look at the detail!

Inside were some amazing messages. My faves are "Dude, Kevin Sylvester is awesome!"

And "he was not boring at all"!

It was one of the best days I've ever had as an author.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The further adventures of Neil Flambe!

Just back from a whirlwind tour of New York, New Jersey, Phoenix, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay!

The "Flat Neil" I took along was posting on my twitter account the whole time (@kevinarts).

Here's a pic that we took while strolling along the banks of the River Saskatchewan. This is Neil with some trees that Beavers gnawed off completely. Neil thinks they would have tasted better with some seasoning.

And a new one from the NYC subway. Neil thinks it's named after him.

After such a long (and incredible) trip, I need sleep and Neil needs to retire... or at least be re-glued.

This week we'll be at the amazing Forest of Reading celebrations in Toronto!