Independent Bookstore Day-Story Time 11:30 w/ Julie Fortenberry-"Pearl Goes to Preschool"-Pearl loves to dance! But will she love preschool, too?A sweet and reassuring story about trying something new, perfect for children with separation anxiety.

★ Learn Ballet, Just Like Pearl!

The title character of Pearl Goes to Preschool loves to dance—even if she’s not so sure about preschool. In this video, my daughter, dancer Annie Fortenberry, teaches young readers steps that will keep them moving.

A great night at Barnes and Noble with April Litwin

Author April Litwin and I will be reading and signing books at Barnes and Noble.

Happy New Decade!

Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast is now in Russian! (Also in Spanish and Chinese.)

I sold a new book!
“Christy Ottaviano at Macmillan/Ottaviano has bought author-illustrator Julie Fortenberry’s picture book Darcy’s First Sleepover. Darcy is very excited about her first sleepover, but soon becomes anxious when she discovers things aren’t the way they are at home. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency handled the deal for world rights.”

Coming from Candlewick (June 9 2020)
Pearl loves to dance! But will she love preschool, too?

Pearl loves attending dance classes at her mother’s ballet school. Even though Pearl is the youngest and smallest ballerina, she knows how to count her poses and follow along. When her mom suggests that Pearl try going to preschool, Pearl has a lot of questions: What will she learn? Will there be dancing? A sweet and reassuring story about trying something new that’s perfect for young children with separation anxiety — or who just love to dance!

I’ll be at Frostburg State University on July 10th and at USM Hagerstown on July 16th!

I’m excited to be at the upcoming Pirates Ahoy festival next month!

I’ll be at the Asian Arts Initiative–1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, next Sat. from 1 to 2:30 making cat masks 😺😼🐱🐯 Please come see me and make a mask! More info about the book fair here:

The Silent Art Auction, BookExpo Wednesday, May 29, 2019

My contribution to the 2019 Silent Art Auction to raise funds for the American Booksellers for Freedom of Expression (ABFE) and Every Child a Reader, a charity dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children across America.

Last week I visited the kindergarteners at DuPont Elementary and read Lily’s Cat Mask. Yesterday I received this photo with the kids wearing the masks they made!